By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
The Whitley County Colonels will be looking to get back on the winning track this week as they travel to Letcher County Central for a district showdown.
The Colonels’ 40-13 loss to Harlan County last week snapped a four-game win streak that had started with a win over Clay County on Sept. 14. Whitley County head coach Jim Black said the loss hit Colonel players hard confidence-wise.
“The kids were pretty depressed after the loss, but I think they realized they weren’t ready to play,” Black said. “I take full blame for that as the coach.”
The good news for the Colonels is that Black said the exact opposite is true about his squad heading into this week's game.
“I feel like the past four weeks we didn’t really improve and that goes back to coaching,” Black added. “We had a real good week of practice and I think the kids made a lot of progress as far as improving.
“I think our kids know that you have to show up ready to play and you have to execute in those big-game situations,” he added. “I don’t think they were ready for such an atmosphere like we saw at Harlan County.”
One thing the Colonels have been able to do is score points. They averaged 36 points per game over the span of their recent four-game win streak, while allowing just 14 points per game.
“We’ve got to keep the ball moving,” Black said. “That’s something we’ve been able to do all year and we have to continue to do so.
“I think our kids take pride in our running game, so that’s a big factor,” he added. “Hopefully we can move the ball Friday and get them back in the swing of things.”
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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