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February 28, 2013

Like it or Not

CORBIN — With my second day of 13th Region action out of the way (I didn’t travel Monday), I’ve decided that the road that takes you to Harlan, the Kingdom Come Parkway, was aptly named. I’m unsure of whether that has always been the name of the stretch of road that leads to Harlan County, but if it wasn’t, it should have been. Sure, there is plenty of scenery to gander at as you travel to the 13th Region Tournament, but I have to admit, the short trip down Cumberland Falls Highway is one I’d much rather be taking this time of year.

I’m sure that when the decision was made to allow Harlan County to host the region tournament, the powers-that-be assumed that teams would still enjoy the big-setting atmosphere, along with the passion and excitement that goes along with playing high school games in a high school gym, but there’s a little more to it than that in my opinion.

At The Arena, all the teams were playing on a neutral floor due to the fact that other than a few preseason tournaments, no team had played on the floor enough to adjust to the setting. The fact that none of the teams (at least none that I’ve talked to) in the 13th Region Tournament were given a practice session in the gym to me is something that I don’t feel is fair.

It ain’t over ‘til its over

When you talk about good finishes, this year’s tournament has had its share of them and we’re only three days in.

While Monday’s games were drama free as far as the late moments of the game, Tuesday night both games were not decided until the final seconds with Harlan County and North Laurel holding on for the wins, thanks to turnovers on  the final play in both games.

If the opening game of the girls’ 13th Region Tournament is any indication on how the rest of the games will play out, all parties involved better hold on to their hats in the late stages.

After jumping out to a sizeable lead in the first half, the Whitley County Lady Colonels found themselves needing a last-second shot to avoid overtime against the five-time defending region champs, the Clay County Lady Tigers.

The good news for the Lady Colonels was they had been in this situation already this season against Clay County as Brandi Smith came through at the buzzer. Well, she did it again Wednesday on a layup from the baseline to send the Lady Colonels to the semifinals to face Bell County. The win extends Larry Anderson’s career as head coach for at least one game. Whether it goes any further, we’ll have to wait and see.

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  • 0808 Chris Parsons.jpg Like it or Not

    I took advantage of my boss’ offer to stay in Corbin and man the fort as opposed to another trip to Harlan County Friday night. But don’t think I’m just sitting around with the day off. There’s always something to do here in the world of Tri-County sports and Friday was no exception.

    March 4, 2013 1 Photo

  • 0808 Chris Parsons.jpg Like it or Not

    With my second day of 13th Region action out of the way (I didn’t travel Monday), I’ve decided that the road that takes you to Harlan, the Kingdom Come Parkway, was aptly named.

    February 28, 2013 1 Photo

  • Les Dixon The Way it Is

    Now we are down to only four teams remaining in the 13th Region Boys Tournament, so I decided it’s time to cut down our list of frontrunners for this year’s Times-Tribune Tri-County Player of the Year.

    February 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • 0808 Chris Parsons.jpg Like it or Not

    While interviewing long-time Whitley County Lady Colonels head coach Larry Anderson for a game preview of his showdown with Clay County, Larry and I had an interesting conversation about several things.

    February 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • 0808 Chris Parsons.jpg Like it or Not

    To some people in Southestern Kentucky, postseason high school basketball, more particularly the 13th Region Tournament, is way more exciting than Christmas morning and with good reason I suppose.

    February 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • Les Dixon the Way it Is

    If you’re a high school basketball fan this has got to be the greatest time of the year for you. It’s not quite March yet, but I’m sure everyone has March Madness.

    February 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • Les Dixon The postseason is going to be very entertaining

    Before I begin rambling a bit, I’m sure you are wondering where the heck are the stories and pictures from Friday’s boys and girls basketball action?

    January 28, 2013 1 Photo

  • Les Dixon Richard Jones and Lady Wildcats came oh, so close

    A lot of things have happened during the past week, so with that said, I’m not going to waste any of your time and get right to my rambling.

    January 16, 2013 1 Photo

  • 0808 Chris Parsons.jpg The Border Bowl is all grown up

    There’s no prouder feeling in the world than when you watch your child do something that you had hoped was possible.

    January 15, 2013 1 Photo

  • 13th Region Notebook

    Clay County’s Marty Bowling might be one of the most underrated players in the 13th Region at the present time, but if he continues to put up numbers like he has been, he won’t be for long — Bowling is the real deal.

    January 7, 2013