By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
SOUTH LAUREL – The South Laurel Cardinals struggled early last season thanks to a rash of injuries early on in the season, the biggest being that of starting point guard Blake Sanders.
As a result, the Cardinals stumbled out to a 4-8 record over the first month of the season. Head coach Jeff Davis righted the ship somewhat in the month of January as his team won six of the next nine games thanks to a pair of three-game win streaks sandwiching a three-game skid.
The Cardinals went back to their early season ways in February as they dropped six of nine games, including a loss to Corbin in the 50th District finals and a first-round loss to Harlan County in the 13th Region Tournament that ended their season with a disappointing 13-17 record.
With his team's summer routine in full swing (they've actually been playing since spring according to Davis), Davis said he's been able to see what some of his younger players can do on the floor and he expects the work to payoff when the regular season arrives.
“We've got a lot of kids out with baseball just getting over with and football going on,” Davis said. “The good thing is that it gives the kids that are here a chance to get better because they're getting floor time they may not have gotten otherwise.
“Considering the amount of games these kids have played, it really will help them to play against the kind of varsity competition that they've seen,” he added.
As the summer progresses Davis said he knows he'll have his regular players back on the floor eventually, but for now he's going to take advantage of the opportunity to evaluate some young talent and see what they may be able to bring to the table when the games count for something.
“What we really want to look for is getting the kids to break some bad habits they may have,” Davis said. “We want to put them in situations they may not have been put in before and see how they respond and what kind of focus they have.
“The biggest thing though is being able to evaluate kids that we may not have a chance to look at during regular season games,” he added.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
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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