Josh Seidel goes up for two of his 26 points.

Winning three out of four quarters is not good enough as the North Laurel Jaguars could not overcome a bad third quarter and let a big win slip away to the hands of Pineville 46-42 on Saturday.

The Jaguars came out of the gate riding the shoulders of Josh Seidel who scored all 12 of his teams points during the second quarter and 19 of their 21 points in the first half for a 21-15 advantage.

“I can’t say enough about Seidel,” North Laurel coach Jim Conway said. “He has been there all year for us. We had guys with opportunities to score, but they just couldn’t knock it down.”

The third quarter was the difference in the game as the Mountain Lions outscored the Jaguars 23-10 to take a 38-31 led. It was not the Jaguars day as Dustin Day scored 18 points for the Mountain Lions.

“I didn’t like the way we responded,” Conway said. “We came away empty on too many possessions.”

The Jaguars outscored the Mountain Lions 11-8 during the final period and put themselves in a position to tie the game with under a minute remaining, but an open three-pointer in the corner by Raymond Shears was just off the mark.

“That’s the way we designed it,” Conway said. “We just need guys to knock it down. I told him at least he had the nerve to shoot it.”

The Jaguars struggled to get the ball in the hands of Seidel during the second half and settled for outside shots that were not going down. They finished at 29 percent from the field on 14 of 48 shooting.

Although they fought hard they realize they missed a great opportunity to earn some respect against on of the top teams in the region.

“I don’t know if it’s fatigue or what, Conway said. “It’s a disappointing loss and we had a chance to gain some respect in the region.”

The Jaguars traveled to take on Cumberland last night.

Pineville 46, North Laurel 42

Pineville 4 11 23 8—46

North Laurel 9 12 10 11—42

Pineville (46)—Strange 7, Warren 7, Jeffrey 8, Tuttle 2, Cunningham 2, Day 18.

North Laurel (42)—Dalton 4, Shannon 6, Tiller 4, Cotton 2, Seidel 26.

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