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January 7, 2013

13th Region Notebook

CORBIN — Boys Player of the Week

This week, we have co-Players of the Week.

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.

Just look at the numbers he had during the Tigers’ 2-1 run in the Daytona Beach Sunshine Classic — 14 points, 10 rebounds; 19 points, 12 rebounds and 13 points and 18 rebounds. Those numbers alone are good enough reason to name Bowling 13th Region co-Player of the Week.

But we’re not finished just yet.

Barbourville’s Alexander Phipps has turned in a tremendous effort this past week. During the Tigers two games, Phipps has scored 49 points while hitting 14-of-19 shot attempts from three-point range. Those numbers are good enough to make Phipps 13th Region co-Player of the Week.

Girls Player of the Week

Harlan senior Kelly Cox made her season debut against Upperman, Tenn., during the Candy Cane Classic at South Laurel High School. Those that don’t know, Cox’s basketball career was thought to be finished after having heart surgery just a couple of weeks ago.

But she fought hard to get back in shape and she managed to score six points during the Lady Green Dragons’ 53-44 win. Cox also managed to score three points during Harlan’s 46-36 loss to South Laurel and finished the Candy Cane Classic with a three-point effort against Harlan County — pretty impressive with everything she has gone through during the past month, and good enough to earn Player of the Week honors in the 13th Region.

Underrated no more

I know I mentioned just how underrated Clay County’s Marty Bowling is, but another player that fits the mold is Barbourville’s Devon Mills.

Mills has scored at least 20 points a game in every Tiger contest this season. He’s averaging more than 20 points a game and is a duel-threat on both offense and defense for Barbourville.

Red Bird’s triple-double man

If he’s not scoring 40 points a game, then Red Bird’s Erik Young is doing something else impressive. Young recorded a triple-double (scored 34 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and finished with 11 assists) during the Cardinals’ 72-60 win over Tennessee’s J. Frank White last week. Since I was off on vacation last week, I felt like this needed to still get in.

Injury update

Just when it looked as if the Knox Central Panthers were getting healthy, they took another hit during the Williamsburg Holiday Tournament. Starting guard Mathew Barger had already missed four games this season and will be out a couple of more weeks after returning to play in the Williamsburg Holiday Tournament and injuring his hip in the title game.

Corbin’s Jaclyn Jewell was turning in one of her best efforts of the season during Orlando’s KSA Events before injuring her hand against Alabama’s Pisgah High School. The freshman guard had scored a team-best 22 points while hitting all six of her three-point attempts.

According to coach Jennifer Parsons, it looks as if Jewell will be out at least four weeks

Closer look at the 13th Region Girls All ‘A’ Tournament

The 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic Girls Basketball Tournament quarterfinal action begins today at Williamsburg High School and the game everyone is talking about is the Lynn Camp/Barbourville matchup.

Both schools are off to fantastic starts with the Lady Tigers bringing in an impressive 12-3 mark while the Lady Wildcats are 11-3. Many are tagging this game as the “title game” and it might be.

Barbourville is 1-0 against Lynn Camp this season by pulling out a slim 32-29 win during the Bowman Memorial Classic, as Amber Mills led the way with 14 points.

The Lady Wildcats turned in a solid defensive effort, limiting the Lady Tigers to 10-of-54 shooting from the floor.

So with that said, I do believe the winner of that game will win the regional crown, but you need to keep an eye on Pineville and Harlan, too, and home standing Williamsburg will be a threat.

So who is going to win?

Well, I’m thinking the Lady Tigers will get to hang a banner at Barbourville High School gym soon.

WYMT Mountain Classic

Three 13th Region teams will participate in the 26th Annual WYMT Mountain Basketball Classic, which tips-off Tuesday at Perry Central High School.

Defending 13th Region champion North Laurel will face-off against Breathitt County Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. while Harlan County and Hazard face-off Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. followed by Clay County vs. Perry Central.

The Tigers vs. the Commodores should be an interesting matchup with former Clay County coach Kevin Spurlock going against the yellow and black.

2013 Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament

It’s never too early to talk about the 2013 Christmas tournament's field and it’s going to be a dandy Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament field in 2013.

This past year’s tournament only had six teams, but after talking to Tournament Director Benny Hinkle, this year’s tournament will go back to eight teams with the following teams participating — South Carolina’s Chessne High School, North Carolina’s Vance High School along with host and defending champion Corbin, Clay County, Monroe County, Knott County Central and Rockcastle County.

Boys top games this week


Lynn Camp at Pineville


Middlesboro at Corbin

Knox Central at Barbourville

North Laurel vs. Breathitt Co. at Perry Central


Harlan Co. vs. Hazard at Perry Central

Clay Co. at Perry Central


Williamsburg at Jackson County

Lynn Camp at Knox Central

Boys top games this past week

Clay County 68, Jackson County 67 — The Tigers remained unbeaten in 49th District play, as Tyler McDaniel scored 18 of his game-high 27 points during the fourth quarter. The Generals led 33-27 at halftime and 53-42 going into the fourth quarter before McDaniel and Stephon Lyttle rallied the troops, as Clay County outscored Jackson County, 26-14.

South Laurel 62, North Laurel 53 — The Cardinals surprised their cross-town counterparts by picking up a nine-point win over the defending 13th Region champions.

Pineville 44, Knox Central 39 — The Panthers were without the services of guard Matthew Barger and it showed during their five-point loss to 51st District rival Pineville. Knox Central turned the ball over 20 times in the loss.

Pulaski County 90, Corbin 65 — The Maroons handed the Redhounds a 25-point home loss on New Year’s Day and showed why they are considered the best team in the 12th Region. The trio of Taylor Gover, Tyler Goins and Cody Johnson combined to score 59 points for Pulaski County.

Harlan County 75, Harlan 55 — Harlan built an early 11-6 lead against rival Harlan County, but in the end, the Black Bears were just too much as they pulled out an impressive 20-point 52nd District win.

Bell County 97, Middlesboro 76 — The Bobcats picked up a huge 21-point win over rival Middlesboro and could turn out to be one of the region’s top teams by season's end. Bell County was red-hot from the floor, hitting 33-of-56 shot attempts, including a nine-of-10 effort from three-point range.

Barbourville 80, Lynn Camp 50 — The Tigers connected with 14 three-pointers during the win, as Alexander Phipps and Devon Mills accounted for 12 of them.

Girls top games this week


Lynn Camp vs. Barbourville at Williamsburg

Harlan County at Hazard

Lincoln County at Whitley County

Corbin at South Laurel


Whitley County at Corbin

Girls top games this past week

Harlan County 59, Clay County 49 — For just the second time this season, the Clay County Lady Tigers lost to a 13th Region foe as the Harlan County Lady Black Bears knocked them off 59-49. Harlan County has the 13th Region's best record at 17-1 (9-0 against 13th Region foes), while Clay County falls to 11-3 (4-2 in 13th Region) after the loss.

Whitley County 68, Lynn Camp 42 — Lynn Camp entered with the region’s second-best record at 11-2 while Whitley was 10-3. The Lady Colonels showed why they are the top-ranked team in the 13th Region by forcing Lynn Camp into 16 turnovers and limiting the Lady Wildcats to only 13-of-42 shooting from the floor during their 26-point win. The Lady Colonels finished the game with nine made three-pointers.

Harlan County 39, Harlan 25 — The Lady Black Bears shot only 22 percent and had to come back to knock off 52nd rival Harlan. The Lady Green Dragons led by as many as six points before seeing Harlan County rally to win.

Boys individual highlights

Barbourville’s Devon Mills scored 20 points and hit four three-pointers while teammate Alexander Phipps connected with five three-pointers and scored 19 points during the Tigers’ 87-60 win over Riverside Christian Tuesday.

Corbin’s Kevin Goins scored 14 points during the Redhounds’ 90-65 loss to Pulaski County Tuesday.

Harlan County’s Tyler Miller scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds while teammates Alex Sergent and Tyler Brewer each scored 14 points apiece during the Black Bears’ 75-55 win over Harlan Thursday. Drew Parks and Isaiah Johnson each scored 12 points apiece for the Green Dragons.

Clay County’s Tyler McDaniel scored 27 points (18 coming in the fourth quarter) to help guide the Tigers past Jackson County, 68-67, Friday. Jacob Hammonds and Zach Lawson each scored 18 points apiece for the Generals.

Barbourville’s Alexander Phipps scored 30 points while Devon Mills added 21 during the Tigers, 80-50, win over Lynn Camp Friday. Zach Smith scored 14 points in the loss for the Wildcats.

South Laurel’s Zac Baxter scored 24 points to help guide the Cardinals past North Laurel Friday, 62-53.

Robbie Igo came up big for Corbin, scoring 18 points during the Redhounds’ 64-56 win over Williamsburg Friday. Corey Shelton led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points.

Whitley County’s Michael Powers scored 21 points during the Colonels’ 65-50 win over Leslie County.

Bell County’s Tyler Potter scored 34 points while Josh Asher (18 points) and Cody Ferguson (15 points) scored in double figures during the Bobcats’ 97-76 win over Middlesboro Friday. Donnie Foister led the Yellow Jackets with 26 points while Austin Poindexter scored 19.

Girls Individual highlights

Corbin freshman Jaclyn Jewell scored 22 points and connected on six-of-six shot attempts from three-point range during the Lady Redhounds’ 64-33 win over Alabama’s Pisgah High School Monday.

Harlan County’s Sarah Evans scored 14 points during the Lady Black Bears’ 39-25 win over Harlan Thursday. Teammate Brooklyn Massingill scored 10 points in the win while Harlan’s Jourdan Ledford scored 10 in the loss.

Whitley County’s Brandi Smith was presented with her 1,000th career point basketball before her team’s game against Lynn Camp and she continued her scoring ways Thursday by pouring in a 20-point effort against the Lady Wildcats. Teammate Maria Johnson added 12 points during the 68-42 Lady Colonel win while Lynn Camp’s Kayla Smith scored 14 points.

Barbourville’s Kara Erslan scored 20 points during the Lady Tigers’ 74-59 win over North Laurel Friday while Amber Mills added 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Knox Central’s Jenna Mills scored 24 points to lead Knox Central past Pineville in overtime Friday, 56-54.

Even without the services of Maci Morris, Bell County managed to get by Middlesboro Friday, 68-47. Katrina Johnson led the way with 17 points while Morgan Garnett (16 points) and Jess Sanders (14 points) followed.

Corbin’s Miranda Wilson scored 23 points during the Lady Redhounds’ 78-41 win over Williamsburg Friday. Carrisa Conlin led the Lady Yellow Jackets with 16 points.

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