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It didn’t take the South Oldham Lady Dragons long to get started but once they did, they never looked back, blitzing rival North Oldham 62-23 Tuesday night in the opening round of the 29th district tournament at Oldham County.
In addition to a fast-paced offense that controlled tempo from the opening tip, South Oldham’s suffocating defense kept the Lady Mustangs at bay, forcing 40 turnovers on the night.
“We tried to force the ball to the side,” South Oldham coach Christy Higdon said. “We knew they were going to try to force the middle and if we could take that away it would force them to throw long passes and throw it out of bounds. We’ve really been working on a 2-2-1 (trap) for about the last two months, really trying to perfect it. To me, your defense creates offense.”
It certainly did against the Lady Mustangs. After jumping out to a quick 19-5 lead through the first eight minutes, South Oldham pushed ahead from there, watching their lead grow to as much as 36 before the final whistle.
More than just a big win though, Higdon said she was pleased that the team showed a killer mentality in the win, something they’ve lacked in weeks past.
“I think at times, kids look at other team’s records and kind of take for granted how to play the game,” Higdon said. “We’ve really just worked on how to play the game and do what we have to do down the stretch to be a successful team. We feel like right now, we’re the team that everybody is overlooking.”
With the win, South Oldham advances to the district final at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 against either Oldham County or Trimble County.
South Oldham 19 12 14 17 — 62
North Oldham 5 4 4 10 — 23
South Oldham (14-14) — Sedoris 14, Van Zant 9, Beaudrie 8, Jones 7, , Mullins 6, Wilson 5, Sanford 4, , Reeves 3, Platt 2, Schumm 2, Taylor 2.
North Oldham (6-20) — Fiorito 12, Mollak 2, Olsen 2, Phillips 2, Tucker 2, Williams 2, Moore 1.
3-pointers — Mullins 2, Jones.
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