By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
An 11-0 run to open the fourth quarter helped propel the Corbin Lady Redhounds to a 62-53 win over host South Laurel Monday night, their third win against the Lady Cards this season.
“We can’t let teams have spurts like that,” South Laurel coach Konnie Snyder said. “They (Corbin) went crazy then we went crazy and go out of what we were doing.”
What they were doing was playing Corbin almost even through the first three quarters. South trailed after one, 12-8, 21-19 at the half, and 38-33 after three. Then the same old demons that have plagued the Lady Cardinals all season longed reared their ugly heads. Turnovers and poor shooting, both from the field and from the free throw line, helped Corbin turn its 5-point lead into a 16-point one, 49-33, with 5:51 left in the game.
During Corbin’s 11-0 run, the Lady Cards were 0-for-5 from the field, 0-of-2 from the charity stripe, and had two costly turnovers that led to five Corbin points.
“Our turnovers were at bad times and led to baskets for them,” Snyder said.
By the time South Laurel scored its first field goal of the fourth quarter, on a jumper by Emily Clonce at the 4:38 mark, the lead was still at double digits, 50-37. That lead would grow to 17, 59-42, with 2:14 left when South Laurel went on a run of its own, 10-0, to pull to within eight, 59-51, but there was only 42.3 seconds left.
“We worked hard to cut it back to eight,” Snyder said. “We just couldn’t come back.”
Corbin (12-6, 3-0) held an 8-2 lead early in the first quarter thanks in part to five points from their big girl inside, Holli Disney. The Lady Cards (7-9, 1-3) cut the lead to two twice, 8-6 on a Taylor Arthur basket, then 10-8 when Clonce sank two free throws. They might have been able to take the lead had they not missed three straight lay-ups late in the quarter. Arthur led South with 18 points, while Clonce tossed in 16.
Corbin pushed its lead to 18-10 with 5:46 left in the half, but the Lady Cards ended the half with a 9-3 run, including a three by Preslie Baker, to cut the Lady Redhounds lead to two at the break, 21-19.
The Lady Cards stayed close throughout the third quarter, and even had a chance to tie the game, but a turnover led to a long outlet basket to push the lead back to four. Snyder said her team never recovered from that.
While both teams shot almost identical from the free throw line (the Lady Cards were 14-of-27, Corbin 14-of-26) it was Corbin who would capitalize in the crucial fourth quarter, hitting 7-of-12, while South was just 8-of-16. “They hit their free throws, we didn’t,” Snyder said.
Cassandra Johnson chipped in with 11 points for South. Corbin was led by Miranda Wilson, who had 20, and Kayla Wilson, was added 12.
The Lady Cards will now host Bell County, one of the 13th Region’s top teams, Friday.
Corbin 62, South Laurel 53
Corbin 12 9 17 24—62
South Laurel 8 11 14 20—53
CORBIN (62)—Ashley 5, Ashurst 8, Disney 6, Fothergill 5, K. Wilson 12, Me. Wilson 6, Mi. Wilson 20.
SOUTH LAUREL (53)—Arthur 18, Baker 3, Clonce 16, Johnson 11, Parker 5.