By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
NORTH LAUREL — The Corbin Lady Redhounds showed why they are the defending 13th Region champions, as they picked Up a three-set win road win against 50th District foe North Laurel Tuesday.
The Lady Redhounds (2-0 overall, 1-0 against 50th District competition) wasted little time taking control of the contest by winning the first set, 25-23, before picking up a 25-20 win in the second set and a 25-13 victory in the third set.
“I am happy with the win, but I told the girls our pace has slowed down a little bit and we need to keep working on that to get it quicker,” Corbin coach Liberty Roberts said. “I believe this is very good for the girls and good for their confidence because we still have some nerves, but to go on the road and get a district win is big for them.”
North Laurel coach Ali Ray saw her team fall to 2-1 on the season and 0-1 against 50th District opponents, but was pleased with the way her team never folded.
“Every loss hurts and you always want to win every game, but I am really happy with the way our girls didn’t give up,” she said. “We fell behind early in every game, but managed to fight back and make things close. We made it a competitive game and that’s what I wanted.”
The Lady Redhounds took control of the game thanks to the play of Vanessa Wiseman, Landry Jung and Hannah Norris.
“Vanessa continues to play smart and she was aggressive tonight and did a good job for us,” Roberts said. “Landry made some key plays for us. She’s our setter and she gets to everything and I thought Hannah played well tonight.
“I want the girls to work hard when they are out there and they did,” she added. “They are working hard to get better.”
Even though her team lost in three sets, Ray said she told her players to not be discouraged.
“I told them this is only the third game of the season and now we know what we’ve got to do to get better,” she said. “Our defense has got to get better. It wasn’t good tonight at all.”
Corbin will be back in action Thursday on the road against Somerset before taking a week off while the Lady Jaguars will host Wayne County Thursday before participating in the McCreary Central Invitational this weekend.
“These upcoming games are going to test us,” Ray said. “But that is what we need right now.”
CORBIN CAPTURES DISTRICT ROAD WIN OVER NORTH LAUREL
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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
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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.
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Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
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