LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Henson turned a steal into a three-point play. After Marsee scored inside for Knox Central, Henson made a three-pointer to cut the lead to 37-29 going into the fourth quarter. The Jaguars had made just 2-of-12 three-pointers before Henson connected on his first.
Sizemore said he didn’t have time to let it cross his mind that his team just wasn’t going to pull this one out. When asked, he sounded much like Internet sensation Sweet Brown.
“You ain’t got time for that,” Sizemore said. “You just act like a blooming idiot over there and try to get them going.”
The fourth quarter began with Peyton Broughton’s three-point play on an offensive rebound. After Marsee scored inside for the Panthers, Henson connected on another three-pointer. Henson also drew a foul to make it a four-point play.
Knox Central got a quick basket from Matthew Barger. A three-pointer by Carson had the Jaguars within two. The teams traded baskets over the next 1:30 with the physical play sending bodies flying all directions. With 3:15 to play, a steal by Carson led to a Henson layup and a 43-43 tie.
Knox Central held the lead with Barger making a touch pass to Marsee for a lay in. A Henson three-pointer then gave North Laurel its first lead since 3-2.
With 1:22, a Barger basket put the Panthers back in the lead 47-46. Henson gave North Laurel the lead for good, 49-47, with another three-pointer at the one-minute mark.
Knox Central did have chances in the final minute. A missed shot with 25 seconds was rebounded by Broughton. It was a highly contested rebound with Broughton slamming to the floor and leaving the game with a possible concussion. He was called for walking. That gave the Panthers another chance, but Barger’s pass to Marsee with 7.3 seconds was bobbled.