Turnovers lead to 64-49 MHS loss
Middlesboro’s three-game winning streak came to an end on Monday when the team welcomed Williamsburg. Turnovers and three-minute scoring droughts in the third and fourth quarters for the Lady Jackets allowed Williamsburg to turn a four-point lead into a 64-49 victory.
Lakin Burke paced Middlesboro in the scoring department ending the night with 20 points on seven field goals. Baylee Woody was the only other Lady Jacket to finish the game in double figures with 12 points.
Lillie Hall took advantage of several steals late in the game scoring 15 of her game-high 25 points in the second half. Kayla Gibson ended the night with 14 points, and Kelsey Tye went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe on her way to an eight-point outing.
Williamsburg held a 33-27 lead at halftime. Middlesboro cut the lead to three, 33-30, on a 3-pointer from Woody.
The two teams traded baskets over the next three minutes of play before a layup from Woody cut the lead to 39-36. On the ensuing possession, Jamayha Poe came up with a steal and found Malorie Carter on the fast break for a basket that cut the lead to 39-38.
A free throw from Burke after a 3-pointer from Gibson brought the Williamsburg lead to 44-40. The free throw was the last basket the Lady Jackets would score in the third quarter with free throws from Tye and Hall increasing the Williamsburg lead to 47-40 at the end of the period.
Tye and Lillie Abbott opened the fourth with consecutive baskets to increase the Williamsburg lead to 51-40. Woody ended the visiting Jackets’ run with a pair of free throws that cut deficit to 51-42 with 6:49 remaining in the game.
Middlesboro went on another three-minute scoring drought after Woody’s free throws, and Williamsburg took advantage. The visiting Jackets used the drought to go on a 10-0 run. Gibson capped the run with a 3-pointer that ballooned the lead to 61-42 with four minutes to play.
Woody finally found the basket for Middlesboro with 3:41 remaining in the game to cut the deficit to 61-44. The two teams traded points down the stretch with a 3-pointer by Tenley Jackson cutting the final deficit to 18.
Middlesboro will end the regular season at 7:30 p.m. on Friday when they host Lynn Camp (11-14).
Williamsburg (19-10) will open the 50th District Tournament on Monday with a game against South Laurel (22-5) at Corbin.
Williamsburg 64, Middlesboro 49
Kelsey Tye 2 4-4 8, Kayla Gibson 5 0-0 14, Tori Lester 2 1-1 5, Lillie Abbott 2 0-0 6, Lillie Hall 7 9-12 25, Madison Chapman 2 0-0 6, Caitlin Jones 0 0-2 0. Totals: 20 14-19 64.
Baylee Woody 4 3-5 12, Jamayha Poe 0 3-4 3, Hannah Warren 2 0-0 5, Malorie Carter 1 0-0 2, Lakin Burke 7 5-8 20, Grace Moles 1 0-0 2, Grace Gent 0 2-2 2, Tenley Jackson 1 0-2 3. Totals: 16 13-21 49.
Williamsburg 24 9 14 17 — 64
Middlesboro 18 9 13 9 — 49
3-point goals: Williamsburg 8 (Gibson 4, Abbott 2, Chapman 2), Middlesboro 4 (Woody 1, Warren 1, Burke 1, Jackson 1).
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