By Denis House for the Times-Tribune
LONDON — It was the Karli Parker Show Thursday night in this year's version of the girls' London Derby as the state’s leading scorer tallied seven goals in South Laurel's 10-0 romp over North Laurel.
“Karli Parker is good,” North Laurel coach Becki Woodworth said. “South Laurel has a good team.”
The Lady Jaguars came into the match riding a three-game winning streak but were shorthanded against the Lady Cardinals with only two substitutes, and as the game wore on, North lost another player, Bella De La Pena, to an injury.
Meanwhile South Laurel was able to substitute freely and in the end just wore the Lady Jaguars out.
“We wore them down,” South Laurel coach Todd White said. “I don’t think we were very crisp in the first half. Any time we play a team that doesn’t pressure us that happens. I told them at the half that we needed to pick things up in the second half.”
Still, even though they were not crisp, the Lady Cards managed to hold a 6-0 lead at the half, five of the goals coming from Parker, who has 28 on the season now. The other goal was an own goal in the first minute of action.
“I told the girls at the half that it was Karli Parker 5, Us 1,” Woodworth said. “I thought we played well the first 20 minutes, came out and did a decent job, but they started to wear us down. When you only have 13 players and you've played some hard games you just run out of gas.”
Parker’s first goal came in the 12th minute off an assist by Shelby Davis. Parker would score again in the 15th and 24th minutes for a 4-0 lead.
She scored the fifth goal off a header from a corner kick by Kristen White at the half hour mark. Nine minutes later she scored again off a corner as South Laurel led 6-0 at the break.
She scored her final two goals of the game in the 41st and 43rd minutes to up the lead to 8-0. White (48th) and Regan Rutledge (67th) rounded out the scoring to make the final 10-0 due to the mercy rule.
“Our intensity came alive in the second half,” White said. “Our midfield played well and everybody started hitting on all cylinders.”
Karli Parker scores seven goals during Lady Cards' 10-0 win over North Laurel
By Denis House for the Times-Tribune
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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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