BY HANSON CRAFTON
CRESTWOOD, Ky. —
Basketball fans were treated to a great game Wednesday between the Floyd Central Highlanders and the host South Oldham Dragons.
It was a gritty back-and-forth game that went right down to the final tick of the clock as South Oldham (2-0) was able to steal the game, 52-50.
While the fans may have enjoyed it, Highlander coach Kirk Hamsley did not.
“We are not a mature team,” Floyd coach Kirk Hamsley said. “We are not doing what it takes to win, and that’s just who we are.”
With Floyd leading 50-49 in the final seconds, South Oldham’s Sydney Jones picked up a foul with 0.8 left in the game. After hitting the first free throw to tie the conest, Jones missed the second. With no other South player on the line, she grabbed the rebound and put the ball back at the buzzer to put a knife in Floyd Central.
The Highlanders trailed 38-32 heading into the fourth quarter before rallying. A strong Floyd press along with Riley and Madison Kaiser, who combined for 14 points in the quarter, allowed the Highlanders to storm back With 50 seconds left, they had a three-point lead. Even after a crucial 5-second inbound violation and missed free throws, Floyd still managed a 50-49 lead before Jones was able to win the contest.
For most of the first half both teams played sloppy with turnovers adding up on both sides. The Dragons opened up with a 12-11 first quarter lead — benefitting from the early dominance of Emma Sedoris, who posted four points, four rebounds and two blocks, setting the tone in the paint.
In the second quarter, South Oldham was able to build a small lead, taking advantage of Sedoris’s post presence leading to three 3s from the Dragon guards.
Floyd struggled with four trouble in the second quarter. Even while winning the turnover battle — Floyd forced 16 first-half turnovers — the Dragons went into the half with a 27-20 lead.
After the half Floyd Central looked like a different team. After allowing South to build a 10 point lead and a questionable foul called along with a technical the Highlanders began to play like a team possessed. Floyd would cut the Dragon lead to two before a few more unhelpful calls put an end to the run and allowed South to go to the fourth with a 38-32 lead.
Madison Kaisier led the Highlanders with 17 points, nine rebounds and a pair of assists. Riley Kaiser added 11 points and five boards. Sedoris finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, six blocks and five assists for the Dragons.
Floyd (1-5) will try to end its losing streak at North Harrison on Saturday.
SOUTH OLDHAM 52, FLOYD CENTRAL 50
Floyd Central 11 9 12 18—50
South Oldham 12 15 13 14—52
Floyd Central (1-5): Madison Kasier 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assist; Riley Kaiser 11 points, 5 rebounds; Brianna Roth 7 points, 4 rebounds; Brooke Hinton 7 pts, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Abbie Engle 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists; Shelby Rost 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists.
South Oldham (2-0): Emma Sedoris 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 blocks, 5 assists; Sydney Jones 10 points, 2 rebounds; Rachel Platt 6 points 2 rebounds; Erin Wilson 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists; Holly Schomm 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Jodi Ansent 3 points; Abbey Vanzant 4 points, 4 assists.
Free throws: Floyd 12-15; South Oldham 10-19.