By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN — Monday’s 50th District showdown between Corbin and South Laurel was nip-and-tuck most of the way as it took overtime to decide the winner.
When all was said and done, Corbin came away with a 59-52 win, thanks to key free throws down the stretch by Kayla Wilson, who hit five-of-six in the closing moments and led the Lady Redhounds with 18 points.
After the win, Corbin coach Jennifer Parsons said she was proud of the way her team managed to pull out the win after a slow start shooting the ball.
“I felt like we gave every opportunity in the world to give the ball away,” Parsons said. “In the second half we did a lot better job of seeing the goal when we were around the basket and we were able to convert several times.
“I felt like down the stretch we never got down on ourselves and we played from behind the whole game,” she added. “We made a lot of mistakes early, but we didn’t make the same mistakes late in the game, so that was big for us to be able to keep our composure.”
The big difference in the game was not only the free throws made, but the number of free throws taken. Corbin made good on 16-of-22 attempts, while South Laurel connected on six-of-nine. South Laurel coach Konnie Snyder was adamant in stating that discrepancy was an obvious factor in the game’s outcome.
“That’s a very big deficit for a team that plays inside and a team that’s primarily an outside guard oriented team,” Snyder said. “We’ll just leave it at that.”
South Laurel led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Redhounds managed to grab a 28-27 lead at halftime.
Both teams struggled in the third period, combining for just nine points as Corbin extended its lead by two points to 35-32.
South Laurel led by four points late in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Redhounds were able to tie the game up and force the extra period.
The Lady Cardinals led by two on separate occasions in overtime, but Corbin tied things up at 50 apiece and after grabbing a 52-50 lead on a basket by Melanie Wilson, they never looked back.
Taylor Arthur led the way for the Lady Cardinals, scoring 21 points while grabbing 13 rebounds for a double-double. Karli Parker was the only other player for South Laurel to reach double figures with 12 points.
Corbin’s Miranda Wilson added 12 and Sarah Ashley chipped in 10.
Corbin 59, South Laurel 52
South Laurel 16 11 5 14 6 52
Corbin 11 17 7 11 13 59
South Laurel (52) – Arthur 21, Parker 12, Baker 7, Johnson 5, Clontz 5, Morris 2.
Corbin (59) – K. Wilson 18, Mi. Wilson 12, Ashley 10, Disney 8, Me. Wilson 7, Ashurst 2, Fothergill 2.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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