By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
LONDON — Crosstown rivals North Laurel and South Laurel met for the first time this season in girls basketball action Monday night at North Laurel High School.
Both teams were looking to improve in the win column as each entered Monday's contest with a combined three wins on the season.
South Laurel denied several Lady Jaguar attempts to gain momentum throughout the second half and pulled away in the fourth quarter to preserve the 70-62 win, giving the Lady Cardinals their second win of the year.
"I thought we stayed really, really aggressive offensively tonight," said South Laurel coach Konnie Snyder. "We've had a little bit of time off after our Christmas tournament. We've had time to work on some things and make a few adjustments. I don't know if it's that or just the rivalry game, or if they just did not want to lose, I'll take it either way."
The game was nip and tuck from the opening tip. Each squad went to their leaders for scoring early in the contest as Brittany Vandeventer and Katie Reynolds led South Laurel in scoring and to a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.
North Laurel continued to go to Kayla Bruner in the second quarter who kept the Lady Jags' offense in check with eight points and helped give North Laurel a 20-15 lead, but the South Laurel full-court press created points off turnovers.
Shelby Davis and Mariah Riley sparked an 8-0 run to help South Laurel reclaim the lead at 23-20 during the quarter. Each team battled to a halftime score of 32-30 with South Laurel holding the edge.
The Lady Jags went to Makayla Sexton and Bruner for scoring throughout the third quarter and once again found themselves with a slim two-point lead, but the Lady Cardinals answered with Brittany Vandeventer who knocked down a three-point jump shot along with Preslie Baker who connected from long range as well.
South Laurel found the break they needed and took advantage of North Laurel turnovers to take a 52-43 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
Eddie Mahan's group responded once again as Sexton and Bruner led the Lady Jags on a fourth-quarter rally.
Kelsey Chesnut's free throw cut the South Laurel lead to 58-57 with under four minutes remaining. The Lady Cardinals answered with Vandeventer who completed a four-point trip for the Lady Cardinals, going to the free-throw line to connecting on two of four.
Preslie Baker's basket pushed the lead to 64-57 with under two minutes remaining. Madison Sheppard's free throw cut the South Laurel lead to 64-61 with 1:23 reamining, but the Lady Cardinals again went to Vandeventer who put the Lady Cardinals up 66-61 and secured the victory going down the stretch.
North Laurel's Eddie Mahan commented on the loss.
"This is a game we better learn from, said Eddie Mahan. "We didn't play very well. We've got to start looking to not lose."
The loss moves North Laurel to 2-9 on the season. South Laurel was led in scoring by Brittany Vandeventer's 22 points and North Laurel was led by Bruner with 23 on the night.
South Laurel 70, North Laurel 62
South Laurel 15 17 20 18—70
North Laurel 13 17 13 19—62
South Laurel (70) — Vandeventer 22, Cromer 14, Baker 12, Davis 9, Reynolds 6, Hacker 2, Madden 2, Riley 2, Miller 1,
North Laurel (62) — Bruner 23, Sexton 12, Sheppard 11, Chesnut 5, Gray 5, Lawson 4, Bridges 2
Lady Cards edge crosstown rival, 70-62
By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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