By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
SOUTH LAUREL – The South Laurel Lady Cardinals started the 2012-13 basketball season on a high note Monday, using a 70-48 win to move to 1-0 on the season.
Taylor Arthur and Cassandra Johnson led the way with 20 and 19 points, respectively, as Konnie Snyder watched her team play at a pace she approved of when the game was finished and said she was happy to see her team’s hard work pay off.
“It makes you feel a little bit better to come out and get that first win under your belt,” Snyder said. “I know our kids have worked really hard in the preseason and in scrimmages and stuff, but you never know what it’s going to be like when you come out to play and it’s a really anxious time for everyone.
“The way we ended last year has left a really sour taste in our mouth, so I was glad to see the kids come out and respond to that,” she added. “We came out and pushed the pace a little bit and the girls executed when we asked them to.”
South Laurel took control in the early going, using a 22-point first quarter to grab a 22-12 lead at the break.
The dominance continued in the second period as Snyder’s squad outscored the Lady Jackets 17-9, extending the lead to 39-21 at halftime.
Middlesboro was able to pick up the pace somewhat in the third quarter, but the Lady Cardinals managed to extend the lead once more, this time outscoring their opponent by five points to make the score 57-34 with eight minutes to play in the contest.
With Snyder giving some of her bench players a chance to get in the game, Middlesboro trimmed the gap the slightest of margins in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Cardinals by one point in the fourth quarter before falling by a final score of 70-48.
Despite the large margin as the game wound down, Snyder said she didn’t put her subs in the game just to get them in. She was adamant that players who got in the game were kids who had earned their playing time on the floor.
“If kids don’t deserve to play it doesn’t matter what the score is going to be,” Snyder said. “If they come out and deserve to play, you’d always like to get them in the game.”
South Laurel 70, Middlseboro 48
Middlesboro 12 9 13 14 48
South Laurel 22 17 18 13 70
Middlesboro (48) – Not available.
South Laurel (70) – Arthur 20, Johnson 17, Clonce 9, Baker 8, Vandeventer 6, Parker 5, Bailey 3, Morris 2,
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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