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Jayme Gilbert's last second shot careened off the rim.

Manchester Enterprise - Thursday, March 4, 2004
Clay's 15-0 start whittled away before halftime

Early lead doesn't hold
in 44-42 loss to Cawood

Clay County jumped ahead of visiting Cawood, 15-0, Friday but wound up losing 44-42 after a desperation 32-footer banked off the front of the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Jayme "Skooly" Gilbert put Clay ahead after making one off two free throws then Monica Bowling made back-to-back baskets for a 5-0 lead.

Jenna Wilson came off the bench to nail a three-pointer to give the home team an 8-0 lead. Gilbert and Amanda House added back-to-back baskets before Page Jacks'in drilled a three with 0:59 remaining in the quarter. Cawood didn't score until fifty seconds left in the opening period but after Gilbert put the Lady Tigers ahead 17-2 with the first two points of the second quarter.

The Trojanettes reeled off 15-straight, aided by three three-pointers, to tie the game, 17-17, with 2:24 remaining before halftime. Clay rebounded to take a 21-18 lead into the locker room on baskets by Kelly Jones and Gilbert.

The game seesawed back and forth with Cawood going up 29-26 only to see Clay score nine-straight, aided by back-to-back threes by Jackson and Gilbert, to lead 35-29 early in the fourth quarter.

After Sierra Wynn scored on a put back, Natosha Boggs nailed two-straight threes to give the visitors a 37-35 lead but Gilbert tied the game on a drive along the left baseline with 4:32 left.

Cawood went back ahead 43-39 but Gemma Gray hit a three to pull Clay within 43-42 with 1:35 to go. Both teams had opportunities to score down the stretch but nothing fell until a late free throw. Clay fouled Amanda Miracle with 7.2 seconds left. She made her first shot but missed the second. Jackson grabbed the rebound but was bottled up in backcourt and Coach Donnie Gray asked for a timeout with 2.9 seconds on the clock.

Following the timeout, the inbounds pass went to Gilbert in hackcourt. She took two dribbles then launched a one-handed shot that just missed. Gilbert led Clay (16-11) with 17 points and five rebounds. Jackson scored six; Jones and Bowling each had four; Wilson and Gray added three apiece and Maleah Roberts two.

Wynn and Miracle led Cawood (16-7) with 13 apiece; Boggs had 11; Jeri Lynn Howard five and Whitney Rhymer two. Clay shot just over 36% (15-44) for the game, including 5-13 from three-point range. Cawood made 16 of 42 field goal tries including just seven of 23 three-point attempts.

Cawood made seven of nine from the charity line; Clay was five of seven. The Trojanettes won the battle of the boards 24-20.

Joe Burchell
Sports Editor
Manchester Enterprise

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Clay County sophomore Jayme "Skooly" Gilbert moved into 1Oth place on the Lady Tigers all-time scoring list surpassing Regina "Saffey" Hipsher.

Hipsher, who coached Gilbert at Manchester Elementary, scored 1,171 points during her high school career (1976-79). Gilbert scored 17 points in Clay's game with Cawood Friday giving her 1,179 points to-date.

Kim Jones is the all-time leading scorer of the girl's basketball program at CCHS with 2,004 points.

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