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Priscilla Wagers scored 16 points in Clay County's loss at No. 23 Jackson County.

Manchester Enterprise - Thursday, February 20, 2003 - Page C1

Bingham shoots JCHS past Clay

Defense lifts Bell Co. to 55-48 upset win.

After staying close for most of the first half Clay County didn't fire at all in the second half and fell 48-34 at No. 23 Jackson County Saturday. Seniors Priscilla Wagers and Amanda Gilbert combined for 11 points as the Lady Tigers closed to within 14-13 after one period. But, Brittany Bingham, who nailed three early three-pointer's, would prove to be a thorn in Clay's side, finishing with a game best 22 in the Lady General's win.

Clay was within 18-17 with three minutes to play before half time but Bingham drilled her fourth three of the game in as many attempts, to give Jackson a 21-17 lead. A Wagers' basket cut the lead to 21-19 but Jackson's 6'6" junior center, Sarah Elliott, scored on a put back and later added two foul shots for a 25-19 half time lead. Jackson County made six of seven three-points in the first half.

The second half was all Lady Generals, as they out scored Clay 11-5 with Bingham adding seven more points. The host team gained their biggest lead at 48-28 with 0:30 to play but Wagers hit two three's, including a shot from near mid-court as time expired for the final margin.

Bingham led Jackson County (20-5) with a double-double, 11 rebounds and 22 points, on six of eight shooting from the three-point range; Whitney Moore added 12; Elliott blocked five shots, scored nine and grabbed 10 rebounds; Jeannena Hignite and Jenni Lakes added three each. Wagers led Clay (16-6) with 16; Amanda Gilbert added nine; Jayme Gilbert had six and Kari Ealy three.

Thursday's game
Bell County 55 - Lady Tigers 48

Clay County point guard Jayme Gilbert sat out the final 4:53 of the second quarter against visiting Bell County due to a knee injury and her team really missed her dependable ball handling. Bell County (16-5) benefitted from a pressure defense to pull away from a 15-15 tie with 3:40 remaining in the first half to take a 23-16 lead over host Clay County at intermission. Hannah Engle and Brook Smith scored seven and six points, respectively, to propel the Lady Cats to their seven point cushion.

The Lady Cats pushed their lead to 44-32 early in the fourth period but Clay rallied to within 50-46 with 1:46 left in the game. Priscilla Wagers scored eight points in the Lady Tigers' 14-6 run. However, Bell scored five straight points to go up 55-46 before Jayme Gilbert scored the games final basket.

Engle led Bell with 16 points, Smith finished with 14; Shandi McNabb added eight; Casey Stewart had six; Ashley Bolden scored five; Jessica Partin four and Brittany Partin, two. Clay County (16-5) was led by Jayme Gilbert with 16 points; Wagers finished with nine; Amanda House and Kari Ealy scored five apiece; Amanda Gilbert had four; Jenna Wilson, three; Monica Bowling and Maleah Roberts had two each.

JV Game
Lady Tigers 35 - Bell County 18

Mariah Aubrey scored 12 points to lead the Lady Tiger junior varsity to the win over the visiting Lady Bobcats. Paige Jackson added eight points, Stephanie Jackson added four; Jenna Wilson, Gemma Gray and Deronna Moore scored two apiece.

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