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Girls' Basketball: Collins uses late surge to top South Oldham 52-46

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By Mickey Patterson

A quick scoring burst to open the fourth quarter gave the Collins High School girls’ basketball team the breathing room they needed as the Titans slid past South Oldham 52-46 Tuesday.

With the score tied at 37 to open the final period, the Titans (12-8) took off on a 15-4 scoring run to put the Dragons away.

”We are kind of fighting ourselves right now, we can’t get out of our own way but it’s that time of year,” Collins coach Sean Pigman said. “Give South Oldham a lot of credit, they played well and just had a bad stretch for a short time. They are well coached, he (South Oldham coach Gene Heffington) has really made a lot of progress with his kids.”

Collins started the run when freshman Carson Murray hit a 3-pointer out of the left corner. South Oldham answered with a driving lay-in from Maggie Smith before Murray hit another 3-pointer from the same corner and Zantasha King added a free throw for a 44-39 lead with 5:42 left in the game.

“That was a couple of really big threes that Carson hit for us,” Pigman said. “It kind of gave us the separation we needed and allowed us to play with a little more confidence.”

Following the timeout the Lady Dragons came right back with a drive down the baseline from Sydney Herold to cut the lead to 44-41, but Collins quickly bounced back. Murray came up with a steal off a deflected pass and fed forward Hannah Renfro for a breakaway layup. After another Collins defensive stop, Renfro posted inside to hit a short shot in the lane and 48-41 lead with 3:23 left to force another South Oldham timeout.

The Titans closed the run after the timeout when point guard Michelle Roberts, who missed most of the third quarter after picking up two fouls in the opening 20 seconds, hit a drive down the lane. Less than a minute later senior forward Whitney Pullen followed her own miss to give Collins a 52-41 lead with 1:34 left in the game.

“This was the kind of win you have to be able to get this time of year,” Pigman said. “It’s kind of the dog days of January and the kids are tired. We did a good job of doing some things right when we had to and if you look at it we had a lot of different kids do some positive things so that was good to see.”

Collins              6  18  11  17 — 52
South Oldham 10  10  15  11 — 46

Collins - Federle 25, Renfro 11, Roberts 9, Pullen 6, Murray 6, King 3, McGibben 2
South Oldham - Ledosky 13, Smith 11, S. Herold 10, Bowlden 4, P. Herold 4, Ishmael 4