By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

The South Laurel Cardinals pulled even with the Corbin Redhounds with one win apiece in the race for the top seed in the 50th District with a 91-42 win over Williamsburg Saturday.

Trey Smith led all scorers with 23 points, while grabbing 15 rebounds. Jordan Hammonds and Ty Proffitt followed with 16-and 14- point efforts, respectively.

After the lop-sided win, South Laurel coach Steve Wright said he was pleased with his team’s effort and said he thinks Williamsburg will grow into a competitive team.

“I like the way we came out and executed tonight,” Wright said. “It gave us a chance to get some kids in the game that maybe wouldn’t be in the game in other situations like a close ball game.

“People forget we only have three starters back and you have to build that team around them,” he added. “It’s a different team and a different chemistry and framework and it takes a little while to build it, so getting some playing time for people is important at this point of the season.”

Playing time was not limited for the Cardinals as 16 of 18 players on the South Laurel roster saw at least two minutes of playing time and all but three of them scored in the win.

On the other side of the court, Williamsburg coach Patrick Robinson said he was pleased with the way his team never gave up throughout the game.

“These kids played hard,” he said. “South Laurel is big and they’re strong and they’re fast and they play really aggressive basketball, especially defensively.

“Our guys were a little bit outsized, but they played hard and I don’t think they backed down at all and for that, I’m proud of them,” he added.

The South Laurel offense got rolling in a hurry as the Cardinals jumped out to a 27-8 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter started just as the first one ended as South Laurel opened play with a 15-0 run to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 42-8.

Williamsburg broke the scoring run with a 3-pointer by Steven Taylor, but the Cardinals continued to cruise as they held a 56-20 lead at halftime.

South Laurel went on to outscore the Yellow Jackets 22-10 in the third quarter and 13-12 in the final period as the Cardinals rolled to the win.

South Laurel improves to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in district play. The Cardinals will be back in action Tuesday when they host the Whitley County Colonels at 7:30 p.m.

Williamsburg falls to 0-3 and the Yellow Jackets host Burgin Friday in their next game.

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