By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
SOUTH LAUREL — It didn’t take Corbin long to earn a spot in the finals of the 13th Rehion Tournament. The Lady Redhounds blitzed 50th District champion Middlesboro in less than 42 minutes and won easily, 10-0.
“I thought we came out and got the job done,” Corbin coach Eric Steely said. “I thought our girls played very good tonight.”
Corbin (15-4-2) received four goals by Amerah Dixon, who now has 47 on the season while Whitney Baker added three, which now gives her 24.
Chaylee Haggard, Taylor Rawlings and Morgan Boggs also added goals in the win.
The Lady Redhounds will now face-off against rival South Laurel, who defeated Corbin last week in the 49th District finals, 3-0, and on 5-1 on Aug. 30.
The Lady Cardinals (12-6-1) advanced to the regional finals by picking up a 1-0 forfeit win against Bell County.
“For us to win, we’ve got to match their intensity,” Steely said. “We have to do that. We can’t let them score a goal early because South Laurel does a good job of scoring goals in bunches and then we get frustrated and get down. I give South Laurel credit, they are a very good team.
“Our girls have to be all in and play as a team and attack as a team,” he added. “South Laurel has dominated at times in the past and I believe it’s because we get nervous and it turns into a mental thing. The girls can beat South Laurel, but like I said, we’ve got to match their intensity. Even though South Laurel has played well against us in the past, you might think they might come in and overlook us, but they don’t. They come in very intense and we need to do the same.”
By Les Dixon / 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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