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Oldham County moves on: Lady Colonels roll past Gallatin County 58-37 in regional opener

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By Greg Waddell

Less than a week removed from a disappointing loss in the final of the district tournament, Oldham County looked like a totally different team in its regional opener against Gallatin County Thursday night, blitzing the Lady Wildcats 58-37.
Though sloppy ball handling continued to plague Oldham County, they were able to overcome 20 turnovers with a strong presence on the boards and plenty of contributors.
“This was a team at the first of the year, Ashley (McMurtrey) was scoring a ton of points and nobody else was stepping up,” Oldham County coach Jace Bryant said. “Now, you have to guard everybody because we have five girls at all times that are willing to score ”
It also didn’t hurt that OC slowed down Brooke and Hannah Dossett, Gallatin County’s two leading scorers.
Brooke finished with 8 points and Hannah added 7.
“We knew the Dorsett sisters had to go,” Bryant said. “We had to guard them, and we did a great job taking them out of the game.”
Jenna Kirk contributed a double-double of 13 points and 18 rebounds in the win.
“This was a girl that was playing JV throughout the year,” Bryant said. “We weren’t even sure she’d get varsity minutes and now she’s leading us in rebounding. She was a huge factor. Her and Abigail Stewart were around the rim all night. They aren’t giving you layups.”
Early on, momentum was solely in Oldham County’s corner as the Lady Colonels used a fast start out of the gate to build an early 13-6 first-quarter lead.
That advantage grew to 10 over the next eight minutes as Kirk rattled off 8 points in the quarter, including 6 straight at one point.
After three Gallatin County scores to open the third quarter, Oldham County opened up another run to push the lead to double digits and never looked back.
They wouldn’t lead by single digits the rest of the game, pushing ahead by 16 to close the third period, and outscoring Gallatin County 13-8 in the final frame for the deciding score.
Junior Ashley McMurtrey was the leading scorer for Oldham County in the win, contributing 21 points, while Abigail Stewart added 5 blocks and 4 points as well.

Oldham Co. 13 14 16 15 — 58
Gallatin Co. 4 13 12 8 — 37
Oldham County (16-12) — McMurtrey 21, Kirk 13, Leanhart 12, Henderson 8, Stewart 4.
3-pointers — McMurtrey 2, Leanhart.

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