By KEITH TAYLOR
9:58 AM EST, January 21, 2013
George Rogers Clark boys basketball coach Scott Humphrey has survived several close calls against former assistant Brad Carr.
Humphrey won his first nine games against Carr, his former assistant when the two were at Simon Kenton, including a pair of nail-biters in the 10th¿Region Tournament during the past eight years, but came up short against Carr’s Covington¿Scott High team Saturday in the Martin Luther King Central Bank Classic at Norton Gymnasium.
Despite leading 15-14 at halftime, the Cardinals couldn’t hold on as the Eagles opened the second half with a 14-1 run on their way to a 53-34 victory over Clark in the second game of a doubleheader. In the opener, Harrison County nipped South Laurel 71-70 in double overtime.
The loss was the fifth in a row for Clark, while the Eagles improved to 10-8 on the season.
Overall, Scott outscored the hosts 23-5 in the third quarter and built a lead that blossomed to 23 points with 2:35 remaining. Clark managed just two field goals in the third quarter and the Cards failed to convert on a shot from long range during all four quarters.
“They did a good job of (stepping) up the pressure and we did a poor job of handling it, and it’s as simple as that,” Clark coach Scott Humphrey said. “They denied the passing and we just struggled to have guys turn the corner and make the play. Their pressure just took over.”
The Eagles forced 26 turnovers, including 16 in the second half. In addition to his team’s defensive pressure, Carr added that his team effectively attacked Clark’s zone defense.
“We became more aggressive,” Carr said. “He (Humphrey) is very smart and he’s going to do what he thinks his kids can do to win the game. I told our guys to be prepared for anything, because you never know what he’s going to do. He’s going to switch some things up (on defense) and our guys had to be ready for that.”
Prior to the contest, the school presented the family of the late Chester Garrard with the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Award.
Next game: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. vs. Paris at Norton Gymnasium.
Clark 56, Bracken Co. 33
The George Rogers Clark girls basketball team returned to the court following a week-long break and used a big second half effort to defeat the Polar Bears.
Bracken scored 16 points in the first quarter and led 25-22 at the break, but the Lady Cards opened the second with a flurry, overturning the momentum of the contest.¿Clark outscored the hosts 21-2 in the first eight minutes of the second half and coasted to the victory.
Kathleen Murphy paced Clark with 16 points and scored 11 of those in the second half, including nine in the final eight minutes. Sandra Skinner followed with 14 points, while Carrie Irvin came off the bench and scored nine points, all coming from behind the arc.
Irvin drained a pair of treys during Clark’s decisive run in the third quarter. Clark made five shots from long range and connected on 13-of-18 free throws.
Next game: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. at Madison Central.
Scott 04 10 23 16 — 53
Clark 07 08 05 14 — 34
SCOTT¿(10-8) — Castle Man 2, Pouncy 5, Buckner 9, Felts 10, Jehn 2, Myers 4, Jackson 3, N. Jackson 8, Ohmer 3, Crim 7.
CLARK¿(6-14) — Caudill 3, M. Israel 5, Greene 4, Sharrock 8, J. Isreal 4, Cornelius 4, Blanton 6.
Clark 10 12 21 13 — 56
Bracken 16 09 02 06 — 33
CLARK¿(7-13) — Williams 3, Graham 5, Taylor 7, Irvin 9, Skinner 14, Murphy 16, Hamlin 2.
BRACKEN¿(13-4) — Woods 3, Bell 3, Jefferson 5, Ishmael 1, Wills 6, Cummins 11.