LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
CORBIN — North Laurel tried to use an up-tempo style of play to knock off Lynn Camp Friday, and for three quarter quarters it worked.
But just when it looked as if the Lady Wildcats would be grasping for air, Richard Jones’ squad dug deep, and pulled off one of their biggest wins of the season against one of the hottest teams in the 13th Region.
Trailing 51-43 with eight minutes remaining in regulation, the Lady Wildcats surprised many by continuing to push the ball up-court, as Jessica Mays showed why she is considered by many to be one of centers in the 13th region by scoring five of her 20 points during the fourth quarter while Lynn Camp knocked down seven-of-11 free throw attempts to rally, and knock off North Laurel, 68-60.
The Lady Wildcats outscored Eddie Mahan’s team, 25-9, during the final period of play.
“This is probably the best game we’ve played all season,” Jones said. “North Laurel came in with a good game plan, but my girls never gave up, and continued to play hard. We really needed a win tonight. We had been struggling a bit, and this was a big game for us.
“North Laurel came into the game as the most-improved team in the region, and they showed it tonight,” he added. “We were able to make some adjustments at halftime, and survived the third quarter, and really played well in the fourth quarter.”
Jones said his team’s defensive play played a big part in Lynn Camp’s comeback in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we played really good defense tonight,” he admitted. “We really played good all-around. We never panicked, and we didn’t turn the ball over much.
“I know we hit some big shots,” Jones added. “This is a big win for us.”
Despite having to play North Laurel’s style of play in the first half, the Lady Wildcats didn’t seem phased, jumping out to a 14-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, while leading 37-36 at halftime.
Lynn Camp didn’t have an answer for Hannah Gray, though, who hit two of her seven three-pointers in the third quarter, which triggered a 15-6 run for North Laurel, giving the Lady Jaguars a 51-43 edge going into the fourth quarter.
But that’s when things got interesting.
The Lady Jaguars’ Kayla Bruner fouled out with 6:22 remaining in regulation, and Lynn Camp began to take over. Brooklyn Bryant and May combined to score 10 points during the quarter, while North Laurel turned the ball over seven times, allowing the Lady Wildcats to rally and pick up the win.
Gray led all scorers, finishing with 25 points, while Bruner added 22 points in the loss. May recorded a double-double in the win, with her 20-point, 14 rebound effort, while Heather Wilson added 18 points and 13 rebounds.
“This is a good win because it gives us a bit more confidence heading into the post-season,” Jones said. “We beat a very good team tonight.”
Lynn Camp 68, North Laurel 60
North Laurel 13 23 15 9—60
Lynn Camp 14 23 7 25—68
NORTH LAUREL (60) — Bruner 22, Gray 25, Chestnut 1, Lawson 12.
LYNN CAMP (68) — Bryant 7, Miller 4, Burke 10, Wilson 18, May 20, Hollin 4, Coe 5.