January 22, 2014

South holds off Williamsburg

Lady Cardinals gets big road district win over Lady Yellow Jackets, 56-45

By Denis House
Sports Editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — WILLIAMSBURG—South Laurel snapped a three-game losing streak Monday night with a hard-fought 56-45 win over Williamsburg.

“At this time a win is a win,” South Laurel coach Konnie Snyder said. “And this was a district win so I’m real happy with that.”

South Laurel never trailed in the game, but could never totally put the Lady Yellow Jackets away. South led 10-5 after one after jumping out to a quick 5-0 lead on a three by Bailey Miller and a Brittany Vandeventer basket.

Williamsburg came back to cut the lead to 5-3 before Miller drained another three which upped the lead to 8-3.

The Lady Cardinals continued to build on their lead and pushed it out to 21-10 thanks to a 9-0 run midway through the second quarter. Shelby Davis then scored the final four points of the half for South to give her team a 25-17 half-time advantage. Davis finished with 12 points to lead the Lady Cards.

“Shelby played really well tonight,” Snyder said.

Two quick baskets to open the third cut South’s lead down to four, 25-21. The Lady Cards responded with a 13-5 run to end the quarter with a 38-26 lead.

Morgan Madden’s two baskets to start the fourth quarter gave South a 42-28 lead. Madden came off the bench to turn in a strong performance for the Lady Cards, scoring 10 points.

“Morgan played well tonight and she did against Bell County,” Snyder said. “She’s given us some extremely good minutes.”

A three by Kacie Brown, who led all scorers with 19 points, cut South’s lead to eight, 49-41, with 2:05 left. Williamsburg was forced to foul over the final two minutes, and the Lady Cards hit 7-of-10 from the free throw line to seal the 56-45 win.

“We still have to improve on our defense,” Snyder said. “We have to move our feet more and not foul. We are sending our opponents to the free throw line too much. We’ve also got to start hitting our free throws.”

The Lady Cards are scheduled to host Whitley County Friday night.

Middlesboro 55, South Laurel 45

Playing its second game in two days, the South Laurel Lady Cardinals traveled to Middlesboro Saturday and fell to the Lady Yellow Jackets, 55-45.

Katie Reynolds led South with 16 points, while Brittany Vandeventer added 10.

South jumped on top 4-0 before Middlesboro turned up the defensive pressure and led after one, 17-12. South shot just 28 percent from the field the entire game.

A 17-11 second quarter pushed the lead to 34-23 at the half.

South managed to outscore Middlesboro 10-6 in the third, but still trailed after three, 40-33.

The Lady Yellowjackets sealed things from the line in the fourth quarter, hitting 15-of-20 from the charity stripe to take the 55-45 win. All but four of Middlesboro’s second half points came from the free throw line.

Bell County 79, South Laurel 57

Bell County drained 11 three pointers in Friday night’s 79-57 rout of the Lady Cardinals.

The Lady Bobcats built a 70-36 lead and cruised from there. They led 23-9 after the first quarter and never looked back.

Brittany Vandeventer scored 16 and Morgan Madden added 15 in the loss.

South Laurel 56, Williamsburg 45

South Laurel     10  15  13  18—56

Williamsburg       5  12    9  19—45

SOUTH LAUREL (56)—Miller 7, Vandeventer 9, Madden 10, Baker 6, Davis 12, Reynolds 4, Hacker 2, Phelps 2, Cromer 4.

WILLIAMSBURG (45)—Brown 19, Boggs 6, Harris 11, Maxey 2, Davis 4, Hatfield 3.

Middlesboro 55, South Laurel 45

South Laurel     12  11  10  12—45

Middlesboro      17  17    6  15—55

SOUTH LAUREL (45)—Vandeventer 10, Miller 7, Reynolds 16, Baker 7, Davis 3, Cromer 2.

MIDDLESBORO (55)—Hensley 19, Green 20, Spurlock 5, Warren 4, Biscardi 3, Thompson 4.

Bell County 79, South Laurel 57

South Laurel     9  14  13  21—57

Bell County    23  22  25    9—79

SOUTH LAUREL (57)—Vandeventer 16, Baker 7, Madden 15, Davis 5, Miller 3, Reynolds 2, Cromer 4, Hacker 2, Phelps 1.

BELL COUNTY (79)—Morris 26, Johnson 20, Smith 6, Sanders 12, Garnett 7, Collins 3, Howard 2, Brock 2, Miracle 1.