Oldham balance overcomes Anderson grit

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By John Herndon

Oldham County scored seven quick points straddling the third and fourth quarters to get some breathing room on the way to a 49-40 win over Anderson County last Tuesday night.

The Colonels utilized a very close charging call against the Bearcats that nullified a basket that could have tied things at 28.

Oldham pushed the lead to seven to nine points through much of the fourth quarter,. but Anderson did fight back within four points on three different occasions. The Bearcats could get no closer than 42-38 inside the final 90 seconds.  Oldham hit its free throws down the stretch the final margin to a point that could not indicate how close the game was.

“It was the end of the third quarter that hurt,” Anderson coach Glen Drury said.

Anderson had led at each of the first two quarter breaks against the team that many believe the Colonels will represent the Eighth Region at the Sweet 16 next month.

“They are the team to beat,” Durry said. “We played a really nice game, but they have size and experience to win it.”

Logan Woodside led all scorers with 15 points, while Ryan Ratliff, making his first varsity start on the Bearcats' Senior Night, scored five points but pulled down 10 rebounds. “Ryan really had a good game,” Drury said.

Oldham, which improved to 19-7, showed the balance that has the Colonels at the top of the region. Only one Oldham player, guard Dylan Henderson, with 10 points, scored in double figures, but five others had at least five points.

“There are some lessons from Oldham County. Last year, they did not have a lot of experience and they won only eight or nine games,” Drury said, although the Colonels actually finished 11-16. “They got a lot of experience and this year they are a contender for the regional championship.”