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LAWRENCEBURG — There’s been only one team in the eighth region that’s been able to claim superiority over the South Oldham High School girls’ basketball team.
On Sunday afternoon, it happened again.
Despite cutting a 12-point deficit to one with over a minute to go, the Lady Dragons again couldn’t catch Walton-Verona, falling 52-47 in the eighth region championship game at Anderson County High School.
“We got frustrated,” SOHS coach Frank Wright said. “We got some fouls and got emotional. It seemed like in the blink of an eye, they scored some points. We didn’t fold our tents, but we just couldn’t do it.”
While SOHS’ path to the title game came by way of impressive starts, the opposite happened against the Bearcats.
The Lady Dragons started the game cold, hitting just one of their first seven shots. Still, Walton-Verona led just 19-18 at halftime.
“We just weren’t hitting our open shots,” senior guard Jasmine Whitfield said. “We had a couple of good looks but we can’t make excuses. We played hard. It just happened.”
The Bearcats stretched their lead to 35-27 in the first minute of the fourth quarter before SOHS rallied behind three 3-pointers by senior guard Emily Housley.
“The last game, I was off with hitting shots,” Housley said. “Today, I knew I was gonna need to shoot. I don’t know, I just had that confidence in my shot and kept going.”
But the aggressive style of play that’s been the Lady Dragons’ strength all season became part of their downfall.
Housley fouled out with 15 points with 1:06 remaining in the game. Whitfield followed closely behind with her fifth foul with 39.8 seconds remaining.
With both players on the bench, Walton-Verona closed the game scored six straight points before a put-back by senior guard Maddie Wright with under a second remaining for the final score.
Whitfield, who averaged 27.3 points in the Lady Dragons’ other four post-season games, finished with just eight points while sitting out portions of the game in foul trouble.
“Their defense was really good,” Whitfield said. “I felt like I wasn’t gonna get a bunch of wide open looks, so I wanted to do as much for my team other than scoring, that I could.”
SOHS’ loss ends its season at 27-5. The Lady Dragons also fell to Walton-Verona in the quarterfinals of the region tournament in 2011.
“It’s hard getting here, but it’s even harder to lose when you’re so close,” Maddie Wright said.
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