By Les Dixon
HARLAN COUNTY — A five-day layoff didn’t do the Corbin Lady Redhounds any favors heading into their first round matchup of the 13th Region Girls Tournament against North Laurel.
The Lady Redhounds shrugged off a five-of-22 shooting effort in the first quarter by dominating the action on the boards while receiving a 15-point, 11-rebound effort by Sarah Ashley to knock off the Lady Jaguars, 57-34. Guard Kayla Wilson also recorded her 1,000th-point as a Lady Redhound during the win.
“I felt like we did come out slow,” Corbin coach Jennifer Parsons said. “I don’t know if was because of nerves or what. It’s been a long week.
“We had some good shots,” she added. “I felt like their zone, they moved very well. They played great defensively on us. It just took us a little time to get adjusted and I don’t know why at this point of the year.”
Parsons credited her team’s defensive play as one of the keys to the 23-point win. Corbin forced North Laurel into 27 turnovers while limiting the Lady Jaguars to eight-of-35 shooting from the floor.
“I felt like we forced a lot of turnovers, which was what we wanted to do, but we didn’t capitalize on them on the other end. That was a little disappointing. That was something we wanted to do, but we didn’t do a good job of that.”
North Laurel was held without a field goal until the 4:03 mark of the second quarter, but only trailed 13-9 before a basket by Miranda Wilson ignited a 12-0 run to end the first half while increasing Corbin’s lead to 25-9.
“We got a little tired in the second quarter,” North Laurel coach Eddie Mahan said. “We came out with high energy and whenever you come out on emotion, it has an adverse effect eventually. You’re going to have a little lull and we had that in the second quarter.
“Honestly what really killed us was the offensive rebounds,” he added. “I think that was the difference in the ballgame.”
The Lady Jaguars struggled from the floor during the game’s first 16 minutes, connecting on only one-of-17 shot attempts.
“We kind of got it going,” Parsons said. “We allowed them to set the tempo, which is not what we want. We want to keep moving and keep going.”
The Lady Redhounds continued to keep a safe distance throughout the second half, as Corbin got as close as 14 points (28-14) on one occasion after a three-pointer by Brooke Carpenter, but Corbin pulled away during the final 12 minutes to advance to play Harlan County in semifinal action Saturday.
“Harlan County is a great team and we were lucky enough to win on a last second shot, and I say lucky, because we didn’t play very good that game,” Parsons said. “I know coming out on Saturday we’re going to have to play on the offensive end a whole lot better than we played tonight.”
13th Region Girls Tournament
at Harlan County High School
Corbin 57, North Laurel 34
North Laurel 7 2 10 15 34
Corbin 11 14 12 20 57
North Laurel (34) – Carpenter 8, Gray 2, Wyatt 14, Lawson 8, Ellington 2.
Corbin (57) – Jewell 2, Ashurst 4, Fothergill 4, Me. Wilson 4, Mi. Wilson 9, Disney 5, Ashley 15, K. Wilson 10, Gallagher 4.
Corbin advances to semifinals with 57-34 win over North Laurel
By Les Dixon
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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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