South finishes 6th in Lady Dragon Invitational

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By Brad Stephens

CRESTWOOD – At halftime Sunday, South Oldham looked like it would finish its home tournament with a winning record.

South, which had gone 1-1 in its first two games at the Lady Dragon Invitational, led Boone County 21-11 after the second quarter of the fifth-place game.

But the Lady Dragons scored just six points in the second half and fell 45-27 to the Lady Rebels to finish sixth in their event.

“You’re not going to win ballgames like that,” coach Christy Higdon said of Sunday’s offensive woes. “(Boone County) was very disciplined. We just came out in the second half and didn’t do a good job handling it.”

South (3-4) had to battle foul trouble throughout the game. Senior center Emma Sedoris and junior guard Sydney Jones each fouled out. Junior guard Abbey VanZant also spent minutes at a time on the bench because of fouls and was limited to three points.

The one positive of the day was the play of guard Jodi Ansert. The sophomore came off the Lady Dragon bench to hit two 3-pointers and finished the day with eight points, tying Sedoris for the team high.

“If we can get her to handle the ball a little better in high-pressure situations I think you’re going to see her in the game a little more,” Higdon said. “It was a bonus for us to have what she did.”

Things went better for South Saturday, when a balanced attack led the Lady Dragons past Butler County, 46-32. VanZant led the way with 10 points, with Sedoris and senior guard Holly Schumm adding nine and Jones scoring eight.

The game was an important one for Higdon, who coached Butler County for 17 years before taking the South job two seasons ago. Current Lady Bears coach Christy Clark played for Higdon at Butler County.

“It was kind of bittersweet,” Higdon said.

The Lady Dragons started the tournament Friday with a 66-51 loss to Pleasure Ridge Park. Jones and senior forward Rachel Platt each scored a team-high 13 points in the loss.

Eastern won the tournament, beating PRP 65-38 Sunday night.

South will go to Hendersonville, Tenn., this weekend for the Beech Holiday Tournament.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” Higdon said. “Back to the drawing board… we’ve got two months to get ready (for the district and region tournaments) so that’s our job is to get these kids ready.

Pleasure Ridge Park – 14, 18, 7, 25 – 66
South Oldham – 12, 13, 9, 17 – 51
Pleasure Ridge Park – Murphy 13, Shead 13, Fries 11, Brown 8, Jones 8, Compton 7, Mitchell 6
South Oldham – Jones 13, Platt 13, Sedoris 7, Schumm 6, VanZant 5, Wilson 5, Ansert 2

Butler County – 7, 5, 6, 14 – 32
South Oldham – 13, 9, 6, 18 – 46
Butler County – Graham 12, Flener 9, L. Clark 5, Smith 4, M. Clark 2
South Oldham – VanZant 10, Schumm 9, Sedoris 9, Jones 8, Platt 6, Wilson 4

South Oldham – 9, 12, 2, 4 – 27
Boone County – 7, 4, 16, 18 – 45
South Oldham – Ansert 8, Sedoris 8, Jones 6, VanZant 3, Bent 1, Wilson 1
Boone County – Knotts 15, McGarr 9, Moore 7, Switzer 6, Ford 5, Courtney 2, Foster 1




12/20 Fern Creek 77, Oldham County 73

12/21 Oldham County 90, Boyd County 71

12/21 Oldham County 80, Western 68

12/21 South Warren 63, North Oldham 61


12/20 North Oldham 54, Grant County 53 (OT)