By Chris Parsons, Staff Writer
BARBOURVILLE — The Barbourville Lady Tigers (5-18) came into Thursday’s 51st District Tournament semifinal game against Pineville having beaten the Lady Mountain Lions twice this season by scores of 12-8 and 14-3.
As it turned out, the third time was the charm for Pineville (7-12) as they pulled off the 7-4 win to eliminate the Lady Tigers from championship contention and end their season altogether.
Barbourville found itself in a hole early in the game when the Lady Mountain Lions scored five runs in the first inning. Brandon Simpson’s squad mounted a semi-rally in the bottom of the seventh, but trimming the gap by a run, left runners stranded on second and third base.
After the loss, Simpson said the game was indicative of the way his team’s season went, having not been able to come through with timely hits when they needed to. The fact the game was delayed Wednesday and resumed Thursday afternoon may not have helped matters for his team either.
“We had a rough start that first inning and when we resumed play, we had already given up two runs,” he said. “When we picked up today, they had runners on second and third with no outs, so that’s tough mentally to overcome.
“We were just never able to string together enough hits to make a dent and that was the difference,” he added. “We made some noise late in the game, but we struggled this season with getting big hits when we needed them and we did the same thing in this game.”
Pineville’s lead didn’t stay at five runs for long as Brooke Bolinger and Amber Mills both singled and eventually came around to score in the Lady Tigers’ half of the first inning to cut the deficit to 5-2.
Pineville added a run in the third to push its lead to 6-2, but Madison Hicks singled and scored on an RBI by Bobbi Jo Rudd to trim the gap to 6-3 after four innings.
Pineville plated another run in the sixth inning to make the score 7-3 and the score stayed there until the bottom of the seventh when Barbourville scored once, but left runners on base to end the game.
Barbourville's season comes to an end after 7-4 loss to Pineville in District Semifinals
By Chris Parsons, Staff Writer
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Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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