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BEDFORD – South Oldham has woken up.
Kyle Young scored 26 points Monday as the Dragons ran past overmatched Trimble County 93-40. The win was South’s second straight after a disappointing 60-42 loss to Collins Dec. 9 in the team’s home opener.
“The last two games I’ve thought we’ve come out and played with a lot more intensity,” coach Steve Simpson said. “Part of the thing is with nine seniors, only two or three of them have really played a lot… They didn’t realize the difference in intensity from JV to varsity and things like that.”
After the Collins loss – a game in which South shot 29 percent for the night – coaches and players promised more intensity and a better performance in future games.
The Dragons notched an 80-53 win over Region 12 opponent Lincoln County Saturday at a tournament in Harrodsburg, hitting eight threes in the first quarter on their way to the victory.
Then Monday South (3-1, 1-0 District 29) came out and overwhelmed Trimble (0-5, 0-2) in its first district test. The Dragons still haven’t loss to the Raiders since Simpson’s first season as head coach, back in 2000-01.
“The Collins game, it was rough,” Young said. “It was our first home game and we just didn’t match their intensity. That was a humbling game for us and we learned from that.”
Young was the engine for South Monday night. The senior guard, one of the few holdovers from last year’s Region 8 championship team, scored 20 first-half points. He added six more in the third quarter before Simpson pulled his starting five from the game.
Young got many of his points off of turnovers, jumping passing lanes throughout the night and turning those steals into layups.
“I noticed they kept turning their backs and I just went for steals,” Young said. “I was trying to make something happen for my team.”
Simpson thought Young’s energy was a big boost for his team.
“He was real excited because he only had one foul in the first half,” Simpson said. “That’s big for him. He’s just very active and we need him to be active all the time.
“Sometimes he makes a couple of fouls and then he’s kind of limited in what he can do. I’ve said this before, he’s probably the most passionate person I’ve ever seen about playing the game of basketball. Not that other people don’t, but he just loves to play basketball.”
South’s other four starters all had solid nights against the Raiders. Senior guards Michael Griffin and Drew Greenwood scored 11 and seven points, respectively. Senior forward Drew Horsey added 10. Senior point guard Jonathan Blair tallied four points and seven assists.
Other players like Scott Moore (10 points) and Jacob Roy (nine) came off the bench and gave the Dragons good minutes.
Simpson was especially impressed with his bench players’ defense.
Playing primarily against South’s backups, Trimble didn’t score a single point in the fourth quarter.
“I thought they’ve been more focused on the bench,” Simpson said. “As a result, when they come in I think they’ve done a good job.”
South will play at Western Hills at 7:30 Thursday. The Dragons will return to action next weekend in the John Fendley Classic.
South Oldham – 26, 30, 22, 15 – 93
Trimble County – 10, 18, 12 0 – 40
South Oldham – Young 26, Griffin 11, Horsey 10, Moore 10, Roy 9, Greenwood 7, Fields 6, Bullock 5, Blair 4, McWilliams 2, Williams 2, Bouvet 1
Trimble County – Dunaway 16, Rexrort 15, Long 6, James 3
OTHER MONDAY SCORE
Bullitt Central (3-1) 50, North Oldham (1-3) 39