By Les Dixon
If the Corbin Lady Redhounds are going to capture their first 13th Region championship since 1982 they’ve got to figure out a way to beat Bell County.
Corbin is 0-2 against the Lady Bobcats this season, losing at home, 75-55, on Nov. 29 and on Dec. 4 at Log Mountain, 78-45.
“They’ve handled us easily,” Corbin coach Jennifer Parsons said. “We played them (both games) the first two weeks of the season and I think we’re a much different team now than we were then.”
Parsons’ said her team’s unselfishness is a big reason they will be playing in tonight’s 13th Region title game.
“They do not care who gets the job done,” she said. “There is not a selfish bone in any of their bodies. They work extremely hard day to day and they just want to win.
“They don’t mind who gets the glory as long as the team does,” she said. “I think that’s the most impressive part of this team — they are a team first.”
During the teams’ first meeting, Bell County’s Maci Morris scored 27 points and pulled down 13 rebounds while teammate Jessica Sanders added a 17-point effort. The Lady Bobcats shot 57.4 percent from the floor and outrebounded Corbin, 42-29.
The Lady Redhounds were led in scoring by Miranda Wilson’s 20-point effort, but Corbin shot only 37.3 percent, including a one-of-13 shooting performance from three-point range.
It wasn’t much different during the second meeting between the two teams. Morris recorded another double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds) while Morgan Garnett led the way with 18 points, as Bell County shot 57.1 percent from the floor and outrebounded Corbin, 35-24.
The Lady Redhounds were led in scoring by Sarah Ashley, who had 15 points, as Corbin shot a dismal 28.6 percent from the floor, including a two-of-17 effort from three-point range.
Parsons summed things up pretty easily — her team has got to find a way to contain Morris, who is coming off a 34-point game against Whitley County and is averaging 24 points a contest in the 13th Region Tournament.
“Obviously, Morris is such a great player and you can’t say enough about the job coach (David) Teague has done this year,” she said. “They just go out there and give it every thing they’ve got.
“When you get to the finals of the region, you know your job is going to be hard,” Parsons added. “I think defensively, we’re going to have a great defensive effort against Morris and then you’ve got to be concerned about Sanders and Garnett, too.
“They shoot the ball so well and they hurt us just as much as Morris did at the beginning of the year,” she added. “We’re just going to have to defend and we also struggled on the other end against them, too. Now is the time you’ve got to put everything together. There is no looking back.”