By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Colonels snapped a three-game skid against South Laurel Friday, knocking the Cardinals off for the first time since Feb. 22, 2011.
The Colonels used an 11-point effort from Boston Bryant to pick up the 44-36 win at home, improving Jerry Overbey’s team to 6-13 on the season and 1-2 in district play.
Despite the low-scoring affair, Overbey said he was proud of his team’s effort and applauded the way they kept battling throughout the contest.
“Both teams had a lot of turnovers, but it was a high-intensity game on the defensive side of things,” Overbey said. “It was a matter of whoever had the toughest attitude was going to come out of it tonight and that turned out to be us.
The Colonels trailed 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, thanks to Zac Baxter’s hot-shooting to start the game.
The South Laurel guard connected on his first three shot attempts, all from three-point range, to score nine of his game-high 26 points to start the contest.
Whitley County turned up the defensive intensity in the second quarter, limiting the Cardinals to just five points in the period as the home team took a 19-16 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The two teams played even in the third quarter as Baxter accounted for seven of the Cardinals’ 12 points in the period. That wasn’t enough as his team trailed 31-28 with the final eight minutes still to be played. Bryant scored five of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, helping lead his team to the 44-36 win.
Whitley County 44, South Laurel 36
South Laurel 11 5 12 8 36
Whitley County 9 10 12 13 44
South Laurel (36) – Baxter 26, Sanders 5, Slavey 3, Vandeventer 2.
Whitley County (44) – Bryant 11, D. Rutherford 9, Lawson 8, Powers 8, Sasko 4, Z. Rutherford 2, Woods 2.