By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
GEORGE ROGERS CLARK — South Laurel led by as many as 18 points during the second half Saturday, but couldn’t hold on, as Harrison County rallied to knock off the Cardinals in double overtime, 71-70.
The loss marked the second time this week the Cardinals (7-11) led by double digits in a game, but couldn’t hold on. South Laurel (7-11) has now dropped three games in a row entering today’s matchup against 50th District rival Corbin.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 22-18 lead in the first quarter and built a 40-28 lead at halftime, but that’s when Harrison County began chipping away at the Cardinal lead.
Jeff Davis’ squad was outscored 33-21 during the second half, including 10-4 in the fourth quarter.
Zac Baxter led the Cardinals with a 21-point effort while Matt Slavey scored 14 points and Zach Jones added 13 in the loss.
Harrison County 71, South Laurel 70 2OT
South Laurel 22 18 17 4 4 5 70
Harrison County 18 10 23 10 4 6 71
South Laurel (70) — Baxter 21, Rader 2, Miller 2, Baxter 21, Schaser 2, Sanders 4, Jones 13, Grubb 10, Helton 2.
Harrison County (71) — Martin 5, Hicks 8, Carr 2, Stubbs 19, Wagner 16, Pulliam 6, Kendall 14, Gross 1.
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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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