Campbell County gets its first ‘Sweet’ win

March 9, 2016 FieldsColumn

Campbell County's Taylor Jolly (10) battles Trimble County's Cheyenne Black for a rebound. (Photo by Jim Osborn)

Campbell County’s Taylor Jolly (10) battles Trimble County’s Cheyenne Black for a rebound. (Photo by Jim Osborn)

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — It was Wednesday —  hump day — and the Campbell County Camels got over the proverbial hump and won their first-ever Sweet Sixteen game.

Campbell County beat Trimble County 48-33 in the St. Elizabeth HealthCare/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen at BB&T Arena Wednesday night.

The Camels, who lost in the opening round in three previous state tournament appearances, were led by Taylor Jolly (17 points, 3 steals) and MacKenzie Schwarber (13 points, 14 rebounds, 3 steals).

Kylie Kramer and Taylor Clos combined for 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

Trimble County, which upset Simon Kenton to win the 9th Region, gave the Camels a tough way to go. Campbell County Coach Beau Menefee said his team had a difficult time defending Trimble County’s Shelbe Black. The 6-foot junior led the Raiders with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

Mila Consley had 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks for Trimble County. Kaylee Clifford added 5 points, 6 asssits, 3 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Campbell County opened a decent lead in the third quarter — 38-29 — thanks in part to Jolly’s pick-pocket steal and subsequent three-point play.

“We always have one little thing that sparks us, whether it’s a steal or a charge,” Jolly said. “Luckily, that’s what (my) steal was.”

The score stayed at 38-29 for more than six minutes as both teams’ offenses stalled. Finally, another three-point play by Jolly got Campbell County going again.

Campbell County (25-9) advances to play Franklin County (29-4) in Friday’s quarterfinals.