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.
LAWRENCE CO. 17 24 20 22 — 83
CAMPBELL CO. 19 29 10 22 — 80
Lawrence County (83) — T. Dalton 28, Chaffin 16, Kiser 5, R. Dalton 5. Richardson 27, Moore 2, J. Ratliff, M. Ratliff. 3-Pt FGs: 6 (Kiser, Richardson 5). FT: 31-50. PF: 20. Fouled out: Kiser. Turnovers: 11.
Campbell County (80) — Holbrook 21, Losey 8, McGovney 9, Jackson 25, Wilson 6, Geiman 5, Franzen 4, Day 2, Hegyi, Cryer.3-PT Fgs: 6 (Holbrrok 2. Losey, Jackson 2, Geiman) FT: 14-21. PF: 31. Fouled out: Losey, Geiman, Franzen. Turnovers: 17.
East Carter 68
East Carter coach Brandon Baker couldn't quite find the words to describe his team’s play Saturday night.
“We just wanted to play,” he said. “I don’t know if there are any magic words or things that we tried to do special, we just wanted to get involved in the game.”
After a quick 6-0 lead by Raceland to start the game, the Raiders did just that. East Carter outscored the Rams 36-12 over the final 14 minutes of the first half on their way to a 68-58 victory.
The Rams tried to come back in the second half behind Connor Messer’s 21 points, getting as close as four, but the damage had already been done, according to Raceland coach Bob Trimble.
“We lost the game in the first half,” he said. “We cut the lead down in the second half, but you push so hard to get there that it's tough to make up all that ground.”
After the lead was cut to four, the Raiders responded with an 11-2 run to reestablish a comfortable margin.
Cameron Sparks led the Raiders in scoring with 21 points. Cole Brammer and Connor Green each added 15 for East Carter, who improved to 4-4 on the season.
Tyler Morris supplied 12 points off of the bench for the Rams, who fell to 3-2 on the year.
EAST CARTER 15 21 12 20 — 68
RACELAND 12 6 17 23 — 58
East Carter (68) — Brammer 15, Damron 8, Sparks 21, Greene 15, B. Marsh 4, Davis 5, S. Marsh, Brooks, Tackett. 3-PT FGs: 1 (Brammer). FT: 15-21. PF: 14. Fouled out: none. Turnovers: 10.
Raceland (58) — Kelly 8, Blair 10, Brown 4, Messer 21, Morris 12, Pennington 3, Dixon, Young, Adams, Thomas. 3-PT FGs: 4 (Kelly 2, Morris 2). FT: 10-16. PF: 23. Fouled out: none. Turnovers: 18.
South Floyd 61
South Floyd scored 24 fourth quarter points to come from behind and defeat Russell 61-57 in a consolation bracket affair.
The Raiders (3-4) trailed 45-37 after three quarter.
Tyler Daniels scored eight of his 14 points in the final stanza to lead the comeback charge. J.R. Tackett led South Floyd in scoring with 18.
Russell (1-7) was paced by Ethan Rabie’s 18 points. Rabie connected on five 3-pointers.
Betsy Layne 59
Betsy Lane (7-1) advanced past Fairview in the other half of the consolation bracket by a score of 59-43.
Fairview’s (1-3) Andrew Carroll led all scorers with 21 points. Ryan Jones scored nine for the Eagles.
Peyton Case paced the Bobcats with 19.