By Chris Parsons/Staff Writer
NORTH LAUREL — The North Laurel Lady Jaguars’ losing streak continued Monday, sending the team to 0-5 on the season after a 68-38 loss to Rockcastle County on their home floor.
After falling behind 18-9 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Jaguars were able to trim the gap by two points in the second quarter, trailing 32-25 at halftime.
Rockcastle County came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, outscoring the Lady Jaguars 21-8, pushing the lead to 53-33 with one quarter left to play.
A 15-5 spurt to close the contest helped secure the 68-38 win for the Lady Rockets, as they improved to 3-0 on the season.
Head coach Eddie Mahan said he was not only worried with how his team is performing right now, but also how they will play for the remainder of the season.
“I’m very disappointed in our effort and it showed mostly in the lack of rebounding,” Mahan said. “We were massively outrebounded to the point of embarrassment.”
Mahan also said his team would have to search for some pride before they can expect to compete with teams on a nightly basis.
“If we can't play with any more pride than that, we will have some bad experiences this season,” he added. “This is not how I wanted to go into our district game with Jackson County on Thursday.”
Rockcastle County 68, North Laurel 38
Rockcastle Co. 18 14 21 15 68
North Laurel 9 16 8 5 38
North Laurel (38) – Lawson 8, Gray 7, Wyatt 6, Sexton 6, Ellington 5, Carpenter 3, Raines 2, Smith 1.
Rockcastle County (68) – Not available.
By Chris Parsons/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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