, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

March 19, 2013

Sizemore, Jaguars hope to return to championship form next season

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons

Staff Writer

When the season started, North Laurel Jaguars head basketball coach Brad Sizemore said he knew that teams would be gunning for his team after winning the school’s first-ever 13th Region Championship the year before.

It turned out that he was right, but that’s not the only troubles the Jaguars had. Senior big man Jake Allen went down to a hand injury early on and missed significant action.

All in all, the season wasn’t a complete bust, but it didn’t go the way Sizemore had planned either. He said in the end, he was happy with the way his team was playing at the end of the season.

“Obviously, it didn’t go exactly as we had planned,” Sizemore said. “You get a few injuries early on and couple that with a tough schedule and you get some tough losses along the way.

“I thought right at the end of the year, the district and regiontournaments, we started to play the way we were capable of playing,” he added. “We just came across a really good Harlan County team on their home floor and we had a chance to win that game with about 30 seconds to play, but we came up a little short.”

The Jaguars opened the season with wins over Harlan and Oneida Baptist, but dropped the next two games to Jackson County and East Ridge. They would only win consecutive games on three more occasions during the season, which meant they were unable to establish any momentum until late in the season.

Sizemore’s squad did manage to win their tournament, the Legacy Nissan Shootout, with a hard-fought 70-67 win over Corbin in the championship game on Dec. 22.

After that win, North Laurel didn’t win back-to-back games again until Jan. 29, when they beat Leslie County three days after knocking off Whitley County.

The Jaguars stumbled into the postseason having lost three of their last four regular season games before facing Jackson County on their home floor in the opening round of the 49th District Tournament. North Laurel gutted out a 47-43 win, advancing them a showdown with Clay County in the district finals and guaranteeing a spot in the region tournament.

“We were fortunate to get past a really tough Jackson County team at their place to earn a trip to the region tournament,” Sizemore said. “Then we have to face the team that eventually came away with the region title in our district finals, so that shows you just how tough our district is.”

After falling to the Tigers in the district title game, the Jaguars snuck past Knox Central, 49-47, in the first round of the region tournament, setting up the meeting with Harlan County, where they lost 50-45.

With the season behind them, Sizemore said he feels like his team will be better next year because of the tests it faced this year. As for now, he said most of his players will stay busy with other sports, but it’ll be back to work when the time comes.

“Our kids are going to learn from this season just like they did the year before,” Sizemore said. “We’ve got some young kids coming back that I think will be ready to make an impact next year and get back to where we were when we run the region title."

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0421 nlhs Makayla Vires.jpg Lady Redhounds roll past Whitley

    The Corbin Lady Redhounds exploded for 11 runs in the first inning, and never looked back during their 13-0 rout of 50th District foe Whitley County.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tri-County Wrap-Up

    The Whitley County Colonel tennis team picked up a win over Clay County, but the Lady Colonels dropped their match with the Lady Tigers this past week.

    April 24, 2014

  • 0331 Fear Les Diamond Ratings.jpg Fear 'Les' Diamond Rankings

    The Lady Jaguars continue to show they’re going to be tough to beat.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0423 chs Peyton Buford.jpg Two-for-Two

    After losing four straight games just two weeks ago, the Corbin Redhounds have bounced back to win seven of their last eight, including back-to-back district wins over the South Laurel Cardinals.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roberts steps down as Corbin volleyball coach

    Her time at the helm of the Corbin Lady Redhounds volleyball program may not have been a very long one, but the past three years have been successful for Liberty Roberts.

    April 23, 2014

  • Williamsburg, Corbin bring home SEKC track titles

    The Corbin High School boys track team brought home a first place finish at the Southeast Kentucky Conference (SEKC) meet at Knox Central, finishing with a team score of 152.

    April 23, 2014

  • Lady Cards cruise past Southwestern, 11-1

    The red-hot South Laurel Lady Cardinals keep rolling along, winning their ninth game in a row by upending visiting Southwestern Tuesday, 11-1, in six innings.

    April 23, 2014

  • 0422 nlhs Olivia Miller.jpg North No-No

    Mikayla Vires continues to mow down opponents as she recorded a no-hitter during North Laurel’s 10-0 rout of Somerset Tuesday.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents Obama Reassures Japan on China Raw: Car Crashes Into San Antonio Pool Time Magazine Announces Top Influencers List Raw: Angry Relatives Confront SKorea Officials Bigger Riders Means Bigger Horses Out West Yankees Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
SEC Times-Tribune