Lady Spartans bested in final
by Adam Carrington
acarrington@mdjonline.com
December 28, 2013 11:38 PM | 826 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SMYRNA — The Campbell girls trailed Douglas County throughout Saturday night’s Campbell Holiday Classic championship, but they kept themselves in it until late in the third quarter.

Trailing by one or two possessions for most of the third quarter, Douglas County stretched its lead to double digits by ending the period with 10 unanswered points to take a 15-point lead.

Campbell couldn’t mount a fourth-quarter rally for the second straight night, after coming from behind to beat Kell in Friday’s semifinal, and the Lady Spartans were on the losing end of a 74-65 decision.

It looked as if Campbell (10-3) would have another spurt left after rallying from 14 down in the second quarter to get within two. But the Lady Spartans couldn’t make enough defensive stops in the fourth quarter to make a push.

The closest they got was seven points midway through the frame, when Jarriel Lark made a steal and converted it into a layup to cut Douglas County’s lead to 64-57.

Marisa Hill led Campbell with 25 points behind three 3-pointers. Julie McKie finished with 15 points.

“They are a well-coached team, No. 1,” Campbell coach Randy McClure said. “No. 2, they’ve got a veteran team. We tried to press them some, but they adjusted. We fought hard, but we didn’t make quite enough plays.”

Alex Brown was clutch for Douglas County in the fourth quarter. She finished with 14 points, 11 of which came in the final 8 minutes. Brown also had 12 rebounds

Maya Benham led the Lady Tigers with 16 points, while Olivia Whatley also had 14.

Half of Douglas County’s points during its 10-point run to end the third came on the free-throw line, but a four-point play by Christina Haney seconds before the quarter expired deflated Campbell.

The Lady Spartans trailed by 15 points going into the fourth.

“We were not rotating right (late in the third),” McClure said. “It all comes down to rehearsal, and we weren’t executing good on defense.”

The Lady Spartans were still resilient in the fourth quarter and opened with four straight points, highlighted by Hall’s 3-pointer. But whenever Campbell would get within single digits, Douglas County would make a push.

Campbell was on top of its game late in the second quarter, playing a full-court press and converting turnovers into points.

The Lady Spartans countered with an eight-point run that started with Hall’s 3-pointer from the right wing. Their next five points came on the free-throw line, with McKie accounting for four of them. Campbell later got within two when McKie converted a layup with 50 seconds left.

“We were forcing them into turnovers,” McClure said, “and if you can force them into turnovers and get baskets out of it, that’s good.”
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