By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Colonels snapped a three-game skid against South Laurel Friday, knocking the Cardinals off for the first time since Feb. 22, 2011.
The Colonels used an 11-point effort from Boston Bryant to pick up the 44-36 win at home, improving Jerry Overbey’s team to 6-13 on the season and 1-2 in district play.
Despite the low-scoring affair, Overbey said he was proud of his team’s effort and applauded the way they kept battling throughout the contest.
“Both teams had a lot of turnovers, but it was a high-intensity game on the defensive side of things,” Overbey said. “It was a matter of whoever had the toughest attitude was going to come out of it tonight and that turned out to be us.
The Colonels trailed 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, thanks to Zac Baxter’s hot-shooting to start the game.
The South Laurel guard connected on his first three shot attempts, all from three-point range, to score nine of his game-high 26 points to start the contest.
Whitley County turned up the defensive intensity in the second quarter, limiting the Cardinals to just five points in the period as the home team took a 19-16 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The two teams played even in the third quarter as Baxter accounted for seven of the Cardinals’ 12 points in the period. That wasn’t enough as his team trailed 31-28 with the final eight minutes still to be played. Bryant scored five of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, helping lead his team to the 44-36 win.
Whitley County 44, South Laurel 36
South Laurel 11 5 12 8 36
Whitley County 9 10 12 13 44
South Laurel (36) – Baxter 26, Sanders 5, Slavey 3, Vandeventer 2.
Whitley County (44) – Bryant 11, D. Rutherford 9, Lawson 8, Powers 8, Sasko 4, Z. Rutherford 2, Woods 2.
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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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