By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
MCKEE — The Whitley County Lady Colonels continue to rack up wins this season, tallying a school record 31 after Monday’s victory over Harlan County, but the team is not where it wants to be just yet.
The Lady Colonels did move one step closer to their goal of winning a region championship with a 3-0 (25-9, 25-14 and 25-22) win over Harlan County, but head coach David Halcomb said there’s still work to be done.
Halcomb also said he was pleased with the way his squad played after battling through some adversity in the third and final set, but admitted they’ll have to play better during today’s championship match.
“I thought we were really sharp through the first two sets and our ball control was really good and our passing was good as well,” Halcomb said. “The third set was a bit of a letdown, but I’m not going to complain too much over that.”
Halcomb has said from the start of the season that he felt like this year’s squad had the potential to be the best to come through Whitley County High School.
The Lady Colonels will have a chance to prove it today as they try to win the first region title in the program’s history. Even though Whitley County owns a pair of victories over the Lady Cardinals this season, Halcomb said he’s playing the underdog card with his team due to South Laurel’s history as far as region titles go.
“South Laurel has been to the state tournament many, many times, so even though we’ve beaten them twice this season, we’re still the underdog as far as winning a region title,” Halcomb said. “The good thing is I think our kids are hungry and ready to get to the state tournament, so I think they’ll be ready”
Whitley County opened up an early lead in the first set as it cruised to the 2-9 win to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Early on, the second set looked as though it would be close throughout, but Whitley County pulled away for the second straight set to grab a 25-14 lead.
Harlan County not only came out fighting in the third set, but they led most of the way until the Lady Colonels grabbed a 15-14 lead and never looked back.
The Lady Black Bears managed to close the gap to one point at 21-20, but Halcomb’s squad went on for the 25-22 win and a spot in the 13th Region Championship game.
Game time for Tuesday’s contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Jackson County High School.
Lady Colonels set to play for 13th Region Championship
By Chris Parsons / 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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