By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
BARBOURVILLE — A visit from the Jellico Lady Blue Devils may have been just what Andrea Hillard’s team needed Thursday.
Her Lady Tigers were coming off a 73-39 loss to Clay County on Monday and she said then she felt like the team was in a shooting slump.
“Not taking anything away from Jellico, but this is the kind of game we needed our girls to have to get back in their rhythm shooting-wise,” Hillard said. “We scored 85 points, but we missed a few layups, so I still don’t think we shot the ball that well.
“It was a good win for us though and hopefully it will give us some momentum as we head into this final stretch,” she added. “We have five games left and each of the five teams are playing pretty good basketball right now, so we will be tested.”
Barbourville scored early and often Thursday, knocking off Jellico 85-65, improving to 16-8 on the season.
Kelsey Erslan and Amber Mills led the way for the Lady Tigers with 19 points apiece, while Kara Erslan added 16 and Brianna Tate chipped in 14.
Barbourville took a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter, outscoring their opponent 26-16 in the first eight minutes. A 20-10 effort in the second period pushed the Lady Tigers’ lead to 46-26 at halftime.
Hillard and company continued to push the pace in the second half, using a 23-16 third quarter to extend the lead to 69-42 with eight minutes to play in the contest.
Jellico was able to outscore the Lady Tigers 23-16 in the final eight minutes of the game, but the deficit proved too large to overcome as Barbourville came away with the 85-65 victory.
“Like I said, hopefully we can use this as a springboard,” Hillard said. “These final five games will help us get better one way or another, so we need to make the best of them as we get closer to the postseason.”
Barbourville 85, Jellico, Tenn., 65
Jellico, Tenn. 16 10 16 23 65
Barbourville 26 20 23 16 85
Jellico, Tenn. (65) – NA
Barbourville (85) – Ke. Erslan 19, Mills 19, Ka. Erslan 16, tate 14, Hicks 6, Liford 6, Bunch 5.
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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