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Manchester Enterprise - Thursday, February 12, 2004

See-saw game goes Bell's way

Clay County (l4-8) went scoreless the first six minutes of the fourth quarter and fell to Bell County 43-40 Monday. Bell County led 6-1 early but the visiting Lady Tigers went on a 20-7 run to go up 21-13 late in the second period. Clay led 24-17 at the half as Jayme "Skooly" Gilbert and Kari Ealy scored 11 and nine points, respectively.

The Lady Bobcats scored the first seven points of the third period to tie the game but Clay went back on top 31-26 aided by Kelly Jones' five points. But, Tracy Partin hit a three pointer late in the period to pull Bell within 31-29 heading into the final frame.

Bell outscored Clay 8-0 to complete an 11-0 run and go up 37-31 before Ealy sank her fourth three pointer of the game at the two-minute mark to pull Clay within three. After Kacy Stewart put Bell up 39-34, Gilbert completed a three-point play to draw Clay within two with 1:22 remaining. Ashley Bolden and Stewart each made two free throws to push Bell up by six points before Gilbert nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Clay shot just 30% (12-40) from the field. Gilbert led Clay with 19; Ealy had 12: Jones five; Maleah Roberts and Gemma Gray, two each. Gilbert and Gray each had four rebounds. Gilbert handed out four assists and had three steals.

Partin led the Lady Bobcats (11-11) with 14; Smith had 10; Stewart nine; Ashley Bolden five and Tegan Brock four.

Sumner's bank shot at buzzer sinks Clay

Senior Whitney Sumner banked in an 18-footer at the buzzer to give visiting North Laurel a 50-49 victory over Clay County in overtime, Thursday. In the seesaw battle, the Lady Tigers had taken a 49-48 lead when sophomore Jayme "Skooly" Gilbert sank two free throws with five seconds left in the overtime period.

After Gilbert's free throws the Lady Jags in bounded the ball with a final pass going to Sumner who was stationed to the left wing just inside the three-point line.

The game featured 11 lead changes and was tied seven times, the last at 45 each. After falling behind 5-0. Clay County rebounded to lead 11-10 after the opening period but North took a two-point lead into the locker room.

Sumner reeled off the first six points of the third period as the visitors took a 26-18 lead. Clay rallied to within 32-31 with 6:21 left in regulation but North scored the next six points to go up by seven. After a free throw by Gilbert, Jenna Wilson nailed a three-pointer to pull within three but Ali Ray hit two foul shots to give the Jags a 40-35 lead with 3:57 left.

Gilbert scored the next seven points to push clay ahead 42-40 with 0:49 to play but Sarah Hughes' three-point play put the Jags ahead by one at 0:29. Gilbert was fouled with eight seconds to play and made the first to tie but missed her second shot and the game went OT.

Clay took a 47-45 lead on two free throws by Page Jackson but North regained the lead on a three-pointer by Buck Dufour at 0:26. Sumner, who played for the Lady Tigers as a freshman and sophomore, finished with a team high 23-points. Sarah Hughes had nine; Dufour, six; Ray, five; Whitney Bundy, four and Ashley Cornett had three.

Gilbert had a career high 36 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists for Clay County. That, despite being double-teamed much of the night. Kelly Jones and Page Jackson scored four each; Wilson had three and Gemma Gray two.

Clay won the JV game 36-35 on two free throws by Stephanie Jackson with 0:04 to play.

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