By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
MCCREARY CENTRAL — South Laurel Cardinals’ coach Matt Rhymer said going into his team’s scrimmage against McCreary Central that he wanted to use the experience as a teaching tool.
With two weeks to go before the regular season starts, Rhymer said he liked the way things went, but was quick to point out there’s plenty of work to be done before the Cardinals’ season opener.
“I like some things I saw and it was a great learning experience for us,” Rhymer said. “We found out a lot about who we are, where we need to go and what kind of potential we’ve got.
“We didn’t score any points, but we did some good things,” he added. “We saw some things on offense that we have to correct and saw some things that were good, but we also realized that we have a long way to go.”
As can be expected in preseason scrimmages, high school players tend to either get too excited about what transpires or they get down on themselves a little too much when all is said and done. Rhymer said the most important thing when dealing with the situation is to not let teams get too far out of reach either way.
“We definitely don’t need to let our kids get down any, because they’ve been beat down enough,” Rhymer said. “The thing about it is that the kids understand what we’re doing and they understand the process that it takes to change your mind-set of offensive philosophy.”
With two weeks of practice left before the Cardinals kick the season off against Wayne County in the Cumberland Valley Bowl, Rhymer said it would be business as usual as he tries to get his team ready to compete.
“We’ve just got to keep working hard at getting better,” Rhymer said. “I feel like the kids have accepted the fact that winning is not easy, which is a step in the right direction.”
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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