LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
CORBIN—Whitley County jumped out to a 16-7 lead after one then cruised to a 69-40 win over South Laurel in the opening game of the girls’ 50th District Tournament Monday night at Corbin.
The No. 1 Lady Colonels had only five players score, but four of those finished with double figures, led by Brandi Smith and Kandace Craig with 19 each. Taylor Dingess added 13 and Maria Johnson, 12.
The Lady Cards had only one player break double figures as Preslie Baker scored 10.
“We got off to an extremely slow start in the first quarter,” South Laurel coach Konnie Snyder said.
While South was slow getting out of the gate, Whitley County was just the opposite as Smith and Johnson both drained threes while Craig dominated the inside with eight points. South would miss its first five shots from the field before Baker nailed a three with 4:02 left.
The coldness continued into the second quarter with South not scoring until the 3:26 mark when Austin Hacker’s short jumper fell. By that time the Lady Cardinals were already behind, 26-9. South trailed at the half, 30-11.
Midway through the third quarter South went on an 8-1 run to cut the lead to 37-21 with 3:56 left. A three from Bailey Miller brought South to within 42-26 before Dingess sank two free throws to give Whitley a 44-26 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Whitley County opened the fourth with a 23-3 run to put the game completely out of reach and cruised to the 69-40 win.
“Our young girls played well,” Snyder said. “It hurts because they have come so far this season. Not many teams can lose two starters (Shelby Davis and Brittany Vandeventer) in the last month of the season and get better. Not saying that we didn’t miss those two players, but it gave the other kids a chance to step up. The future is bright for our team with the players we have coming back.”
Girls’ 50th District Tournament
Whitley County 69, South Laurel 40
South Laurel 7 4 15 14—40
Whitley County 16 14 14 25—69
SOUTH LAUREL (40)—Baker 10, Phelps 4, Cromer 8, Hacker 6, Reynolds 3, Miller 3, Riley 2, Anders 2, Pennington 2.
WHITLEY COUNTY (69)—Smith 19, Johnson 12, Craig 19, Dingess 13, Jones 6.