By Les Dixon For the Times-Tribune
WILLIAMSBURG - Despite only having a couple of practices with his entire team, Patrick Robinson was able to help guide his Williamsburg Yellow Jackets past Lynn Camp Tuesday, 62-49.
The Wildcats (1-1) had no answer for the Williamsburg (1-0) duo of Corey Shelton and Andrew Griffith.
Shelton finished the game with 28 points, scoring 12 in the fourth quarter while Griffith finished the contest with 14 points.
“Without Skyler (Griffith) in the line up, we've had a bit more emphasis getting the ball to both of them,” Robinson said. “I was really proud of the way both of them responded. I thought Andrew took over in the first half, and Corey did a fantastic job in the second half. He hit some shots and shot well from the free-throw line.”
Lynn Camp coach Eric Swords admitted his team's strategy was to keep both Shelton and Griffith from scoring, but early foul trouble hampered his team.
“We got in foul trouble early and that hurt,” Swords said. “Our game plan all along was to make other players step up and score for them, but foul trouble got us.”
Lynn Camp was paced in scoring by Skylar McFarland's 22-point effort while Justin Hammonds scored 11 points for the Wildcats.
“I'm proud of our effort,” Swords said. “We were down by 20 at halftime and got as close as 11 points. We didn't quit.”
Lynn Camp jumped out to a 5-4 edge two minutes into the first quarter after a three-pointer by Hammonds, but a 7-0 run by Williamsburg was all the Yellow Jackets needed to take control of the game.
Powered by the play of both Shelton and Griffith, Williamsburg built a 24-10 edge at the end of the first quarter.
Shelton scored 10 of his 14 first half points during the game's first eight minutes while Griffith added nine of his 13 points. The two players combined to score 27 points in the first half, helping the Yellow Jackets grab a 37-17 advantage at halftime.
Lynn Camp turned the ball over 12 times during the first half and was held scoreless in the second quarter for almost six minutes.
The Wildcats did manage to knock down three three-pointers, as McFarland added eight points during the first half.
Williamsburg 62, Lynn Camp 49
Lynn Camp 10 7 14 18 – 49
Williamsburg 24 13 6 19 – 62
Lynn Camp (49) - Hopkins 2, McFarland 22, Elliott 3, Wilson 3, Hammonds 11, Allen 6, Withrow 2.
Williamsburg (62) - Shelton 28, Poore 5, Sizemore 12, Griffith 14, Rose-Creekmore 3.
Yellow Jackets open the season with 62-49 win over Lynn Camp
By Les Dixon For the Times-Tribune
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It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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