By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
BARBOURVILLE — If Saturday’s 61-46 road win over Barbourville is any indication of things to come, the South Laurel Lady Cardinals could make some noise once postseason play begins Feb. 18.
The Lady Cardinals, who lost 58-54 at home earlier in the season to the Lady Tigers, limited Barbourville to 0-for-eight shooting from three-point range and 14-of-45 shooting from the floor overall while senior Taylor Arthur scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds during the 15-point win.
“We played a lot better,” South Laurel coach Konnie Snyder said. “Not only did our starters play better, but I thought our bench played very well tonight.
“We played a lot of people and we had a lot of people contribute and I like that.”
Eight different players scored for South Laurel (12-12), as the Lady Cardinals shot a red-hot 25-of-46 from the floor while outrebounding the Lady Tigers (17-10), 35-26.
“We’ve had some tough games,” Snyder said. “We’ve played some good teams and I hope that sharpens some things a little bit and allow us to handle some different situations.
“I thought our perimeter play was a whole lot better,” she added. “We’ve played a lot of teams that shoot from the perimeter and hopefully we have learned from those situations.”
The Lady Cardinals led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter after limiting Barbourville to only four-of-16 shooting from the floor and things got even better for South Laurel in the second frame.
A layup by Arthur early in the quarter ignited a 14-2 run that saw the Lady Cardinals’ lead grow to 29-14. The Lady Tigers managed to go on a 7-4 run to close out the first half while cutting their deficit to 33-21.
Snyder’s squad built a 20-point edge (45-25) in the third quarter after a basket by Cassandra Johnson and withstood a 10-0 run by the Lady Tigers by closing out the period with a 4-0 run.
South Laurel put the game away during the final eight minutes by limiting Barbourville to one-of-14 shooting from the floor.
Johnson also scored in double figures for the Lady Cardinals, finishing with 15 points and seven rebounds while Kara Erslan led the Lady Tigers with 12 points.
South Laurel 61, Barbourville 46
South Laurel 15 18 16 12 61
Barbourville 10 11 14 11 46
South Laurel (61) — Arthur 19, Johnson 15, Baker 8, Vandeventer 6, Clonce 4, Parker 4, Miller 3, Reynolds 2.
Barbourville (46) — Ka. Erslan 12, Ke. Erslan 11, Mills 11, Bunch 6, Liford 4, Hicks 2.
South Laurel hands Barbourville 15-point loss during teams' second meeting
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
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Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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