By Les Dixon/Sports Editor
BEREA — The Lynn Camp Wildcats evened their record at 1-1 on the season, as Zach Smith scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead his team to a 68-62 win Friday.
The Wildcats also received a 21-point effort from Skylar McFarland, who knocked down three three-pointers in the win while connecting on five-of-six shot attempts from the free-throw line.
“Zach Smith had a huge game with 21 points and 14 rebounds,” Lynn Camp coach Clyde Dixon said. “He went against a guy that was 6'8 270 pounds all night and Zach outplayed him.
“Skylar McFarland had 21 points and played well on offense for us,” he added. “We need big games from both these guys while (Chase) Turner is out. Our guys kept plugging away and found a way to win in the second half.”
Lynn Camp jumped on the Pirates early as three-pointers by McFarland, Justin Hammonds and Austin Withrow allowed the Wildcats to take a 19-12 lead into the second quarter.
Berea used an 18-10 run to take a 30-29 edge into the locker room at halftime and held a slim 50-49 lead going into the fourth quarter.
That’s when the Wildcats took over. Smith scored nine points while hitting three-of-four shot attempts from the free-throw line as Lynn Camp outscored Berea 19-12 to pick up the win.
“I’m really proud of the entire team,” Dixon said. “Everyone who played contributed something positive to the win. Austin Withrow made some athletic moves off the bench and helped a lot. Now we’ve got to get ready for a tough Williamsburg team next.”
Lynn Camp 68, Berea 62
Lynn Camp 19 10 20 19 68
Berea 12 18 20 12 62
Lynn Camp (68) — Smith 21, McFarland 21, Hammonds 9, Maier 5, Trosper 7, Withrow 5.
Berea (62) — Daniel 6, Sweet 12, Woodie 9, Terrill 11, Allen 10, Kates 10, Tate 6.
By Les Dixon/Sports 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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