The combination of early foul trouble by senior point guard Brandon Stewart and a potent South Oldham offense was double trouble for Carroll County Tuesday night as the visiting Dragons routed the Panthers 75-41 in Carrollton.

South Oldham and Carroll went head-to-head over the first 10 minutes of the game with the Dragons leading 21-18 after a quarter and Carroll trailing 23-21 with a little more than five minutes left in the first half.

But that's when Stewart, the Panthers' floor leader, was whistled for his second foul and head coach Carroll Yager opted to put the senior on his bench to make sure he'd be around in the second half.

As it turned out there wasn't much to salvage by the second half as the Dragons went on a 21-6 run to close the first half and then outscored Carroll 18-8 in the third and 13-6 in the fourth en route to the 34-point blowout.

"We were just a bucket behind when Brandon got that second foul and I put him on the bench but from that point on the momentum just changed unbelievably," Yager said.

The big culprit for Carroll was turnovers and defensive rebounding. The Panthers didn't take care of the ball or the backboards - Carroll had 20 turnovers and allowed 10 offensive rebounds by the Dragons. In addition, South Oldham was 11-of-24 from 3-point range to squeeze maximum impact out of the extra possessions.

"South Oldham took 22 more shots than we did and that was all turnovers and rebounds," Yager said. "They are an exceptionally good offensive team and they made us pay for the mistakes we made. They've got a really good team."

The lone bright spot for Carroll was the continued strong play of senior forward Trey Boles, who led all scorers with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and a team-high five rebounds.

South (19-6) had four players in double figures. Shae Goodlett joined South's 1,000-point club with 19, Mitch Cantinna had 14, and Kyle Young and Matthew Haysley had 10 points each.

The Panthers (15-11) host Walton-Verona Friday on the Panthers' senior night.

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TUESDAY'S BOYS GAME

at Carrollton, Ky.

SOUTH OLDHAM 75, CARROLL CO. 41



SOUTH OLDHAM 21 23 18 13 - 75

CARROLL CO. 18 9 8 6 - 41



SOUTH OLDHAM (19-6) - Goodlett 19, Catinna 14, Young 10, Ma. Haysley 10, Griffen 7, Greenwood 7, Jones 5, Mi. Haysley 3, Blair 0, Roy 0, Freed 0.

CARROLL CO. 15-11) - Boles 20, Stewart 8, Adams 5, Wise 4, Corbin 4, Damron 0, Hogan 0, Booth 0, McCarty 0, Ray 0, Hill 0, Osborne 0, Downahue 0, Schirmer 0.



3-Point Goals - South Oldham 11 (Cantinna 4, Ma. Haysley 2, Young 2, Mi. Haysley 1, Jones 1, Greenwood 1), Carroll Co. 2 (Stewart 1, Adams 1). Free Throws - South Oldham 2-2 (100%), Carroll Co. 7-12 (58%). Total Fouls - South Oldham 11, Carroll Co. 16. Rebounds - South Oldham 24, Carroll Co. 24. Assists - South Oldham 17 (Catinna 5), Carroll Co. 8 (Boles 2, Wise 2). Turnovers - South Oldham 10, Carroll Co. 20. Next Game - South Oldham visits Spencer Co. Tuesday, Carroll Co. hosts Walton-Verona Friday.