By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A 20-10 second quarter helped the visiting Eastern Eagles push a three-point lead into a 13-point one en route to a 72-49 win over South Laurel Saturday.
“Their intensity and pressure defense hurt us,” South Laurel coach Jeff Davis said. “And then we had guys trying to do too much and not handling the pressure. We were back on our heels instead of attacking.”
The Cards had just one lead in the game at 3-2 and there was one tie at 10-10. The rest of the game belonged to the Eagles.
Trevor Grubb’s three with 6:45 left in the first gave South a 3-2 lead. After falling behind 10-5, South went on a mini 5-0 run, capped off by a three-point play by John Helton that tied the game at 10-10 with 2:20 left. South trailed after one, 13-10.
Eastern opened the second quarter with a 10-2 run to take a 23-12 lead with 3:40 left in the half. The Eagles hit three three-pointers in the second quarter, two by Cameron Reed, that helped them to a 33-20 halftime advantage.
The Cards cut the lead to 10 four times in the third quarter, the last time at 39-29 at the 4:48 mark. Eastern then ended the quarter on a 15-8 run, two more threes by Reed, to take a 54-37 lead at the half.
“We couldn’t get any stops,” Davis said. “We had some bad turnovers and bad shot selections, which led to quick points on the other end. There were times we didn’t play hard in the third quarter.”
Eastern continued to maintain its advantage throughout the fourth quarter, outscoring South 18-12 to take the 72-49 win.
Reed led the Eagles with 18 points, while Trey Moses added 17. Trevor Grubb led South with 13 and Jared Grubb chipped in with 10.
“We’ve just got to learn from this loss,” Davis said.
The Cards game with Lincoln County Tuesday night was cancelled. The will be on the road at North Laurel Friday.
Eastern 72, South Laurel 49
Eastern 13 20 21 18—72
South Laurel 10 10 17 12—49
EASTERN (72)—Howard 6, Wyche 2, Reed 18, Walker-Byrd 9, Jones 4, Szczapinski 2, Williams 6, Moses 17, Cambron 8.
SOUTH LAUREL (49)—T. Grubb 13, Baxter 8, J. Grubb 10, Helton 8, Holcomb 3, Vandeventer 1, Arnold 4, Feltner 2.
Records—Eastern 9-3, South Laurel 5-8