Bingham shoots JCHS past ClayDefense 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.
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.
Bell County 55 - Lady Tigers 48