By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CLAY COUNTY — The Barbourville Lady Tigers suffered their worst loss of the season Monday, dropping a 73-39 decision to Clay County.
Lady Tigers’ head coach Andrea Hillard said her team’s shooting woes were to blame in the loss and she was right.
As a team, Barbourville connected on just 10-of-32 shot attempts from the field and were 2-of-11 from three-point range. If that wasn’t enough, the Lady Tigers made just 13-of-21 free throws.
“Clay County is a very good offensive and defensive team and they of course, cause us some matchup problems,” Hillard said. “We shot the ball poorly and just laid down in the second half.
“The effort and fight I normally see just wasn’t there tonight,” she added. “We are in a shooting slump it seems and hopefully soon we will break that trend.”
Clay County jumped ahead 19-8 in the first quarter and never looked back.
The Lady Tigers extended the lead to 37-16 by the time halftime rolled around.
Barbourville was able to break double digits in quarter scoring in the third, but still were outscored 22-13 in the period to widen the gap to 59-29 with eight minutes to play in the game.
A 14-10 fourth quarter effort from Clay County closed the game out as Barbourville falls to 15-8 on the season.
The Lady Tigers will be back in action Thursday when they host Jellico, Tenn., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Clay County 73, Barbourville 39
Barbourville 8 8 13 10 39
Clay County 19 18 22 14 73
Barbourville (39) – Ka. Erslan 19, tate 15, Mills 2, Bunch 2, Liford 1.
Clay County (73) – Madden 24, Mathis 17, Chestnut 10, Robinson 8, Roberts 6, Woods 6, Smith 2.
Barbourville thumped by Lady Tigers, 73-29
By Chris Parsons / 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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