By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
LEXINGTON — The Corbin Lady Redhounds’ quest for a state championship came to an end Wednesday at the University of Kentucky’s Boone Tennis Center after dropping a 3-0 decision to Sacred Heart in Final Four action.
The Lady Redhounds (19-3) dropped both doubles matches and a singles match, as the Valkyries advanced to the state championship to face-off against Lone Oak.
Despite the loss, Corbin coach Donnie Head was proud of his team’s achievement this season.
“We knew the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles were going to be tough to win, so we knew we had to win all three singles matches and we just fell short,” he said. “Everyone out here knew we were overmatched in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, but our singles players played tough.
“We had a chance,” he added. “We really weren’t out of it. Our one and two singles lost the first set, but they were hanging tough in the second set and Jaclyn (Jewell) had a tough draw at the No. 3 singles, but we put a scare in a big school and we’re hungry now and we’re going to want to come back up here again.”
Jaclyn Jewell dropped her singles match to Sacred Heart’s Abbey MacMillian, 6-3, 6-3 while Corbin’s Emma Kate Carloftis and Julia Crawford fell to Katherine English and Sydney Thompson, 6-2, 6-0. Makayla Beecham and Ellie Jane Carloftis dropped their doubles match to the Valkyries Mary Elaine Kud and Erin Macmillian, 6-0, 6-0.
Corbin’s Sydney Ledington dropped the first set to Caroline Walters, 7-6, and was tied at one apiece in the second set before seeing Sacred Heart wrap up the win while Lady Redhound Catherine Crawford dropped a 6-0 decision in the first set to Ashley Hammons before taking a 5-3 lead in the second set before action was stopped due to the Valkyries’ match win.
“We were 19-3 this year and we were sectional champions, so that’s a pretty good season,” Head said. “Our goal was to come up here and see what happens and we made a great effort. The mountain was a little high and we just couldn’t get to the top of it.
“This was a good experience for the girls,” he added. “I think this was a great accomplishment for our program and this experience will push us to come back up here.”
Lady Redhounds' quest for a state title comes to an end against Sacred Heart
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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