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October 15, 2012

Unbeaten Whitley County heading to KBA state tourney

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Sports Editor

The Whitley County Lady Colonel seventh grade middle school basketball team has put together a perfect regular season at 29-0 with hopes of capping it off with a state championship during this weekend’s KBA State Tournament.

The Lady Colonels have dominated action on the hard-court this season by displaying top-notch efforts on both offense and defense.

They are 17-0 against 13th Region opponents while limiting 24 of their 29 foes to one field goal or less during first quarter action this season and that’s not all.

Whitley County’s defense has held opponents without a field goal in the first half five times in the first half, including both Corbin and South Laurel.

“I never really envisioned us going undefeated this season, but this group has been very focused,” coach David Paul Estes said. “The amazing thing is that we’ve started extremely well in our games.

“This is a mature group to only be seventh graders and they never look ahead,” he added. “It’s a really unique bunch. They are always aware of what they need to do on any given day whether it is a practice or a game.”

Estes admitted once his squad began playing, he could tell this could end up being a special season.

“I started really believing we could go undefeated midway through,” he admitted. “I knew we had a very good team and they had a chance to be very good — what they have done is a remarkable achievement.”

And now Whitley County wants to go one step further this weekend by making a run for a state championship. The Lady Colonels have already captured the Paris Invitational (an eight-team tournament) and the Kentucky Middle School Tournament (a 16-team tournament). Their average winning margin during the past 10 games is close to 25 points and they’ve held opponents to single digits in seven of them.

“I don’t think we have any added pressure (going to the state tournament),” Estes said. “I do think we have a good opportunity to compete at the state tournament. We have already beaten team such as Mason County and Lexington Christian.

“We hope to go up there and play our best and hope things go our way — we’re going to go and do as good as we can.”

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