Jayme Gilbert scored 53 points and dished out 24 assists in three games during the recent Ryle Invitational Tournament.
Manchester Enterprise - Thursday, January 2, 2003 - Page A6
Ballin' at Ryle Challenge
Clay falls to Campbell in opener
Lady Tigers finish strong posting wins over Estill, Allen Central
The post-Christmas "Ballin' at Ryle Challenge" at Ryle High School in Boone County featured eight teams from various parts of the state. It just so happened the first round match up on Thursday afternoon between Clay County and Campbell County (10th Region) featured the best two teams in the tournament.
Clay County got out of the gate early, posting a 13-8 lead after one quarter but were out scored 29-10 over the next eight minutes and trailed 37-23 at intermission. Campbell's long-range shooting proved the Achilles' heel for Clay in the second period as the Lady Camels began heating up from the three-point range.
After falling behind by 18 points in the second half, the Lady Tigers tried to rally and did manage to close to within eight points but couldn't get over the hump, falling 65-55. The Lady Camels had a decisive advantage from beyond the three-point arc, hitting on nine of 22 attempts. Clay made just three of 21 three-point tries.
Perhaps the biggest key to the Lady Camel's win was their 42-24 rebounding edge over Clay County. Freshman guard Jayme "Skooly" Gilbert led Clay with 21 points, six assists and four rebounds. Gilbert was six for six from two-point range; she made one of three three-point attempts and hit six of 10 foul shots.
Senior forward Amanda Gilbert scored 19 points and had a team high nine rebounds. Priscilla Wagers tossed in seven points; Jenna Wilson (five rebounds) and Kari Ealy each scored three points; Monica Bowling added two. The Lady Camels (6-2) were led by Kassie Brock - who scored 16 points - 12 coming from three-point range.
With the loss Clay dropped to 8-2 on the season and Campbell improved to 7-2. NOTE: Campbell County went on to breeze through the tournament and win the championship. Clay rallied to win their newt two games of the tournament to claim fifth place.
Here is a recap of the Lady Tiger's games with Allen Central and Estill County in the consolation bracket.
Saturday Afternoon Lady Tigers 55 - Allen Central 40
The Lady Rebels, ranked the fourth best team in the 15th region, jumped ahead of Clay County early and held a 13-11 lead after one quarter. But the Lady Tigers kicked it in high gear and out scored Allen Central 22-5 over the next eight minutes to lead 33-18 at half time.
Jayme "Skooly" Gilbert and sophomore center Kelly Jones were the big guns for Clay scoring 19 points and seven points, respectively, in the first half. Monica Bowling's three-pointer to start the third period gave Clay a 36-18 lead and the Lady Tigers pushed their advantage to 51-28. Clay managed just four points in the final period.
"Skooly" led all scorers with 21 points. She also handed out eight assists, pulled down five rebounds and had three steals. Jones did not score in the second half and finished with seven. Amanda Gilbert scored six points, all in the second half, and had five rebounds.
Priscilla Wagers tossed in five points and had two steals and three rebounds. Amanda House scored four points; Kari Ealy and Bowling each had three points; Jenna Wilson, Paige Jackson (three assists) and Maleah Roberts added two points apiece.
Clay lost the battle of the boards 27-23. The Lady Tigers connected on 11 of 17 foul shots while Allen Central made eight of 13 attempts. The Lady Tiger defense forced 17 turnovers while committing just 11 mistakes of their own.
Friday Afternoon Lady Tigers 50 - Estill County 33
After the disappointing first round loss to the Lady Camels, Clay County pounced on Estill County big-time, posting a 14-7 lead after one quarter and extending the lead to 31-11 at intermission. Coach Donnie Gray used all 13 team members in the game that saw Clay lead by a much as 44-18 before the final tally.
Freshman Jayme Gilbert led a balanced offensive attack with 11 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed six rebounds as Clay improved to 9-2 on the season. Amanda Gilbert and Kari Ealy each scored eight points. The senior Gilbert also grabbed a game high 15 rebounds while Ealy didn't miss a shot. Ealy made all three of her field goal attempts, including two three-pointers.
Priscilla Wagers scored six points and had two assists and two rebounds. Jenna Wilson and Maleah Roberts each tossed in five points. Wilson, a freshman, tallied her points on two of three shooting, and made her only three-point try. The eighth grader Roberts was two of two from the floor and one of two from the charity stripe and had four rebounds.
Kelly Jones and Monica Bowling each scored two points; DeRonna Moore, Paige Jackson and Mariah Aubrey added one point apiece. Amber Birchfield led Estill with 15 points. Clay won the battle of the boards 34-19. From the free throw line Clay made four of 10 attempts while the Lady Engineers connected on 13 of 28 tries.