Williamsburg blasts Lynn Camp; Clay Co. outlasts Corbin
Williamsburg's Skyler Griffith goes up for a shot against Lynn Camp Tuesday night. The Yellow Jackets won easily.
The battle between Lynn Camp High School’s size and Williamsburg High School’s speed and shooting remained close as the teams traded baskets and leads several times in their meeting Tuesday.
Midway through the first quarter, Williamsburg’s sharp shooters, led by Skyler Griffith and Corey Shelton, found the range and the Yellow Jackets went on a 20-4 run.
When the night was over, Griffith led with 30 points, including seven three-point field goals, and Shelton added 27 points as Williamsburg went on to the 75-52 victory.
“That is going to be us every night,” said Williamsburg Coach Patrick Robinson. “On nights that we are shooting the ball well, I think we will be okay. If we struggle like we were in the first quarter, making shots, then it is going to be rough.”
Skyler McFarland led the way for the Wildcats with 17 points. Zach Smith poured in 14 and Justin Hammonds added eight.
Williamsburg knocked down 14 three-point field goals. Robinson said when playing a team like Lynn Camp that has such a size advantage over his players, his team will have to look to equalize that with the three-pointer.
“Especially early when they were not coming out on the perimeter to guard us, that is what you have got to do is make shots,” Robinson said.
Robinson added it was a matter of knocking the rust off, noting his team has had only six practices together.
Williamsburg will play at home Friday night against Pineville and Monday night against Bell County.
“They are going to try to pound us,” Robinson said of Pineville.
Robinson said Bell County has several good-sized players but they are smaller than previous Bobcat teams.
With the loss, Lynn Camp drops to 1-2 on the season. The Wildcats will travel to Corbin Thursday for a meeting with the Redhounds.
Clay Co. 72, Corbin 66
A wildly entertaining grudge match between two of the longest running rivals in the 13th Region went Clay County’s way Tuesday as the Corbin Redhounds couldn’t fend off the Tigers down the stretch, losing their first game of the season 72-66.
The visiting Tigers seemed right at home in Corbin’s gym with hot three-point shooting throughout. Clay knocked down eight for the game.
Corbin kept pace with seven triples of their own.
Corbin’s only lead in the first half was early on, 3-2. The Tigers build a nine-point margin early in the second quarter on a three-pointer by Kody Reed, who finished the game with 10 points total.
Corbin mounted a furious rally that ended with a three-point shot by Hunter Grubb to pull the Hounds to within two, 40-38 with just three seconds to play before halftime.
Going into the final quarter, it was anyone’s game as Clay held a slim 53-52 lead. The game was briefly tied at 55 until the Tigers pulled away for good.
A key possession slipped away from the Redhounds when the team lost possession of the ball after Grubb was called for a technical foul away from the action. Corbin Coach Tony Pietrowski protested the call to no avail.
Clay County outscored Corbin 19-14 in the final stretch to pull off the six-point win.
Center Robby Igo finished the game as the high scorer for Corbin with 14. Point guard Zach Farley and freshman sharp shooter Trevor Hill each had 11. Kaleb Maguet scored 12.
For Clay County, point guard Tylerr McDaniel led all scorers with 19 points. He was one of five Tigers to score in double figures for the game.
In his post-game comments, Pietrowski said he felt his teams lack of size was exposed by the Tigers.
“We’ve got to rebound the basketall,” he said. “I felt like in the end, that was our downfall.”
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