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Oldham County rallies from slow start to improve to 1-0 in district play

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Story by RANDY HEITE


 The Oldham County Boys’ Basketball team defeated Trimble County 81-71 on Dec. 14.
The Colonels looked to rebound after their Dec. 11 loss to second-ranked Bullitt East, 50-43.
Oldham County took the lead early through fast-breaks, jumping out to a 7-2 lead.
With the help of a jumper by Connor Hicks and Austin Wills’ back-to-back 3-pointers, they would stretch it to 15-8. Oldham County ended the first quarter with a 22-14 lead.
Oldham County struggled to hit shots in the second quarter while Trimble County dominated from behind the arc. Trimble took a narrow lead going into halftime, 30-29. Hicks led Oldham County with 7 points at the half.
In the third quarter, Oldham County came back to life offensively, scoring 5 unanswered points in the first minute. The Colonels lost the lead but gained it right back when Anthony Johnson hit a short jumper to give them a 42-40 lead late in the quarter. Oldham County entered the final frame with a 52-47 lead.
OC dominated the final period, led by Jacob Kopp scoring 12 of his 20 points, never leading by fewer than 5 points in the final eight minutes. In the end, Oldham County pulled out a 10 point victory, 81-71.
Colonels’ coach Jason Holland said nothing was working for his team despite the win.
“We didn’t execute anything we worked on and we were flat,” he said, “They played Louisville Moore and Bullitt East, two teams ranked in the top 15, and then they saw South beat Trimble by 50, so they thought they could come out and play flat. It was a letdown game for us.”
Oldham County has two tournaments in the upcoming weeks, including the Best in Hoops tournament, which Oldham County hosts. The Colonels have the possibility of facing multiple top 20 teams.
According to Holland, the Colonels must get back on track for their tournament games.
Oldham County opened play after press time against Bracken County at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the first round.
This is the Colonels first ever matchup with the Polar Bears.
Check oldhamera.com for full coverage of the game.

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