Boys Player of the Week
If the Corbin Redhounds are going to contend for a 13th Region championship, they must get solid play from big man Robbie Igo and right now, Igo is supplying some of the best play from a center in the region.
He’s scored in double figures in three straight games while averaging 15 points a game during the process., which in return, is good enough reason to give Igo this week’s 13th Region Player of the Week award.
Girls Player of the Week
Whitley County’s Brittany Smith has put up big numbers the entire season for the Lady Colonels and her 33-point effort against 50th District rival is good enough reason to give her the 13th Region Girls Player of the Week award.
Closer look at the 13th Region Boys All ‘A’ Tournament
Before I get to predicting who will win the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic Tournament, let me just say, I totally missed the boat last week on the girls’ tournament, so let’s hope, for my sake, I’m right on target this time around.
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers enter the tournament as defending champions and, after the way they have played so far this season, they have to be considered as one of the teams to beat, along with 51st District rival Pineville.
Before the season began, many believed the Mountain Lions were the hands-down favorite, but after a slow start, many started to back off on J.D. Strange’s squad, but things can change quickly in the 13th Region.
After picking up big wins over Lynn Camp and Knox Central, Pineville is gaining lots of steam heading into the tournament and could very well win the whole thing.
But in the end, it’s Jackson County’s tournament to lose. One team to keep an eye on is Middlesboro. The Yellow Jackets have two good scorers in Donnie Foister and Austin Poindexter and could surprise.
Whitley County takes a hit
Larry Anderson’s Whitley County Lady Colonels have been on a roll this season, but took a hit with starting center Kandice Craig suffering a broken hand during the Lady Colonels’ loss to Lincoln County Monday. Craig is expected to be out four to six weeks.
The 40-point man
Red Bird’s Erik Young hit the 40-point plateau for the fourth time this season by scoring 43 points during the Cardinals’ 90-46 win over Riverside Christian Friday.
Hitting the free throws when it counts
Whitley County’s Brandi Smith knocked down 14-of-16 free throw attempts and scored 33 points during her team’s win over Corbin this past Friday. Smith continues to show why she is considered one of the top players in the region.
Losing skid snapped
The North Laurel Lady Jaguars put an end to their nine-game losing skid by picking up a 67-40 win over Oneida Baptist Saturday. The 67 points is the most North Laurel has scored this season. The Lady Jaguars’ lone two wins are against 49th District teams.
Boys top games this week
Tuesday, Jan. 15
South Laurel at Knox Central
North Laurel at Corbin
Friday, Jan. 18
All ‘A’ title game
Harlan County at Bell County
Corbin at Knox Central
Clay County at North Laurel
South Laurel at Whitley County
Boys top games this past week
Barbourville 44, Knox Central 42 overtime — The two 51st District rivals hooked up in a classic, as Devon Mills managed to hit a shot at the buzzer in overtime to give the Tigers a 44-42 win over the Panthers. Knox Central trailed throughout the contest before outscoring Barbourville 7-2 during the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Perry Central 46, Clay County 43 — The Tigers held a slim 37-33 lead going into the fourth quarter against the Commodores before Kevin Spurlock’s squad rallied.
Perry Central used a 13-6 run during the game’s final eight minutes to pick up the win during first round action of the WYMT Classic.
Harlan County 58, Clay County 47 — The WYMT Consolation matchup between both Harlan County and Clay County could be a preview of things to come in the 13th Region Tournament. If so, it the Black Bears could be well on their way to their first-ever 13th Region crown. Mike Jones’ squad jumped out on Clay County, 18-10, and led 30-20 at halftime before pulling away in the second half.
Harlan County 51, North Laurel 43 — The first time these two teams met this season, the Black Bears cruised to an easy win. It wasn’t that easy this time around.
The game was tied at 35 apiece early in the fourth quarter before Harlan County managed to pull away and pick up an eight-point win.
Girls top games this week
Monday, Jan. 14
Clay County at Corbin
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Knox Central at Barbourville
Thursday, Jan. 17
Pineville at Middlesboro
Friday, Jan. 18
South Laurel at Whitley County
Harlan County at Bell County
Saturday, Jan. 19
Clay County at Scott County
Girls top games this past week
Lynn Camp 56, Barbourville 51 — The Lady Wildcats got some revenge after an earlier loss to the Lady Tigers by picking up a 56-51 win over Barbourville during first round action of the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic Tournament.
Lynn Camp’s Kayla Smith led the Lady Wildcats with 20 points, as Richard Jones’ squad outscored the Lady Tigers 31-23 during second half action.
Lynn Camp 37, Middlesboro 35 — The Lynn Camp Lady Wildcats were in control of their game against Middlesboro until the finals seconds. Richard Jones’ squad was holding a slim 37-35 edge with a trip to the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic championship on the line when a loose ball found its way into the hands of Middlesboro’s Bailey Hensley, who released a wide-open shot from three-point range with :04 remaining, but it rimmed out, allowing Lynn Camp to pick up the two-point win while advancing to the title game for the first time in school history.
Whitley County 76, Corbin 67 — The Lady Colonels were without the services of Kandice Craig, but guard Brandi Smith stepped up and guided her team to the 50th District win. The game was tied at 61 apiece in the fourth quarter before Whitley County went on a 15-6 run.
Pineville 56, Lynn Camp 52, double overtime — The Lynn Camp Lady Wildcats’ dreams of capturing the school’s first-ever 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic championship were dashed in dramatic fashion Friday. The Lady Wildcats were seconds away from advancing to the All ‘A’ Classic State Tournament, but Pineville’s Emil Mullins connected with a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime at 43 apiece. There was some confusion on whether or not Mullins released the ball before the buzzer went off, but in the end, the shot counted and the Lady Mountain Lions finally pulled away in the second overtime to win, 56-52.
Boys individual highlights
The trio of Bryon David Asher (15 points), John Simpson (14 points) and Seth Jeffrey (14 points) combined to score 43 points to help guide Pineville past Lynn Camp Monday, 72-46, in a 51st District battle. Justin Hammonds led the Wildcats with a 15-point effort.
Matt Slavey scored 17 points during South Laurel’s 57-47 50th District win over Williamsburg Tuesday. Skylar Griffith added a 20-point effort for the Yellow Jackets.
Robbie Igo scored 17 points while Kevin Goins added 16 during Corbin’s 68-51 win over Middlesboro Tuesday. Austin Poindexter led the Yellow Jackets with 14 points.
Devon Mills’ last second-shot gave Barbourville a 44-42 overtime win over Knox Central Tuesday, as he led the way with 18 points. Dustin Hensley led Knox Central with 13 points.
Harlan County’s Tyler Brewer led the way with 13 points while Alex Sergent added 11 during the Black Bears’ 60-44 loss to Hazard Tuesday in the WYMT Mountain Classic.
Clay County’s Tyler McDaniel scored 16 points during the Tigers’ 46-43 loss to Perry Central Tuesday in the WYMT Mountain Classic.
North Laurel’s Austin Rush and eighth grader Peyton Broughton took charge during the fourth quarter Thursday to lead the Jaguars past Betsy Layne, 59-50. Rush scored eight of his 15 points during the final eight minutes while Broughton added seven of his 10 points during the time span. North Laurel eighth grader Bryson Asher added 10 rebounds in the win.
Red Bird’s Erik Young scored 25 points Thursday while teammate Jamie Wilder added 16 points during the Cardinals’ 70-36 win over Kentucky School for the Deaf.
Aaron Cladwell’s 17-point effort led the way during Harlan County’s 58-47 win over Clay County. The Tigers were led in scoring by Stephon Lyttle, who had 17 points while Tyler McDaniel added 13.
Red Bird’s Erik Young torched the net for 43 points to lead the Cardinals past Riverside Christian Friday, 90-46.
Knox Central’s Jeffrey Adams scored 22 points during Friday’s 69-47 win over Lynn Camp. Zach Smith led the Wildcats with a 21-point effort.
Skylar Griffith dished out a 32-point, seven-rebound effort during Williamsburg’s 79-69 loss to Jackson County on Friday.
Whitley County’s Michael Powers poured in a 21-point effort during Friday’s contest against Corbin, but the Redhounds’ Hunter Grubb scored 22 points to help guide Corbin to a 68-52 win. Zach Farley added 15 points for the Redhounds.
South Laurel trailed by seven points with less than two minutes left Friday, but received a 19-point effort by Matt Slavey, as the Cardinals managed to pull out a slim 55-54 victory.
Chad Massingill came up big against North Laurel Saturday by scoring 16 points to lead the Harlan County Black Bears past the Jaguars, 51-43.
Girls individual highlights
Bell County’s Maci Morris scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Lady Bobcats past Lee, Va., Monday, 69-35.
Harlan County’s Sarah Evans scored 14 points to guide the Lady Black Bears past Hazard Monday, 56-36.
Whitley County’s Brandi Smith turned in an impressive 25-point effort against Lincoln County Monday while Maria Johnson added 17 points during the Lady Colonels’ 58-55 loss Monday.
Lynn Camp’s Kayla Smith poured in 20 points against Barbourville during Monday’s 56-51 win while the Lady Tigers’ were led in scoring by Kara Erslan’s 25 points and Kelsey Erslan’s 17-point effort.
Miranda and Kayla Wilson combined to score 32 points during the Corbin Lady Redhounds’ 62-53 50th District win over South Laurel Monday. Miranda Wilson scored a game-high 19 points while Kayla Wilson added 13. Taylor Arthur led the Lady Cardinals with an 18-point effort.
Jenna Mills connected on nine-of-22 shot attempts and scored 24 points to lead Knox Central past Harlan Tuesday, 50-49. Jourdan Ledford led the Lady Green Dragons with 18 points.
Pineville’s Devin Enix turned in a stellar effort against Williamsburg during the Lady Mountain Lions’ 52-41 win Tuesday. She scored 22 points while teammate Annalee Adams added 16 in the win. Kacie Brown led the Lady Yellow Jackets with a 14-point scoring effort.
Lynn Camp’s Heather Wilson scored 14 points while connecting on eight-of-nine shot attempts from the free throw line to lead her team past Middlesboro on Thursday, 37-35. Middlesboro seventh grader Blair Green led all scorers with 17 points.
Pineville’s Devin Enix scored 14 points while teammates Stacey Washington (12 points) and Erica Gambrell (12 points) also scored in double figures during the Lady Mountain Lions’ 69-32 win over Oneida Baptist Thursday. Madison Kehler led the Lady Mountaineers with a 13-point effort.
Brandi Smith scored 33 points to lead Whitley County past Corbin Friday, 76-67.
Kelsey Erslan led Barbourville with 20 points during Friday’s 59-46 loss to Wayne County.
Annalee Adams scored 16 points while Devin Enix added 13 during Pineville’s 56-52 overtime win Friday over Lynn Camp. Heather Wilson added a 16-point effort for the Lady Wildcats.
Corbin’s Kayla Wilson scored 27 points during the Lady Redhounds’ 54-44 win over Assumption Saturday.
Whitley County’s Brandi Smith has turned in an impressive week
Boys Player of the Week
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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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