By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
When you dare somebody to do something, you want to make sure that dare will pay off.
Tuesday night Corbin dared South Laurel to shoot from the outside, coming out in a zone, and it paid off with a 66-61 win.
‘Give Corbin credit,” South Laurel coach Jeff Davis said. “They executed their game plan. They forced us to do what we can’t do very well right now and that’s shooting from the outside.”
The Cardinals hit just 5-of-22 from three point land and 18-of-52 from the field in the five point loss.
“We wanted to start out in a zone to keep them from penetrating and it turned out to work for us,” Corbin coach Tony Pietrowski said.
Early in the first quarter the three was working for South, as Brennan Miller and Trevor Grubb drained back-to-back treys to give South Laurel a 7-2 lead. But South managed just one other field goal in the quarter and led by one, 11-10, heading into the second quarter.
That lead grew to 16-10 on a Zac Baxter jumper and Jared Grubb three with 5:29 left in the half. Corbin then went on an 8-2 run to tied the game at 18-18 at the 2:23 mark. The Redhounds led at the half, 22-19.
It was in the third quarter that Corbin grabbed advantage thanks to hitting its first five shots from the field and 7-of-11, including threes from Andrew Taylor (2) and Trevor Browning to take a 42-32 lead after three quarters. South hit just 5-of-14 from the field in the quarter, six of those coming from Baxter, who finished with 18 for the game. Prior to the game he was awarded a basketball for joining the 1,000 point club at South Laurel.
“We settled for shots,” Davis said. “You’ve gotta have an idea of what you want to do and execute it, and we didn’t do that.”
Corbin’s lead grew to as many as 13 in the fourth quarter (54-41) with 2:55 remaining before the Cardinals had one last rally left in them.
Two baskets from Tyler Vandeventer sandwiched a three by Jared Grubb, and with 1:07 left, the lead was down to seven, 57-50.
Two free throws by Trevor Grubb made it 60-55 with 47.1 seconds left. The Cards were forced to foul throughout the fourth quarter, where Corbin made 14-of-24 from the charity stripe to maintain its lead. The Redhounds were 19-of-33 for the game, compared to 14-of-21 by South Laurel.
Ethan Anders drained a three with 28.4 seconds left to cut the lead to 64-58. Two Corbin free throws pushed it back to 66-58 before Braden Miller’s three with 5.7 seconds left made the final 66-61.
Corbin finished the game hitting 21-of-44 from the field, including 3-of-7 from three point range.
Kevin Goins and Trevor Browning led Corbin with 15 points each.
“We’ve gotta get back in the gym and work on us,” Davis said. “We’ve played a lot of games in a row and have not had the chance to do that. We’ll learn from this game and keep improving and find out what we want to do.”
The Cardinals will take on East Jessamine Saturday in the Legacy Nissan Shootout III at North Laurel.
Corbin 66, South Laurel 61
Corbin 10 12 20 24—66
South Laurel 11 8 13 29—61
CORBIN (66)—Goins 15, Waddle 4, Taylor 9, Shelton 14, Browning 15, Rice 6, Hopkins 3.
SOUTH LAUREL (61)—T. Grubb 8, Bre. Miller 6, Baxter 18, Holcomb 5, Helton 6, Anders 3, Vandeventer 4, J. Grubb 8, Bra. Miller 3.
Records—Corbin 4-2, 1-0, South Laurel 2-3, 1-1