By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
Thanks to a pleasant change in the weather for now, local high school teams have been able to get in a full slate of games on the basketball court.
In boys action the Knox Central Panthers picked up a 82-65 win over Middlesboro, improving Brian Evans' squad to 16-9 overall and 10-1 against 13th Region foes.
Barbourville lost for the third consecutive time, dropping a 69-65 decision to Bell County. The loss drops the Tigers to 16-11 on the season.
Lynn Camp hit the road, where they dropped a 61-52 decision to Pineville. The loss was the 19th of the season for the Wildcats.
The Whitley County Colonels had their three-game win streak snapped in a 49-48 loss to Rockcastle County on the road.
In girls action, North Laurel picked up a 77-58 win over Middlesboro, giving the Lady Jaguars their fourth straight win and the seventh victory in the last 10 games for Eddie Mahan's squad.
The top rated team in the 13th region, the Whitley County Lady Colonels, picked up a 61-43 win over Casey County at home. The win was the 23rd of the season for Donnie Jones' squad.
The Knox Central Lady Panthers continued to struggle, falling to Owlsey County on the road, 59-38. The loss was the third straight and eighth out of the last 10 games for Darrin Mills and company.
Teams close out regular season, look to postseason
By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
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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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