By Les Dixon / Sorts Editor
PERRY CENTRAL — After losing in the first round of the WYMT Classic on Tuesday, Brad Sizemore’s North Laurel Jaguars responded with a win on Thursday by defeating Betsy Layne, 59-50.
The win sets up a 13th Region showdown with Harlan County Saturday, who defeated Clay County in the other consolation game, 58-47.
“We had a really great first half,” Sizemore said. “We came out ready to play. We played with high intensity on defense and was able to get the ball into the post and execute. This was a great win for our team and now we will get the opportunity to play another good team on Saturday.”
North Laurel (10-8) jumped on Betsy Layne early and led 15-5 after the first quarter. The Jaguars managed to hold on to a 25-16 lead at halftime before taking a 38-26 edge into the final quarter of play.
That’s when eighth grader Peyton Broughton and senior Austin Rush took control by combining to score 15 points during the final eight minutes of play, which allowed North Laurel to wrap up the win.
Rush led the Jaguars with 15 points while Austin Thompson scored 11 and Broughton finished with 10.
WYMT Classic Consolation Round
At Perry Central
North Laurel 59, Betsy Layne 50
Betsy Layne 5 11 10 24 50
North Laurel 15 10 13 21 59
North Laurel (59) — Henson 11, Carson 4, Broughton 10, Thompson 11, Rush 15, Allen 8.
Betsy Layne (50) — Meade 8, Case 12, Hamilton 10, Daniels 7, Rogers 9, Mattandso 2, Tackett 2.
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By Les Dixon / Sorts Editor
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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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