CORBIN — By Les Dixon - Sports Editor
Boys Player of the Week
I haven’t went this rout before, but this time around, I’m going with the entire Middlesboro Yellow Jacket basketball team for the Boys Player of the week!
Why, you may ask?
Just take a look at the groundwork the Yellow Jackets have laid out before us the past two weeks after suffering back-to-back double digit losses to Bell County and Corbin — try wins over Harlan, OBI, Barbourville and Pineville while capturing the school’s first-ever 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic championship this past Sunday. Congrats to the Yellow Jackets and coach Russ Thompson.
Girls Player of the Week
South Laurel’s Taylor Arthur turned in an impressive effort this past week. During the Lady Cardinals’ three games, Arthur totaled 56 points and 53 rebounds. She scored 10 points and had 20 rebounds during a 62-55 loss to Bell County Monday before following that up with a 19-point, 17-rebound effort against North Laurel.
But that’s not all — against Whitley County Friday, Arthur scored 27 points and finished with 16 rebounds.
The 13th Region is beginning to turn into one of the most unpredictable regions for both the boys and girls teams and after this past Friday’s results, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
So here we go — on the girls’ side, Bell County upset Harlan County while South Laurel upset Whitley County and Harlan surprised Barbourville. On the boys side, Corbin fought back from 16 points to beat Knox Central on the road while Bell County shocked Harlan County while Pineville upset Jackson County while Whitley County surprised South Laurel.
So who is going to win the boys’ and girls’ 13th Region Tournament?
Energy Coal Classic
The United States Energy Classic will be played at North Laurel High School Saturday with four games on the slate.
The featured game at 8 p.m. will have Oak Hill Academy going up against Georgia’s Faith Baptist Christian Academy. Both rosters are filled with talented players. Oak Hill has four Division I signees in Troy Williams (Indiana), Nate Britt (North Carolina), Ike Iroegbu (Washington State) and Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina). Faith Baptist Christian Academy’s J.J. Frazier has signed a letter of intent to play for Georgia.
Other games scheduled are — North Laurel vs. Southwestern (girls) at 2 p.m.; Johnson Central vs. Knox Central at 4 p.m. and North Laurel vs. Whitley County at 6 p.m.
Long time coming
The Corbin Lady Redhounds captured their first win in 19 tries against Clay County this past Monday thanks to a 16-point effort by Holli Disney and a last-second shot by Miranda Wilson. The one-point loss marked the third 13th Region loss for Clay County, who entered the season with only two losses to 13th Region teams dating back to the 2005-06 season.
Messed around and
got a triple double
Lynn Camp’s Matt Trosper turned in one of his best efforts during his varsity career by recording a triple-double against Oneida Baptist Saturday. Trosper scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and finished the game with 12 assists.
Team on the rise
Pineville entered the season ranked as one of the top teams in the 13th Region, but after getting off to a slow start while dealing with some injuries, many didn’t know what to think of the Mountain Lions.
Well, you better keep an eye on them. They are peaking at the right time after placing second in the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic championship. Don’t be surprised for them to make even more noise come postseason time, especially with Jacob Skinner back in the lineup after recovering from an ankle injury.
Most Valuable Player
I’m gonna tell you right now, no player in the 13th Region is more important to her team than South Laurel’s Taylor Arthur. The senior center is the team’s leading scorer with a 17.5 scoring average and she also leads the team with a 12.6 rebounding average. That’s right, she’s averaging a double-double folks.
Corbin coach Jennifer Parsons captured her 200th career win Friday, as her Lady Redhounds knocked off North Laurel, 62-22.
Boys top games this week
Bell County at Clay County
Knox Central at Harlan County
Corbin at South Laurel
Thursday, Jan. 24
Corbin at Bell County
Saturday, Jan. 26
Johnson Central vs. Knox Central at North Laurel
Boys top games this past week
Bell County 56, Harlan County 54 — Bell County pulled off a shocker Friday by upending the Black Bears at home, 56-54. The loss turned out to be Harlan County’s first loss to a 13th Region team this season, as junior Cody Ferguson’s putback at the buzzer gave his team the win.
Corbin 79, North Laurel 62 — The Redhounds made up for an earlier season loss to the defending 13th Region champs by defeating the Jaguars at home, 79-62. Corbin had four players score in double figures and finished the game knocking down more than 10 three-pointers.
Knox Central 43, South Laurel 39 — The Panthers battled back from a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to knock off South Laurel at home, 43-39. The Cardinals led throughout the game before being outscored 17-6 during the game’s final eight minutes. South led by 11 points with just a minute left in the third quarter before Knox Central went on a 16-0 run.
Corbin 76, Knox Central 70 — The Redhounds continue to surprise everyone in the 13th Region. This time Corbin trailed by as many as 16 points against the Panthers before pulling out a 76-70 win.
Clay County 58, North Laurel 52 — The Tigers moved one step closer to grabbing the 49th District’s top seed by upending the defending 13th Region champion Jaguars, 58-52 loss. The six-point loss dropped North Laurel to under .500 (10-11) on the season.
Pineville 66, Jackson County 64 — The Mountain Lions led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter and had to hold off a furious rally by Jackson County before pulling off the two-point win. Pineville connected on 14-of-16 shot attempts from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
Girls top games this week
Thursday, Jan. 24
Lynn Camp at Barbourville
Friday, Jan. 25
Lynn Camp at Corbin
Girls top games this past week
Corbin 57, Clay County 56 — Corbin coach Jennifer Parsons had never beaten 13th Region power Clay County, but the Lady Redhounds did just that Monday as Kayla Wilson’s basket with 1.8 seconds remaining turned out to be the game-winning shot.
South Laurel 77, North Laurel 42 — The Lady Cardinals took advantage of North Laurel’s lack of size and cruised to an easy 77-42 win over their cross-town counterparts. Both Taylor Arthur and Emily Clonce scored 19 points apiece in the blowout win.
Barbourville 72, Knox Central 47 — Many expected a close game during the 51st District matchup between the two rivals, but in the end, Barbourville managed to pull out a big 72-47 win over the Lady Panthers.
South Laurel 54, Whitley County 48 — The Lady Cardinals handed the Lady Colonels their first regional loss Friday by defeating Whitley County at home, 54-48.
Bell County 52, Harlan County 47 — The Lady Bobcats got revenge from an earlier loss in the season to the Lady Black Bears by winning, 52-57.
Boys individual highlights
Jackson County’s Jordan Fox scored 16 points during the Generals’ 79-42 win over Red Bird Monday while the Cardinals’ Erik Young dished out a 26-point effort while grabbing 14 rebounds and finishing with three steals and one block.
Pineville’s Byron David Asher scored a game-high 17 points while teammates John Simpson and Seth Jeffrey each added 12 points apiece to help guide the Mountain Lions past Harlan Monday, 52-39. Caleb Hogue led the Green Dragons with a 12-point effort.
Corbin’s Kaleb Maguet and Hunter Grubb put on a show Tuesday against North Laurel. The duo combined to score 43 points during the Redhounds’ 79-62 win. Maguet hit five three-pointers and scored 23 points while Grubb had 20 points while connecting with four three-pointers. The Jaguars’ Marcus Carson led all scorers with a 27-point scoring effort.
Freshman Chad Marsee scored 18 points to lead Knox Central past South Laurel Tuesday, 43-39. Zac Baxter led the way for South Laurel with 12 points.
Barbourville’s Devon Mills scored 34 points and pulled down 11 rebounds during the Tigers’ 73-62 loss to Middlesboro Friday. The Yellow Jackets were led in scoring by Austin Poindexter’s 23 points while teammates Donnie Foister (18 points) and Michael Wilson (16 points) scored in double figures, too.
South Laurel’s Zac Baxter scored a game-high 26 points Friday against Whitley County, but it wasn’t enough as the Colonels won, 44-36. Boston Bryant led Whitley County with 11 points.
Corbin’s Robbie Igo scored 20 points during the Redhounds’ 76-70 come from behind win over Knox Central Friday. Freshman Jeffrey Adams led the Panthers with a 24-point scoring effort.
Bell County’s Tyler Potter scored 26 points while teammate Jake Patterson added 16 to lead the Bobcats past Harlan County Friday, 56-54. Tyler Brewer led the Black Bears with 23 points in the loss.
Clay County’s Tyler McDaniel scored 16 points during the Tigers’ 58-52 win over North Laurel Friday.
Pineville’s Byron David Asher scored 18 points while John Simpson added 17 during the Mountain Lions’ 66-64 win over Jackson County Friday. Jacob Hammonds led the Generals with 16 points.
Lynn Camp’s Matt Trosper recorded a triple-double during the Wildcats’ 62-41 win over Oneida Baptist Saturday. Trosper finished the game with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Teammate Zach Smith finished the game with 16 points and 11 boards while the Mountaineers D.K. Kiawu scored a game-high 24 points.
South Laurel’s Zac Baxter scored 21 points, but it wasn’t enough during Saturday’s 71-70 double overtime loss to Harrison County.
Girls individual highlights
Harlan’s Jourdan Ledford paced the way with a 16-point output to lead the Lady Green Dragons past Lynn Camp Monday, 52-24.
South Laurel’s Taylor Arthur and Emily Clonce each scored a game-high 19 points during the Lady Cardinals’ 77-42 win over North Laurel Monday. Cassandra Johnson added a 17-point effort in the win for South Laurel.
Corbin’s Holli Disney scored 16 points while teammate Miranda Wilson added 11 during the Lady Redhounds’ 57-56 win over Clay County Monday. Morgan Chestnut led the Lady Tigers with 22 points while Cheyenne Madden added 12 in the loss.
Maci Morris scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds during the Lady Bobcats’ 63-43 win over Williamsburg Tuesday while the Lady Yellow Jackets’ Tarrah Davis scored 17 points in the loss.
Barbourville’s Kara and Kelsey Erslan combined to score 42 points during the Lady Tigers’ 72-47 win over Knox Central Tuesday. Kara Erslan led the way with a 22-point effort while Kelsey Erslan added 20 in the win.
South Laurel’s Taylor Arthur scored 27 points and finished with 12 rebounds during the Lady Cardinals’ 54-48 upset win over Whitley County Friday.
Lynn Camp’s Kayla Smith poured in 16 points to help lead the Lady Wildcats past Jackson County Friday, 49-29.
Harlan’s Jourdan Ledford scored 18 points to lead the Lady Green Dragons past Barbourville Friday, 65-54. Teammate Torri Mitchell added 17 points in the win. Kera Erslan led the Lady Tigers with 20 points.
Bell County’s Maci Morris scored 20 points while Jessica Sanders added 11 during the Lady Bobcats’ 52-47 win over Harlan County Friday.
Kara Erslan scored 26 points and 12-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line while teammate Kelsey Erslan added 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead Barbourville past Williamsburg Saturday, 57-50. Carrisa Conlin led the Lady Yellow Jackets with 15 points in the loss.
Lynn Camp’s Kayla Smith scored 16 points as Lynn Camp defeated Oneida Baptist Saturday, 80-18.