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Shoot for the Cure Classic | Butler drought proves costly; S. Oldham wins

January 15, 2012
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The Butler High School girls’ basketball team went exactly eight minutes without a point in the second half and South Oldham pulled away to a 49-35 win Saturday afternoon in the Shoot for the Cure Classic at Male High School.

Butler (11-6) only trailed 26-24 after Bearette Taylor Snyder hit a 6-footer with 4:56 left in the third quarter.

Then the drought was on.

The Bearettes didn’t score again until Shakiera Bell hit 1 of 2 free throws with 4:56 left in the fourth quarter. By then, South Oldham (13-3) had built a 35-25 cushion.

Butler coach Larry Just said his team looked unsure of itself during much of the game.

“To me, it just looked like (a lack of) confidence,” he said. “The kids just have to step up, make shots and play. That’s what it comes down to.”

For the game, Butler hit just 11 of 46 shots, including just 2 of 21 from 3-point range.

“If you don’t make shots, you can’t create any tempo if you wanted it,” Just said. “They pretty much controlled both ends of the floor.”

South Oldham coach Frank Wright said it wasn’t one of the best efforts from his team, either. The Dragons hit just 13 of 36 shots, 23 of 35 free throws and committed 27 turnovers.

“We wanted to try to be in good position and stay in front of them,” Wright said.

Wright said the Bearettes, who played Mercy on Friday night, likely were tired.

“That probably had something to do with it (the poor shooting),” he said. “They are a lot better than what they showed tonight. They have a good team. They’re well-coached. They know what to do. They were just tired. I’m sure they’ll do well.”

Just, meanwhile, said his team wasn’t tired. “No, we’re not using that as an excuse,” he said.

Wright said his South Oldham team struggled in several facets but excelled in two areas. “But we blocked out well and rebounded,” he said. “That was a big key — defense and rebounding.”

South Oldham owned a 42-29 rebounding edge.

Jasmine Whitfield, who will play at the University of Cincinnati next season, led South Oldham with 14 points and nine rebounds. Bellarmine University recruit Mary Dye added 13 points and nine rebounds.

For Butler, Aereon Smith led the way with 10 points and Alexis Stallard added nine points.

In other games involving metro-area schools:

Ballard 55, Lexington Christian 50: Katelin Bundy and Kristen Rinehart each totaled 19 points, and the Bruins (12-4) edged the Eagles (7-13).

Holy Cross 36, Male 16: Jillian Epperson notched eight points to lead the balanced Cougars (14-3) over the host Bulldogs (10-9).

LaRue County 53, Central 24: Ivy Brown netted 15 points as the Lady Hawks (9-6) shellacked the Yellowjackets (7-10). Central was led by Jerea Brice’s nine points.

Pleasure Ridge Park 55, Barren County 52: Kelsey Adwell racked up 28 points as the Panthers (10-10) downed the Trojanettes (8-10), who were led by Jamie Cummings’ game-high 33 points.

Waggener 51, Fern Creek 28: Jada Jackson put in 13 points and Stephanie Wooldridge 11 to lead the Wildcats (7-6) past the Tigers (5-6), who got 16 points from Rau Jau’ Terry.

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