By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
LONDON — Despite several obstacles, the Corbin Lady Redhounds were able to get past North Laurel by a score of 4-2 in the semifinals of 49th District Tournament Monday.
The win sends Corbin to a finals matchup against South Laurel Thursday.
Corbin coach Eric Steely said he was ecstatic with the way his team responded to several things that slowed the game down, including the loss of the Lady Redhounds’ goal keeper, Sydni Roaden.
Roaden had to be flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for what Steely said was a broken jaw and the loss of several teeth.
“I’ve never been more proud of a team I’ve coached than I am of my team tonight,” Steely said. “These girls did an excellent job of overcoming a lot of adversity in a game that it would have been very easy to quit.
“They fought through and played their hearts out and we were able to get the win,” he added.
Corbin took a 1-0 lead when Whitney Baker scored on an assist from Amerah Dixon with 20 minutes gone y in the first half.
Then, with about 5:37 to play in the half, Roaden collided with North Laurel’s Allison Blanton on Blanton’s shot attempt, sending Roaden off the field via ambulance.
Corbin’s Morgan Boggs scored quickly in the second half to put her team on top 2-0, but Blanton answered seven minutes later to trim the gap to 2-1.
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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