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Colonels defeat Juggernauts to carry day for local teams

By Mickey Patterson

BUCKNER – The basketball was fast and furious Saturday at Oldham County High School, but the action will lead to a hopefully relaxing experience for families around the state with a child battling cancer.

The sixth Ronald McDonald Classic at OCHS raised an estimated $2,500 to $3,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in Louisville which provides low cost lodging for families with a child receiving treatment for cancer at the downtown Louisville hospital complexes.

“That’s a pretty good number for us,” OCHS coach Gary Forrest said. “That’s always our goal.”

Forrest’s Colonels were the lone county team to secure a win in a quartet of entertaining games with a 59-45 win over Lloyd Memorial. The win raised the Colonels’ record to 3-1 and was their third win of the week.

OCHS jumped out to a 12-1 lead over the Juggernauts and never trailed with its most balanced offense attack of the season.

“We have had a couple of games like that already this year,” Forrest said. “The problem has been we have always managed to let the other guys back in it. We did a good job of maintaining the lead in this one.”

The Colonels were led by senior guard Eric Dunlap with 15 points followed by 10 points from sophomore forward Nolan Denise. Both hit a pair of three-pointers. Calvin Davis contributed nine points with Brandon Mason scoring eight.

The Colonels also got six points and six rebounds from 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Dylan Sims who continues to come back from an ankle injury suffered during football season.

“He’s starting to get some of the football out and more of the basketball in,” Forrest said.

OCHS – 16 12 15 16 59 – KK Hunter 1, Eric Dunlap 15, Calvin Davis 9, Blake Payne 2, Nolan Denise 10, Dylan Sims 6, Brandon Cook 2, Brandon Mason 8, Matt Masters 2, Mike Smith 4, 59.

LLOYD – 7 14 14 10 45 – Walker 4, Calvin 3, Tackett 8, Washington 8, Cheatum 9, Craddock 11, Oberschalke 2, 45.

GRANT COUNTY 77, SOHS 69 – After a tight first half, the Braves, 5-0, stayed undefeated by dominating the third quarter outscoring the Dragons 28-12.

Taking advantage of SOHS’ mistakes and scoring inside, Grant County built a 23-point lead at one point.

Grant County center Mike Davis and forwards Cody Kinman and Kody Thompson did the damage scored 17, 19 and 18 points respectively. The trio scored 22 of the Braves’ points in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Dragons’ offense got untracked allowing them to press more and get back into the game.

“I think we forced four straight turnovers at one point and scored off of each of them,” SOHS coach Steve Simpson said. “That’s the way we want to play all the time, but right now our inexperience shows at times and we have bad stretches. Getting 23 points down was just too much of a hole to get out of.”

SOHS was led by guard Drew Kraemer with 23 points followed by Casey Jackson with 19 points. Jackson led the late comeback.

“I thought Casey really played well offensively in the fourth quarter,” Simpson. “He was a  big part of us getting more of the pace we wanted.”

GRANT COUNTY – 11 11 28 27 77 – Davis 17, Kinman 19, Soden 3, Kinmon 4, Livingood 2, Thompson 18, Henry 7, Prince 1, Wartman 6, 77.

SOHS – 14 9 12 34 69 – Drew Kraemer 23, Casey Jackson 19, Brice Jewett 13, Jacob Adams 10, Carson Fields 2, AJ Miller 2, 69.

ASSUMPTION 63, LADY COLONELS 50 – Molly Ernst and turnovers were too much for the Lady Colonels as they fell to Assumption in the opening game of the day.

Ernst, a 6-foot forward scored a career-high 26 points on a variety of shots from inside and out to go with 15 rebounds and four blocked shots.

“We made her look good if she wasn’t already,” OCHS coach Larry Just said. “She’s a nice player, very athletic with size. She’s just long. We knew coming in we would have a hard time matching up with her and dealing with her size.”

With the scored tied at 15 early in the second quarter, Ernst led a 12-0 scoring run that helped the Rockets get the separation they needed to win. Ernst hit a three, then scored off a fast break layup before closing the run with a baby hook in the lane. She got help from Amy Brutscher who hit a three off the right wing.

From there Assumption was able to control the boards and score off OCHS turnovers.

“Right now we have two glaring areas that continue to show up,” Just said. “We have to be able to rebound the ball. Assumption had 22 offensive rebounds and scored 16 points off them. Our inability not to be able to take care of the ball still hurts us. We had 32 turnovers and you can’t win with that.”

Forward Emily Lape led OCHS with 14 points followed by Audri Beaudrie with 13. Freshman Emily Melton continued to give OCHS a boost off the bench scoring 10 points.

ASSUMPTION – 13 24 14 12 63 – Brutscher 14, Janes 1, Mullen 4, Hartlage 1, Delanthy 2, McMahan 3, Oliver 8, Luckett 2, Minogue 4, Ernst 26, 63.

OCHS – 10 15 9 16 50 – Ericka Hardin 9, Emily Melton 10, Brooke Leanhart 4, Emily Lape 14, Audri Beaudrie 13, 63.

HENDERSON COUNTY 89, NOHS 80 – What was expected to be the most competitive game of the day lived up to its billing as Henderson held the Mustangs off from the free throw line.

Senior guard DeVontae Hairlson, ranked as one of the top players in the Second Region, hit seven of eight free throws in the final minute to finish with 21 points.

Henderson also got 18 points from Cole Childress and 15 each from Kye Floyd and Brock Stone. The Colonels hit 27 of 37 from the line.

“From an effort standpoint we were extremely pleased,” NOHS coach Danny Edelen said. “Our program is trying to get to where we can compete with state tournament type teams like Henderson. The bottom line is we have to get better defensively.”

Guard Tyler St. Julian kept the Mustangs in it with a career-high 29 points. NOHS played without leading scorer Alex Foley who missed the game with a bruised knee. Center Dale Tingle had 14 points for the Mustangs.

HENDERSON COUNTY – 24 18 17 30 89 – Holmes 7, Hairlson 21, Haile 9, Childress 18, Crowley 2, Floyd 15, Stone 15, Young 2, 89.

NOHS – 23 20 17 20 80 – Anthony Watson 2, Tyler St. Julian 29, Chris Menefee 10, Dale Tingle 14, Jacob Creech 10, Andrew Tuller 2, Devon Rowan 10, Max Steinfeld 3, 80.

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