By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
Coming off last week’s overtime loss to Pulaski County last week, the South Laurel Cardinals’ chances of making the playoffs aren’t dead, but they are on life support.
Head coach Larry Welch said this week’s game is as much a must as there has ever been for his team.
“It’s not too late to save something out of this season, but the clock is ticking,” Welch said. “If we want to make something positive happen this season, we have got to come away with a win this week.
“This is a pretty tough team we’re going up against, but I think we have a shot at a win,” Welch said. “We have to be able to limit what they can do on offense and try to get in the rhythm we got into last week.”
Lincoln County comes into the game with a 3-4 record with wins over Casey County, Washington County and Garrard County. The Patriots have losses to Danville, Wayne County, Pulaski County and Madison Southern.
Offensively, Lincoln County is averaging 24 points per game, while giving up 31 ppg on the defensive side.
South Laurel’s numbers in that department are similar as the Cardinals have allowed 35 ppg while scoring 23 ppg on offense.
Welch said he knows what to expect out of the Patriots offense, but being able to stop what they do offensively is another story.
“They like to run the ball and they have a good offensive line that will get a good push,” Welch said. “They play a real physical style of football, so you have to maintain your assignments.
“These guys really like to run downhill and move the ball,” he added. “They’ve had some games where they’ve been in the game until the end like us and lost, so we’re pretty similar in the type of season we’ve had.”
As for his offense, Welch said he felt like his team played well last week despite the loss. He said he’s hopeful they can pick up where they left off.
“I feel like our kids finally got things clicking last week late in the game and we played pretty good once they did that,” Welch said. “If we can carry some of that momentum into this week’s game, I like our chances of coming away with a win.
“It’s really a matter of having to get a win because we’re at the point now that if we lose we’re out,” Welch added. “Like I said before, the clock is ticking, but there’s still time to make something out of this season.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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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