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BUCKNER – The final regular season game for the Oldham County Colonels ended in much the same way most the season went. The Colonels forced a high-octane Gallatin County offense into a much slower pace, but were unable to come up with the one big play they needed to pull out the win as Gallatin held on for a 45-41 victory Friday. “We never did get over the hump like so many times this year,” OCHS coach Gary Forrest said. “We got in a position where we had to make one defensive stop and we just didn’t do it.” The Colonels had chances late against Gallatin County, the reigning Class A champs, but came up just short.OCHS’ best chance came in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter when Brandon Cook hit a layup to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 32-31 with 6:43 left. Gallatin County, however, had a quick answer. Trent Maddox hit a shot in the lane to make it 34-31. Taylor Jones followed that by stealing a Cook pass and hitting a layup to make it 36-31. The Colonels cut the lead a final time when guard Eric Dunlap, who led all scorers with 18 points, drove the length of the floor and hit a double-pump layup drawing a foul. His free throw cut the lead to 36-34 with 5:29 left. OCHS had a chance to tie on the next possession when Matt Moore stripped Maddox. Moore, however, dribbled into a crowd on the offensive end and was called for walking after he was trapped. The Colonels forced Maddox into a walking violation on the next possession, but gave it right back when Dunlap was hit with a walking call on a drive in the lane. Gallatin broke the turnover chain to go up 38-34 on a post-up shot in the lane from center David Henson with 4:11 left. OCHS’ next three possessions resulted in a missed front end from Billie Payne, a walking call on Payne and Moore getting tied up by Scott Brown with the possession going to the Wildcats. Gallatin responded on the final turnover with Maddox hitting a shot in the paint for a 40-34 lead with 2:31 left. The Wildcats kept a four-point lead the rest of the way. Maddox led Gallatin with 14 points, Jones had 13. Payne scored 10 for the Colonels who closed the regular season with a 10-13 record. “We will just keep on plugging,” Forrest said. “We’re getting a good effort, we’re just not able to close things out.”GALLATIN COUNTY – 15 8 7 15 45 - Maddox 14, T. Jones 13, Brown 4, Z. Jones 7, Henson 4, Carlton 2, Davis 1, 45.OCHS – 12 7 8 14 41 – Eric Dunlap 18, Grant Ruble 3, Billie Payne 10, Matt Day 8, Brandon Cook 2, 41.
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