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North Oldham outlasts Cats in overtime

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By John Herndon

North Oldham overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and held on for a 48-45 overtime win over Anderson County in boys’ high school basketball action Tuesday night.

Trailing 31-21 entering the fourth quarter, the Mustangs turned up the defensive pressure to force several crucial turnovers. A 9-0 spurt gave North its first lead of the game at 36-35 with 2:30 to play.

North Oldham built the lead to three, but Anderson’s Darrin Laswell sent the game into the extra period with a 3-pointer with 14 seconds to play.

North, which improved to 9-8, never trailed in overtime. Anderson fell to 6-8. The Bearcats have lost four of their last five by a combined 12 points.

“In our stage of development, we have not had enough work on playing with the lead,” Anderson coach Glen Drury said.

Laswell led all scorers with 22 points. David Levitch led North Oldham with 15 points.