South edges OC in thriller

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By Greg Waddell

BEDFORD — It took nearly two and a half hours but South Oldham finally earned the right to challenge rival North Oldham for the 29th district crown after knocking off Oldham County in a gutsy 3-2 win at Trimble County.

Early on, it looked like the Dragons would have no problems as they jumped to a 2-0 lead.

But that’s when OC players showed some fight of their own, staving off elimination with a furious run through the third and fouth games with 25-23 and 25-16 wins.

Through the final game the teams traded the lead multiple times before South was finally able to pull away 15-11.

“It was a gutsy effort,” Oldham coach Vince McDonough said. “I’m proud of our team and what we accomplished all year. Anytime you play a game to 15, you can’t have a lot of unforced errors and that’s kind of what it came down to in the end.”

For South, holding strong through that tough stretch said a lot for the players’ character Amy Grimm said.

“I use the word ‘gumption’ alot,” Grimm said with a smile. “I was really proud that in game five they just dug in and played. They found their heart and they found their gumption.”

With the win, the team advanced to the final and another shot at North Oldham for a shot at the 29th district crown.

They wouldn’t have it any other way.

“After we played them the first time, all season we knew we could get the chance to play them,” senior Courtney Worthington said. “I know we can do it. We call each other ‘The Family’ and if we play as a family we’re going to get the result we want.”

The district final occurred after press time, however, coverage is available online at oldhamera.com.


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