OCMS basketball finishes as state semi-finalist

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By Jason Stamm

Oldham County Middle School’s sixth-grade basketball team came up short in its goal of winning a state championship.

But before the season began, center Griffin Snyder didn’t expect to come close to that goal.

The Colonels concluded their season at 30-4 and as state semi-finalists at the Kentucky Basketball Academy sixth grade state tournament Jan. 21 in Lexington.

“It was like accomplishing a dream that you never knew you had,” he said. “It felt amazing.”

OCMS defeated Tates Creek, Rockcastle County, Paris, Shelby County West and Bryan Station middle schools before falling to Jefferson County Traditional Middle School 43-28 in the state semi-finals. Southern Pulaski defeated JCTMS in the championship game.

“Our coaches just told us to go out there and represent the county and we did,” OCMS forward Hunter Thomas said. “Shooting was definitely a big part of it because we just shot well the whole tournament.”

OCMS Coach Leonard Dietrich said Thomas led the Colonels despite his quiet persona.

OCMS’ seventh-grade team competed at the KBA seventh grade state tournament Feb. 3 but dropped both of its games.

Snyder said he hopes this year’s finish will translate next year when he moves to seventh grade.

“When you look at most of the teams we played, they either had really tall people or really good guards but we had both,” he said. “It was really hard to stop us.”

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