By Les Dixon / For the Endzone
LYNN CAMP — Phil Russell’s Lynn Camp Wildcats entered Friday’s game against Campbellsville with hopes of keeping a chance to host a playoff game alive, but they were quickly dashed as the Eagles handed the Wildcats a 40-0 loss.
The Eagles entered the game winless at 0-7, but took advantage of four first half turnovers while building a 28-0 lead and they never looked back.
“It was a tough loss for us,” Russell said. “We knew they were going to be pretty quick and pretty strong coming into the game. I’ll say this — they were a very good 0-7 team. They were quick as can be, and they really jumped out on us early.
“We wanted to open the game by exploiting their weaknesses,” he added. “But they just took advantage of our interceptions and steam-rolled us early — we didn’t have an answer.”
Russell said one of his concerns is his team’s inability to find an identity after eight games.
“It is what it is,” he said. “This team hasn’t found an identity yet after starting the season 3-5 and we need to find one. We’re going to continue to work hard and get better at practice.
“I am proud of the guys, though,” Russell added. “They never gave up and they never quit. You know against Berea, I thought they played not to lose, but tonight I thought we played hard. We really gave a good effort out there.”
Unless Lynn Camp can pull off the upset win at home against defending district champion Williamsburg in Week Nine, the Wildcats will be hitting the road as a four seed in three weeks.
“More than likely we will be playing against Hazard,” Russell said. “But we are going to continue to practice hard and we are going to continue to get better. We’ve got a game coming up against Williamsburg and it’s going to be a tough one.
“But you know, we are going to continue to be positive because every year a No. 1 seed beats a No. 4 seed in the playoffs,” he added. “We just need to continue to get better. Like I said, our kids didn’t quit and I’m telling you good things are ahead for us in the future.”
The Wildcats will try to snap a two-game losing skid that saw them drop to 3-5 on the season along with seven-game losing streak against Williamsburg, who hasn’t lost to Lynn Camp dating back to the 2005 season.
Lynn Camp drops to 0-2 in district play after 40-0 loss to Eagles
By Les Dixon / For the Endzone
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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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