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South Oldham used a 10-0 run late in the third quarter to post a 73-63 win over Anderson County in a match-up of two of the Eighth Region's top teams Friday night in Crestwood.
Anderson had erased a 44-38 deficit when Mackenzie Cann and Corrin Robinson connected on 3-pointers but South Oldham responded with a 10-0 blitz over the next 1:40 to take control. Mary Dye, who scored 23 points for South Oldham, bookended the run with a 3-pointer and a steal that ended with a pass to Emily Housley for a layup that made it 54-44.
They hurt us at the end of quarters, hitting two consecutive threes at the end of the first and third," said Anderson coach Tony Kays.
Housley hit the Lady Bearcats for 11 points, five coming in the decisive run.
Anderson never got closer than seven the rest of the way as South Oldham hit 12 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve been playing with each other a long time and we know where we are going to be on the floor,” South Oldham's Jasmine Whitfield told the Oldham Era. “Everyone was hitting their shots tonight and it really helped to open things up for all of us.”
Whitfield matched Dye's output with 23 points, while Housley and Lissa Gamsky scored 11 each for South Oldham. Dye also had nine rebounds and five steals while Whitfield garnered eight rebounds and seven steals.
“We’ve been waiting for a little bit of a surge from our other players and we got it tonight,” South Oldham coach Frank Wright told the Era. “It’s important that we get that and they are more than capable of doing that in every game. The fact it happened with no one forcing anything just makes things easier for Jasmine and Mary.”
Anderson's Sydney Brown also scored 23 to lead the Lady Bearcats.
Housley and Gamsky might have been the surprises for Anderson as the Lady Bearcats knew all about Whitfield, touted by some as the top player in the region, and Dye, who had stepped up for the Lady Dragons this year.
Brown led Anderson to an 11-2 lead to open the game, but South Oldham withstood the Lady Bearcats' opening punch then caught up when Dye came up with a steal at midcourt, then went for a layup to tie it at 12. Then Gamsky stole a pass and fed Housley for the layup with 7.2 seconds left in the first quarter to give South Oldham the lead.
"We allowed some easy transition baskets, which is uncharacteristic for us, so we have plenty to work on this week," Kays said.
South Oldham is now 12-5 on the season, Anderson fell to 13-7
Mickey Patterson of The Oldham Era contributed to this report.