By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Lady Yellow Jackets continue to struggle this season, falling to 1-16 after a 63-43 loss to Bell County Tuesday.
Tarrah Davis scored 17 for the Lady Jackets, but it wasn’t enough to save her team from their 12th straight loss.
Bell County’s Maci Morris paced the Lady Cats with 22 points as they improved to 15-3, good enough for second best in the 13th Region as Harlan County stands at 18-2.
Despite the loss, Williamsburg coach Andrea Ellis said she was pleased with the way her team played.
“We played a good game,” Ellis said. “I was very proud of my girls.
“Even though it was a loss, we were finally able to put a full game together,” she added. “They are a good team that is well coached and they do a good job with those kids.”
The Lady Cats held a slim 16-13 lead at the end of the first quarter as Williamsburg’s Davis scored 11 of her 17 points in the game’s first eight minutes.
Bell County scored 16 points for the second straight quarter, extending its lead to 32-25 at halftime.
That’s when the Lady Jackets let things get out of hand.
Bell County used a 16-7 third-quarter effort to extend the margin to 48-32 with eight minutes to play in the contest. The Lady Cats closed things out with a 15-11 fourth quarter to seal the win.
Though the final margin was 20 points, Ellis said she didn’t feel like her team had suffered a 20-point loss afterward.
“I was proud of how hard we played and the fact we never gave up,” Ellis said. “I know the scoreboard says they beat us by 20, but I just don’t think it felt like a 20-point ball game.
“Our defense was good most of the time, we just had trouble scoring in the second half,” she added.
Williamsburg will be back in action Friday when it hosts Knox Central.
Bell County 63, Williamsburg 43
Bell County 16 16 16 15 63
Williamsburg 13 12 7 11 43
Bell County (63) – Morris 22, Garnett 12, Smith 11, Sanders 6, Johnson 5, Robbins 2, Collins 2, Boatright 2, Collett 1.
Williamsburg (43) – Davis 17, Conlin 8, Brown 5, Berry 4, Maxey 4, Ash 3, Boggs 2.
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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