CRESTWOOD, Ky. - Host South Oldham opened up a big early lead and coasted to a lopsided 90-42 win over Trimble County in boys varsity basketball action Monday night in Crestwood.

The final minutes of the contest were played with a running clock except for timeouts and free throws, a new implementation by KHSAA in the offseason similar to the running clock in football in games where the margin is 40 points or more.

South Oldham junior guard Kyle Young, potent from the inside as well as the outside, scored 17 of his game-high 30 points in the first quarter, when the Dragons got off to a 27-2 start en route to a 35-8 lead at the end of the quarter.

"They are arguably the best team in the Eighth Region," said Trimble County head coach John Leep Jr. "They came out with a high level of varsity intensity and we didn't play with near enough intensity to overcome a lead of that magnitude. Their offense produced a high number of early points and their defense forced us into numerous turnovers."

As the second quarter progressed, South Oldham continued its dominance - this time fueled by a 13-point period by senior reserve guard Devonte Jones.

The Raiders came out of their shell later in the second period, thanks to the play of senior forward Ethan Merrill and freshman forward Michael Dunaway, who scored six and four points, respectively, during the quarter. Trimble also had some 3-point help from Merrill, Andrew Young and Ethan Young.

Meanwhile, South Oldham padded its lead even more and was up, 57-26, at halftime.

By the time the third period had ended, South Oldham owned a 77-37 advantage behind a balanced scoring attack to invoke the runing clock.

Leep was pleased with Merrill's performance. "Ethan was the only one who came to play from the beginning and I was proud for that," Leep said. "I thought Michael (Dunaway) had some good assists from the high post when our guards were able to get him the ball and not turn it over. He didn't get nearly enough touches. Thirty-some turnovers just won't produce a win."

Young's 30 points for the Dragons led all scorers while teammates Mitch Cantinna and Jones added 15 each.

Merrill led Trimble County with 15 points while Dunaway and Rob Brooks aded eight points each.

The Raiders play their first home game of the season Friday when they host Oldham County as part of a girls-boys varsity double-header in Bedford.



at Crestwood, Ky.


TRIMBLE CO. 8 18 11 5 - 42

SOUTH OLDHAM 35 22 20 13 - 90

TRIMBLE CO. (2-3, 0-1 District) - (f)Merrill 15, (g)Brooks 8, (f)Dunaway 8, (g)Long 3, (g)Young 3, Blanton 3, James 2, Hankinson 0, Creech 0, Wyssbrod 0, Rexroat 0, Craig 0, Taylor 0, Payton 0.

SOUTH OLDHAM (3-2, 1-0 District) - (g)Young 30, (g)Catinna 15, Jones 15, (f)Goodlett 8, (g)Ma. Haysley 7, Griffin 6, (g)Mi. Haysley 4, Greenwood 3, Blair 2, Jacob 0.

3-Point Goals - Trimble Co. 5 (Merrill 2, Blanton 1, Young 1, Long 1); South Oldham 10 (Young 3, Catinna 3, Jones 2, Ma. Haysley 1, Greenwood 1). Total Fouls - Trimble Co. 6, South Oldham 7. Free Throws - Trimble Co. 5-7 (71.4%), South Oldham 8-9 (88.9%). Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Trimble Co. hosts Oldham Co. Friday, South Oldham hosts Western Hills Thursday.