By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
PIKEVILLE — The North Laurel Jaguars returned to action for their second game of the Pikeville Invitational as they faced Betsy Layne with the hopes of advancing to the championship game on Saturday.
The Jags came up short on Friday night losing to the Bobcats 60-57.
"We played a tremendous first half," coach Brad Sizemore said. "We were up 12 going into the half, but we just had one of those second halves where we gradually let them get back into the game and our kids played tremendously hard, but we showed our youth and inexperience at times today."
North Laurel held a 12-point lead at halftime and appeared to have the momentum before Betsy Layne rallied in the second half and took the lead, eventually holding on and winning by a slim three-point margin.
The Jags will play for third place on Saturday while Betsy Layne will play in Saturday's championship game.
"We probably had eight or nine turnovers in the fourth quarter," Sizemore said. "You've got to give them credit, they have a bunch of strong, physical kids and they shot the ball extremely well."
North Laurel's Peyton Broughton finished the evening with 23 points and led the Jags in scoring. North Laurel is now 7-5 on the season while Betsy Layne improves to 10-1 heading into Saturday's championship game.
By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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