By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
The Knox Central Panthers did what few expected and advanced to the semifinals of the 13th Region Tournament last season with a young team.
How young? Panthers’ head coach Brian Evans had just three juniors at his disposal a year ago and they were considered veterans as the upperclassmen on the team.
With a host of last year’s squad returning, including seniors Jacob Wilburn and Tobie Merida, expectations were fairly high for the Panthers heading into this season.
After winning five of the first six games of the season Knox Central has battled the injury bug and is close to getting healthy. Evans said he feels like his team will be at 100 percent soon, but admitted there is still a lot of work to do.
“We’re still very much piecing things together and I know it’s late in the year to be doing that,” Evans said. “We have some kids that have had to step in and play some roles they weren’t exactly expected to play and maybe hadn’t had much time to practice at those positions.
“But that’s all part of being a team and coming together when your team needs you,” he added. “We have a good group of kids here and I think will continue to work hard as the season winds down.”
The Panthers are starting to get healthy, having gotten Matthew Barger back this week, but are now without Chad Marsee for a few days.
With just five games left in the regular season, Evans and company will not have much time to waste once the team is at 100 percent.
Four of the final five games are on the road, which means players will have to return in hostile environments as they prepare for the upcoming district tournament.
“We have a lot of work to do, but I feel like our kids are up for the task,” Evans said. “We just have to go out and do the work.”
Knox Central hopes to get healthy, improve as season winds down
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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