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February 11, 2013

13th Region Notebook

CORBIN — By Les Dixon

Boys Player of the Week

Clay County’s Stephon Lyttle captured player of the week honors by totaling 48 points and 29 rebounds while leading his team to a perfect 3-0 week.

Girls Player of the Week

South Laurel’s Taylor Arthur captured the Player of the Week honors once again by averaging a double-double for the week. She totaled 46 points in three games while grabbing 39 rebounds, as the Lady Cardinals posted a 2-1 mark.

Give him 40

Red Bird’s Erik Young reached the 40-point plateau for the fourth time this season by scoring 42 points against the Kentucky School for the Deaf Thursday. Young also leads the state in scoring with a 29.8 scoring average.

Good news for Bell County

Bell County sophomore star Maci Morris received good news from the doctor this past week on her injured knee and should be back soon in the Bell County lineup. The Lady Bobcats are 2-0 during Morris’ absence.

Needing some good news

The Whitley County Lady Colonels took another hit this past week when junior Brandi Smith had to miss Friday’s game against North Laurel. Hopefully, Smith and company can get back into the lineup soon.

Teams on the rise going into final week of regular season


No team is hotter than Clay County, who is winners of seven straight while Corbin (five in a row), Pineville (four in a row) and Bell County (four in a row) follow.


Jennifer Parsons’ Corbin Lady Redhounds were winners of eight straight before losing to Rockcastle County Saturday while Bell County has won five straight and Clay County has put together a three-game win streak.

Teams struggling going into final week of the regular season


Whitley County has dropped six games in a row while OBI (five in a row) and Knox Central (three in a row) follow.



Middlesboro has lost seven in a row while OBI and Jackson County each have dropped five in a row.

13th Region District

Tournament Seeding


49th District

1.    Clay County     4-0

2.    North Laurel     4-2

3.    Jackson County 1-5

4.    Oneida Baptist    3-2

(takes automatic four seed)

5.    Red Bird     0-3

(takes automatic five seed)

50th District

1.    Corbin         5-1

2.    Whitley County     4-2

3.    South Laurel     3-3

4.    Williamsburg     0-6

51st District

1.    Barbourville     5-1

2.    Knox Central     4-2

3.    Lynn Camp     3-3

4.    Pineville     1-5

52nd District

1.    Harlan County     5-1

2.    Bell County     5-1

3.    Harlan         2-4

4.    Middlesboro     0-6


49th District

1.    Clay County    5-0

2.    Jackson County    3-2

3.    North Laurel     1-4

4.    Oneida Baptist     1-3

(takes automatic four seed)

5.    Red Bird     1-2

(takes automatic five seed)

50th District

1.    Corbin         5-1

2.    South Laurel     4-2

3.    Whitley County     3-3

4.    Williamsburg    0-6

51st District

1.    Barbourville     3-0

2.    Pineville     2-1

3.    Knox Central     1-2

4.    Lynn Camp     0-3

52nd District

1.    Harlan County     5-1

2.    Bell County     5-1

3.    Middlesboro      1-5

4.    Harlan          1-5

Boys top games this week


Corbin at Harlan County

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Barbourville at Bell County

Friday, Feb. 15

Knox Central at North Laurel

Bell County at Pineville

Boys top games this past week

Barbourville 56, Harlan County 53 — The Tigers did what no other 13th Region team has done this season — beat Harlan County at home. The Tigers led by as much as 12 points before holding off a late rally to defeat the Black Bears, 56-53.

Jackson County 71, North Laurel 61 — The Generals continued their impressive play of late by disposing North Laurel at home Tuesday by 10 points. The Generals led by as much as 15 points before seeing the Jaguars’ cut their deficit to four points (51-47) during the fourth quarter.

Bell County 59, Middlesboro 58 — An 18-10 run by Bell County in the third quarter proved to be enough to lead the Bobcats past rival Middlesboro Monday. The Yellow Jackets led 29-27 at halftime before being outscored 32-29 during the second half.

South Laurel 53, Williamsburg 52 — Williamsburg had hopes of keeping its chance to be the No. 3 seed of the 50th District alive against South Laurel Thursday, but Corey Shelton’s jumper at the buzzer rimmed out and gave the Cardinals a 53-52 win. The Cardinals used a 15-0 run in the second half to take control of the game, but saw a 46-34 lead with 5:53 remaining in the fourth quarter evaporate to five points (48-43) with under four minutes left thanks to hot shooting from three-point range by Skylar Griffith.

Bell County 51, Knox Central 43 — Brian Evans’ Knox Central Panthers entered Friday’s contest against Bell County needing a win to build some confidence heading into the postseason, but they didn’t get it, as they dropped a 51-43 decision to the red-hot Bobcats. Bell County (12-12) is now winners of four in a row, while the Panthers fell to 13-12 on the season after dropping their sixth game in seven tries. They also lost their third game in a row during the process, which matches their longest losing skid of the season.

Clay County 64, Jackson County 63 — The Tigers wrapped up the 49th District’s top seed by knocking off Jackson County on the road, 64-63, Thursday. The win marked the second time this season the Tigers have beaten the Generals by a single point.

Girls top games this week


Bell County at Barbourville

South Laurel at Clay County

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Whitley County at Harlan County

Friday, Feb. 15

Whitley County at Bell County

Girls top games this past week

Corbin 52, Lynn Camp 46 — The Lady Redhounds used a 20-11 run during the second quarter to hold off upstart Lynn Camp during Monday’s battle. The Lady Redhounds managed to hold on and beat the Lady Wildcats, 52-46.

Corbin 40, Harlan County 39 — The Lady Redhounds’ late-game heroics continued Friday at home against Harlan County. Corbin’s Miranda Wilson scored on a put-back at the buzzer to give her team the one-point win.

South Laurel 61, Barbourville 46 — The Lady Cardinals got revenge from an earlier loss to Barbourville Saturday by defeating the Lady Tigers by 15 points.

Boys individual highlights

Williamsburg’s Skylar Griffith and Corey Shelton each scored 15 points apiece during the Yellow Jackets’ 42-41 50th District win over Whitley County Monday. Boston Bryant led the Colonels with a 14-point scoring effort.

Middlesboro’s Donnie Foister scored 20 points while Austin Poindexter added 17, but it wasn’t enough as Bell County pulled out a slim 59-58 win over the Yellow Jackets Monday. Tyler Potter led the Bobcats with 18 points.

Barbourville’s Devon Mills scored 24 points while teammate Alexander Phipps added 14 points and four three-pointers during the Tigers’ 56-53 upset win over Harlan County on Monday. Chad Massingill led the Black Bears in scoring with 17 points.

Red Bird’s Erik Young scored 26 points, but it wasn’t enough as Harlan pulled out a 78-38 win over the Cardinals. Dylan McNeil led the Green Dragons in scoring with 16 points.

Middlesboro’s Austin Poindexter and Donnie Foister scored 15 points apiece to lead the Yellow Jackets past Whitley County Tuesday, 69-63. Michael Powers scored 18 points for the Colonels while Boston Bryant added 14.

Corbin’s Robbie Igo continued his impressive play of late by scoring 16 points during the Redhounds’ 61-46 win over McCreary Central Tuesday.

Jackson County’s Jordan Fox scored 20 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed four rebounds during the Generals’ 71-61 49th District win over North Laurel Tuesday. Teammate Steven Wagers scored 11 points and finished with 11 rebounds during the win. Eighth grader Peyton Broughton led the Jaguars in scoring with 18 points while teammate Marcus Carson added 14.

Clay County’s Stephan Lyttle scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers past South Laurel Tuesday at home, 69-63. Zac Baxter led the Cardinals with 14 points while Clay County’s Marty Bowling scored 12 points and finished with 10 rebounds.

Lynn Camp’s Zach Smith turned in a 25-point, 17-rebound effort during Tuesday’s game against Jellico, Tenn., but it wasn’t enough, as the Wildcats fell, 70-61.

Pineville’s Jacob Skinner scored 17 points to guide the Mountain Lions past Harlan Tuesday, 67-62. The Green Dragons’ Dylan McNeil scored 13 points in the loss.

Harlan County’s Alex Sergent scored a game-high 20 points during the Black Bears’ 86-41 win over Lee, Va. Wednesday.

Hunter Grubb went out in style on Senior Night by scoring a game-high 24 points during the Redhounds’ 76-69 win over Rockcastle County Thursday. Teammate Robbie Igo added 18 points in the win.

South Laurel’s Zac Baxter scored 20 points while Williamsburg’s Corey Shelton added 20 as well during the Cardinals’ slim 54-53 win over the Yellow Jackets Thursday.

Erik Young tossed in 42 points to lead Red Bird past the Kentucky School for the Deaf Thursday, 69-35.

Bell County’s Tyler Potter and Josh Asher combined to score 40 points during the Bobcats’ 57-47 win over Cumberland Gap, Tenn. Thursday. Potter led the way with 23 points while Asher added 17 in the win.

Red Bird’s Erik Young tossed in a 27-point effort as the Cardinals dropped a 58-57 decision to J. Frank White Friday.

Clay County’s Stephon Lyttle scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds during the Tigers’ 63-62 win over Jackson County Friday.

Pineville’s John Simpson scored 21 points and Jacob Skinner scored 14 during the Mountain Lions’ 58-56 win over Whitley County Friday. Michael Powers scored 16 points for the Colonels while Boston Bryant added 15.

Lynn Camp’s Skylar McFarland scored 26 points during the Wildcats’ 72-59 win over Burgin Friday. Teammate Matt Trosper added 17 points in the win.

Red Bird’s Erik Young wrapped up a solid week by scoring 30 points while totaling 16 rebounds during the Cardinals’ 90-48 loss to Harlan Saturday. The Green Dragons’ Drew Parks scored 23 points in the win.

Williamsburg’s Corey Shelton scored 26 points and Skylar Griffith added 18 to guide the Yellow Jackets past Paris Saturday, 70-59.

Clay County’s Tyler McDaniel tossed in a game-high 30 points to lead the Tigers past Breathitt County Saturday, 78-66. Teammate Stephon Lyttle added 16 points and nine boards.

Lynn Camp’s Zach Smith scored 20 points and finished with 14 rebounds during the Wildcats’ 68-52 loss to Monticello Saturday.

Girls individual highlights

Brandi Smith scored 10 of her game-high 31 points during the fourth quarter to guide Whitley County past Williamsburg Monday, 46-26.

South Laurel’s Taylor Arthur scored 10 points and pulled down 18 rebounds during the Lady Cardinals’ 56-42 loss to Breathitt County Monday.

Harlan’s Kelly Cox scored 18 points as the Lady Green Dragons pulled out a 54-46 win over Knox Central Monday. Jenna Mills scored 18 points for the Lady Panthers while teammate Megan Carnes added 14.

Corbin’s Sarah Ashley scored 17 points to help guide the Lady Redhounds past Lynn Camp Monday, 52-46. Kayla Smith led the Lady Wildcats with 16 points.

Clay County’s Cheyenne Madden scored 15 points on six-of-seven shooting against her former team while teammate Ajaycia Cotton added 14 points on six-of-eight shooting, as the Lady Tigers cruised to an easy 58-22 win over North Laurel Monday.

Bell County’s Maci Morris had 19 points and nine rebounds during the Lady Bobcats’ 64-34 win over Middlesboro Monday, while teammate Jessica Sanders added 18 points on eight-of-nine shooting from the floor.

Whitley County’s Brandi Smith scored 18 points while Taylor Dingess added 15 points as the Lady Colonels defeated Middlesboro Tuesday, 49-34. Seventh grader Blair Green led the Lady Yellow Jackets with 19 points.

North Laurel’s Hannah Gray led the Lady Jaguars with 10 points during their 46-37 win over Jackson County Tuesday. Brianna Rose led the Lady Generals with 15 points.

The one-two punch of Kayla Smith and Heather Wilson was enough to lead the Lady Wildcats past Jellico, Tenn. Tuesday, 66-51. Smith scored 18 of her game-high 20 points during the second half, which included knocking down four three-pointers while Wilson scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half to help Lynn Camp improve to a school-best 19-8 on the season.

The trio of Kelsey Erslan, Kara Erslan and Amber Mills dominated the action Thursday as Barbourville defeated Middlesboro, 78-62. Kelsey Erslan led the way with 24 points while Kara Erslan added 20 and Mills chipped in 19. Lady Yellow Jacket seventh grader Blair Green led the way for Middlesboro with 20 points.

South Laurel’s Emily Clonce scored 19 points while Taylor Arthur added 17 during the Lady Cardinals’ 62-54 loss to Wayne County Thursday.

Jackson County’s Brianna Rose scored 17 points during the Lady Generals’ 61-42 loss to Knox Central Thursday.

Corbin’s Miranda Wilson scored 17 points to lead the Lady Redhounds past Harlan County Friday, 40-39.

Whitley County’s Mariah Johnson scored 18 points while Taylor Dingess added 14 to lead the Lady Colonels past North Laurel Friday, 41-36.

Bell County’s Jessica Sanders tossed in 23 points and teammate Morgan Garnett added 16 during the Lady Bobcats’ 63-46 win over Knox Central Friday.

Corbin had three players score in double figures during Saturday’s game against Rockcastle County, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Redhounds fell, 67-61. Kayla Wilson led the way with 18 points while Miranda Wilson (16 points) and Sarah Ashley (15 points) followed.

South Laurel’s Taylor Arthur finished with 19 points and nine rebounds while Cassandra Johnson added 15 points and seven boards during the Lady Cardinals’ 61-46 win over Barbourville Saturday.

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