By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
LEXINGTON—So far this season has been a struggle for the young South Laurel Lady Cardinals, but none greater than Thursday night’s opening game in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic.
South Laurel shot a dismal 7.1 percent from the field, making just 2-of-28 shots in a 56-14 loss to Mason County.
Mason County came out with a full court press and caused 12 first quarter turnovers by the Lady Cardinals as the Lady Royals built a 29-2 lead after one quarter.
“They came out with a whole lot of intensity and we didn’t,” South Laurel coach Konnie Snyder said.
The only points South Laurel scored in the first quarter was on a jumper by Taylor Cromer with 3:59 seconds left. By that time South was already trailing 16-0.
Mason County’s defense frustrated South Laurel, limiting them to just seven shots in the first quarter. “We didn’t get too many shots off,” Snyder said.
The second quarter was even worse as the Lady Cards missed all 11 shots from the field. Their only points came via the free throw line, where Rebekah Phelps made two and Shelby Davis, one. By the time the half rolled around South was trailing, 41-5.
South’s second field goal came when Brittany Vandeventer scored with 16.6 seconds left in the third. She was fouled on the play and made her free throw to make it 50-9 heading into the fourth quarter. Vandeventer led South Laurel with six points.
The Lady Cardinals finally broke into double digits when Davis sank two free throws with 3:47 left in the game to make it 54-11. Vandeventer would hit two more free throws and Cromer would add one to make the final 56-14.
Briana McNutt led Mason County with 14 points as nine Lady Royals made it into the score book.
“We didn’t play defense, didn’t guard anybody and didn’t rebound,” Snyder said. “We just didn’t show up tonight. We didn’t get off the bus and were still at the house.”
The Lady Cardinals finished play in the tournament over the weekend and are off until they travel to take on North Laurel December 30.
Republic Bank Holiday Classic
at Lexington Catholic
Mason County 56, South Laurel 14
Mason County 29 12 9 6—56
South Laurel 2 3 4 5—14
MASON COUNTY (56)—Bierley 8, Green 8, Mc. Butler 7, Frodge 5, Bailey 2, Boone 5, McNutt 14, Ma. Butler 3, Simms 4.
SOUTH LAUREL (14)—Vandeventer 6, Davis 3, Phelps 2, Cromer 3.
Records—Mason County 5-1, South Laurel 0-7