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March 6, 2013

Just a few thoughts from a very long week

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CORBIN — Well folks, after making the trip to Harlan County High School eight out of the past 10 days, I am now in Lexington getting ready to cover the Boys Sweet Sixteen.

Yep, after covering 14 boys and girls games combined in Harlan County, by the time Sunday rolls around, I’ll have covered 15 games at Rupp Arena – not too shabby, huh?

With that said, I’ve got a lot of stuff to ramble about – from my thoughts on Harlan County High School hosting the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments to my pick on who will be cutting down the net at Rupp Arena Sunday.

So, here we go.

Corbin Lady Redhounds are the 13th Region champions

I’ll be honest, when the season began, I would have never thought the Lady Redhounds would be cutting down the nets at Harlan County High School. Boy, did they prove me wrong. Jennifer Parsons and her coaching staff has done a fantastic job with this year’s version of the Lady Redhounds and a lot of the credit goes out to the players, too. They’ve got solid guard play in twins Miranda and Kayla Wilson along with solid play from both ends of the floor from players such as Sarah Ashley, Holli Disney, Natalie Gallagher, Kristen Fothergill, Brooklyn Ashurst, Jaclyn Jewell and Melanie Wilson.

Both Kayla and Miranda Wilson were calm as can be when Bell County turned up the pressure, meanwhile Ashurst turned in one of the best defensive efforts I’ve seen in a while. Sure, Bell County’s Maci Morris scored 27 points, but every one of them was hard-earned.

So congrats to coach Parsons, who will now try to lead her team to a state championship. That’s right, a state title. Doesn’t sound too far-fetched to me.

Clay County Tigers are crowned 13th Region champions

After an 11-year wait, Clay County is back in Lexington with hopes of capturing its second state championship. Many people called me crazy when I picked the Tigers to win the region, but if you actually sit back and look at the region, they are the most talented and experienced team. Yes, North Laurel had a handful of players returning from last season’s 13th Region championship team, but the Tigers were oh, so close to winning the 13th Region crown last year before losing to the Jaguars in overtime in the finals.

Hat’s off to tournament MVP Tyler McDaniel. He was clutch along with teammate Stephon Lyttle, who hit some key shots down the stretch. I also thought Marty Bowling played great. He’s definitely one of the best players in the region.

Boys State Tournament pick

Well, I look for Madison Central of come out of the top bracket and Ballard to come out of the bottom with Ballard finally cutting down the nets at Rupp Arena while continuing the 7th Region’s dominance at the Sweet Sixteen.

13th Region Boys Coaches Association Awards

The omission of Corbin guard Hunter Grubb in the 13th Region Coaches Association awards 1st or 2nd Teams didn’t surprise me, but actually shocked me. I actually thought he was accidently left off the teams, but after making a phone call, I found out he wasn’t. Grubb was one of the most consistent players in the 13th Region this season on offense and defense and I’m just confused on either the 1st or 2nd team.

It makes no sense to me at all.

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