GIRLS DISTRICT 29: Lady Dragons rematch with Trimble

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By Brad Stephens

South Oldham’s road to a sixth straight District 29 championship will begin with a tough start.

The Lady Dragons will meet Trimble County at 6 p.m. Wednesday at North Oldham in the first round of the district tournament.

South (8-12, 2-1 District 29) beat Trimble (15-7, 1-2) on Feb. 12 in Bedford, getting out to a 12-0 lead and holding on for a tense 49-46 win. The Lady Dragons, who will be the No. 2 seed when the teams meet Wednesday in Goshen, came into the matchup last week as underdogs.

But South got big performances out of Erin Wilson (game-high 15 points) and Emma Sedoris (12 points, 16 rebounds).

“I think this game was definitely the statement that, ‘We’re here,’” Sedoris said after the win. “OC was here watching so we saw that. I think it was just making a statement that it’s coming around to district time and we’re ready to go.”

Trimble won the Region 8 All “A” Classic, a tournament for smaller schools, in January.

The Lady Raiders feature two senior guards that can score, Paige Black and Jesse Dunlap. Forwards Shelbie Black and Mila Consley give Trimble a post presence South will have to match.

The teams didn’t give away any secrets last week for what they might do in the district rematch, South coach Christy Higdon said.

“Neither team showed our hand,” Higdon said. “We kind of just played what we normally play.”

Oldham County coach Jace Bryant, who was in the stands scouting the regular season matchup, said he expects the South vs. Trimble rematch to be a great game.

“I think anybody can win, just like the other night,” Bryant said. “I think the teams are equal and both of them are really well coached. It’s going to be a good game to watch.”

Bryant’s Lady Colonels (12-8, 3-0) drew the No. 1 seed for the tournament. They’ll face No. 4 seed North Oldham (9-12, 0-3) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first round.

OC star Ashley McMurtrey has been on fire lately. The senior guard, who averages 24 points per game, scored 30 points Monday on 12-of-21 shooting in a 62-45 win over Lexington Christian Academy. That came on the heels of a 37 point, 13-of-17 shooting night in a 64-59 loss to Christian Academy-Louisville Feb. 13.

North comes into the game with some momentum of its own, having won three of its last four games as of Monday.

Bryant told his team to expect a closer game than the 73-38 win OC had against the Lady Mustangs Jan. 29.

“North is playing at home and North had some wins recently, so we know we can’t just go in there and run up and down the court and North is going to automatically give us the win,” Bryant said.

Higdon predicted a quality region tournament that should result in some good games.

“Trimble-South, Oldham-South, you’ve got that rivalry built up,” Higdon said. “We have a great district, three great, solid teams and North has really made leaps and strides through the season. We have a great district.”