By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
KNOX CENTRAL — Darren Mills’ Knox Central Lady Panthers continue to be the hardest team to figure out in the 13th Region.
After losing five games in a row just a week ago, Knox Central has reeled off three wins during its last four games, including Friday’s 67-66 come from behind overtime win over 51st District rival Barbourville.
Knox Central trailed 25-20 at halftime and 61-58 with less than a minute left in regulation before Jaylene Patterson hit three straight free throws to send the game into overtime.
Once the game went into overtime, Knox Central’s Jenna Mills took over. She hit two free throws during the final seconds to give her team the one-point win over Barbourville.
Mills led the Lady Panthers with 23 points while connecting on 14-of-18 shot attempts from the free-throw line.
Kara Erslan led the Lady Tigers with 31 points while hitting 13-of-18 shot attempts from the free-throw line while Kelsey Erslan scored her 1,000 career point in the loss while scoring 19 points on nine-of-11 shooting from the charity stripe.
The Lady Panthers will be back in action today against Hazard at 2 p.m. Barbourville is off until a matchup on Thursday against Middlesboro.
Knox Central 67, Barbourville 66
Barbourville 8 17 14 22 5 66
Knox Central 12 8 14 27 6 67
Barbourville (66) — Kara Erslan 31, Kelsey Erslan 19, Mills 9, Bunch 3, Tate 2, Liford 2.
Knox Central (67) — Mills 23, Hubbard 12, Carnes 10, Hale 7, Patterson 6, Shippy 7, Davis 2.
Knox Central senior guard scores 23 points
By Les Dixon / 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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