Great, tournament-caliber game. Both teams shot well, and the hustle on the court borderlined on frantic-lose-and-go-home atmosphere.
Defenses suffered badly as both teams ran up the scoreboard. Gallatin's 79 points was 11 above their normal average of 68.1 ppg. South was actually five points below their average of 80 ppg, but the Dragons' shooting was spectacular.
Gallatin led by 7 heading into the final period, and their resilience at repelling the Dragon rally was impressive. Consider: South Oldham hit 10 of 11 shots in the final quarter, including 6 of 7 threes. They hit 71% of their FTs. Yet in the end, they could only erase 3 points from the Wildcat lead despite the amazing display of marksmanship.
The two teams had very few turnovers, but South (who unofficially had 10 turnovers) had five of their turnovers in the fourth, which was a large reason why their shooting display failed to finish the rally.
Rassman was the key for Gallatin in the fourth. He repeatedly beat most of the defense downcourt and beat the Dragons off the dribble-drive for layups and 2+1 opportunities. And - despite his low free throw shooting percentage - Rassman repeatedly produced at the stripe, particularly when things got tight.
Coomer was his usual self. Coomer is one of my favorite Wildcats, and he can hurt you in so many ways. Against South, he combined a deadly combination of threes, layups, and free throws to lead Gallatin.
We had Coomer with 32 points and Rassman with 28. Wyatt Bowen also hit double figures with 12. Gallatin hit 50.9% from the field, but only 23.8% beyond the arc (5 of 21).
The difference was the free throw line: Gallatin made 18 out of 26 for 69%. South took only 7 free throws, making 5 for 71.4%
We had Luke Morrison leading South, scoring 27 points and grabbing a game-high seven rebounds. Morrison hit 11 of 16 shots overall. Point guard Seth Johnson tallied 20 points. Both players hit four threes. Both players are juniors and will return next year.
South, as usual, hit their threes, making 14 of 27 for 51.9%. Besides Morrison and Johnson, Creighton Thieneman came off the bench to hit three of three shots - all threes - for 9 points.
Overall, South hit 28 of 51 shots for 54.9%.
Great seeing MacktheKnife at the ballgame. (thanks for coming by and saying "hi"!)
SK beat Walton-Verona, South Oldham, and Grant County
Walton-Verona beat Oldham County and Gallatin County twice
Oldham County beat South Oldham, Gallatin County, and Simon Kenton
Grant County beat Oldham County
South Oldham beat Collins and Grant County
Collins beat Gallatin County
Gallatin County beat South and Simon Kenton.