By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
NORTH LAUREL — The North Laurel Lady Jaguars came oh, so close in capturing the Steak ’n Shake Tournament this past weekend, but fell in the championship game to McCreary Central, 21-16, 9-21, 10-15.
The Lady Jaguars (15-12) won the first set in the title game, but dropped two straight sets while being outscored 36-19 during the process. North Laurel posted a 2-1 record during the tournament, picking up wins over both Garrard County (12-21, 21-13 and 17-15) and Jackson County (21-18, 21-10).
North Laurel will try to get revenge from the championship game loss against the Lady Raiders in a road match Tuesday.
South Laurel also participated in the tournament and posted a 1-2 record and is now 6-18 on the season. The Lady Cardinals’ lone win came against Jackson County (22-20, 21-14) while Mitzi Jones’ squad fell to both McCreary Central (21-15, 21-15) and Garrard County (21-19, 13-21 and 13-15.
South Laurel will be back in action Tuesday on the road against the Whitley County Lady Colonels.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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