By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
WILLIAMSBURG — The Whitley County Lady Colonels picked up their fourth win in a row and stayed unbeaten in 50th District play Tuesday, knocking off Williamsburg, 76-40, on the road.
Whitley County senior guard Brandi Smith led all scorers, pacing the Lady Colonels with 27 points, while Kandace Craig added 19.
The win improved the Lady Colonels to a region-best 17-4 on the season and 9-1 against 13th Region competition.
After the win, Whitley County head coach Donnie Jones said he was pleased with the way his team played overall, but he was concerned with the team’s intensity early on.
“We didn’t come out with the kind of intensity that I thought we should have had, but we talked to them and they picked it up,” Jones said. “Once we got the big lead I felt like we gave up too many points for the way we like to play.
“We did what we had to do and our kids were hitting shots and scoring,” he added. “We just weren’t playing the kind of defense I would have liked to see in that first half.”
Despite the big loss, on the Williamsburg side of things head coach Andrea Ellis was upbeat about her team’s effort and the way they kept fighting as the game got out of hand.
“I thought our kids played hard the whole game, but we lost our confidence as they made a few runs on us,” Ellis said. “They were able to put together some baskets that put us in a hole and we just never recovered.
“I was pleased with the way the kids kept battling,” she added. “They (Whitley County) didn’t really miss a whole lot of shots and it’s tough to play against a team when they’re shooting the ball that well.”
Early on it looked as if the Lady Colonels would have their hands full as they held a 12-8 lead. It didn’t take long to stretch that margin as Whitley County closed the first quarter with an 11-0 run, pushing the gap to 23-8 at the end of the first period.
Jones’ team picked up where it left off in the first quarter, using a 13-5 run to start the second period, jumping out to a 36-13 lead. Williamsburg closed the gap midway through the period, but the Lady Colonels’ lead had ballooned to 52-25 by the end of the first half.
Whitley County’s defense was improved in the third quarter, limiting the Lady Yellow Jackets to just six points in the period as the lead grew to 67-31 with eight minutes to play in the contest.
The two teams played at the same pace in the final eight minutes, scoring nine points in a sloppy fourth quarter that saw a running clock due to the 35-point running clock rule. Whitley County closed things out for the 76-40 win.
Both teams will be back in action Friday when the Lady Colonels host Harlan County and Williamsburg travels to South Laurel.
Whitley County 76, Williamsburg 40
Whitley County 23 29 15 9 – 76
Williamsburg 8 11 6 9 – 40
Whitley County (76) – Smith 27, Craig 16, Johnson 9, Dingess 9, Estes 7, Mahan 4, Hickey 4.
Williamsburg (40) – Davis 13, Tye 9, Brown 8, Harris 6, Boggs 2, Hatfield 2.
By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
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