By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
BARBOURVILLE — The Barbourville Lady Tigers continue to make history this season as they completed a sweep of both North and South Laurel Friday, knocking off the Lady Jaguars 74-59.
The win marked the first time in the program's history the Lady Tigers have beaten both teams in the same season.
Kara Erslan continued to be impressive as she led the Lady Tigers with 20 points, while Amber Mills added 17.
Kendall Ellington led the Lady Jaguars with 12 points in the loss.
Barbourville took a 23-10 lead after the first quarter, but the Lady Jaguars played their opponent even as the two teams scored 16 points apiece in the second quarter.
The Lady Tigers extended the lead with a 22-16 third quarter effort, staking Barbourville to a 61-42 lead with eight minutes to play in the game.
North Laurel outplayed the Lady Tigers 17-13 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to close the gap.
Barbourville improves to 12-3 on the season, while the Lady Jaguars fall to 1-13 after the loss.
Barbourville will be back in action Monday when they face Lynn Camp in the opening round of the 13th region All "A" Classic at Williamsburg High School.
Barbourville 74, North Laurel 59
North Laurel 10 16 16 17 59
Barbourville 23 16 22 13 74
North Laurel (59) – Ellington 12, Wyatt 11, Lawson 10, Carpenter 10, Gray 8, Sexton 6, Chestnut 2.
Barbourville (74) – Ka. Erslan 20, Mills 17, Tate 15, Ke. Erslan 12, Liford 10.
By Chris Parsons / 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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