TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

March 4, 2013

Whitley Falls

Slow start leads to Whitley County’s 65-56 loss to Bell County

CORBIN — By Les Dixon

Sports Editor

HARLAN COUNTY — Whitley County’s quest to win the 13th Region championship for the first time since winning it all in 1985 fell short Saturday with a disappointing 65-56 loss to Bell County.

The Lady Colonels (20-11) couldn’t overcome a slow start, as the Lady Bobcats’ Maci Morris scored 34 points and pulled down 11 rebounds while shooting a perfect 16-of-16 from the free-throw line during the win.

Whitley County head coach Larry Anderson, who is stepping down after 26 years as Lady Colonel coach, said he began to worry on Friday that his team might be in some trouble.

“I saw it yesterday in practice,” he admitted. “We just didn’t have it in practice. We stopped practice after about five minutes and talked about it — them not having the excitement when we came up here on Tuesday having to play Clay County. I don’t know if coming back from a big emotional win was hard to bring us back in.

“I told the coaches before the game we weren’t ready,” he added. “We didn’t have the excitement — we just weren’t ready. You’ve got to bring the excitement to every game in the region tournament and we just didn’t have it.”

Even with the slow start, Whitley County put up a fight.

The Lady Colonels trailed 22-13 after the first quarter and 35-24 at halftime on nine-of-27 shooting from the floor, but they forced 11 turnovers in the third quarter and cut their deficit to three points (43-40) going into the final quarter of play.

“We were able to get back in the game and we had some chances, but we just missed two many free throws late and they made theirs,” Anderson said.

After two free throws by Brandi Smith made the score 43-42, the Lady Bobcats took control of the game from free-throw line. Bell County hit 18-of-22 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter alone and 28-of-32 for the game.

Whitley County on the other hand struggled.

The Lady Colonels misfired on eight-of-15 free throw attempts in the game’s final eight minutes and went 16-of-25 for the game.

“See that’s just not us,” Anderson said. “It’s just one of those things.”

Whitley County also struggled from three-point range, shooting only three-of-20 for 15 percent.

“We had the same thing happen to us in the region last year (against North Laurel),” Anderson said. “We shot four-of-24 and lost. The problem when you live by the three, you die by it.

“We did a good job fighting back,” he added. “This is hard on being my last game, but the kids have given me so much. It’s odd to think I won’t be coaching next year. I’ll sit back and weigh my options. Some other opportunities have been offered, but I’ll don’t have to do anything right now and I don’t feel bad doing that.”

13th Region Girls Tournament at Harlan County High School

Semifinals

Bell County  65,

Whitley County 56

Whitley County  13  11  16  16  56

Bell County        22  13   8  22  65

Whitley County (56) — Powers 9, Smith 26, Johnson 12, Craig 7, Jones 2.

Bell County (65) — Morris 34, Sanders 15, Garnett 6, Smith 5, Johnson 1, Collins 4.

 

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0421 nlhs Makayla Vires.jpg Lady Redhounds roll past Whitley

    The Corbin Lady Redhounds exploded for 11 runs in the first inning, and never looked back during their 13-0 rout of 50th District foe Whitley County.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tri-County Wrap-Up

    The Whitley County Colonel tennis team picked up a win over Clay County, but the Lady Colonels dropped their match with the Lady Tigers this past week.

    April 24, 2014

  • 0331 Fear Les Diamond Ratings.jpg Fear 'Les' Diamond Rankings

    The Lady Jaguars continue to show they’re going to be tough to beat.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0423 chs Peyton Buford.jpg Two-for-Two

    After losing four straight games just two weeks ago, the Corbin Redhounds have bounced back to win seven of their last eight, including back-to-back district wins over the South Laurel Cardinals.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roberts steps down as Corbin volleyball coach

    Her time at the helm of the Corbin Lady Redhounds volleyball program may not have been a very long one, but the past three years have been successful for Liberty Roberts.

    April 23, 2014

  • Williamsburg, Corbin bring home SEKC track titles

    The Corbin High School boys track team brought home a first place finish at the Southeast Kentucky Conference (SEKC) meet at Knox Central, finishing with a team score of 152.

    April 23, 2014

  • Lady Cards cruise past Southwestern, 11-1

    The red-hot South Laurel Lady Cardinals keep rolling along, winning their ninth game in a row by upending visiting Southwestern Tuesday, 11-1, in six innings.

    April 23, 2014

  • 0422 nlhs Olivia Miller.jpg North No-No

    Mikayla Vires continues to mow down opponents as she recorded a no-hitter during North Laurel’s 10-0 rout of Somerset Tuesday.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook
SEC Times-Tribune