RETURN MAPS: South Laurel advances to Toyota Classic title game with victory over Scott County | Sports

GEORGETOWN – Never count the South Laurel Cardinals.

Case in point – Friday’s Toyota Classic semi-final with Scott County.

Jeff Davis’ side trailed by eight points with 40 seconds left in regulation time, but found a way to rally and earn an impressive 65-63 win from behind to stun Scott County.

Davis credited his team’s defensive play and a clutch shot from Eli Gover for why his team was able to advance to Saturday’s championship game.

“Our guys never give up,” he said. “We had to start pressing and foul and we managed to knock down a few shots. We forced turnovers and Eli Gover hit a 3-pointer that set us up for good.

“It shows what this team is capable of,” he added. “Everyone buys defense. We were able to get some key saves and make big plays on the stretch. We never give up.

Scott County took a 14-10 first-quarter lead as Brayden Reed’s four-point effort kept South Laurel (4-0) close.

Gover and Parker Payne each scored seven points apiece while draining 3 points, allowing South Laurel to trail just four points (34-30) at halftime.

Scott County extended their lead to 50-42 early in the fourth quarter as Payne and Rhys England scored four points apiece during the third quarter.

South Laurel beat Scott County, 23-13, in the final eight minutes of regulation time as Caden Jones scored seven points while England and Gover each scored five points. Payne knocked down a 3-pointer while Reed scored three during the fourth quarter.

South Laurel 65, Scott County 63

Southern Laurel 10 20 12 23 65

Scott County 14 20 16 13 63

Southern Laurel (65) — England 11, Garland 2, Gover 16, Jones 11, Payne 14, Reed 9, Mabe 2.

Scott County (63) — Willhite 1, McGrapth 4, Middleton 21, Haynes 11, Mosby 10, Glenn 5, Hamilton 11.

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