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December 22, 2013

Lawrence Co., East Carter reach final

RACELAND — Lawrence County coach Josh Cook says Timmy Dalton’s closeouts are outstanding.

His leaping abilities are equally as impressive.

The freshman’s combination of those skills helped the Bulldog preserve an 83-80 win over Campbell County in the semifinals of the 9th annual Raceland Derby Classic.

Lawrence County will take on East Carter in the championship game tonight at 8:15 at Raceland-Worthington High School, while Campbell County will take on Raceland a 6:30 for third place.

With just three seconds left on the clock it looked as if Campbell County’s Deondre Jackson was going to get off a clear game-tying three point attempt, but Dalton used his athleticism to come from inside the paint to block the Camel’s final hope of forcing overtime.

“The smarter he gets the better defender he is going to be because he is so long,” Cook said of Dalton. “He is so athletic and quick off of his feet and his closeouts are excellent.”

The block to end the game was Dalton’s second key rejection inside the final minute. With 30 seconds remaining he turned away a Jackson layup attempt that would have pulled the Camels to within one of the Bulldogs.

It wasn’t just on the defensive end where Dalton excelled either, as he scored a game-high 28 points.

Lawrence County (7-1) struggled defensively in the first half leading to a 48-41 Cambell County advantage, but quickly turned things around in the third quarter erasing the Camel lead in just under 2 minutes.

“We were able to pick up the pressure defense and that really kind of got us going,” Cook said. “It gave us a bit of a second win. It was a good just total team win for us.”

Sophomore Brandon Richardson helped Dalton carry the load offensively scoring 27 points, which included canning five 3-pointers.

Austin Chaffin chipped in with 16, 14 of which came after the intermission.

Campbell County (5-2) was led by Jackson’s 25 points, while Corey Holbrook added 21.

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