By Chris Parsons
WILLIAMSBURG — Corbin coach Jennifer Parsons said her Lady Redhounds’ goal Monday was to strike early against Williamsburg and hopefully take away their will to win.
Parsons’ squad connected on five three-pointers in the first quarter en route to a 27-9 lead at the end of the period, as Corbin defeated the Lady Yellow Jackets, 70-45.
After the game, Parsons said her team did exactly what she asked them to do, which is what a coach wants to see in the postseason.
“We knew that they have been playing well in the latter part of the season and we didn’t want them to establish any kind of momentum,” Parsons said. “The last time we played them they didn’t have all their players, so we knew they would have a few different looks to show us.
“I just felt like it was important to set the tempo at the pace we wanted to play at,” she added. “After Miranda (Wilson) hit that first three, I felt like things w∫ould fall in place even though we have struggled offensively over the past few weeks.”
On the other side of the floor, a dejected Andrea Ellis used very few words to describe her team’s effort.
“We played lazy in the first half,” Ellis said. “When you do that, it’s hard to come back from a 20-point deficit, especially against a team like Corbin.”
Miranda Wilson led all scorers with 16 points, but 12 of the 13 players that played for Corbin scored in the contest. The Lady Redhounds advanced to the 50th District Championship game Friday, where they’ll face the winner of today’s game between South Laurel and Whitley County.
Despite the pace slowing in the second period, Corbin used a 12-9 effort to extend its lead to 39-18 at halftime.
The Lady Redhounds continued to push the pace in the third quarter, doubling Williamsburg’s offensive output (16-8 in the quarter) to extend the lead to 55-26 with eight minutes to play in the game.
With her starters on the bench, Parsons’ squad was outscored 19-15 in the final period. The Lady Jackets’ Carissa Conlin scored 15 of her game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, though it was too late to make a difference.
Kayla Wilson added 10 points for the Lady Redhounds, while Brooklyn Ashurst, and Holli Disney each scored eight.
50th District Girls Tournament Semifinals
at Williamsburg High School
Corbin 70, Williamsburg 45
Corbin 27 12 16 15 70
Williamsburg 9 9 8 19 45
Corbin (70) — Mi. Wilson 16, K. Wilson 10, Ashurst 8, Disney 8, Ashley 6, Gallagher 4, Me. Wilson 4, Fothergill 4, Jewell 3, Logan 3, Moore 2, Blackburn 2.
Williamsburg (45) — Conlin 28, Brown 8, Davis 7, Ash 2.
Lady Redhounds notch spot in 13th region tournament
By Chris Parsons
- Local Sports
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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