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Colonels beat Simon Kenton

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By Mickey Patterson

BUCKNER – After weathering Simon Kenton’s counter punch, the Oldham County Colonels came back with their own haymaker to knock the Pioneers out in a 57-49 win Friday.
OCHS, 18-6, dispatched a team many considered their main rival for a regional crown with a 12-2 run just before the end of the first half.
“We got off to a great start and then they got back into it,” OCHS senior guard Blake Payne said. “Their pressure surprised us some, but once we got used to it, we started playing well again.”
The Colonels bolted out to a 10-0 lead in the game’s first four minutes only to see the Pioneers cut the lead to 14-8 by the close of the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter Simon Kenton battled back to take an 18-16 lead on a pull-up jumper from the foul line from Cody Chambers.
The Colonels, however, regrouped and answered quickly. Guard Dylan Henderson started the run hitting a three-pointer from the top of the key to put OCHS up 19-18. The Colonels forced a turnover and followed that with a pair of free throws from Tyler Wesley to lead 21-18.
Wesley added two more free throws the next trip down and Payne stole an entry pass that led to a pair of free throws from Alante Flores.
Payne came up big again defensively when he stole another pass and raced the length of the court for an uncontested layup. OCHS followed that with a defensive stop and on the ensuing possession, Payne fed Nolan Denise in the lane for a short jumper that put the Colonels up 28-18.
Simon Kenton broke their drought with 30 seconds left in the half on a short shot in the lane from Nate Doss. OCHS closed the run to lead 31-20 when Flores buried a three-pointer off the left wing as the horn sounded ending the half.
Simon Kenton never got closer than eight points in the second half.
“We played well in spurts,” OCHS coach Jason Holland said. “We haven’t played but two games in the last two weeks so at times it was a very sloppy game with no rhythm to it. We played well at the start of the game and right before the half ended and that got us the lead we needed.”
The Colonels got 13 points from Denise and 12 from Payne. Henderson scored 11 for a third player in double figures. OCHS also got eight points from guard Kerry Smith in his first game back from a shoulder injury. With the district tourney starting next week and the regional the week after that, OCHS expects they could see the Pioneers again.
Chambers led all scorers with 21 points for Simon Kenton.
“It was a good win for us because a lot of people thought us, them and South Oldham would be the best teams in the region,” Payne said. “We’re glad we won and kind of proved ourselves against a really good team, but I think we will run into them again.”
OCHS – 14 17 14 12 57 – Tyler Wesley 8, Kerry Smith 8, Blake Payne 12, Alante Flores 5, Dylan Henderson 11, Nolan Denise 13; 57.
SIMON KENTON – 8 12 14 15 49 – Chambers 21, Sampson 6, Ayres 6, Bach 6, Rabe 2, Doss 8; 49.

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