By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
SOUTH LAUREL — South Laurel coach Todd White didn’t need to use a pre-game speech to pump up his Lady Cardinal soccer team.
His players never forgot last season’s 5-3 loss to Letcher Central in the 16th Region championship game and they used it as motivation going into Monday’s Sweet Sixteen first round game against the Lady Cougars.
It didn’t take long for White’s squad to assert themselves as the better team, as Karli Parker scored six goals to lead South Laurel to a convincing 11-1 win along with a berth into the Elite Eight.
“Our girls just stepped up to the challenge tonight,” White said. “Believe me, it was fresh on every one of our girls’ minds what happened in the 16th Region championship game and we wanted to erase that bad memory and we did that tonight.”
It didn’t take long for the Lady Cardinals to get on the scoreboard, as Kristen White gave her team a 1-0 edge just a minute in after Letcher Central’s keeper punched her corner kick in.
Mariah House got into the scoring column during the fifth minute after an assist by Hayley House, as the Lady Cardinals’ lead grew to 2-0.
Ten minutes later, Hayley House increased her team’s lead to 3-0 thanks to an assist by Parker and that’s when Parker took over.
She added goals during the 22nd and 32nd minutes to give South Laurel a commanding 5-0 lead, but the Lady Cougars cut their deficit to 5-1 during the 33rd minute, as Carlie Combs scored on a free kick from 25-yards out.
But just when it seemed that Letcher Central had stifled the Lady Cardinals’ momentum, Parker came up with two more goals during the 35th and 37th minutes while giving them a commanding 7-1 lead at halftime.
“After they scored their goal on a free kick, I told the ladies that this wasn’t going to happen again and they kept the gas on,” White said. “The first half we didn’t possess the way we wanted to do, but we did a better job in the second half.”
It didn’t take long for South Laurel to wrap-up the win in the second half, as Haley House scored on an assist by Kayla Cornett while Logan Joyce added a goal and Parker scored two more to end the game at the 57th minute.
“We just kept pushing,” White said. ”We just really kept possession and put the game away. We won all of the 50-50 balls and great things were happening. Things were just high-octane in the second half.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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