TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

December 11, 2012

Brandi Smith’s buzzer-beater ends Clay County’s 61-game region win streak

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Sports Editor

CLAY COUNTY — Give Whitley County’s Brandi Smith an inch of separation, she’ll make you pay dearly.

That was the case during Whitley County’s 13th Region showdown against four-time defending region champion Clay County on Monday.

With the game tied at 55 apiece and only seven seconds remaining, the Lady Tigers’ 61-game win streak against 13th Region opponents was in serious jeopardy.

Whitley County’s Maria Johnson rebounded a missed shot and quickly passed the ball to Smith, who had just enough separation from a Clay County defender to release and hit a three-pointer as time expired, giving the Lady Colonels a 58-55 win — Clay County’s first regional loss since dropping a 74-64 decision to South Laurel on March 9, 2008 in the 13th Region Tournament championship game.

Smith said she knew about Clay County’s dominance against regional teams going into the game and she was hoping in the end she would get the final shot to seal the deal for Whitley County.

“I wanted the last shot and I wanted it to come down to that,” Smith smiled. “It felt good when I released it. It’s an awesome feeling knowing we just beat the No. 1 team in the region.”

Smith said she and her teammates began to get the feeling they could pull off the win late in the second half after breaking down Clay County’s defensive pressure on consecutive trips down the floor.

“We knew they were a really good team, but we started picking things up in the end and breaking their press and I thought we felt pretty comfortable,” she said. “Maria got a real good rebound, so I could get a real good look at the end — a lot of it was thanks to her.”

Whitley County coach Larry Anderson hugged the first person he saw (his wife) after Smith’s buzzer-beater dropped the Lady Tigers’ record to 106-3 against 13th Region foes dating back to the 2005-06.

“This was a great win for the girls. It was a great rebound (from Maria Johnson) — no rebound, no shot,” he said. “It was two good teams playing their hearts out in a pressure game. Luckily we came out on top tonight and it helps build confidence for the kids. I knew when it left her hands it was going in.”

Anderson admitted Clay County’s win streak against 13th Region opponents never entered his mind coming into the game.

“This is probably crazy, but it really never entered my mind,” he said about the streak. “This is a good win on the road. These guys here at Clay County are class acts and they do a great job. It’s obvious by how many times they’ve won the region and have been to the state. These people at Clay County are super people and when you do beat them, you know you’ve done something because they run a great program.

“I’m happy for us,” Anderson added. “But their kids will be back. They will use this as a big motivator.”

Anderson said coming into the contest, his team needed to put pressure on Clay County’s guards and keep Cheyenne Madden and Morgan Chesnut from taking things over in the post.

The plan worked, as Madden, who entered the game with a team-best 24-point scoring average was limited to only four points in the first half and 11 points for the game while Clay County turned the ball over 15 times in the loss.

“We knew we had to try to keep them from taking things over down low,” Anderson said. “Our girls really played well out there tonight.”

The game was close throughout with the Lady Tigers leading by as much as eight points (22-14) in the first half, while Whitley County opened the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run to build a 48-40 edge.

But that’s when things got interesting, as Clay County went on a 15-5 run and took a 55-53 lead with :50 remaining after a basket by Madden, but two made free throws by Smith combined with her last-second three-pointer turned out to be enough to give the Lady Colonels the win.

“Our kids did a great job of adjusting tonight,” Anderson said. “The bench did a great job and these kids make up a good team. They are so unselfish.”

Whitley County  58, Clay County 55

Whitley County   11  17  12  18  58

Clay County        14  15  11  15  55

Whitley County (58) — Powers 4, Smith 21, Craig 10, Johnson 11, Dingess 3, Jones 9.

Clay County (55) — Cotton 9, Mathis 6, Chesnut 17, Madden 11, Robinson 10, Smith 2.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0721 CORBIN GROUP FOR WEB.jpg What A Run!

    The Corbin Little League All Stars put together an impressive run to the 2014 Little League State Tournament, but all good things must come to an end.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0707 NORTH 11-12s FOR WEB.jpg Fun While It Lasted

    The North Laurel 11-12 year-old All-Stars finished their trip in Central Region play by dropping a 15-0 decision to Missouri’s Webb City Little League.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Knox County put together gutsy run to state

    The Knox County 11-year-old All Stars came in to Monday’s contest with Owensboro Southern knowing that the winner would move on to the semifinals of the state tournament.

    July 23, 2014

  • 0707 NORTH 11-12s FOR WEB.jpg End of the Line

    Recil Jones’ North Laurel 11-12 year-old All-Stars finished their stay in the Central Region Tournament with an 0-3 record after dropping a 9-4 decision to Wisconsin state champion Franklin Little League.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Knox County's state title run comes to an end

    The Knox County 11-year-old All Stars came in to Monday’s contest with Owensboro Southern knowing that the winner would move on to the semifinals of the state tournament.

    July 22, 2014

  • Tripped Up: Tough loss follows Saturday's walk-off win

    By Chris Parsons
    Sports Editor
    BOWLING GREEN — The Corbin Little League All Stars began the 2014 State Tournament with as exciting a finish as any baseball fan could hope for, but struggled on day two, falling to 1-1 after the first two days.

    July 21, 2014

  • Comeback Effort: Knox County recovers from 24-0 loss, grabs 4-2 win in pool play

    By Chris Parsons
    Sports Editor
    BOWLING GREEN — After what could have turned in to a demoralizing 24-0 loss to Eastern to start State Tournament pool play Saturday, the Knox County 11-year-old All Stars recovered nicely Sunday, picking up a 4-2 win over Paintsville.

    July 21, 2014

  • 0702 TEAM JUMP FOR WEB.jpg Ready To Roll

    After a 6-0 run through the loser’s bracket of the District 4 Tournament, the only thing left for the Corbin Little League All Stars to do is pack their bags and get to Bowling Green.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook
SEC Times-Tribune