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It wasn’t a hero shot; it was a team being a team

March 16, 2018 FieldsColumn

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Oldham County’s Travis Henderson let fly the game-winning three-pointer against Campbell County. (KHSAA photo)

BY MIKE FIELDS

Hero?

Travis Henderson said no thanks to that label after he hit a three-pointer with :05 left to give Oldham County a 56-55 victory over Campbell County in the quarterfinals of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 in Rupp Arena Friday night.

Travis Henderson

Asked about the game-winning three that sent the Colonels to the state semifinals, Henderson deflected all personal glory. Instead, he sounded as if he was just lucky to be in the right spot at the right time and his shot just happened to go in.

“The play wasn’t necessarily designed for me,” he said. “I knew they’d be helping in hard, and that (ballhandler) Jackson (Gibson) would make the right call.”

Oldham County Coach Coy Zerhusen said Gibson was supposed to “attack the paint” and look for a shot, or pass to Zach Larimore rolling free, or Henderson getting open in the left corner.

“They collapsed down on Jackson, and Travis was ready to shoot it.”

Henderson was 0-for-2 on threes before then, including a bad miss. But he gathered himself and his confidence and nailed it.

“I’m just happy we got the win,” he said.

Zerhusen wasn’t surprised Henderson shrugged off the praise tossed his way.

“He hit a big shot, but there were a lot of big plays down the stretch,” he said. “Zach hitting some threes, other guys getting steals, rebounds and deflections.

“None of them want to take any personal credit They all want it to be team stuff because they just love playing together.”

Ron Henderson, Travis’ dad, had the same take on it even after watching his son make a memory that will last a lifetime. He talked about how this group of seniors have been playing ball together since the fourth grade, and they’ve always been a tight-knit.

“There are 5 or 6 guys on that roster that if they were standing in the corner they’d have a really good chance to make that shot,” he said. “It’s a real team.”

A team of heroes.

Oldham County’s bench reacts to Travis Henderson’s game-winning shot. (KHSAA photo)

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