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GOSHEN – Opponents are finding out the hard way that Alex Foley is turning into North Oldham’s silent assassin.
Foley, a 5-foot-11 junior guard, is scoring points in bunches of late and the Mustangs are winning when he does it.
“I have had a couple of pretty good games here lately,” Foley said. “My shooting is coming around. I had a pretty good cold slump earlier this year.”
NOHS, 10-4, has won six straight games heading into a big four-game stretch this week that will see them take on Shelby County, Marshall County, Bullitt East and Anderson County.
In the Mustangs’ last three games against North Bullitt, Oldham County and Owen County, Foley has scored 35, 33 and 25 points respectively. NOHS scored over 80 points in each of those games and won by an average of 20 points.
“He is the kind of guy that can make everyone else better,” NOHS coach Danny Edelen said. “He does not force things and takes very few bad shots.”
Foley missed a game over the holiday break with a bruised knee, since that time he has emerged not only as an offensive force, but a much-improved defensive player.
“I really got on him at the Gaslight tournament about becoming a total player,” Edelen said. “He was not shooting well and at the same time he was letting it affect how he played defense. Since then, he has bought in that if he is not scoring he can still help us by playing defense and everyone else on our team has kind of come along with him.
“He took a charge against North Bullitt and I wanted to call timeout to congratulate him. He is making a lot more of what I like to call the ‘toughness,’ plays.”
Edelen also pointed out Foley’s improved scoring has come from a more complete offensive game rather than being the spot up three-point threat he was as a sophomore when he made the all-region team averaging 13 points a game.
In NOHS’ most recent win over Owen County, Foley shot 10 free throws.
Being a year older, a year smarter and a year stronger has allowed Foley to take the ball to the basket more.
“Last year I was a lot smaller and was not able to get inside without getting knocked around,” Foley said. “I am able to drive on people now and have molded my game into a more complete one.”
Foley has also placed himself in the NOHS record book with the school’s new one-game scoring record. His 35 points against North Bullitt broke the old mark of 34 points set by Matt Spencer two years ago.
The record still leaves him a bit short at home. His older brother, Travis, holds the South Oldham High School scoring record with 45 points in a game against Gallatin County.
“He has already let me know I am still 10 points behind him and that I am never going to get past his,” Foley said. “He never lets me forget it.”
Records and hot streaks aside, Foley and the rest of the Mustangs have their eyes set on a bigger prize as NOHS looks to make a run at a first regional championship this year.
“At the beginning of the year we kind of struggled,” Foley said. “Last year we had better chemistry from the start, but this year we are starting to come around. We think we are as good as anybody in the region.”
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