Caitie Jackson drives to the basket as Monticello's Cortney Morrow tries to draw a foul.

After falling 60-46 to South Laurel Saturday night, North Laurel rebounded nicely, using a strong team rebounding performance to down visiting Monticello 50-45 Monday night.

“We fell to the bottom of the mountain, and now we have to start climbing back up,” Coach Roy Bowling said. “We did a good job of rebounding tonight, and that might have been the difference in the game.”

The Jags (11-10) out-rebounded the Lady Trojans 45-34, led by Makenzie Prichard’s nine boards. But she wasn’t alone, as Caitie Jackson and Casey Karr both pulled down six rebounds, and Kelsi Smith and Ashley Woolum had five each.

Jackson led North Laurel with 19 points and six assists, while Karr chipped in with 12 points. Leandra Brown led Monticello (12-11) with 20 points and 17 rebounds.

“She gave us some trouble in the first half,” Bowling said of Brown, as she had 12 of her points in that half.

The Jags opened with a 6-2 lead before Monticello came back to take a 9-8 lead with 4:19 left on back-to-back baskets by Brown and Cortney Morrow. The Jags then ended the first quarter on a 9-2 run for a 17-11 lead, including a three from Jackson.

A three by Karr with 5:16 left in the half pushed the lead to 22-13. Jackson then scored four straight points, and with 2:34 left, the North lead was 10, 26-16. Brown then scored four points for the Lady Trojans to cut the lead down to six, 26-20, before Prichard came up with a loose ball and hit a turn around jumper as the buzzer sounded to give her team a 28-20 cushion at the half.

The Jags were able to maintain their lead throughout the second half, withstanding every Lady Trojan run. Two free throws from Katie Hartney, and a basket by Jackson, gave North a 40-30 lead with 56.0 seconds left in the third before Morrow drained a three to cut the lead down to seven, 40-33, going into the fourth quarter.

A three from Lacey Alley to open the fourth quarter brought Monticello to within four at 40-36, but Jackson scored four more points to push the lead back to eight, 44-36, with 5:55 left. Monticello outscored North 9-6 over the final 4:32, but it wasn’t enough as the Jaguars held on for the win.

“We did a better job taking care of the ball tonight,” Bowling said, as his team committed only 13 turnovers. “And we executed our offense a little better. Monticello is a pretty good team. They were big.”

Bowling said that he wanted Jackson to take the ball to the basket more in this game, and was pleased with her performance. “She had a good game, except for her defense in the zone. We’ll have to correct that.”

The Jags only shot 30.5 percent for the game, and Bowling noted that his team had some good shots that they missed.

“Some nights we shoot the ball well, some nights we don’t,” he said.

The Jags will now host Rockcastle Co. Friday night as part of a girl-boy doubleheader.

“We have five tough games left,” Bowling said. “Hopefully we can hit the district tournament playing our best.”

North Laurel 50, Monticello 45

Monticello 11 9 13 12—45

North Laurel 17 11 12 10—50

Monticello (45)—Hensley 2, Morrow 10, Alley 11, Frost 2, Brown 20.

North Laurel (50)—Jackson 2, Prichard 4, Smith 4, Emery 3, Karr 12, Bargo 6, Hartney 2.

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