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Entering the 2012-13 season, the South Oldham girls’ basketball team faced plenty of unknowns. With a new coach on the sidelines and the top seven scorers from last season’s team squad missing, the Lady Dragons were in for a tough challenge. Now, nearly three months later, it’s safe to say they’ve navigated it with grace, clinching the No. 1 seed in the 29th district tournament Jan. 16 with a 59-35 win over rival North Oldham.
Though South Oldham has one district game remaining — Trimble County Jan. 28 — the Lady Dragons would still hold the tie-breaker in the event of a loss.
What’s left for the others is a fight to avoid the Lady Dragons in the opening round as Oldham County, North Oldham and Trimble County all sit within striking distance of the district’s No. 2 and 3 seeds.
Oldham County figures to have the inside track at No. 2 spot with a big 65-57 win over Trimble County on Dec. 14.
The Lady Raiders have been on a roll, winning four of their last five games and advancing to the finals of the 8th Region All ‘A’ Classic.
South and Trimble County will close their district schedules at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28.
South Oldham 59, North Oldham 35
For the first five minutes the Lady Mustangs looked like the better team on Jan. 16.
Led by guard Rachel Williams and forward Taylor Moore, North Oldham came out of the gates firing, building a quick 12-6 lead and swinging momentum solely in their favor. Until foul trouble forced Moore to the bench.
From there, the Lady Dragons rumbled to a decisive 35-4 run over the next quarter and a half, to enter the intermission holding a comfortable 41-16 lead.
They coasted from there to win 59-33 and clinch the 29th district’s No. 1 seed.
“We heard that they thought they were going to win against us so that motivated us to do better in the game,” guard Erin Wilson said. “We just went out there and did our best and came away with a win.”
Sam Taylor turned in a big performance for the Lady Dragons, scoring 11 points and adding 9 rebounds, while Taylor Moore added a game-high 18 points and 9 rebounds for North Oldham.
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