By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Lady Colonels came into Tuesday’s matchup with Williamsburg looking to recover from a loss to South Laurel the last time out on the floor.
The Lady Colonels accomplished their goal with a 68-62 win over Williamsburg, but head coach Larry Anderson wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort.
“The only thing I’m disappointed in right now is that defensively, we couldn’t guard the floor,” Anderson said. “People are just taking them anywhere they want to go, and we’re just following them and fouling when they take the shot.
“We’re leaving people that we know better than to leave open and allowing them to shoot,” he added. “We did it the other night against South Laurel and we did it again tonight and it almost cost us.”
Brandi Smith led the way for the Lady Colonels with a 27-point effort, while Maria Johnson added 18 and Bethany Powers scored 15.
For the Lady Yellow Jackets, Tarrah Davis was the leader with 18 points, while Carissa Conlin added 17.
Despite the loss, Williamsburg head coach Andrea Ellis said she was very happy with the way her team performed against what she called a “top-notch team”.
“We played our butts off tonight,” Ellis said. “I still think we could have rebounded more and it really was the little things that killed us and that resulted in a six-point loss.
“I thought we played a heck of a game and I’m sure nobody thought we would play Whitley County to six points,” she added. “I think we showed what we are capable of tonight and hopefully we can build on it and improve.”
Despite Williamsburg jumping out to a 6-3 lead, the Lady Colonels held a 11-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Colonels pushed the gap to 34-23 as the first half came to a close.
A 21-16 third-quarter showing by Whitley County, which included 11 of Johnson’s 18, gave the home team a 55-39 lead thanks to a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Smith.
The Lady Jackets came to life in the fourth quarter, outscoring Whitley County 23-13 in the period, trimming the gap to six points on several occasions, but that’s as close as they would get before the 68-62 loss.
Williamsburg will be back in action Thursday when they travel to South Laurel, while Whitley County will be on the road Friday at Harlan County.
Whitley County 68, Williamsburg 62
Williamsburg 6 17 16 23 62
Whitley County 11 23 21 13 68
Williamsburg (62) – Davis 18, Conlin 17, Berry 12, harris 11, Ash 4.
Whitley County (68) – Smith 27, Johnson 18, Powers 15, Dingess 5, Vanderpool 2, Sizemore 1.