Corbin upsets North, South edges Jackson in regional semifinals


Les Nicholson

Corbin’s Bailey Stewart split the North Laurel defense durin the Lady Hounds’ upset win Friday in the 13th Region Tournament semifinals.

By Les Dixon, Corbin Times Tribune

CORBIN — The Corbin Lady Redhounds are one win away from capturing their first 13th Region championship since 2014 after knocking off tournament favorite North Laurel on Friday, 58-46.

The Lady Redhounds (24-6) took the lead for good with 3:40 remaining in the first quarter and never looked back.

Isaac Wilson’s squad took the Lady Jaguars’ best punch, a 15-2 run in the third quarter, and outscored North Laurel (24-6) the remainder of the game, 20-10.

Kallie Housley turned in another impressive effort for Corbin, connecting on 8-of-16 shot attempts while finishing with a game-high 17 points. She also had a team-best eight rebounds while finishing with two assists. Bailey Stewart played a big role in the Lady Redhounds’ success as well, scoring 15 points while pulling down six rebounds. Shelby Stewart, Darcie Anderson, and Raegan Walker each scored eight points apiece.

Corbin hit 24-of-59 shot attempts from the floor, including a 2-of-13 effort from 3-point range. The Lady Redhounds outrebounded North Laurel, 33-26, while forcing the Lady Jaguars into 11 turnovers.

Isaac Wilson’s squad also turned in a solid performance on defense, limiting North Laurel to 17-of-51 shooting from the floor, and a 4-of-10 effort from 3-point range.

Lady Jaguar leading scorer Hailee Valentine was limited to nine points on 3-of-14 shooting while Emily Sizemore led North Laurel with a 12-point, seven-rebound, and three-assist effort. Gracie McKnight and Bella Sizemore each finished with seven points apiece.

Corbin came out and the first half, and looked like a team on a mission.

After North Laurel took a 3-2 advantage with 4:08 thanks to an old-fashioned 3-point play by Chloe McKnight, the Lady Redhounds shifted their offense into another gear.

Baskets by Laurel Faulkner and Housley increased Corbin’s edge to 11-5 while free throws by Chloe McKnight and Bella Sizemore cut the Lady Jaguars’ deficit to 11-8 at the end of the first quarter.

Darcie Anderson’s 3-point basket to open the second half pushed Corbin’s advantage to 14-8 but a layup by Brooke Nichelson triggered a 5-0 run for North Laurel as Valentine’s two free throws cut her’s team’s deficit to 16-15.

The Lady Redhounds responded with a run of their own.

Baskets by Becky Stewart and Housley increased Corbin’s lead to 20-15 with 3:04 remaining in the first half. The Lady Jaguars made the score 24-19 with a minute remaining before the Lady Redhounds closed out the final minute with a frantic pace of scoring.

A basket by Becky Stewart combined with consecutive baskets by Housley gave Corbin a comfortable, 30-19, advantage at halftime.

North Laurel turned in one of their worst shootings efforts of the season in the first half, connecting on only 6-of-23 shot attempts while missing its only attempted 3-pointer. The Lady Jaguars had eight turnovers and were outrebounded, 17-16. They also only had two assists compared to Corbin’s eight.

The Lady Redhounds hit 13-of-36 shot attempts, including a 2-of-10 effort from behind the arc while Housley led all scorers with 11 first-half points.

Corbin continued to control the tempo to begin the second half. A basket by Reagan Walker and consecutive baskets by Shelby Stewart increased the Lady Redhounds’ lead to 36-21 with 5:55 remaining in the period.

But then the momentum switched.

A 3-pointer by Emily Sizemore at the 5:30 mark triggered a 15-2 run that saw North Laurel cut its deficit to 38-36 with 1:57 left in the period.

Valentine and Bella Sizemore both connected with a 3-point basket apiece during the rally.

The Lady Redhounds answered with three points to end the third quarter while entering the final quarter of play with a 41-36 lead.

Corbin added to its 3-0 run in the fourth quarter by outscoring North Laurel 7-2 during the first four minutes to put the game away.

Baskets by Shelby Stewart and Bailey Stewart increased the Lady Redhounds’ advantage to 49-38. Housley scored on a reverse layup while Bailey Stewart scored again, pushing Corbin’s advantage to 53-38.

The Lady Jaguars attempted one more rally late but the damage was already done.

Corbin 58, North Laurel 46

North Laurel 8 11 17 10 46

Corbin 11 19 11 17 58

North Laurel (46) — Valentine 9, B. Sizemore 7, Nichelson 5, E. Sizemore 12, G. McKnight 7, C. McKnight 6.

Corbin (58) — Anderson 8, Housley 17, Faulkner 2, Walker 8, B. Stewart 15, S. Stewart 8.


CORBIN — South Laurel captured its eighth straight 13th Region Girls Tournament win after surviving a scare from Jackson County.

With the game tied at 35 apiece with 4:54 remaining, the Lady Cardinals used a 7-2 run to secure a 42-37 win over the Lady Generals.

South Laurel will now face-off against Corbin in Saturday’s 13th Region title game at 7 p.m.

The Lady Redhounds knocked off 49th District champion North Laurel, 58-46, to advance to their first regional championship appearance since 2014.

Both South Laurel and Corbin met during the regular season, splitting a pair of games while the Lady Cardinals beat the Lady Redhounds in last week’s 50th District title game, 61-54.

South Laurel was led in scoring during Friday night’s game against Jackson County by Clara Collins, who finished with 12 points, three rebounds, and two blocked shots. Rachel Presley and Skeeter Mabe both scored nine points apiece. Presley also had eight rebounds, three blocked shots, and three steals while Mabe finished with four rebounds, five assists, and four steals, Gracie Turner scored eight points and had six rebounds while Emily Cox finished with four points, six rebounds, and four steals.

South Laurel shot 14-of-49 from the floor, including a 3-of-14 effort from 3-point range. The Lady Cardinals finished 11-of-23 from the free-throw line and was outrebounded, 30-27. South Laurel only turned the ball over six times while forcing the Lady Generals into 18 miscues.

Both teams went through a feeling-out process in the first quarter but South Laurel still managed to take an 11-8 advantage into the second quarter.

The Lady Cardinals outscored Jackson County, 14-11, in the second quarter, pushing its lead to 25-19 at halftime.

South Laurel shot 8-of-23 in the first half while connecting in 3-of-7 shot attempts from behind the arc. The Lady Cardinals were outrebounded, 15-10, but only turned the ball over once.

Rachel Presley paced the way with nine points while Clara Collins had seven and Peyton Mabe scored five points.

The Lady Generals finished with an 8-of-20 shooting effort in the first half while hitting on 1-of-4 shot attempts from 3-point territory. They turned the ball over nine times with five of those coming off of steals.

Emily Cox extended South Laurel’s edge to 27-19 at the 6:21 mark of the third quarter before Jackson County began to chip away at its deficit.

A 3-pointer by Natalie Carl triggered a 10-4 that saw the Lady Cardinals hold a slim 31-29 advantage with one quarter left to play.

Jackson County opened the fourth quarter with a 3-point basket by Jenna Creech to take a 32-31 advantage but South Laurel answered quickly with a basket by Skeeter Mabe to regain the lead at 33-32 with 7:03 remaining in regulation. Collins followed with a basket of her own to push her team’s lead to 35-32 but a 3-point basket by Jackson County’s Madison Curry tied the game at 35 apiece with 4:54 remaining.

And that’s when South Laurel put the game away.

Consecutive baskets by Gracie Turner made the score 39-35 with 3:45 left while Collins added two free throws at the 1:32 mark, giving the Lady Cardinals a commanding 41-35 advantage.

Jackson County added one final basket with 40 seconds remaining to cut its deficit to 41-37 but couldn’t get any closer.

South Laurel 42, Jackson County 37

South Laurel 11 14 6 11 42

Jackson County 8 11 10 8 37

South Laurel (42) — Collins 12, Turner 8, Cox 4, Presley 9, Mabe 9.

Jackson County (37) — Carl 7, Lakes 3, Curry 3, Gilbert 3, Ward 16, Creech 5.