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Manchester Enterprise - Thursday, February 19, 2004
Lady Tigers use 29-4 blitz for 16th win
Late charge powers Clay past Hazard
HAZARD, KY- Thanks to a second half blitzkrieg Clay County (16-9) picked up a 46-32 victory at Hazard Monday. But the outcome was truly in doubt early on as the Lady Tigers fell behind 15-3 then saw their star player, Jayme "Skooly" Gilbert, pick up her third foul with 4:30 left in the second quarter.
Junior Karl Ealy made a three-point basket in each of the first two periods and eighth-grader Gemma Gray added a second quarter goal and that was all the scoring for the visitors in the first 16-minutes as they trailed 20-8.
Clay made just three of 16 shots in the first half. During halftime Coach Donnie Gray kept his team on the bench to address the team's woes, then after the horn sounded for the second half his squad set about dismantling the host team.
"We stepped up our defense and the shots finally began to fall," said assistant coach Dick Woods. Led by Gilbert and Ealy, the Lady Tigers went on a tear, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 29-4 over the next 10-minutes to take control of the game, 37-24.
Gilbert scored 13 points during that stretch; Ealy added eight; Gray six and Monica Bowling two. Gilbert finished with a game best 16 points; Ealy had 14; Gray added eight; Bowling and Kelly Jones each scored three points and Page Jackson two. Jones led Clay with seven rebounds and Gilbert added six. Gilbert handed out five assists and made six steals. Clay made 12 of 20 shots in the second half.
Megan Riddle led Hazard (8-17) with six points; Brittani Slone and Allison Feltner added five apiece.
Trailing 16-11, Clay got two three-pointers from Danielle Fisher during a 12-2 run in the second half and won 36-25.
Maleah Roberts led the winners with 12; Fisher had six; Gernma Gray and Holly Hoskins four each; Sarah Burchell and Mariah Aubrey two apiece; Stephanie Jackson and Amanda House each had two.
Big 2nd half propels #7
Clay County challenged No. 7 Jackson County for a half before dropping a 54-36 decision Saturday night before a huge crowd at Bobby Keith Gym.
Jackson County past Clay
The Lady Tigers took a 6-2 lead after Page Jackson and Jayme Gilbert each made a three-pointer but the Lady Generals scored 11 straight points on three three-pointers from senior Whitney Moore and two free throws by Stisha Rose to lead 13-6.
Gemma Gray and Gilbert scored two points on the closing minute to pull within four as the first period ended. After Amanda House scored to begin the second period, Clay was within one. The Lady Tigers pulled even at 20-20 with 2:25 to play in the half but Brittany Bingham and Danielle Roaden sandwiched a three and deuce, respectively, around two free throws by Gilbert for a 25-22 lead at intermission.
Moore led Jackson County at the half with 12 points on four three-pointers; Gilbert had 11 for the Lady Tigers.
Jackson County began the third period with a 14-0 run and had their biggest lead at 46-27. Kelly Jones scored six points in the final period to help cut the deficit to 14.
Gilbert led Clay (15-9) with 16; Kelly Jones added eight points, six in the fourth period; Page Jackson scored six; Gray had four and House two. Kari Ealy had three steals and three assists. Gilbert had three assists and two steals. Clay had just seven turnovers while Jackson County committed 10.
Moore and Miss Basketball candidate Sarah Elliott finished with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
The 6-6 Elliott also grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out seven assists.
Brittany Bingham hit three treys for nine points; Roaden five; Candrae Bingham and Rose and two apiece; Kourtney Tyra had one. Jackson County (18-4) shot a blistering 60% from the floor, including nine of 15