TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
LYNN CAMP — The Whitley County Lady Colonels won their fifth straight match Tuesday, knocking off Lynn Camp 3-0 (25-4, 25-7 and 25-11) in a 51st District showdown.
David Halcomb’s squad improved to 2-0 in district play and can improve that record as it gets set to face Barbourville on Thursday.
Despite the rather easy victory, Halcomb said he wasn’t sure what to expect from a Lynn Camp team that brought a 7-2 record into the contest. He said he was pleased with the way his team responded to the challenge in getting the win.
“I was pleased with the way our kids played coming off a long weekend,” Halcomb said. “Mondays are usually rough for us and they seem to be sluggish, so we brought them in yesterday (Monday) to practice and kind of get them in rhythm.
“This was an important win, especially being a district game and with Lynn Camp playing well so far this season,” he added. “I thought our kids did a good job and this was a team effort overall.”
On the other side of things, Lynn Camp coach Cody Dixon was none too pleased with his team’s lack of effort, both mentally and physically, on the floor.
“I’m not pleased with the way our team played today,” Dixon said. “Whitley County came out and intimidated and dominated us from the time we stepped on the floor.
“They smacked it down our throats and we didn’t have an answer for it,” he added. “Whitley County is a heck of a team, but I feel like we are a much better team than what we showed.”
The Lady Colonels jumped out to a 12-1 lead in the opening game before cruising to a 25-4 win to take a 1-0 lead.
The second game was much of the same as Whitley County took a 7-2 lead before rattling off 21 straight points to push the lead to 19-2. Lynn Camp tried to rally late, but it was too late as they fell 25-7 and trailed 2-0 in the match.
Halcomb and company controlled from the start for the third straight game, but the Lady Wildcats tried to close the gap late. In the end, Whitley County was too much as they closed out the 25-11 win to seal the match.
Although it’s still early in the season, as they sit at 7-4, Halcomb said he feels like this year’s version of the Lady Colonels have the potential to be the best team the program has ever fielded.
“These girls really have the potential to be the best team to ever come through our program,” Halcomb said. “We’ve got a lot of talent so if we can continue to get better in the little areas, we have a lot of potential.”
Both teams will be back in action Thursday as Whitley County hosts Barbourville, while Lynn Camp will return travels to Middlesboro.