By Les Dixon for the Times-Tribune
NORTH LAUREL - The South Laurel Lady Cardinals' district dominance continued Thursday in the 49th District championship game against Corbin.
The Lady Cardinals captured their eighth straight district championship and improved to 22-0 against Corbin dating back to 2000 by defeating the Lady Redhounds in fine fashion, winning 10-0.
“Our focus at the beginning of the year was playing defense and possessing the ball,” White said. “I feel like we do that pretty well, so I thought we had to get better fitness-wise, and I thought we showed that tonight.
“I knew that would be extremely important (getting an early lead), ” he added. “Corbin plays physical, and that's pretty much their game against us. I told the girls we had to match their intensity from the very beginning, and I felt we did that. I felt like we were the more physical team tonight.
“We kept our finesse, but we showed some toughness and that's what I'm pleased about,” he added. “Eight straight (district titles), and I'm so proud of the girls. You always wonder when it might come to an end - it's nice to be to accomplish this.”
The eight-time defending district champions out scored their opponents by a dominating 22-0 during the 49th District Tournament.
White's team scored early and often during the win, as Kristin White's goal off a deflection with 36:14 remaining in the first half ignited a run that saw South Laurel (13-4-2) to a 4-0 lead at halftime.
"The game started off bad for us early - we were just unlucky,” Corbin coach Eric Steely said. "Rachel Logan got hurt early, and they scored and took advantage of it, and we just hung our heads.”
South Laurel's Karli Parker continued her impressive season, scoring three of her game-high four goals during the game's first 40 minutes. Parker now has 51 goals on the season.
“I think that after the fourth goal - in the second half - we just kind of quit,” Steely said. “We kind of made it easy for them. Not taking any thing away from Karli because she scored a lot of good goals, but I think we just kind of gave up. ”
Parker's goal at the 34:23 mark gave South Laurel a 2-0 edge, and her second goal of the game with 23:20 remaining from 20 yards out, increased the Lady Cardinals' edge to 3-0. Her third goal of the contest came with less than two minutes left in the first half, as South Laurel held a comfortable 4-0 lead at halftime.
“Karli Parker has been great for us this season, ” White said. “We wouldn't be where we're at today without Karli Parker, but now the other girls are stepping up, and that's giving them confidence which will hopefully help us in the region and the Sweet Sixteen.
”Both teams struggled to find the net during the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but after that, it was all South Laurel.
Corbin (10-10-1) had no answer for the Lady Cardinals' offensive attack, as Sierra Forbes' goal with 28:45 remaining in the game gave her team a 5-0 lead. Julie Farris added South Laurel's sixth goal of the game four minutes later while Parker's fourth goal of the contest a few minutes later, increased the Lady Cardinals' advantage to 7-0.
Tiffani Moore's goal late in the game gave White's squad an 8-0 lead and Kristin White's second goal of the game, 14th of the season, continued her team's dominance at 9-0. Shelby David put the finishing touches on the district championship win by adding her second goal of the season.
The shut out turned out to be the Lady Cardinals' eighth of the season while Corbin was blanked for the fourth time this season.
South Laurel wins eighth straight District crown in 10-0 Rout
By Les Dixon for the Times-Tribune
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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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