One night after an uninspired showing in a loss to Corbin, the South Laurel Lady Cardinals faced another 50th District foe in visiting Williamsburg, totally overwhelming the Lady Yellow Jackets, 49-26.
“We came out with a little more intensity tonight,” coach Konnie Snyder said. “We moved a lot better and with more confidence. We also had more energy rebounding.”
The outcome was never in question in this contest. The only question was the final margin, which turned out to be 17.
South Laurel (8-11, 4-2) dominated from the opening tip, racing out to an, 8-0, lead, then finishing the first quarter with a 5-2 run for a, 15-2, lead. Macy Clontz, who finished with 13 points, had five of those in the first, including a three pointer.
The second quarter saw Taylor Arthur score seven of her team-high 15 points, as the Lady Cardinals built a, 26-6, halftime lead.
Williamsburg struggled from the field in the first half, hitting just 2-of-17 shots, when they were able to get a shot off. The smothering South Laurel defense forced 10 first half turnovers.
“I thought our trap defense played really well tonight,” Snyder said.
The lead grew to, 34-7, when Andi House drained a three at the 4:17 mark of the third quarter. South would lead after three, 34-13. It wasn’t until a Carissa Conlin bucket at the 1:15 mark of the third that Williamsburg (4-14, 0-5) broke into double digits.
Four points each from Clontz and Arthur pushed the lead to, 42-16, with 4:44 left in the game. Williamsburg then went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to, 42-25. Carly Bowling came off the bench to score the final four South Laurel points.
For the game, South Laurel shot 36.7 percent, hitting 18-of-49 shots. Williamsburg finished shooting 20 percent, making just 9-of-45. South Laurel is scheduled to host rival North Laurel tonight. The Lady Jaguars beat the Lady Cardinals, 39-35, earlier this year.
Corbin 46, South Laurel 31
CORBIN—For three quarters, the Lady Cardinal starters struggled against Corbin, scoring just 19 points and trailed going into the fourth, 35-19.
That’s when Coach Snyder pulled her starters, and brought in a totally new group consisting of two eighth-graders (Karli Parker and Tori Bell), a freshman (Bailey Miller) and two sophomores (Sharon Walker and Emily Clonce).
Even though South Laurel fell to the Lady Redhounds, 46-34, that younger group scored 15 fourth quarter points, four less than the entire team had scored over three quarters.
“Any time you can get people in and make a positive contribution, that helps in the long run,” Snyder said. “Our junior varsity were big contributors tonight.”
The Lady Cards had trouble getting any kind of offense going against the Lady Redhounds. South hit just 1-of-10 shots from the field in the first quarter, trailing, 11-5, going into the second. South also committed five turnovers in the quarter.
The second quarter was a little better, as South hit 4-of-12 from the field, but still trailed at the half by 10, 25-15. South shot just 22.7 percent from the field in the half, compared to 33.3 percent for Corbin.
The struggles continued in the third, as once again, South could manage only one basket in the quarter (a jumper by Andi House), and scored just four points, as Corbin increased its lead to, 35-19.
The only Lady Cardinal who seemed to have any success in those three quarters was Macy Clontz, who scored nine of the 19 points.
With the younger group in, Sharon Walker took advantage, scoring the first five Lady Cardinal points, cutting the lead to, 37-24. Bailey Miller also scored five points in the quarter. Both she and Walker had threes in the quarter.
For the game, South finished 11-of-38 for 28.9 percent, but made 5-of-9 for 55.5 percent in the fourth quarter. Corbin shot 38.4 percent, hitting 15-of-39.
Corbin placed three players in double figures, led by Hayley Smith’s 15. Shai Roaden had 11, and Miranda Wilson 10.
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South Laurel 46, Williamsburg 29
Williamsburg 2 4 7 13—29
South Laurel 15 11 8 12—46
WILLIAMSBURG (29)—Siler 12, Ash 4, Conlin 9, Rains 2, Haar 2.
SOUTH LAUREL (46)—M. Johnson 3, Clontz 13, Arthur 15, C. Johnson 4, House 5, Burchett 2, Bowling 4.
Corbin 46, South Laurel 34
South Laurel 5 10 4 19—34
Corbin 11 16 10 11—46
SOUTH LAUREL (34)—M. Johnson 4, Arthur 3, Clontz 9, Parker 3, House 2, Walker 5, Bell 1, Miller 5, Clonce 2.
CORBIN (46)—K. Wilson 8, M. Wilson 10, Roaden 11, Smith 15, Massengill 2.