By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Lady Colonels had no time to dwell on Monday’s sluggish effort against Williamsburg, welcoming Middlesboro to town Tuesday.
Brandi Smith led the way for the Lady Colonels, pouring in 18 points to lead her team to a 49-34 win over the Lady Jackets. Taylor Dingess added 15 and Maria Johnson chipped in 9.
Whitley County head coach Larry Anderson said he was pleased with the way his team battled back from Monday’s effort, but admitted there is still plenty of work to be done.
“I felt like we had a little more continuity to what we were doing tonight and it showed,” Anderson said. “With having to bring new kids in and changing the offense and plays we were running, the kids are adjusting and starting to get comfortable in their roles.
“Some of the young kids are gaining confidence in what they’re doing, which is always good,” he added.
The Lady Colonels jumped ahead early, but Middlesboro was able to stay close thanks to Blair Green, who scored six of her game-high 19 points in the first quarter. Despite Green’s effort, Whitley County held a 16-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Neither team could seem to find the mark on offense in the second quarter, but the Lady Colonels used a 9-5 effort to push the lead to 25-18 at halftime.
A 12-7 third quarter extended Whitley County’s lead to 42-25 with eight minutes to play in the game.
The Lady Colonels closed out the contests outscoring Middlesboro 12-9 in the final period, securing the 49-34 win.
Whitley County 49, Middlesboro 34
Middlesboro 13 5 7 9 34
Whitley Co. 16 9 12 12 49
Middlesboro (34) – Green 19, Padgett 7, Hensley 5, Biscardi 3.
Whitley County (49) – Smith 18, Dingess 15, Johnson 9, Sizemore 2, Vanderpool 2, Feltner 2, Centers 1.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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