By John Henson For the Times-Tribune
If the Harlan County Lady Bears are to make another run at the 13th Region title, junior guards Lauren Lee and Kaitlyn Stittums will be counted on to graduate from their jobs a year ago as role players.
The athletic backcourt duo took on a leadership role Tuesday as the Lady Bears, runner up to Clay County last year, opened the season with a 65-34 rout of visiting Williamsburg.
After being held without a basket in the first quarter as Harlan County held on to a slim four-point lead, Lee and Stittums came alive in the second period with four baskets each. Each turned turnovers into points as Harlan County forced seven with its press, leading to a 12-for-21 shooting performance. The Lady Bears closed the quarter with a 21-2 run to build a commanding 40-15 lead at the break.
"I think the big thing was they got a little tired," Harlan County coach Anthony Nolan said. “We were aggressive the first quarter but didn’t get much out of it. We weren’t converting. The second quarter we started finishing the plays off. Once we settled down, our defense created a lot of shots.”
“We weren’t smart and didn't handle the basketball. They played great press defense in the second quarter for sure,” Williamsburg coach Andrea Ellis said.
Harlan County's backcourt trio carried the offense as freshman Brooklyn Massingill scored 19, followed by Stittums with 11 and Lee with nine.
Massingill supplied most of the offense in the first quarter with three baskets to help HCHS take a 14-10 lead. Tarrah Davis and Carissa Conlin each had three-pointers for Williamsburg.
A basket by Kacie Brown pulled the Lady Jackets within six with 6:06 left before a flurry of steals by Harlan County quickly turned the game into a rout.
“We didn’t set up in our offense or run the things I was asking them to run,” Ellis said. “I don't know. We weren’t ourselves tonight. That was not the team I’ve been coaching for the last two or three months. It stinks to drive this far and get beat like this. All we can do is learn from it.”
By John Henson For the Times-Tribune
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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
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
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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