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Oldham County vs. Grant County Predictions/Updates

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Who:   Oldham County (4-2) vs. Grant County (3-2)

When:  Monday, 12/13/21   Tipoff 7:30 pm

Where:  Oldham County HS, Buckner, KY

Broadcast:  Free live high definition video coverage begins at 7 pm ET on www.pegasussportsky.com

The Oldham County Colonels face the Grant County Braves in an 8th Region matchup in Buckner, KY.....Oldham County is 4-2 after a 76-54 victory over Moore in the BodyArmor Showcast at Henry County HS on Saturday...

Grant County is 3-2 after riding their defense to back-to-back wins over Anderson County (51-47) and Owen County (52-47 in OT) last week.

Who to watch:

Grant County - Without a doubt, this is the Dylan Hammonds show.   The 6'4" junior forward is putting up video-game numbers....Hammonds is averaging 25.8 ppg and 12.8 rebounds....he has recorded 21 double-doubles in his last 25 games.....and he has scored in double figures in 36 consecutive contests.    He already has well over 1,000 points in his career and around 600 rebounds....     Nobody else on the Braves is averaging in double figures, but Wayne Ziegler, Colton Scalf, and Spencer Breeden are averaging between 7-8 ppg each, and all three are capable of double-digit scoring nights.    Scalf had 13 in the Braves' last game.

Once a team primarily known for its scoring ability, Grant has been showing off an improved defense this year, and has held their last two opponents to fewer than 50 points.

Oldham County - The Colonels feature a balanced scoring attack, but without a doubt, 6'6" senior forward Sam Powell is Mr. Everything for the Colonels.    A strong inside player with powerful moves to the rim, Powell is also a superb perimeter shooter.   Powell is #2 in scoring for the Colonels at 14.8 ppg and #2 in rebounding at 6.8 boards a contest.    He's hitting 41% beyond the arc and 51% overall.     A difficult matchup for any defender, Powell is far more mobile than most big men inside and far too tall for most high school guards on the perimeter, as he simply shoots over them.

Favorite:   Oldham County.    Grant County has had to overcome some early obstacles, which may be problematic against Oldham.   The Braves are shooting just 22.5% from beyond the arc, and only 54.5% at the stripe.    If Grant can't hit jumpers, it will be a real challenge to get clean shots inside against Oldham's 6'10" senior center Hayden Burgess, who has matured into one of the most mobile and effective big men in the region, and the 6'6" Powell.    If this becomes a free throw shooting contest, the edge also goes to Oldham, who is a much better team at the line, hitting 72.6% of their shots.

Grant will be challenged at point guard by the Oldham County pressure favored by coach Coy Zerhusen.    With expected starting point guard Mason Guffey gone via transfer to Taylor County and expected backup point guard Jackson Utter out for the season with a broken ankle, Grant has turned to its third option at point guard, and while Daniel Fox appears to be a fine replacement, he wasn't expecting to be in this role, and he is still getting his feet wet.

Oldham would appear to have more depth in terms of offense as well.   Powell actually isn't Oldham's leading scorer.   That honor goes to 6'10" senior center Hayden Burgess, who has proved dominant on the inside and who is averaging 15.8 ppg / 7.2 rebounds, both team highs.   Sophomore Max Green has made his debut on the varsity a memorable one, and is averaging 13 ppg while making 12 (team high) of 32 three pointers for 37.5%.   Kenton Slechter is just shy of double digits, averaging a solid 9.2 ppg; he is perhaps the best "slasher" on the team and superb at getting to the rim.  Luke Amburgey is making solid contributions, averaging over 6 ppg and 6 rebounds; he's made 14 of 14 at the charity stripe.

Why you want to watch:   Oldham County graduated all five starters from last year's region 8 champions, but the current five starters may be every bit as good.    Depth is still a concern for Oldham, but the subs looked very good Saturday against Moore when Coy Zerhusen got angry with his starters' efforts and pulled all five, clearing the way for the next five subs to play nearly all the third quarter.    Watch for #21, sophomore Justin Ruffin, who was a star WR on the Oldham football team.   He has played in just two games but was electric off the bench Saturday.

Grant County has had all the bad luck a team needs in one season and more, yet coach Joe Utter seems to have this team firing on all cylinders.   Grant isn't offensively up to speed yet, but it often doesn't matter when you have someone like Dylan Hammonds, who is a treat to watch.   Hammonds' energy is infectious, and he doesn't take plays off.   He's one of the few players in the region who can almost keep his team in a game by himself.

Broadcast on www.pegasussportsky.com starts at 7 pm ET.    Free live high definition video ....also archived on the site for one year after.

I'll post updates as I can.



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