By Chris Parsons/Staff Writer
NORTH LAUREL — The North Laurel Lady Jaguars were able to pick up their first win of the season, cruising past Jackson County 53-28 in a 49th District contest.
North Laurel’s Ashley Wyatt paced the Lady Jaguars with 13 points, while Hannah Gray added 12 in the win.
North Laurel led early and never looked back after taking a 26-15 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The Lady Jaguars outscored Jackson County 18-10 in the third period, extending the lead to 44-25 with one quarter left to play. The pace slowed as the game wound down, but North Laurel was able to extend the lead en route to the 53-28 win.
Afterwards, North Laurel head coach Eddie Mahan said he was pleased with the way his team played, but was quick to point out it still had a long way to go to get where they want to be.
“I’m pleased with the way the girl played and with their aggressiveness,” Mahan said. “I think that’s the way we’re going to have to play if we are going to win any games this season.
“We’ve been trying to do that in our previous games, but we weren’t shooting the ball very well,” he added.
North Laurel 53, Jackson County 38
Jackson County 9 6 10 3 28
North Laurel 15 11 18 9 53
Jackson County (28) – Rose 9, Belt 7, Ward 6, Crowe 3, Madden 2, Mulligan 1.
North Laurel (53) – Wyatt 13, Gray 12, Lawson 9, Carpenter 9, Sexton 6, Ellington 4.
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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