By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
It might be Corbin’s first district game of the season, but it’s also the most important. Upstart Wayne County pays Campbell Field a visit Friday with a lot at stake in district positioning.
The Cardinals enter Friday’s contest with a 5-1 record, but they are 0-1 in district play after falling to defending district champion Bell County last week, 21-7.
A loss for Wayne County would almost lock up the No. 3 seed for the Cardinals, signifying a road playoff game in first round action of the Class 3A playoffs.
A win for Corbin would put the Redhounds one step closer to a home district game and a district championship while a loss would put them in a must-win situation to keep home playoff hopes alive in a couple of weeks against Bell County.
“This is a huge game for us,” Corbin coach Steve Jewell said. “There is no doubt about it. It’s our first district game of the season and you want to be able to get off to a good start in district play.
“This game is all about positioning,” he added. “You want as many home playoff games as you can get and with the way the playoffs are set up this season, the more you win during the playoffs, the more chance you get to stay at home, so this is huge.”
The Redhounds are coming off a bye week that allowed the players to heal any injuries they had suffered during the season’s first five games. Corbin’s record stands at 2-3 on the season and all three of their losses have been by seven points.
“The bye was huge for everyone,” Jewell said. “The kids got to be kids a bit and they had some healing time for their injuries. Hopefully it will pay off this week.”
Jewell admitted Wayne County isn’t going to be a pushover and his Corbin squad needed to be ready for a physical game.
“They are a good team,” he said. “They played Bell County tough and gave them a heck of a ballgame. They turned the ball over four times in the first quarter, but still played them close.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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