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SHELBYVILLE – Any momentum the Oldham County High Lady Colonels had built off their district championship came to a screeching halt in the fourth quarter of their 55-47 upset loss to Walton-Verona Monday. The Lady Colonels were eliminated in the first round of the regional tourney after blowing an 11-point lead as Walton-Verona outscored OCHS 22-5 in the fourth quarter. “We took our foot off the gas,” OCHS coach Jamie Dumstorf said. “We had our spread offense going where we were able to get angles and get the ball to the bigs inside going well and we just stopped. We took a couple of errant shots and made a couple of turnovers. “You can’t ask for much more than an 11-point lead heading into the fourth quarter in the regional tournament. We just didn’t lock it down.” Trailing 42-33 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Walton-Verona got a big lift and their winning run started thanks to guard Jennalee Ginn. Ginn hit a three-pointer off the right wing to start the Lady Bearcats on their run. Walton-Verona then forced OCHS into a five-second violation when Audri Beaudrie could find no one open on the inbounds pass and Ginn hit another three from the same spot to cut the OCHS lead to 42-39. OCHS answered with a Lindsay Melton drive along the baseline before Ginn hit a follow shot. After a trade of turnovers, OCHS gave it back when Melton was called for walking, leading to a six-footer in the lane from Traci Dixon. Walton-Verona took the lead on the ensuing possession when Ginn stripped Ellen Ford in the backcourt and hit a layup for a 45-44 lead with 4:53 left. OCHS had a chance to tie, but Tara Huckvale missed the front end of a bonus and Lauren Hargett, who finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, completed a three-point play on a drive along the baseline and a free throw to put the Lady Bearcats up 48-44. Walton-Verona scored again on a follow shot from Dixon before Ericka Hardin broke a nearly five-minute scoring drought by the Lady Colonels with a free throw. OCHS cut the lead to 50-47 when Melton followed in her own missed free throw. The Lady Colonels had a chance to cut the lead again, but Melton misfired in a drive in the lane and Hargett hit two free throws to put Walton-Verona up 52-47. The Lady Bearcats hit three free throws to close out OCHS who missed two shots, had a charging foul and a turnover on their last four possessions. “I was afraid we were going to look a little bit ahead and come down too low after our high in the district,” Dumstorf said. “It looks like my fears came true.” The Lady Colonels finished the year with a 15-15 record.WALTON-VERONA – 14 11 8 22 55 – Lauren Hargett 24, Sara Nargessi 7, Ashley Cheesman 2, Traci Dixon 9, Ashley Bowling 2, Jenalee Ginn 11, 55.OCHS – 12 20 10 5 47 – Lindsay Melton 14, Tara Huckvale 10, Audri Beaudrie 12, Ellen Ford 4, Ericka Hardin 3, Brianna Howard 4, 47.
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