LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
CORBIN—Usually the South Laurel Lady Cardinals are pretty good at handling the press and keeping control of the basketball.
Monday night wasn’t one of those times, as the Lady Cards committed 22 turnovers in a 59-52 overtime loss to Corbin.
“We didn’t take care of the ball,” South coach Konnie Snyder said. “We didn’t finish plays or take care of the ball. I don’t know why.”
One player who did finish her plays was Taylor Arthur, who recorded a double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds. She scored 12 of South’s 14 fourth quarter points as the Lady Redhounds had no answer for her inside play. It was her play that helped the Lady Cardinals overcome a 35-32 deficit and take a 46-42 lead with 2:13 left before some key turnovers allowed Corbin to come back and tie the game, 46-46, on a Holli Disney bucket to send the game into overtime.
“Taylor is the 13th Region player of the year no matter who wins it at the end of the season,” Snyder said. “Nobody means more to their team than she does. She’s doing everything she can to win. The other players need to step up.”
It was South Laurel (1-4, 0-2) taking control early, holding a 12-4 lead with 4:15 left in the first when Karli Parker drained a three. Corbin (3-4, 1-0) then woke up, going on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to one, 12-11, at the 1:27 mark. South would end the quarter with baskets from Arthur and Parker for a 16-11 lead.
Another Parker three to open the second upped the lead to 19-11. Disney then scored back-to-back baskets, and Kayla Wilson followed with a three, cutting the lead to 19-18 with 4:21 left in the half.
Cassandra Johnson answered for South with a three. Corbin’s Sarah Ashley scored and was fouled by Johnson. After she completed the three-point play, the Lady Cards turned the ball over. Kristen Fothergill was fouled by Madyson Morris, and when she made both free throws, Corbin had its first lead of the game, 23-22, with 3:19 left. Corbin led at the half, 28-27.
“We missed a lot of shots in the first half,” Corbin coach Jennifer Parsons said. “We did a much better job in the second half.”
Free throws played a key role in the game. South was 6-of-9 from the charity stripe, while the host team was 16-of-22.
“That’s a very big deficit for a team that plays inside and a team that’s primarily an outside team guard team,” Snyder said of the discrepancy in free throws. “We’ll just leave it at that.”
A Preslie Baker three, followed by a lay-up, and South regained the lead to start the third quarter, 32-28, with 7:07 left. The Lady Cards wouldn’t score again in the quarter. Meanwhile, Corbin used two jumpers from Miranda Wilson and a three by Melanie Wilson to hold a 35-32 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
But Corbin couldn’t capitalize on that momentum as South opened the fourth with a 6-0 run to take the lead, 38-35, with 5:29 left. Miranda Wilson then hit two consecutive threes, the second giving her team a 41-40 lead at the 4:56 mark.
Arthur continued her battle under the boards. She grabbed an offensive rebound for a put back and a 42-41 lead. Another offensive board and basket, followed by two free throws, and South was up by four, 46-42, with 2:13 left. She also picked up her third foul in the meantime.
Two Kayla Wilson free throws cut the lead to two, 46-44. South then committed another turnover which Corbin turned into two points by Disney, tying the game at 46-46.
After another Lady Card turnover, Corbin took possession with 1:40 left, and proceeded to milk the clock for the last shot. But that shot wouldn’t come when Miranda Wilson turned the ball over with 5.7 seconds left, and the game went into overtime.
“I thought we made the plays in the fourth quarter,” Snyder said. “But in the overtime Corbin looked to have more energy.”
Emily Clonce scored the first four South points in the overtime, and with 3:10 left, the Lady Cards were up by two, 50-48. Arthur was whistled for her fourth foul when she made a strong move to the basket but was called for a push. Melanie Wilson tied the game at 50-50.
Four points by Corbin gave the Lady Redhounds a 54-50 lead with 1:16 left. Arthur then found Johnson with a nice backdoor pass to cut the lead to two, 54-52. That would be as close as South would get, as Corbin won the game from the free throw line, hitting 5-of-6 over the final 43.6 seconds for the 59-52 win.
The Lady Cardinals will be playing in the Lady Pirate Holiday Classic on Friday when the face Bryan Station at 6 p.m. at Berea College.
Corbin 59, South Laurel 52 (OT)
South Laurel 16 11 5 14 6—52
Corbin 11 17 7 11 13—59
SOUTH LAUREL (52)—Arthur 21, Johnson 5, Clonce 5, Baker 7, Parker 12, Morris 2.
CORBIN (59)—Ashurst 2, Fothergill 2, Me. Wilson 9, Mi. Wilson 12, Disney 8, Ashley 8, K. Wilson 18.