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January 16, 2013

Richard Jones and Lady Wildcats came oh, so close


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Les Dixon

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.

Revisiting the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic Girls Tournament

Richard Jones’ Lynn Camp Lady Wildcats were oh, so close of capturing their first-ever 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic championship this past week, but fell a few points short of reaching their goal.

Now many will and have argued that Pineville’s last-second three-point attempt to tie and send the game into overtime shouldn’t have counted — what are my thoughts on that? Well, I’m not going to get too deep into it, but when the buzzar sounded, I was adding up game totals.

It would have been a good story seeing Jones and his group of Lady Wildcats capture the title. They pulled off the big upset over Barbourville to begin the tournament and had to survive a scare against Middlesboro to reach the finals.

But make no mistake about it, Pineville has a very good team. I really like the Lady Mountain Lions’ never-quit attitude — they could have easily folded numerous times during the game, but kept plugging away.

Congrats goes out to Pineville coach Matt Schafer and his players for advancing to the All ‘A’ Classic State Tournament.

What a win

Corbin coach Jennifer Parsons has to be happy with the way her team is playing now. She continued to show why she’s one of the best coaches in the state by leading her Lady Redhounds past defending 13th Region champion Clay County Monday, 57-56.

If you like nailbiting action, Monday’s game had it. Holli Disney led Corbin with 16 points, but it was a key assist by Disney with seconds remaining in the game that sealed the win for the Lady Redhounds. Disney found a wide-open Miranda Wilson and Wilson put the ball in the basket to give her team its first win in 16 tries against Clay County.

Red Bird’s Erik Young

I haven’t seen Red Bird’s Erik Young play yet, but he’s leading the 13th Region in scoring with a 30.3 scoring average while scoring 40-plus points in four games this season. Is it me or does Red Bird coach John D. Wilson always have a solid scorer on his team?

Sweet 16 Draw Show

The Draw Show for the 2013 KHSAA Boys and Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls State Basketball Tournament will take place Friday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. CWKYT will provide a live broadcast of the pairings along with a live feed available online at www.khsaa.tv.

13th Region’s unbeatens

Only three teams remain unbeaten against 13th Region opponents this season and they are the Harlan County Black Bears (8-0), the Harlan County Lady Black Bears (9-0) and the Whitley County Lady Colonels (5-0).

This could turn out to be a special year for the Harlan County boys and girls basketball programs. They both are searching for their first 13th Region titles and have a chance to accomplish the feat on their homecourt this season, if they can avoid opening round upsets in the 52nd district tournament.

13th Region Tournament boys     elimination games

We’re still a while away before the district tournaments in the 13th Region tip-off, but it’s never too early to take a look at upcoming match-ups in the district tournaments. This we know — Pineville and Knox Central will meet in the 51st District semifinals, which means one of those teams will not be moving on to the 13th Region Tournament. A potential elimination matchup in the 49th District Tournament between North Laurel and Jackson County will more than likely take place unless North Laurel can win out in district play and then get a Jackson County win over Clay County, which would turn into a three-way tie for the No. 1 seed and to be honest, I don’t know what the tiebreaker is.