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Clay falls to No. 12 JacketsLady Tigers drop a 58-50 decision
to Woodford in Berea Classic Finals
No. 12 Woodford County (8-1) scored six straight points in the final 90 seconds of the first half after a 28-28 tie to take a 34-28 half time lead over Clay County in the championship game of the Berea Holiday "A" Classic Saturday morning. The Lady Indians came out red-hot in the third period and increased their lead to 52-38 before fending off a late Lady Tiger rally to post a 58-50 win.
Woodford hit five three-pointers in the first half and finished with nine three's for the game. Destiny Mattingly proved to be the main thorn in the side of Clay County, scoring 17 of her game high 23 points in the first half.
Clay led 14-11 early in the second period, but Woodford fought back to lead 24-20. However; after Amanda Gilbert scored her 12th point of the first half with 2:14 on the clock, Clay was up 27-26. But, shortly after, Priscilla Wagers picked up her third foul and left the game.
Jayme Gilbert helped keep Clay close with 10 points and seven rebounds at intermission. She finished the game with a team high 21 points and also had 11 rebounds: Amanda Gilbert added 16 points and team high 12 rebounds: Wagers had six points; Monica Bowling scored three; Paige Jackson and Maleah Roberts added two points each.
The loss was the first in nine games for Coach Donnie Gray's team. "I was pleased with out play," said Coach Donnie Gray. "Hey, we lost to a very good basketball team... this is a good tournament for us," he added.
Next up, a trip to northern Kentucky right after Christmas to play in the Ballin' at Ryle (High School) Challenge (versus Campbell County Thursday), Friday and Saturday. "We have a tough game right off the bat," said Gray. "Campbell County is 8-2 and they can play... we'll have to be ready for a battle." The team will leave for the tournament early Thursday morning.
Clay County jumped to a 6-0 lead while holding the Lady Indian's scoreless for more than four minutes en route to a 8-4 first period lead. Montgomery County closed to within 8-6 with 6:26 left in the second period, but Clay ut together a 9-2 run to lead 17-8. Clay led 21-13 at intermission behind Amanda Gilbert's 11 points.
Lady Tigers 42 - Montgomery County 34