By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN — The Whitley County Lady Colonels continue to suffer from the injury bug, but Larry Anderson’s squad refuses to let that stop them this season.
Despite losing Hallie Jones with what was initially thought to be a broken ankle, the Lady Colonels improved to 12-4 on the season and 2-0 in 50th District play with a 76-67 win over the Corbin Lady Redhounds on the road.
Brandi Smith led all scorers in the contest with a 33 points, connecting on 14-of-16 free throw attempts for the Lady Colonels, which was more than Corbin made the whole game (nine-of-25).
The Lady Colonels lost Candice Craig earlier in the week thanks to a broken hand in a loss to Lincoln County.
After Jones went down Friday, Whitley County coach Larry Anderson said it affected his team, but he said he felt like his team “refused to lose” the game.
Anderson also praised the play of Smith when her team needed it most.
“I told my assistant coach that I though they just refused to lose tonight,” Anderson said. “They just weren’t going to bow down and weren’t going to give in.
“Brandi Smith just took the game over for us from about a minute to go in the first quarter on,” he added. “She went to a new level tonight that I’ve never seen out of her and really took the team over and was a big difference in the game for us.”
On the losing side of things, Corbin head coach Jennifer Parsons said she felt like her team didn’t play its best basketball and the fact they made only 36 percent of their free throw attempts didn’t help the matter either.
“Whitley County shoots the ball incredibly well and we know that and with Craig out, I knew we’d have a hard time with a five-guard perimeter.
“Defensively, I felt like we had a few break downs here and there, but the biggest stat is we were 36 percent from the free throw line,” she added. “When you’re nine of 25 in free throws, they couldn’t beat me and you.”
Both teams tallied 15 points in the first quarter, but Whitley County was able to pull away for a 42-31 lead at halftime.
Corbin answered with a 22-16 third-quarter effort and was able to take the lead at one point, thanks to eight points from Holli Disney, but still trailed 58-53 with one period left to play in the game.
The Lady Redhounds opened the fourth quarter with a 7-3 run to cut the gap to 61-61 with five minutes to play, but that was as close as they would get.
Kayla and Miranda Wilson led the Lady Redhounds in scoring with 15 points apiece, while Disney and Sara Ashley each added 11.
Maria Johnson added 13 for Whitley County, while Bethany Powers scored 10.
Whitley County 76, Corbin 67
Whitley Co. 15 27 16 18 76
Corbin 15 16 22 14 67
Whitley Co. (76) – Smith 33, Johnson 13, Powers 10, Jones 9, Dingess 6, Sizemore 5.
Corbin (67) – K. Wilson 15, Mi. Wilson 15, Ashley 11, Disney 11, Fothergill 6, Me. Wilson 5, Ashurst 2, Gallagher 2.