By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
The North Laurel Lady Jaguars came into Tuesday’s match against Knox Central needing a win and that’s exactly what they got, cruising to a 3-0 win (25-17, 25-15 and 25-22).
After a rocky weekend in the McCreary County Invitational Tournament, head coach Ali Ray said the win was a welcomed one.
“This was a much needed victory for us confidence-wise after a pretty rough weekend tournament,” Ray said. “Of course, a win always feels good and a win on the road is a little tougher to get.
“I thought it was important for us to get back in the win column as we head into a match against a tough Jackson County team,” she added. “We lost in a scrimmage to them in the preseason, so it really should be a good match that I think our girls are going to want to win.”
As for her team, Ray said there were several areas where she saw improvement Tuesday, which was a good sign.
“I thought our serves were really good today,” she said. “Our passing needs a lot of work, so that’s something we need to continue to improve upon.”
Despite the small improvements though, Ray was none too pleased with the overall execution of her team and said things could get rough if the Lady Jags can’t turn the corner offensively.
“We have to start running some kind of offense,” she said. “Right now, we are just trying to get the ball back over the net and we have to get better as the season goes along.
“Hopefully we can improve with each match, but we’ll have to start Thursday with Jackson County,” she added.
Thursday’s match at Jackson County is scheduled for 6 p.m.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
- Local Sports
The Barbourville Tigers returned to action on their home court against the Rockastle County Rockets on Monday.
Patriots complete road to Rome with 34-27 overtime win
The University of the Cumberlands (UC) football team came into their NAIA FCS Semifinal round matchup against Carroll College looking for a first in school history.
Bell County knocks off Corbin, 83-82, in CFIT Championship
Saturday's championship game of the Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament was perhaps a postseason preview of things to come as two of the 13th Region's top girls teams met for the first time this season at Gilliam Gymnasium.
Williamsburg’s hopes of the school’s first-ever state title were washed away quickly Friday as Mayfield scored touchdowns on its first three plays, building a 35-0 first-quarter lead.
Corbin wins, South Laurel falls in Big Red Shootout
In the first game of the Big Red Shootout at Clay County High School, the Corbin Redhounds defeated the Letcher Central Cougars 66-50. Corbin found themselves down two points at halftime, but was able to pull away for a big lead in the third quarter.
Friday night's opening game of the Cumberland Falls Invitational featured two 50th District teams, both looking for their first wins of the tournament.
The Corbin Lady Redhounds returned to action in their second round match of the Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament. Corbin entered the contest riding off an 86-point, hard-fought scoring effort in Wednesday's victory over Harlan.
There was really no question North Laurel would make short work of young Riverside Christian. The Jaguars picked up an 82-25 win Thursday with a running clock starting late in the first half.
Lady Cards fall to Bell County, 64-40
When you sport a very young team, you can expect some growing pains early in the season. South Laurel is a very young team, but for 2 1/2 quarters they stayed right with heavily favored Bell County in the Cumberland Falls Invitational Thursday night.
On the Carpet
It's not been easy, but Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are one game away from capturing the football program's first-ever Class A state championship.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Nail Biter