By Chris Parsons
CORBIN — Corbin head coach Jennifer Parsons has talked all season about how her Lady Redhounds refuse to hang their heads when things aren’t going well.
Although it took a put-back basket at the buzzer by Miranda Wilson to get the job done, Friday’s 40-39 win over Harlan County was a perfect example.
After the win, Parsons admitted she felt like her team was a little lucky, but gave them credit for the effort.
“I felt like we didn’t play well on the offensive end,” Parsons said. “Harlan County is a great team with or without the starter they were missing.
“When I watched them about a month ago, I felt like they were the best team in our region,” she added.
Friday’s game started as good as it could have for the Lady Redhounds as they jumped out to an early lead, but that didn’t last long. Harlan County responded with a 13-0 run and Corbin trimmed the gap to 13-10 as the first half came to a close.
The Lady Black Bears used an 8-0 run to start the second quarter, pushing their lead to 21-10. Corbin finally scored with 3:12 to play in the second period when Natalye Gallagher found herself open in the paint to trim the gap to 21-12, but Harlan County eventually went to the locker room holding a 23-15 lead.
Despite connecting on just two field goals in the third quarter, Corbin was able to cut the deficit to 31-25 at the end of the third quarter thanks to a 5-of-10 effort from the free throw line.
Corbin turned the tables as far as runs are concerned in the fourth quarter, using a 7-0 run to get within a point of the Lady Black Bears (33-32) with just under four minutes to play in the game.
Harlan County made good on four straight free throw attempts to push the lead to 37-32 before a three-pointer by Miranda Wilson cut the gap to 37-35.
With the pressure on, Harlan County’s Kate Stittums’ free throws push the lead back to 39-35, but a three-pointer by Brooklyn Ashurst out the Lady Redhounds within a point with 21 seconds to play.
Stittums found herself back at the free throw line with a chance to extend the lead with 12.8 seconds to play, but came up short, which gave Corbin the ball after Holli Disney came up with the rebound.
Corbin called a timeout with 5.9 seconds to play and out of the timeout got the play they wanted. A shot by Disney was off the mark, but Miranda Wilson was in the right place at the right time to put the ball right back up before time expired.
“It was one of those things where even though we went to one player, the rest of the team was alert enough to know where to be,” Parsons said. “Miranda knew where to be and she was able to come up big for us.
“We were a little lucky for it to work out like it did, but we’ll take the win,” she added.
Corbin 40, Harlan Co. 39
Harlan Co. 13 10 8 88 39
Corbin 10 5 10 15 40
Harlan Co. (39) – Stittums 12, Noe 8, Cornett 7, Massingill 6, Mimes 6.
Corbin (40) – Mi. Wilson 17, Ashley 8, Ashurst 6, K. Wilson 5, Gallagher 4.