By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
CLAY COUNTY — The North Laurel Lady Jaguars continue to be their own worst enemy by turning the ball over 26 times while connecting on only 13-of-43 shot attempts during their 68-40 loss to 49th District rival Clay County.
The Lady Jaguars misfired on three-of-11 shot attempts to begin the game and turned the ball over 11 times during the process, allowing the Lady Tigers to jump out to a 23-10 lead and never look back.
“We are our own worst enemy,” North Laurel coach Eddie Mahan said. “Clay County is a great team and there is no doubt about it and their bigs are as good as there is in the region. The problem for us is we are beating us before a team has the chance to. Our turnovers, we’re averaging 26 or 27 a game, you don’t beat many people averaging 26 or 27 turnovers a game.
“Teams that don’t even press normally, don’t even press us because the way our mentality is against the press,” he added. “We handle the ball well enough at times, but the problem comes to our mentality, where we’re just scared to have the ball in our hands.”
Things didn’t get any better for Mahan’s squad in the second period as North Laurel turned the ball over five more times and hit only two-of-13 shot attempts while being outscored 16-6. By halftime, the Lady Jaguars trailed, 39-16.
North Laurel fell behind as much as 30 points in the third quarter before, cutting its deficit to 52-23 at the end of the period.
The Lady Jaguars did play better during the game’s final eight minutes, but couldn’t overcome the double-digit deficit.
Clay County 68, North Laurel 40
North Laurel 10 6 7 17 40
Clay County 23 16 13 16 68
North Laurel (40) — Gray 4, Lawson 8, Carpenters 2, Ellington 12, Sexton 1, Raines 5, Chesnut 5, Bridges 3.
Clay County (68) — Roberts 5, Cotton 7, Mathis 9, Chesnut 14, Madden 21, Robinson 6, Woods 4, Allen 2.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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