Clay County wins defensive struggle over South Laurel to advance

Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 11:15 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2021 at 9:49 PM EDT
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CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - In a low-scoring affair between two teams who normally like to put points on the board, Clay County came out on top, 39-35 over South Laurel.

Clay County came into the game averaging more than 70 points per game, while the Cardinals averaged more than 60 points per contests. However, both teams got off to slow starts offensively as Clay County took a 21-14 lead into the half.

The Tigers ballooned the lead to 12 in the third quarter thanks to a couple pull up jumpers from Connor Farmer, who led all scorers with 20 points to go along with five rebounds. South Laurel battled back from a ten-point deficit entering the fourth quarter, getting as close as two points with less than a minute to go. But Clay County closed out the game at the free throw line to move on.

Farmer was the only Tiger in double figures. South Laurel’s Micah Anders joined him as the only other player in double figures with 14 points.

The win moves Clay County to the semifinals where they will face Knox Central on Friday night at approximately 7:30 p.m. The Panthers pulled away from Harlan County to advance, 63-47.

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