By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Lady Colonels continued their district dominance Tuesday in a 3-0 sweep (25-12, 25-19 and 25-16) over Knox Central to capture their fourth straight district title.
The win was a school record 29th on the season and not only improved the Lady Colonels to 6-0 in district play, but David Halcomb’s squad is yet to drop a set to a district opponent.
Despite the win, Halcomb said he wasn’t overly excited about the effort, but admitted that he’ll gladly take the victory, along with the district championship.
“It’s hard to get your team up when you’re playing a team for the third time this season and you’ve beat them fairly easy in the past,” Halcomb said. “I tried the best I could to get them ready for the match.
“I do think we played well in spurts, but we also stumbled in other spots,” he added. “We’ve got some things to try and correct before the regiont tournament, so we have between now and Saturday to try and for that.”
Early on it looked as though the first set could go either way, but Whitley County eventually pulled away on the serve of Kelsey Osborne to grab a 23-11 lead after she rattled off five straight points.
The Lady Colonels closed out the first set for a 25-12 win and wasted little time jumping out to a 17-6 lead in the second set.
Knox Central rallied late in the second set to trim the gap to 24-19, but the Lady Colonels were able to grab the 25-19 win and 2-0 lead in the match.
As if her first-set effort wasn’t enough, Osborne opened the third set with 11 consecutive service points to stake the Lady Colonels to a lead they never let go of in the final set.
Knox Central pulled to within eight points at 24-16, but it was too little, too late for the Lady Panthers as they fell, 25-16 to close out the match.
Halcomb gave Osborne credit for the hot start that led to the win in the third and final set of the match.
“Kelsey does a really good job of placing her serve and that was a big boost for us in the third set,” Halcomb said. “I’m proud of all my girls and even though we’ve reached one of our goals, we have more that we want to do.”
Lady Colonels claim fourth straight district title with sweep of KC
By Chris Parsons / 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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