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Story by Randy Heite
When Ashley McMurtrey hit the final free-throw to win the game with just 0.3 seconds left in last year’s District semifinals, Trimble County vowed for revenge. On Friday night, their opportunity arose. The result was a 65-57 win for the Colonels, marking another key victory for Oldham County.
The Lady Colonels started the game off quick again, going on a 10-2 run in the first quarter. Trimble County would try to stop the bleeding early by calling a timeout, but Oldham would not be phased. They would end the quarter with a 8 point lead, 16-6.
Poor shooting caught up with Oldham County in the seconde quarter, along with poor defense along the perimeter. Trimble County would catch up with the Lady Colonels 21-23, with Oldham having the slight edge. At the half, Abigail Stewart led the Oldham County at the half with 8 points.
Head Coach Jace Bryant seemed to have jump-started the Colonels in the locker room as they came immediately out and matched Trimble point for point up until about three minutes into the third quarter. At that point, Bryant lit another fire under his team, sparking them to score 10 unanswered going into the fourth quarter, including a buzzer beating 3-pointer by McMurtrey.
The Colonels would continue to roll throughout the fourth quarter as they would go on to defeat Trimble County 65-57.
“Physically, we just did a ton of defensive drills," Bryant said. "We knew we couldn’t play this team zone because they have so many shooters that can put the ball in the hole. Mentally, we talked about how rebounding was going to be key.”
Jessica Leanhart, Jenna Kirk, and Ashley McMurtrey recorded double digits in points during the game. McMurtrey is averaging over 15 points a game so far this season.
The Lady Colonels play Glasgow atr 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday at Bullitt Central.
Oldham County 16 7 18 24 - 65
Bardstow 8 13 11 25 - 57
OCHS (3-3) – McMurtrey 19, Leanhart 13, Kirk 13, Lopesilvero 10, Stewart 8, Wernert 2,
FG: 22 FT: 18/28 3pt: 1/3