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South Oldham too strong for Panthers

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By Dave Taylor

The Eighth Region’s top high school boys’ cage program in the form of the South Oldham Dragons put on a basketball clinic par excellence at Carroll County High School on Tuesday and in the process handed the Panthers a 75-34 defeat.

Panther head coach Carroll Yager said he hoped the game will help his team, especially the younger players who will make up the Panther teams of tomorrow, learn what it takes to compete at the state level.

“I hope we can get an understanding of the importance of execution, the importance of cutting hard, rebounding, running the floor and spending hours of practice time,” Yager said. “I told the guys they (South Oldham) didn’t just come out there and shoot that way tonight. They’ve spent hours and hours and hours and hours preparing to play any game. I’m hoping that our young guys can get a better picture of what I’m talking about in terms of what we’ve got to do to get there.”

The Demons jumped out to a 22-6 advantage after a quarter of play and continued to build momentum throughout the remainder of the contest. Carroll trailed 45-17 at the half and 58-32 after three quarters of play.

Sophomore center Dallas Gibson was the only Panther to score in double figures with 12 points.

Eric Blair led all scorers with 24 points for the Demons. All of Blair’s offensive output came during the first half and all were from three-point land. South Oldham as a team connected on 13 field goals from beyond the three-point arc.

With the loss Carroll fell to 5-19 on the season with one regular season game left to play before 31st District Tournament action.