By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
WHITLEY COUNTY — If the First Priority Lady Colonel Classic is any indication of things to come, the Corbin Lady Redhounds and Whitley County Lady Colonels could be battling it out for the 13th Region championship.
The two teams dominated play this past weekend with Corbin capturing the championship by going a perfect 7-0 to improve to an impressive 18-4 on the season.
The Lady Redhounds defeated rival Whitley County in the finals, 25-14 and 25-21. Corbin picked up wins over Whitley County, Knox Central (twice), Middlesboro, North Laurel, Campbell County, Tenn., and South Laurel.
Just how dominant was Liberty Roberts’ squad?
They only lost one set the entire tournament and that was to North Laurel.
“I was really pleased with the way the girls played,” Roberts said. “The girls were really excited to play in this and I know they are excited they won it. We had high expectations coming in this season and if we can continue to play like we have and remain healthy, we can continue to be a good team.
“I thought our hitters did a great job and Allison Worthy and Chelsea Brock played well. We played very consistent. I’m really happy for the girls, winning this means a lot to them.”
Whitley County coach David Halcomb was pleased with his team’s effort, as the Lady Colonels picked up six wins to improve to 16-5. Whitley County picked up wins over South Laurel, Bell County, Jellico, Tenn., Lincoln County (twice) and Knox Central.
“The tournament itself was a big success,” Halcomb said. “Kudos goes out to my parents, who were a big help. I thought we had a good tournament. We were able to beat a good Lincoln County team twice and we beat South Laurel.
“We played in a very tough pool and we are not where we need to be yet, but hopefully we will get there.”
The South Laurel Lady Cardinals (9-3) posted a 4-2 record while picking up wins against Jellico, Tenn., Lincoln County, Campbell County, Tenn., and Bell County while the North Laurel Lady Jaguars turned in a good showing with wins over Knox Central, Middlesboro and Campbell, Tenn.
The Lady Jaguars were the only team to take a set from Corbin, as North Laurel dropped a 8-21, 22-20, 4-15 decision to the defending regional champions.
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