By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
KNOX CENTRAL — It didn’t take long for Andrea Hillard’s Barbourville Lady Tigers to show who was better during their 51st District Tournament first round battle with Pineville.
The Lady Tigers scored 30 points during the game’s first eight minutes, and never looked back during their 91-62 rout of the Lady Mountain Lions.
The win keeps Barbourville’s chances alive of three-prating as district champions. The Lady Tigers will face-off for the second year in a row in the title game against Lynn Camp, who advanced by defeating Knox Central, 35-26.
Hillard’s squad knocked down an impressive 14 three-pointers during the win, as Kara Erslan and Amber Mills each led the way with 23 points apiece while Kelsey Erslan scored 19 points and Laken Woolum finished with 12 points.
Barbourville came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter, knocking down six three-pointers and 11-of-22 shot attempts to take a commanding 30-13 lead.
Kara Erslan started the Lady Tigers’ hot shooting from the outside by connecting with a three-pointer minutes into the game while adding another seconds later. Woolum followed with two three-pointers of her own while Mills got into the act, knocking down two three-pointers during the period’s final minute.
The Lady Tigers continued their dominance in the second quarter by continuing to dominate from the outside and underneath.
By the time halftime rolled around, their lead had grown to 52-29 over the defending 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic champions.
Barbourville 91, Pineville 62
Pineville 13 16 14 19 – 62
Barbourville 30 22 20 19 – 91
Pineville (62) – Barades 7, Gambrel 12, mullins 6, J. Enix 6, D. Enix 29, Carnes 2.
Barbourville (91) – Liford 7, Ke. Erslan 19, Ka. Erslan 23, Mills 23, Woolum 12, Daniels 5, Brown 2.
By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
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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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