Gallatin County holds off Mustangs in regional semis

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By Mickey Patterson

NEW CASTLE – Bloodied, but refusing to quit, the North Oldham Mustangs finally ran out of comebacks Tuesday at they fell to Gallatin County 72-56 in the Eighth Region semifinals. The Mustangs fought their way back into the game from a 13-point deficit without star forward Mike Rowan, only to fall victim to Gallatin County’s experience and savvy play. “They put us in a hole early, and as these kids have done all year long they responded to the challenge and came right back to get in the game,” NOHS coach Danny Edelen said. “Gallatin is so disciplined. They have been building with this group of kids since they were in the sixth grade and they play so well together.” The Mustangs lost Rowan with 1:10 left in the third period when the 6-foot-3 senior suffered a compound fracture of his right, middle finger and was rushed to the hospital directly from the court. NOHS trailed 50-42 heading into the final period, and without Rowan made a final comeback behind 5-foot-9 senior guard Nate Goodson. The Mustangs cut the lead to 50-44 in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter on a pair of free throws from Dale Tingle. Gallatin got a layup from Jared Carlton before Goodson, who led NOHS with 16 points, scored on a drive in the lane. “He (Goodson) played so hard,” Edelen said. “I am so proud of the year he had. He had an amazing turnaround after being a sub for us last year. We had a lot of important cogs this year, but he was the engine that drove us.” Gallatin got a pair of free throws from Trent Maddoxto go up 54-46, but Goodson answered for the Mustangs again with a drive along the baseline. Aaron Jones scored on a cut to the basket for the Wildcats for a 56-48 lead.NOHS’ Clay Watkins cut it to 56-50 with a layin off an inbounds play. Gallatin made it 57-50 with a free throw from Zac Jones before Goodson cut it to 57-53 with a three-pointer from the top of the key. NOHS could get no closer from there as the Mustangs were able to score just three more points in the final 4:35 of the game. “We just couldn’t score to get over the hump,” Edelen said. “It wasn’t from lack of effort or even execution. We just had shots that would not fall, shots we normally make.” The Wildcats, the Class A regional champions this year, would go on to hit seven of nine from the line and get a pair of inside baskets from Carlton to put the Mustangs away. “I can’t be anything but proud of these kids right now,” Edelen said. “They gave everything they had tonight against a very good high school basketball team.” GALLATIN COUNTY - 15 18 17 22 72 - Trent Maddox 20, Taylor Jones 14, Scott Brown 13, Aaron Jones 2, Zac Jones 9, David Henson 3, Jared Carlton 11, 72. NOHS - 13 7 22 14 56 - Nate Goodson 16, Kevin Christian 7, Alex Foley 6, Chris Menefee 3, Mike Rowan 2, Devin Rowan 3, Ryan Gallas 5, Clay Watson 9, Dale Tingle 5, 56.

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