By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
CORBIN — Friday night's opening game of the Cumberland Falls Invitational featured two 50th District teams, both looking for their first wins of the tournament.
South Laurel and Whitley County each suffered losses to Bell County, but were back in action and looking to gain some momentum to close out tournament play.
The Lady Colonels took advantage of a youthful and inexperienced South Laurel squad to pick up a 78-42 win at Gilliam Gymnasium.
Whitley County was aggressive from the opening tip and utilized their full court press to create problems for the Lady Cardinal offense and scoring several points off turnovers early in the contest.
Senior leaders Brandi Smith and Kandace Craig led the way in scoring in the first half as they showed why they are two of the top players in the district.
Smith closed out the first half with three 3-point field goals and led the Lady Colonels in scoring at the half with 17 points. Craig added nine points and was effective on both ends of the court.
Taylor Dingess, Hallie Jones, and Abbey Estes supplemented the Whitley scoring attack as the three of them combined for 17 points in the first half of play.
Whitley County led 45-23 at halftime as Craig and Dingess led all scorers in the second half by combining for a total 16 points to close out the evening.
Whitley County head coach Donnie Jones said he was pleased with his team's win.
“I thought we came out early and we were ready to play, and we made some shots,” Jones said. “We've been struggling shooting the ball a little bit, but started knocking some down.
“We're trying to get it to where we push the ball everytime, but we'll get better as the season goes along,” Jones added.
South Laurel's Konnie Snyder commented on the Lady Cardinal performance.
“I thought we did some things that we needed to do a little bit better tonight.” Snyder said. “We've got so far to go and we've just been improving on one small thing at a time.
“We just have a lot of things we need to work on individually and as a team, but they've got great attitudes and everybody's working hard, and I can't ask for anymore than that,” she added.
Whitley County will play Southwestern Pulaski in the consolation and Corbin will face Bell County in the championship game on Saturday.
Whitley County 78, South Laurel 42
Whitley County 24 24 23 10 78
South Laurel 12 11 12 7 42
Whitley County (78) - Smith 21, Craig 18, Dingess 13, Jones 9, Estes 7, Hickey 6, Elliott 4
South Laurel (42) - Vandeventer 8, Baker 7, Cromer 7, Davis 5, Reynolds 5, Hacker 4, Niece 2, Madden 2, Miller 2
Lady Colonels knock off South Laurel, 78-42, in CFIT second round
By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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