The Barbourville Lady Tiger Basketball team was back on the hardwood this past Friday and Saturday night when they hosted the Red Bird Cardinals and the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on consecutive nights.
The Tigers caged the Cardinals 58-26 Friday night but lost to the Lady Jackets of Williamsburg, 27-64.
Anna Daniels led her team, which shot over 52% from the field, against Red Bird with a near double –double as she scored 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Abbagail Smith tossed in 10 points had two rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Tigers. Kaylee Smith added five points, Jordyn Smith shot for six, Peyton Erslan scored four points, Katie Shackelford hit for four points while Natasha Helton scored three. Shelbie Jones, Jehan Abuzor and Taylor Logan added two points each to round out the scoring.
Head Coach Brandon Simpson said about the Red Bird contest, “We executed our game plan very well. We came out a little flat, but after a quick time out and some adjustments we got our act together and did what we came to do.”
Simpson felt his team shot the ball well and in fact it was the best shooting game of the season for the Tigers hitting on 22 of 43 attempts. Simpson said, “We did a good job turning defense to offense and getting transition baskets but we still need to do some work at the free throw line.”
On Saturday night, the Tigers welcomed the Williamsburg Lady Jackets to Barbourville for their second game in as many nights.
The Lady Jackets jumped out to an early 9-2 lead with 2:02 remaining in the first quarter before Barbourville’s Anna Daniels scored on the block to cut the lead to five points. On Williamsburg’s next possession, they turned it over under full court pressure from the Tigers that resulted in Daniels going to the line for two free throws for another two points.
A free throw by Jordyn Smith and another basket by Daniels cut the deficit to two at 12-10 with fifteen ticks on the clock in the quarter.
The Yellow jackets saw themselves with a three point lead at the end of the first quarter.
The three point deficit enjoyed by the Tigers at the end of one was as close as they would get the remainder of the game. The Lady Jackets pushed the lead out to 31-14 by halftime and went on to win with an easy 63-22 margin.
Coach Simpson said, “We were right there after the first quarter, despite not playing well, but shots weren’t falling for us and they were falling for them and we dug a 17-point hole going into the half. Our girls usually put up a fight no matter what the score, but I don’t feel like we did that tonight. I was disappointed with our effort. It’s uncharacteristic of us. It’s not what City basketball is about, for sure. We had a big win on Friday and came out and laid an egg Saturday. We played without guts and heart in the second half, and that’s just not going to cut it.”
Anna Daniels led the way in scoring for the second straight night with 17 points. Abbagail Smith added five followed by two each from Kaylee Smith and Jehan Abuzour. Jordyn Smith hit a free throw for one point.
The Tigers will be back in action on Jan. 27 when they travel to Harlan County to take on the Black Bears and then back to Harlan on Jan. 31 to play the Harlan Lady Dragons.