High school basketball season tipped off on Monday, and of course that means it’s time to tip off the girls version of the Fear ‘Les’ 13th Region Basketball Rankings.
Things are going to get interesting in a hurry with two big games being played today at North Laurel’s Legacy Nissan Classic.
Top-ranked South Laurel will play No. 2 Clay County at 6 p.m. while North Laurel and Corbin will follow.
1. South Laurel (1-0 overall, 1-0 vs. 13th Region opponents)
The Lady Cardinals cruised to an easy 90-54 win over McCreary Central to begin the season.
If you like fast-paced basketball then you’re going to love watching South Laurel play. Coach Chris Souder has been installing his style of play during the Lady Cardinals' first four practices with him.
Ally Collett scored 24 points while Amerah Steele added 23 points and Dianna Morgan finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds during South Laurel’s win over McCreary Central.
The Lady Cardinals have a big matchup today against No. 2 Clay County. Many prognosticators expect these two teams to be battling it out come March.
2. Clay County (1-0, 1-0)
Four players scored in double figures during the Lady Tigers’ 81-57 win over Harlan on Tuesday.
Junior Kaylee Mathis had a huge game, scoring 39 points while hitting 15-of-19 shot attempts from the floor.
Mathis continues to show she’s one of the top players in the region and state. Taylor Asher had 13 points while Summer Parker added 12 points and four rebounds. Shelby Phillips finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Like I said earlier, today’s game between Clay County and South Laurel is going to be a dandy.
3. North Laurel (0-1, 0-0)
The Lady Jaguars dropped their season opener to Wayne County on Tuesday.
North Laurel was outscored 20-11 during the fourth quarter and lost, 57-55.
Gracie Jervis hit five 3-pointers in the loss and scored a team-high 15 points while Isabel Gray added 10 points. Hailee Valentine and Raegan Hubbard each finished with eight points apiece.
The Lady Jaguars will be back in action today against Corbin.
4. Harlan County (0-0, 0-0)
The Lady Black Bears lost a lot of talent off of last year’s team, so it’s going to be interesting to see just how they’ll stack up in the region this season.
Harlan County’s first test will be a road contest today against Virginia’s Lee High School.
5. Knox Central (0-0, 0-0)
The Lady Panthers enter the season with high expectations and they should, especially with both Presley Partin and Emily Davis returning from last season.
Knox Central will be on the road Friday against Perry County Central.
6. Williamsburg (0-0, 0-0)
The Lady Yellow Jackets are another team that have high expectations this season.
Many expect Williamsburg to make another run at the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic championship.
Both Lillie Hall and Lillie Abbott return, which gives the Lady Yellow Jackets one of the best backcourts in the region.
7. Jackson County (1-0, 1-0)
The Lady Generals picked up a 64-45 win over Barbourville on Tuesday.
Jackson County is a team to keep an eye on. The Lady Generals could very well have enough talent to crack the top five this season.
8. Corbin (0-0, 0-0)
The Lady Redhounds open their season today against North Laurel. We are going to see just how much Corbin has improved during this game against the Lady Jaguars.
9. Whitley County (0-2, 0-2)
The Lady Colonels have gotten off to a slow start under first-year coach David Halcomb, but they have played well.
Kaelie Frazier hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points during the loss to Oneida, Tennessee on Tuesday.
10. Lynn Camp (1-0, 1-0)
The Lady Wildcats opened the season with a big 65-33 win over Jellico, Tennessee.
Lynn Camp will try to continue its success during this weekend’s Trinity Shootout Tournament. The Lady Wildcats will face Owensboro, Frederick Fraize and Murray in a two-day span.