TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

March 5, 2013

How Sweet It Is

Corbin captures first 13th Region championship in 31 years

CORBIN — By Les Dixon

Sports Editor

HARLAN COUNTY — Jennifer Parsons’ Corbin Lady Redhounds continue to amaze.

After losing to Bell County twice earlier in the season by 20 and 33 points, there weren’t many people giving Corbin a shot at beating the Lady Bobcats during Monday’s 13th Region Girls Tournament championship game.

The Lady Redhounds (27-8) proved the skeptics wrong by turning in one of their best performances of the season, surprising Bell County with a 63-60 win.

After falling behind 5-3 early in the first quarter, a three-pointer by Sarah Ashley at the 5:30 mark gave Corbin a lead it would never relinquish.

But Parsons’ squad had to withstand a furious comeback attempt in the fourth quarter to capture its first 13th Region championship in 30 years.

“I thought we could win this, but I think a lot of people didn’t,” Parsons said. “I didn’t just think, but these girls did, too. These girls knew what we were capable of and I think it was to our advantage being underrated.

“The growth and maturity I have seen, was the difference down the stretch for us,” she added. “We’ve been able to maintain our poise and our composure.”

The Lady Redhounds led 57-46 with 2:06 remaining after four straight free throws by Kayla Wilson before seeing Bell County (27-6) rally.

Two free throws by Maci Morris ignited a 14-4 run during the game’s final two minutes, as Morris’ basket with :19 remaining cut the Lady Bobcats’ deficit to 61-60.

Kayla Wilson was sent to the line with :10 left and hit two crucial free throws to give her team a 63-60 edge and Morris’ three-point attempt was off target, allowing the Lady Redhounds to capture their first 13th Region championship since 1982.

“This is huge for the program,” Parsons said. “We’ve not been since 1982 and I’ve been here 12 years and as a player and a coach, this is what you work for.

“We’ve had great work ethic from our girls, coaching staff and support staff,” she added. “Bottom line, we don’t care who gets it done, as long as Corbin gets it done.”

Kayla Wilson came up big for Corbin in the second half. The 13th Region Tournament MVP scored 18 of her team-best 21 points during the game’s final 16 minutes, including 11 coming in the fourth quarter. She also hit six-of-six shot attempts from the free-throw line during the period.

“She hit some key free throws and hit a key three-pointer,” Parsons said. “I can’t say enough about each one of these players. I couldn’t pick an MVP of this team. They all contributed and played well.”

Morris finished with a game-high 27 points, but was limited to only five in the first half, as Corbin’s Brooklyn Ashurst and Jaclyn Jewell each turned in solid defensive efforts on the Lady Bobcat sophomore, who was in foul trouble from the end of the first quarter on.

“Brooklyn did a great job on Maci,” Parsons said. “We knew she would get her points, but Brooklyn did great on her. Sarah Ashley was tenacious out there.

“Holli (Disney) made some big free throws,” she added. “And we had Kayla and Miranda doing a great job handling the ball for us and scoring. They made some big shots for us. Someone has always stepped up for us. You can’t key in on one.”

After falling behind 5-2 against Bell County, Corbin caught fire by going on an 18-7 run during the final five minutes of the first quarter to take a 20-12 advantage.

Ashley hit a three-pointer during the run, while Miranda Wilson also added a three-pointer, too.

The Lady Redhounds took advantage of the Lady Bobcats’ two-of-13 shooting effort in the second quarter and extended their lead to 29-19 at halftime, as a three-pointer by Kayla Wilson highlighted the quarter. Bell County’s Morris also picked up her third foul with :52 remaining in the first half.

Corbin connected on 10-of-22 shot attempts during the first two quarters, including three-of-six from three-point range while Bell County struggled from the floor with a seven-of-23 effort.

Three-pointers by Ashurst and Kayla Wilson pushed the Lady Redhounds’ lead to 37-25 with 5:00 remaining in the third quarter, but Morris got hot and scored eight points in the quarter and helped cut Corbin’s lead to 43-36 with eight minutes remaining. She also picked up her fourth foul with :46 left in the period.

It looked as if the Lady Redhounds were going to pull away in the fourth quarter after six straight points by Kayla Wilson made the score 57-46 with 2:06 remaining in the game, but Bell County began to force some turnovers and Morris and company took advantage. The Bell County sophomore scored eight points during the stretch while three-pointers by Jessica Sanders and Katrina Johnson pulled the Lady Bobcats to within one point (61-60) with :10 left.

But two free throws by Kayla Wilson and a missed three-point attempt by Morris allowed Corbin to pull off the win.

The Lady Redhounds finished the game hitting on 19-of-41 shot attempts, including a six-of-12 effort from three-point range. Bell County shot 20-of-55 from the floor, including a five-of-20 effort from three-point range.

13th Region Girls Tournament at Harlan County High School

Finals

Corbin 63, Bell County 60

Corbin           20  9  14  20  63

Bell County   12  7  17  24  60

Corbin (63) — Ashurst 5, Mi. Wilson 16, Disney 4, Ashley 15, K. Wilson 21, Fothergill 2.

Bell County (60) — Robbins 1, Sanders 3, Morris 27, Smith 12, Garnett 13, Johnson 4.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0707 NORTH 11-12s FOR WEB.jpg End of the Line

    Recil Jones’ North Laurel 11-12 year-old All-Stars finished their stay in the Central Region Tournament with an 0-3 record after dropping a 9-4 decision to Wisconsin state champion Franklin Little League.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Knox County's state title run comes to an end

    The Knox County 11-year-old All Stars came in to Monday’s contest with Owensboro Southern knowing that the winner would move on to the semifinals of the state tournament.

    July 22, 2014

  • Tripped Up: Tough loss follows Saturday's walk-off win

    By Chris Parsons
    Sports Editor
    BOWLING GREEN — The Corbin Little League All Stars began the 2014 State Tournament with as exciting a finish as any baseball fan could hope for, but struggled on day two, falling to 1-1 after the first two days.

    July 21, 2014

  • Comeback Effort: Knox County recovers from 24-0 loss, grabs 4-2 win in pool play

    By Chris Parsons
    Sports Editor
    BOWLING GREEN — After what could have turned in to a demoralizing 24-0 loss to Eastern to start State Tournament pool play Saturday, the Knox County 11-year-old All Stars recovered nicely Sunday, picking up a 4-2 win over Paintsville.

    July 21, 2014

  • 0702 TEAM JUMP FOR WEB.jpg Ready To Roll

    After a 6-0 run through the loser’s bracket of the District 4 Tournament, the only thing left for the Corbin Little League All Stars to do is pack their bags and get to Bowling Green.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0718 NORTH TEAM FOR WEB.jpg Passing Grade

    For many years, Chris Larkey’s North Laurel Jaguar football program has been known for its running attack, but with the way things went during the Union College 7-on-7 Passing Tournament, the Jaguars may be shedding the “ground game” label.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • LIKE IT OR NOT: MLB's All Star effort was a bust

    With the 85th edition of Major League Baseball’s All-Star game in the books, I have to say I feel like the whole thing was a complete bust.

    July 18, 2014

  • 0707 KNOX WINS.jpg Eyes On The Prize

    The Knox County 11-year-old All-Stars have a tall task ahead of them, but head coach Jason Hembree said he feels like the team will be ready to go when the state tournament starts Saturday in Bowling Green.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook
SEC Times-Tribune