A scramble for a loose ball has North Laurel's Pate Williams (14) and Makenzie Prichard battlign South Laurel's Jessica Dean and Whitney Smith (with ball).

With 4:43 left in the second quarter of Saturday night’s girls’ game between North Laurel and South Laurel, the Jaguars were trailing by just six, 17-11, thanks to a bucket from Stephanie Strange.

Following a Cardinal miss, the Jaguars started to push the ball upcourt when the whistle blew, stopping the action with 4:23 left in the half. Caitie Jackson screamed out in pain, clutching her right knee as trainer Scott Fuller rushed to check on her. She was helped to her feet, but she wouldn’t return to the game.

Without their point guard and leading scorer in the game, North Laurel couldn’t muster any offense, as South Laurel rolled to a 58-22 win.

“We just wilted as a team,” Coach Roy Bowling said after Jackson went down. “These girls have never played without Caitie. We were in the game when she got hurt. It’s really tough.”

South coach Konnie Snyder said that they expected to see more zone from North Laurel this time around, so they worked on that, and she was pleased with her team’s offensive effort.

“We moved the ball well offensively, but I thought our defensive intensity wasn’t as high as I would have like it to be,” Snyder said.

South Laurel (18-6), winners of eight in a row, shot 50 percent for the game, and were led in scoring by Emily Gaines and Lauren Wombles, both with 10 points. Strange led North Laurel (12-9) with 11 points. It was North’s third straight loss. The Jaguars shot only 25 percent for the game, and committed more turnovers (24) than they had points (22).

South led 15-9 after one, and 27-13 at the half. Whitney Smith had two threes in the first half, and Johnna Sizemore added one for South Laurel. The Cards ended the half on a 10-2 run after Jackson went down.

The lead grew to 42-19 after three quarters as Snyder was able to get more of her younger players in the game. Gaines had seven of her points in the fourth quarter, while Kendra Davidson added four points.

“Every minute you can get your bench kids in helps,” Snyder said. “You never know what can happen. North Laurel was unfortunate to have Caitie go down. We hope it isn’t serious.”

“South Laurel is a better team than we are,” Bowling said. “We want to try and get where they are at one of these days.”

South Laurel 58, North Laurel 22

SL 15 12 15 16—58

NL 9 4 6 3—22

SL (58)—Smith 9, Dean 5, McWhorter 5, Gaines 10, Wombles 10, Davidson 4, Sizemore 4, Justice 9, Anders 2.

NL (22)—Jackson 4, Prichard 2, Strange 11, Harris 2, Hartney 3.

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