Floyd Central 59 South Oldham 49

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    Floyd Central 59 South Oldham 49

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    I didn't do such a great job of updating, tonight, I'm afraid. Not many breaks, and I was wrapped up in the broadcast.

    First off, the Pegasus score was correct: The actual final score was Floyd Central 59, South Oldham 49 The South Oldham scoreboard incorrectly had South with 48 points.

    Three great quarters of action tonight, as these two teams were tied at 35 after three, but Floyd Central took advantage of South's suddenly errant shooting to pull away behind an aggressive defense in the fourth quarter.

    South hit 52.4% of their first half shots (11/21), but couldn't keep the pace up in the second half, hitting just 8 of 30 shots in the second half to finish 19 of 51 (37.3%) overall.

    Complicating things for the Lady Dragons, the usually proficient outside shooters couldn't make the three drop, hitting only 2 of 17 from beyond the arc, their worst shooting night from the three point line this season. With FC packing in the defense late, South was unable to hit the long ball.

    South was extraordinary at the line, though, hitting 9 of 11 for 81.8

    Maggie Smith was the only South player in double figures, with 16 points. Peyton Herold and Skylar Sahatjian each had 9, Zoey Holland scored 7, and Lexi Bowlden added 6 points and a team -high 7 rebounds as the South starters scored 47 of their 49 points. (Brooke Short came off the bench to score 2 points).

    5'8" sophomore Lindsey Dorsch scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Lady Highlanders, who improved to 3-6 on the season. Sophomore Blair Sprigler added 10.

    The first three quarters were full of mini-runs by both teams. The largest lead for either squad through three quarters was six for FC and five for South.

    FC led 9-2 early when South went on a run and took an 11-9 advantage.

    It was 15-13 Floyd Central after one, and the Highlanders pushed the lead to five midway through the second, but South switched defenses. With their zone being consistently burned by FC - the Highlanders hit 5 of 11 threes in the first half - South switched to a man to man defense, and the results paid off. The Lady Dragons pulled to within 26-25, and took the halftime lead at 27-26 when Sahatjian drained two free throws right before intermission.

    South stayed in the man defense, and Floyd Central hit just one more three the rest of the way.

    Both teams at times seemed poised to take over the game in the second half; Floyd Central exploded out of the halftime to stake out a six point advantage, but South clawed right back into it, and it was tied at 35 after three. Sahatjian had four of South's 8 third-quarter points as the sophomore point guard repeatedly attacked the offensive glass and got putbacks. For the game, I had Sahatjian, a 5'4" sophomore point guard, with six rebounds - four of them offensive boards.

    But South couldn't buy baskets in the fourth, going just 4 of 17, and the Lady Highlanders used some nifty passing to take and build the lead. 5'11" senior center MacKenzie Hashem was particularly devastating in the fourth period, snagging rebounds, altering shots, stealing passes - and scoring 7 of her nine total points on strong inside moves.

    Strong shooting late allowed Floyd Central to finish 22 of 44 for 50% from the floor.

    South falls to 3-2 on the year.
    Floyd Central improves to 3-6.

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