By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
CORBIN — A total of six points separated Corbin and Jellico in their first meeting as the Redhounds' came away with the victory over the Blue Devils in December. The Blue Devil surge that began in the first half of Friday night's contest was extinguished by a resilient Redhound squad in the second half who pulled away in the fourth quarter to win by a final score of 65-52 at Gilliam Gymnasium.
“I'm happy to get the win,” Corbin coach Tony Pietrowski said. “We've got to get in practice and get some things ironed out and get better as a basketball team.
“I love the kids and we've got to keep grinding, but when it comes right down to it, there's some things we need to do to get better,” he added.
The Redhounds were forced to play catch up with Jellico during the first quarter as Pietrowski took a quick time out to stop the sharp shooting Austin Hunley and Jason Hale who opened play to give their team a 6-0 lead. Jellico's first three field goals were three-point baskets. Hunley converted on four three-point baskets in the quarter and the Blue Devils came out with an early 17-9 lead. Corbin answered with a Kenny Hopper three-point basket and David Goins contributed five points in the quarter, but Jellico maintained the lead 20-16 after the first period.
The Redhounds made some defensive adjustments and began to create turnovers. Corbin went on a 8-0 run and captured the lead for the first time of the night during the second quarter.
The lead exchanged hands on several possesions as both squads went back and forth until Austin Hunley's three-point basket gave Jellico a five-point edge at 33-27 at the 1:37 mark in the second quarter, but turnovers and rebounding quickly gave Corbin some momentum going into the locker room.
Kevin Goins and Andrew Taylor combined scoring during a late second quarter rally to give Corbin the 35-33 lead at halftime.
Corbin's lead grew to 40-33 as Andrew Taylor scored four points early in the quarter and Bayley Rice contributed four, but Jellico cut into the Redhound lead and took a 46-45 advantage at the 2:31 mark in the period. That would be the last lead for the Blue Devils as Kevin Goins' free throw and Trevor Browning's put back on a missed free throw gave Corbin 49-46 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Rebounding and turnovers proved crucial for Corbin going down the stretch. The Redhounds created several baskets off turnovers and out rebounded Jellico on several possessions.
Again, Corbin turned to Browning who connected on a three-point basket to give his team a 57-50 lead with 4:45 remaining in the fourth quarter. The junior finished with seven points in the quarter as the Redhounds continued to rebound on both ends of the court and scored on missed free throws. The difference gave Corbin all they needed in the end and Jellico was forced to foul with over a minute remaining. The Blue Devils were held to just six points in the fourth quarter.
Corbin's Kevin Goins led the way for the Redhounds with 14 points. Austin Hunley scored 17 for Jellico.
Corbin 65, Jellico 52
Jellico, Tenn. 20 13 13 6 – 52
Corbin 16 19 14 16 – 65
Jellico (52) – Hunley 17, Cross 12, Hale 9, Bowlin 8, Bruce 4, Creekmore 2.
Corbin (65) – Goins 14, A Taylor 11, Browning 11, Rice 10, Shelton 6, Waddle 6, Hopkins 3, Hopper 3, Garrison 1.