Dragons use fast start to down Hawks 69-52

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By Mickey Patterson

CRESTWOOD – While the power went out in the South Oldham High School gym for a short time Tuesday due to high-speed winds in the area, there was no shortage of electricity for the Dragons in the first half as they lit up the scoreboard with their hot shooting en route to a 69-52 win over Larue County. Behind the shooting of senior guard Aaron Carrithers and the slashing drives of Drew Kraemer, the Dragons got out to a 33-15 halftime lead and never let the Hawks back into the game. “We moved the ball really well and moved without the ball well in the first half,” SOHS coach Steve Simpson said. “We were cutting with a purpose and got good looks at the basket.” SOHS closed the first period with a 7-3 scoring run to take an 18-11 lead. Leading 9-8 after a three-point play from the Hawks’ Tyler Hornback, the Dragons took off behind a layup from Drew Simpson and a free throw from Matt Faller. SOHS followed that with a give-and-go layup from Nate McDevitt off a pass from Kraemer before Faller tipped a missed shot in. Carrithers closed the run with a driving shot in the lane. Faller was a key for the Dragons off the bench in the strong first half run. He finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. “He’s been very consistent all year,” Simpson said. “We pretty much know we are going to get those 10 points and six or seven rebounds out of him every game.” The Dragons, 16-7 on the year, dominated the second quarter outscoring the Hawks 15-4 with a balanced scoring attack. Sophomore Austin Bowling, who came off the bench to score eight points, opened the period with a three-pointer off the left wing to push the SOHS lead to 21-11. Hornback, who led the Hawks with 18 points, scored off a six-foot turnaround from the corner, but SOHS answered quickly with a free throw from Casey Jackson and another drive in the lane from Carrithers forcing a Larue County timeout. SOHS stayed hot after the break, Taylor Malueg hit a 10-footer from the left corner to make it 26-13 and Carrithers, who led the Dragons with 19 points and hit three of six three-pointers, buried a three from the top of the key to make it 29-13 forcing another Larue County timeout. Faller closed the run for the Dragons with a follow shot off a Jackson miss and a 15-footer from the right corner as SOHS took the 33-15 lead into the half. The gym lost power two minutes into the third quarter for a short time and after the lights powered back up, SOHS cooled off somewhat but never let the Hawks mount a serious challenge as Larue County fell to 15-4. “It was kind of a tale of two halves,” Simpson said. “I thought in the second half we stood around a bit and played really satisfied. Usually when you are playing satisfied you are not playing well and that was the case with us tonight.” The Dragons will face a big test this Friday when they go to Anderson County for a boy/girl doubleheader.S0HS - 18 15 14 22 69 - Drew Simpson 3, Drew Kraemer 13, Matt Faller 12, Casey Jackson 3, Austin Bowling 8, Aaron Carrithers 19, Taylor Malueg 6, Cory Dogan 2, Nate McDevitt 3, 69.LARUE COUNTY - 11 4 21 16 52 - Cass 1, Bault 14, C. Seymour 6, Hornback 18, Salsman 5, S. Seymour 2, Cox 4, Mullins 2, 52.

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