By Mitch Howard
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
CORBIN—The numbers show North Laurel played well. The Jaguars shot 50 percent, rebounded with Corbin Redhounds, and did not hurt themselves with turnovers. One thing they didn’t do was win.
“We tried to make a game of it, but you have to give Corbin credit. We beat them once playing on the road and they didn’t want to lose to us again,” North Laurel coach Brad Sizemore said.
While North Laurel shot good in Tuesday’s 79-62 loss at Corbin, the Redhounds shot great. Corbin made 11 three-pointers, including five by Kaleb Maguet and four from Hunter Grubb.
“They came out shooting the ball extremely well. We’re trying. We’re scrambling. We’re doing whatever and then they just bury a three,” Sizemore said.
North Laurel is responsible for one of Corbin’s five losses this season. The Jaguars won 70-67 in the finals of the Legacy Nissan Shootout. It would be the final win of a three-game North Laurel win streak, its longest of the season. The Redhounds have now won their season-high fourth straight game.
“We did the same thing we did to them in the Christmas tournament. We played them a box-and-chaser on Farley to start the game and Grubb started hitting a couple,” Sizemore said.
The Jaguars stayed with Corbin early with their own hot shooting. North Laurel made five of its first six shots and led by as much as five points in the first quarter. A three-pointer by Maguet at the end of the quarter gave the Redhounds the lead for good. Maguet’s three was part of an 11-0 run that started in the first quarter and carried into the second.
“They are a hard team to stop just one kid because they have five or six kids that can shoot it,” Sizemore said.
The Redhounds led by as much as 10 points in the second quarter. Marcus Carson tried to rally North Laurel with nine of his 27 points in the quarter. Carson’s three-pointer with 37 seconds in the half cut the lead to five. It wasn’t enough to offset Maguet, who made a three-pointer before and after Carson’s.
The Redhounds started to pull away in the third quarter. The Redhounds’ shooting stayed hot with four three-pointers. Corbin did not commit a turnover in the third quarter, which made the four North Laurel committed hurt even more. The lead peaked at 18 points on a three-pointer by Kevin Goins.
“This is a possession game, a close game. If you go two or three trips and don’t score it, then they come down and hit a couple of threes the game gets away from you in a hurry,” Sizemore said.
North Laurel was able to hold Corbin scoreless the final 2:32 of the third quarter after Goins’ three-pointer. When Kendrick Henson opened the fourth quarter with a steal and layup, the Jaguars were within 10 points. The rally ended with a 7-0 Corbin run. There would be no more rallies.
“I don’t know if fatigue sets in from last week, but I thought we tried to play really hard,” Sizemore said. “The effort was there. That’s what I just told them. They tried really hard.”
Corbin now has the second best record in the 13th Region and may be serving notice that they won’t be an easy out in the post season.
“Corbin will be right there. They are going to be in the region tournament and somebody will have to take the out. They have a really good team,” Sizemore said.
For North Laurel there is little time to think about losing to Corbin. Clay County comes to North Laurel tonight. The Tigers controlled the first meeting in Manchester 68-53.
“We go on to the next practice and get ready for the next game,” Sizemore said. “There are no easy ones from here on out.”
Corbin 79, North Laurel 62
North Laurel 12 17 14 19—62
Corbin 15 22 18 24—79
NORTH LAUREL (62)—Carson 27, Broughton 6, Thompson 2, Rush 5, Allen 11, Henson 2, Jervis 7, Asher 2.
CORBIN (79)—Farley 11, Maguet 23, Hill 3, Grubb 20, Igo 9, Goins 11, Waddle 2.