Jackson shocks Corbin, advances to matchup with North in regional finals


Les Nicholson

Jackson County’s Abby Gilbert (left) and Kena Ward congratulated each other in the closing minutes of the Lady Generals’ 63-43 upset of Corbin in the 13th Region Tournament semifinals on Saturday afternoon.

By John Henson, Managing Editor

Jackson County’s Kylee Shannon went up for two of her team-high 26 points on Saturday in the Lady Generals’ 63-43 win over Corbin in the 13th Region Tournament semifinals. Shannon hit 10 of 13 shots. (Les Nicholson)

A dominating first half by Jackson County sent Corbin to one of the most shocking and decisive losses for a defending champion in tournament history.
The Lady Generals built a 42-14 halftime lead on the way to a 63-43 victory by shooting 61 percent (17 of 28) in the first half. Corbin shot only 22 percent (six of 27) in the first half and missed all seven 3-point attempts.
Kylee Shannon scored 26 points to lead the 18-13 Lady Generals. Kenady Ward and Abby Gilbert added 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Bailey Stewart paced the 22-8 Lady Hounds with 16 points.
Jackson outscored Corbin 23-4 in the second quarter after leading 19-10 after one period. Gilbert started a late run with a three-point play, then two straight baskets by Ward pushed the lead to 32-14 with 3:45 left in the half. A 3-pointer by Madison Marcum was followed by two baskets from Shannon before another 3 by Madison Marcum pushed the lead to 28 at the break.
Corbin picked up its defensive pressure in the third quarter and cut into the lead but a couple of baskets by Gilbert and two free throws from Ward, then a pass from Ward to Shannon in the final seconds helped Jackson take a 54-27 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Hounds shot 29 percent (17 of 58) for the game while Jackson hit 26 of 46 shots for 57 percent. Jackson owned a 33-17 advantage on the boards, led Ward and Gilbert with 11 rebounds each.
North Laurel advanced with a. 67-63 win over South Laurel in the opening game as the Lady Jags held off a late rally.
Sophomore wing Brooke Nichelson scored 28 points to lead the 28-6 Lady Jaguars. Senior guard Emily Sizemore added 24 points.
The 19-15 Lady Cardinals were led by senior guard Emily Cox and eighth-grade forward Peyton Mabe with 17 points each. Shelbie Mills added 11.
North Laurel (67) — Jalyn Black 2, Bella Sizemore 10, Brooke Nichelson 28, Emily Sizemore 24, Gracie McKnight 3, Chloe McKnight 0, Marielle Claybrook 0.
South Laurel (63) — Maci Messer 5, Emily Cox 17, Shelbie Mills 11, Kenlea Murray 3, Peyton Mabe 17, Aubrey Bundy 6, Jamie Buenaventura 4, Sydney Blanton 0.

South Laurel 5 21 11 26 — 63
North Laurel 17 12 19 19 — 67
Jackson County (63) — Kylee Shannon 26, Abby Gilbert 13, Kenady Ward 14, Madison Marcum 8, Jenna Creech 2.
Corbin (43) — Bailey Stewart 16, Kallie Housley 8, Raegan Walker 1, Darcie Anderson 2, Kylie Clem 9, Mahayla Jordan 2, Sida Hill 4, Izzy Walker 1.

Jackson County 19 23 12 9 — 63
Corbin 10 4 13 16 — 43

North Laurel guard Brooke Nichelson drove around South Laurel’s Peyton Mabe in 13th Region Tournament action Saturday. Nichelson scored 28 points in the Lady Jaguars’ 67-63 victory. (Les Nicholson)