By John Stepp For The Times Tribune
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Colonels had a long weekend after a loss to 50th District rival Corbin last Friday. They bounced back quite nicely on Monday night, when they defeated another district rival, the Williamsburg Lady Jackets, 69-29, on what was the Lady Colonels' senior night.
The three Whitley County seniors fared well in their last home game. Guard Brandi Smith led all scorers in the game with 18 points. Forwards Kandace Craig finished with 10 points and Maria Johnson added nine.
“It was a good win for us and for the seniors. It's good to have a game like this every now and then,” Whitley County coach Donnie Jones said. “There are still some things we need to work on, but it's always good to pick up a win.”
Jones particularly wants the Lady Colonels to improve their play in the third quarter. Whitley County has not been playing well coming out of the half, and managed to score just 14 points against the Lady Jackets in the period. Taylor Dingess led the Lady Colonels in the third, scoring seven of her 16 points in the quarter.
“We were looking tonight for intensity and focus, no matter what the score is. We had that in the first half,” Jones said. “We didn't do that in the second half and that's been our problem. We lost focus in the third quarter. I'm looking for us to be focused for a whole game. Everything else will take care of itself.”
Whitley Co. 69, Williamsburg 29
Whitley Co. 27 19 14 9 – 69
Williamsburg 9 10 3 7 – 29
Whitley County (69) – Smith 18, Dingess 16, Craig 10, Johnson 9, Jones 4, Estes 3, Hickey 3, Feltner 2, Vanderpool 2, Sizemore 2.
Williamsburg (29) – Harris 11, Tye 6, Brown 4, Boggs 4, Monhollen 2, Gibson 2.
By John Stepp For The Times Tribune
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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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