By John Stepp For The Times Tribune
MANCHESTER — In the first game of the Big Red Shootout at Clay County High School, the Corbin Redhounds defeated the Letcher Central Cougars 66-50. Corbin found themselves down two points at halftime, but was able to pull away for a big lead in the third quarter.
It’s the second win in as many games for this Redhounds’ squad who came into the season as an underrated team in the 13th Region. In just their first two games this year, Corbin has proved they are not a team to sleep on. Despite their early success, Coach Tony Pietrowski knows his team will have to continue to work in order to accomplish their goals this season.
“As good as that Jackson County win was, I think we bought into it a little bit too much. We had a good practice yesterday, but we can’t come out the way we did the first half and expect to beat quality teams,” Pietrowski said. “This team’s going to learn every time they touch the court. We were lucky we were able to regroup. It sure beats the heck out of a loss.
Corbin came out of halftime down 25-23, but the Redhounds’ pressure started to take a toll on the Cougars. Behind junior guard Kenny Hopper’s nine points, Corbin outscored Letcher Central 19-9 in the third quarter, taking a 42-34 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Redhounds did not let up in the final period. Senior guard Kevin Goins scored 11 points, and eighth grader Andrew Taylor added eight in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach and give the Redhounds a decisive 66-50 victory.
“This team has the chance to be a pretty good basketball team, but we have to play with a whole lot of effort,” Pietrowski said. “I didn’t think we did that in the first half. We were very lackadaisical, kind of going through the motions. We’re a work in progress, but everyone in that locker room has one goal and that’s to get better, and we’re going to hit every day as hard as we can go.”
Corbin 66, Letcher Central 50
Corbin 16 7 19 24 – 66
Letcher 11 14 12 13 – 50
Corbin (66) – Goins 20, Hopper 13, Taylor 10, Taylor Waddle 8, Trevor Browning 4, Bayley Rice 4, Joey Shelton 2, Zach Henson 2, Connor Hopkins 2.
Letcher (50) – Chippy Frazier 14, Josh Owens 13, Torell Carton 13, Tyler Collins 4, Jordan Gregory 3, Jordan Morrow 2, Hunter Hall 1.
By John Stepp For The Times Tribune
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