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Jessica Dean makes a pass over Corbin's Mikkah Rogers (4) and Lyndsay Champlin.

The last time these two teams met, South Laurel had Corbin down by 19 in the first half, then eased up on their press on watched the Redhounds battle back for the win.

This time, there was no let up in the Cardinals, as Coach Konnie Snyder’s team rolled to a 65-50 win in a 50th District match-up.

“The first time we did jump on them early, then eased up and lost our intensity,” Snyder said. “We talked about that a lot since that game, about not letting our intensity down. I felt like our kids did that tonight.”

The South defense forced Corbin (10-6, 2-2) into 22 turnovers, 11 of those in the first quarter as the Cardinals built a 24-10 lead.

“Our defensive effort really helps our offense,” Snyder said. “I thought defensively we were a little fresher tonight than Corbin.”

Corbin coach Jennifer Parsons noted that her team wasn’t 100 percent coming into the game, but didn’t use that as an excuse for the loss.

“We needed other players to step up, and they didn’t do that,” Parsons said. “I’m disappointed. We had to have other players step up and be ready to play. We weren’t. But South Laurel’s coach had them ready. They executed and shot the ball beautifully.”

The Cardinals (12-6, 3-2) hit 46 percent for the game, while Corbin shot 30.9 percent. Corbin did outrebounded South 37-27.

Whitney Smith, who finished with 16, was hot early, sinking two threes in the first quarter to finish with eight points. Makenzie McWhorter added nine. She finished as the leading scorer with 17.

“Makenzie always played hard,” Snyder said. “She’s starting to play under control. We have to keep her under control.”

Corbin cut the lead to 26-17 with 6:26 left in the second before McWhorter scored back-to-back baskets, and Porsha Justice added a bucket to push the lead back to 32-17 with 4:43 left. The Cards led 35-22 at the half.

By the time the third quarter came to an end, the lead was 50-29. A basket by Johnna Sizemore with 4:58 left in the game gave South a 57-32 advantage before Corbin scored some late buckets to make the final 65-50.

Snyder was able to mix in her regular starters with young players like Jessica Dean, Emily Gaines and Kendra Davidson. “That helped us rest people, and I think that helped keep our intensity up.”

The win also keeps South in the mix for the No. 1 seed in the district. If both South and Corbin beat Williamsburg, then they, along with Whitley County, would all finish 3-3 in the district, which would result in a coin flip for the top seed.

“This win helps us,” Snyder said. “It gives us an opportunity for a three-way tie.”

Kelci Jones led Corbin with 17 points, while Brittany Jackson added 10. Sizemore scored 14 for South Laurel.

The Cardinals played Wayne Co. in the Corbin Shootout on Saturday, and will be on the road tonight at Jackson Co.



South Laurel 65, Corbin 50

C 10 12 7 21—50

SL 24 11 15 15—65

C (50)—Jones 17, Jackson 10, Rogers 6, Baylor 5, Grove 5, Blanton 4, Champlin 3.

SL (65)—McWhorter 17, Smith 16, Sizemore 14, Wombles 6, Justice 5, Clark 3, Dean 2, Walker 2.



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