By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
PIKEVILLE — The North Laurel Jaguars returned to action for their second game of the Pikeville Invitational as they faced Betsy Layne with the hopes of advancing to the championship game on Saturday.
The Jags came up short on Friday night losing to the Bobcats 60-57.
"We played a tremendous first half," coach Brad Sizemore said. "We were up 12 going into the half, but we just had one of those second halves where we gradually let them get back into the game and our kids played tremendously hard, but we showed our youth and inexperience at times today."
North Laurel held a 12-point lead at halftime and appeared to have the momentum before Betsy Layne rallied in the second half and took the lead, eventually holding on and winning by a slim three-point margin.
The Jags will play for third place on Saturday while Betsy Layne will play in Saturday's championship game.
"We probably had eight or nine turnovers in the fourth quarter," Sizemore said. "You've got to give them credit, they have a bunch of strong, physical kids and they shot the ball extremely well."
North Laurel's Peyton Broughton finished the evening with 23 points and led the Jags in scoring. North Laurel is now 7-5 on the season while Betsy Layne improves to 10-1 heading into Saturday's championship game.