By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — The O. Wayne Rollins Center in Williamsburg was the neutral site of 13th Region girls basketball action on Tuesday evening.
The Corbin Lady Redhounds and North Laurel Lady Jaguars met for the first time this season. Corbin utilized a second half surge to carry out an 86-48 victory over the Lady Jags, which improves the Lady Redhounds to 14-4 on the season. Coach Jason McDaniel commented on the win in Williamsburg.
“In the second half I challenged the girls," Jason McDaniel said. “We needed to play better on defense and play between the man and the basket.
“We needed to get stronger with the basketball, and in the third quarter in particular I thought we did that, he added. “We made a few shots and got alot of transition points as well, but I'm really pleased with the top eight or nine girls that we have. They showed alot of spunk in the second half."
The second half was key for the Lady Redhounds as North Laurel was staring at a 10-point, 38-28 deficit at halftime. Despite the seemingly small margin, Corbin wasted no time going to its full court pressure which has been one of the strongest components of the Lady Redhound game this season. The Lady Redhound press was instrumental in keeping the Lady Jaguar offense from making big runs when opportunities arose.
The Lady Redhounds went to all three Wilson sisters who chipped in one three-point basket in the first period as well as senior Sarah Ashley who helped build the Lady Redhound lead to double digits in the second quarter. North Laurel took advantage of some Lady Redhound turnovers late in the second quarter and found scoring in Hannah Lawson from the post and Kayla Bruner on the outside who contributed nine points from three-point range in the first half to keep the Lady Jags within striking distance heading into the locker room.
McDaniel's squad quickly showed the effectiveness of its depth and bench to begin the second half of play. The lead soon grew to 50-30 by the at the 4:53 mark and the scrappy, quick, and more athletic Lady Redhound team took control. Kayla Wilson continued her sharp shooting from the floor in the third quarter as the senior found the range from three-point territory at least once in all four quarters of regulation.
Again, the full court pressure and the Lady Redhound depth allowed McDaniel to substitute fresh legs and bodies, while North Laurel appeared fatigued late in the third quarter. The Lady Redhound defensive pressure created several turnovers throughout the second half and the Corbin transition game was in high gear.
Corbin held a 65-39 lead at the end of the third quarter and continued its scoring attack in the fourth quarter by racking up 21 points in the final period and easily cruised to the 38-point win over North Laurel. All Lady Redhounds entered the game by final buzzer with 11 Lady Redhounds entering the scoring column.
“In the first half we were able to get some open looks," North Laurel coach Eddie Mahan said. “We didn't always hit them and didn't knock them down like I wanted us to, but it helped us to break their press at times.
“In the second half it wore us down and you saw the red faces, and as those bright red faces came out, you saw us make some youthful mistakes and we threw the ball away and gave them some layups," he added. “We didn't rebound in certain situations and gave them some outlets."
Corbin was led in scoring by Kayla Wilson with 21 and the Lady Jags were led by Kayla Bruner with 16 points.
Corbin 86, North Laurel 48
Corbin 22 16 27 21 – 86
N. Laurel 13 15 11 9 – 48
Corbin (86) – K. Wilson 21, Ashley 16, B. Ashurst 11, Mi. Wilson 11, Jewell 6, Gallagher 6, Me. Wilson 5, Baker 4, Gulley 2, Blackburn 3, Logan 2
North Laurel (48) – Bruner 16, Lawson 13, Raines 8, Sheppard 6, Gray 3, Sexton 2