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Oldham County may have stumbled to a 1-2 record in district play but that didn’t matter much Friday night as the boys in blue made their first big wave of the postseason, edging rival South Oldham 59-52 for the school’s third straight 29th District championship.
“That’s probably one of the best high school games that I’ve been a part of,” Oldham County coach Jason Holland said. “A lot of runs by both teams and a lot of good defense by both teams, a lot of big plays from both teams and a lot of great coaching.”
And like many of the other meetings between the schools, the final score was hardly indicative of the back-and-forth play of the game as the teams traded the lead 13 times in the first three quarters, including seven in a crucial third period.
That said, it looked like South had all the momentum they would need after a 6-0 run to start the final quarter increased their lead to seven at 47-40.
But that’s when OC’s talented senior class came alive, pouring in 19 of the next 24 points.
Anthony Lape started things off with a pair of layups to pull OC within three before a big three from Sam Gruber evened things up once again.
Following a score from South Oldham’s Matthew Haysley, Anthony Johnson and Jacob Kopp got in on the fun, nailing back-to-back shots to take a two point lead.
The Dragons managed one more run to retake the advantage at 52-51 but that’s when the gas ran out. After another layup from Lape and two free throws from Kopp, the game went to the charity stripe, where the Colonels nailed four of their next seven to push ahead.
More than just another title though, what makes this one special is that the seniors can put their names with it, Gruber said.
“We were a part of it as sophomores and juniors but still now, senior year, it’s our year, it feels even better,” he said. “We’re going to be known as the 2013 district champs.”
“It feels good to put your stamp on it,” Kopp added. “These people come out here every night to come watch us play and it’s disappointing letting them down. You want to go out there and prove to everyone that this is your floor.”
Kopp finished with 17 points to lead the Colonels, while Haysley paced South with 19.
Oldham County 12 10 18 19 — 59
South Oldham 10 15 6 11 — 52
Oldham County (23-7) — Kopp 17, Gruber 13, Lape 9, Masters 8, Johnson 5, Hicks 4, Davis 3.
South Oldham (21-7) — Ma. Haysley 19, Goodlett 13, Young 8, Catinna 6, Jones 5, Mi. Haysley 1.
3-pointers — Gruber 3,Young 2, Catinna, Goodlett, Ma. Haysley,
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