The Cumberland Gap Panthers held their own against Williamsburg until late in the second half of Wednesday’s scrimmage. CGHS went cold and the Yellow Jackets took advantage with a 16-0 run and went on to beat the Panthers 56-38 at Pineville’ team camp.
“The kids are working hard and I’m playing a lot of kids right now. It’s not about wins and losses right now, just trying to see who can help us and what type of defense we’re going to be suited for,” Panther coach Ernie Clawson said.
Cumberland Gap led for most of the first half until Williamsburg started hitting 3s and went int halftime up 20-18.
Panther point guard Adam Jenkins opened the second half with a runner to tie things up but Williamsburg to 3s from Skyler Griffith and Chase Lowrie and Andrew Griffith got free inside for a dunk that put the Jackets up 28-21.
Two baskets from Jenkins, a free throw from Jarrett Seagle and a basket from Hunter Bayless tied the game at 28 with 11:12 to play. Baskets from Chase Mize and Preston England put the Panthers back on top 32-31 with about 9:30 to go.
The lead was short-lived as Williamsburg responded with a 16-0 run to take control. Skyler Griffith started the spurt with a 3-pointer and Harlan County transfer Fred Massey took one steal in for a layup and then came away with another steal that led to a basket from Corey Shelton. Shelton would score four more points and Massey capped the run with layup for a 47-32 lead.
“Williamsburg is very big and any team that has a lot of size is going to give us some problems, because we’re not very big,” Clawson said. “But it was a two or three point game until they started knocking down some threes. It was just a bad matchup for us to go man-to-man. Williamsburg has got a good basketball team with just about everybody back, they ought to be pretty good this year.”
Cumberland Gap got baskets down the stretch from Brady Hoskins, Bubba Lake and Nick Neverstitch as the final score wound up 56-38.
The Panthers will be taking part in the Tri-State team camp at LMU on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.