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BEDFORD — With three minutes left, the game had been decided for some time.
With the South Oldham girls’ basketball starters on the bench, Lady Dragons’ Coach Frank Wright walked from the seat closest to mid-court and made his way down the SOHS bench.
Wright high-fived each of the Lady Dragons’ players and coaches, congratulating them on another district title.
SOHS scored the first 15 points and coasted to an 81-22 shellacking of Oldham County High School in the 29th district championship at Trimble County High School. It’s the fourth district title in a row for the Lady Dragons.
“We were really on tonight,” Wright said. “I told those girls about this being our fourth in a row. To the best of my knowledge, that hasn’t happened before for us. That’s a great achievement for this senior class.”
Wright had plenty of time for congratulating his players. The Lady Colonels didn’t score until a lay-in by junior forward Sarah Lopesilvero with two minutes left in the first quarter.
SOHS took a 43-5 lead at halftime.
“We know that we’re trying to get somewhere greater than district,” Lady Dragons’ senior guard Jasmine Whitfield said. “We know how to keep our focus, despite blowout games because we’ve been in this situation before.”
Whitfield, the tournament MVP, had 20 points in the first half and finished with 25 for the game. She and senior forward Mary Dye both came out of the game with under two minutes left in the third quarter and sat the remainder of the game.
Using a relentless half-court trap they’ve used all season, SOHS didn’t allow its opponent too many scoring chances.
But OCHS coach Matt Watkins said he’s also had a few ups and downs since taking over as head coach Feb. 13.
Former Lady Colonels’ coach Stephen Mullins resigned following a verbal altercation with a player and parent Feb. 11 in a win against Waggener.
“They’ve had a tough year at times and they’ve had a great year at times,” Watkins said. “They have worked every day. They wanna be here and they can’t wait to come to practice. At this time of year, to see that, no matter if you’ve been with them all year long or not, they’re tired and ready to either say, ‘I’m done with this,’ or ‘Let’s grit it out.’ It’s been hard on them, but they’ve put their best foot forward.”
Both SOHS and OCHS will play in the region tournament beginning Monday at Anderson County High School. The tournament draw is tomorrow.
North Oldham: Nicole Bryant and Taylor Moore
Trimble County: Paige Black and Katie Temple
Oldham County: Emily Melton, Ashley McMurtrey and Sarah Lopesilvero
South Oldham: Jasmine Whitfield (MVP), Mary Dye and Emily Housley
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