By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — Sometimes it pays to be patient.
If you don’t believe it, just ask Williamsburg head coach Patrick Robinson.
After Monday’s thrilling 42-41 win over Whitley County at home, Robinson said he and his staff had been trying all season to find the right mixture on the floor when it comes to certain situations.
Thanks to a pair of free throws by Corey Shelton with eight seconds to play and a game-saving block on a shot attempt by the Colonels’ Matt Lawson by Skylar Griffith as time expired, it looks like he may have found one.
“That was a grinding kind of game and it was only fitting that it came down to one last defensive play,” Robinson said. “I’m proud of the way all those kids stepped up and made some big plays at the end.
“We’ve been working pretty hard this season and we just haven’t been able to get things to fit,” he added. “We all just put our heads together and we really think we have a good fit with everyone.”
Whitley County has now dropped four straight losses to 13th Region opponents. The win was the first for Williamsburg since Dec. 27.
After the game Colonels’ head coach Jerry Overbey said his team got the shot they wanted coming out of the timeout, but was quick to point out the game should have never come down to that.
“We got it exactly where they wanted it, but it didn’t work out,” Overbey said. “I know the crowd was thinking it was a foul on the last play, but we should have never put ourselves in that situation.
“You have to play your way out of that kind of stuff and we didn’t,” he added.
The two teams played even in the first two quarters, scoring nine points each in the first quarter and 14 each in the second, thanks to a last-second 3-pointer by Whitley County’s Michael Powers to tie the score at 23 apiece.
Williamsburg used a 10-7 third-quarter effort to go ahead 33-30 with eight minutes to play, setting up the dramatic fourth quarter ending.
Whitley County was able to tie things up at 36 apiece on back-to-back baskets by Boston Bryant with under four minutes to play.
The Colonels’ Luke Woods sandwiched a three-pointer between a pair of baskets by Griffith, giving Williamsburg a 40-39 lead with 1:30 to play in the game.
Lawson gave the Colonels the lead with 35 seconds to play on a putback after Powers' shot was off the mark, but Williamsburg regained the lead on a pair of free throws by Shelton, setting up the dramatic ending.
After the ball got across midcourt, Zach Rutherford found Lawson near the paint, but before he got to the basket, Griffith was there to meet him with the block.
Williamsburg 42, Whitley County 41
Whitley County 9 14 7 11 41
Williamsburg 9 14 10 9 42
Whitley County (41) – Bryant 14, Powers 10, Sasko 10, Lawson 4, Woods 3.
Williamsburg (42) – Shelton 15, Griffith 15, Sizemore 7, Creekmore 3, Lowrie 2.
Last second block by Williamsburg's Skylar Griffith gives Jackets win
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
- Local Sports
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.
- 13th Region Tournament Schedule
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.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Sunday Best