By Les Dixon For the Times-Tribune
KNOX CENTRAL — In what looked like a promising week for the Knox Central Lady Panthers turned into a two-game losing skid.
After defeating Jackson County to begin a three-game span on Monday, the Lady Panthers (5-22) followed with a loss to Berea on Thursday before falling to 13th Region power Bell County Friday, 62-15.
Darrin Mills’ squad had trouble scoring the entire game, finishing six-of-33 from the floor while turning the ball over 14 times.
“By far (this is the worst game we played this season),” Mills said. “It’s just a bump in the road, though. Bell County is a very good team, and before tonight, we were playing well.
“The big thing is that the last few nights we had been playing well, and we are taking steps in the right direction,” he added. “We’re getting better, but tonight was just a tough loss for us.”
Knox Central’s struggles started from the get-go, as a one-of-10 shooting effort from the floor dug the Lady Panthers a 12-4 hole.
Mills’ squad did manage to cut its deficit to 12-6 in the second quarter, but a jumper by Jessica Sanders allowed the Lady Bobcats to go on a 17-3 run to end the first half, as Bell County held a commanding 29-9 lead at halftime.
Knox Central was its own worst enemy in the first half, connecting on only three-of-20 shot attempts.
“I thought we had open shots in the first half, but we just didn’t knock them down,” Mills said. “And then on defense, we didn’t get back, and they just drove by us and scored. We can’t let that happen. Our effort just wasn’t there tonight.”
The Lady Bobcats continued to cruise in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Panthers, 19-4, while taking a 50-13 edge into the game’s final eight minutes of play.
Knox Central managed to score only two points in the fourth quarter, as both teams played their reserves, as Bell County pulled off the 47-point win.
“We just need to continue to get better,” Mills said.
Bell County 62, Knox Central 15
Bell County 12 19 19 12 – 62
Knox Central 4 5 4 2 – 15
Bell County (62) – Sanders 8, Garrett 11, Smith 7, Morris 10, Johnson 10, Brock 2, Miracle 4, Collett 10.
Knox Central (15) – McNeil 6, Bargo 3, Mills 1, McCombs 3, Stewart 2.
Lady Cats pounce on Knox Center in 62-15 victory
By Les Dixon 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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