By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
MONTICELLO — Early foul trouble led to Lynn Camp’s demise against Monticello Saturday.
The Wildcats (15-14) had four starters have three fouls apiece during the first quarter and they could never recover, as the Trojans handed Lynn Camp a 68-52 loss.
Despite seeing 80 percent of its starting five on the bench due to foul trouble in the first quarter, Clyde Dixon’s squad managed to build a 14-10 edge.
But the second quarter was when Monticello took over by using a 20-9 run to take a 30-23 edge at halftime.
The game remained close going into the fourth quarter (Trojans led 42-35 at the end of the third), but Monticello got hot from the floor and outscored Lynn Camp, 26-17, to pick up the 16-point victory.
“After a hard comeback win last night, we were tired, but really didn’t have a chance to compete, much less win,” Dixon said. “We had four starters with three fouls each in the first quarter and five total fouling out of the game.
“Monticello shot 42 free throws,” he added. “Situations like this happen sometimes. We have to learn from it and move on.”
One bright spot in the game was senior Zach Smith’s 20-point, 17-rebound effort.
“Zach Smith had another big night with 20 points and 17 rebounds when officials only allowed him to play about half of the game,” Dixon said.
Monticello 68, Lynn Camp 52
Lynn Camp 14 9 12 17 52
Monticello 10 20 12 26 68
Lynn Camp (52) — Smith 20, McFarland 11, Trosper 9, Maier 1, Jones 6, Withrow 2.
Monticello (68) — Denney 2, Catron 7, Bertram 8, Smith 13, Sexton 8, Edwards 5, Massengill 1, Brett 24.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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