By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
LAFAYETTE — South Laurel’s season-opener against Paul Laurence Dunbar in the Fayette County iHigh Soccer Frenzy didn’t turn out the way the Lady Cardinal faithful wanted it to.
The Lady Cardinals (0-1) fell behind 3-0 during the first half and could never recover, as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a 5-0 win over South Laurel.
Lady Cardinal coach Todd White said his team missed on a golden opportunity in the first half that could have changed the momentum.
“Karli Parker had a breakaway, but just missed,” he said. “If she could have hit that, it would have made the score 2-1 and I really believe it would have given us some momentum.
“It didn’t happen, though,” White added. “The game just didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to. They were a better possession team than we were.”
White said one of the big reasons for his team’s five-goal loss was playing on artificial turf.
“We really had a hard time adjusting to that surface,” he admitted. “It made the game faster and we had trouble with that.
“We will get back on track, though,” he added. “We play these hard games for a reason. I’m a firm believer of playing lots of tough games early, so you can find out what is broken and then you can fix it. We play three teams ranked in the top 20 to open the season and we want to play a schedule like this, so it will prepare us for the district and region. I could easily schedule games out east and put together a good record, but that’s not going to help us any. Playing a schedule like we do will help us in the long run.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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