CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Boys Player of the Week
South Laurel’s Zac Baxter scored 48 points in two games this week, including a 31-point effort during Saturday’s 82-71 Cardinal win against Barbourville that saw the sophomore guard hit nine three-pointers.
Girls Player of the Week
Whitley County’s Brandi Smith came through big against rival Williamsburg by dishing out 27 points during the Lady Colonels’ lone game this week.
First round losses
The Middlesboro Yellow Jackets fell to Owen County, 46-38, Thursday during first round action of the Boys All ‘A’ State Tournament despite limiting their opponent to 14-of-34 shooting while forcing 19 turnovers.
The Pineville Mountain Lady Lions didn’t fare much better. They were outscored 19-3 during first quarter action against NewCath and could never recover — eventually losing, 58-32, in first round play of Thursday’s Girls All ‘A’ State Tournament.
Lynn Camp’s Matt Trosper recorded his second triple-double in as many weeks during Lynn Camp’s 64-46 win over Brown Saturday. The Wildcat guard’s final stat line was — 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
Future is bright
Corbin’s Middle School has turned in some impressive success the past two weeks. The Redhounds’ sixth and eighth grade basketball teams captured their respective 13th Region title and on Sunday, the sixth grade squad captured the state championship with a 52-47 win over Lebanon. Corbin’s Cameron Maguet scored a total of 137 points in the tournament, including a 20-point effort in the title game, which in turn, earned him the State Tournament MVP award.
Boys top games this week
Pineville at Clay County
Middlesboro at Harlan County
Jackson County at Barbourville
Thursday, Jan. 31
Jackson County at Knox Central
Friday, Feb. 1
Middlesboro at Bell County
South Laurel at North Laurel
Perry Central at Harlan County
Lexington Catholic at Clay County
Boys top games this past week
South Laurel 77, Corbin 75 2OT — The game lived up to the hype. I guess you could say this was an instant classic as both teams battled for 40 minutes and with the outcome finally being decided on a last-second layup by the Cardinals’ Austin Schaser. The win also snapped South Laurel’s 11-game losing skid to Corbin, which dated back to Jan. 29, 2009.
Harlan County 55, Knox Central 45 — The Black Bears erased the memory of losing to Bell County by picking up the 10-point win at home against Knox Central, but give the Panthers credit, they are young and talented and only trailed by five points with three minutes remaining — let’s not forget Knox Central is still without the services of leading scorer Matt Barger.
Clay County 57, Bell County 55 — The Bobcats were trying to pull off their second straight upset in the region, but fell just short, losing to Clay County Tuesday by two points. Bell County led Clay County going into the fourth quarter 45-41 before being outscored 16-10 during the game’s final eight minutes.
Corbin 59, Bell County 57 — Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds found themselves in another battle just days after falling in double overtime to South Laurel. But this time around, Corbin got the win, as Kaleb Maguet knocked down a last-second shot to give the Redhounds a 59-57 win over a much-improved Bell County squad Thursday.
Girls top games this week
Barbourville at Clay County
Thursday, Jan. 31
Madison Central at Clay County
Friday, Feb. 1
Corbin at Whitley County
Barbourville at Knox Central
Girls top games this past week
Clay County 47, Bell County 42 — The four-time defending 13th Region champions showed everyone on Log Mountain Monday the road to the 13th Region title still goes through Manchester by defeating the red-hot Lady Bobcats by five points.
Barbourville 61, Lynn Camp 57 — The Lady Tigers managed to clinch the 51st District’s top seed by rallying back from a seven-point deficit to knock off Lynn Camp. Barbourville outscored the Lady Wildcats 35-26 in the second half.
Boys individual highlights
Devon Mills scored 26 points for Barbourville, but it wasn’t enough as Harlan pulled out a 55-48 win over the Tigers Monday. Drew Parks led the Green Dragons with 11 points.
Oneida Baptist’s John Waithaka scored 39 points during the Mountaineers’ 87-61 win over 49th District foe Red Bird Tuesday. The Cardinals’ Erik Young scored 26 points in the loss.
Whitley County’s Michael Powers poured in a game-high 28 points during the Colonels’ 70-63 win over Williamsburg Tuesday while Boston Bryant added 16 points. The Yellow Jackets’ Skylar Griffith scored 26 points in the loss while teammate Corey Shelton added 20 points.
Lynn Camp’s Austin Maier had a breakout game during the Wildcats’ 74-40 win by scoring 27 points while Skylar McFarland added 18 points.
Aaron Caldwell scored 16 points to lead Harlan County past Knox Central Tuesday, 55-45. Jeffrey Adams led the Panthers with 17 points while teammate Dustin Hensley added 15.
South Laurel’s Blake Sanders scored 20 points to lead the Cardinals past Corbin in double overtime Tuesday, 77-75. Robbie Igo led the Redhounds with 17 points.
Clay County’s Tyler McDaniel scored 19 points on nine-of-17 shooting while Marty Bowling finished with 12 points and nine rebounds during the Tigers’ 57-55 win over Bell County Tuesday. Tyler Potter led the Bobcats with 17 points.
Corbin’s Hunter Grubb scored 16 points during the Redhounds’ 59-57 win on the road against Bell County Thursday. Tyler Potter led the Bobcats with 24 points.
Middlesboro’s Donnie Foister scored 16 points during his team’s 46-38 loss to Owen County Thursday.
Lynn Camp’s Matt Trosper scored 18 points while grabbing 12 boards and dishing out 10 assists during the Wildcats’ 64-46 win over Brown Saturday. Teammate Zach Smith turned in a solid effort with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Zac Baxter hit nine three-pointers and scored a game-high 31 points to help the Cardinals past Barbourville Saturday, 82-71. Teammate Matt Slavey scored 16 points while the Tigers were led in scoring by Devon Mills’ 22-point effort.
North Laurel eighth grader Peyton Broughton scored 19 points while having seven steals and eight rebounds during the Jaguars’ 75-55 win over Whitley County Saturday. Teammate Jake Allen added 15 points while Whitley County’s Boston Bryant led all scorers with 23 points.
Girls individual highlights
Harlan eighth-grader Emma Bianchi led the Lady Green Dragons with 16 points during their 80-40 win over J. Frank White Monday.
Clay County’s Cheyenne Madden scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds during the Lady Tigers’ 47-42 win over Bell County Monday.
Lynn Camp’s Kayla Smith and Heather Wilson combined to score 33 points during the Lady Wildcats’ 56-41 win over Middlesboro Monday. Seventh grader Blair Green led the Lady Yellow Jackets with a game-high 20 points.
Harlan County’s Sarah Evans scored 18 points and finished with 11 rebounds during the Lady Black Bears’ 54-40 win over Barbourville Monday. Teammate Brooklyn Massingill tossed in a game-high 21 points in the win.
Brandi Smith came out on fire against Williamsburg Tuesday and led the way with 27 points as the Lady Colonels won, 68-62. Teammate Mariah Johnson added 18 points while Bethani Powers scored 15. Tarrah Davis scored 18 points for the Lady Yellow Jackets while Carissa Conlin scored 17.
Cassi Shippy scored 14 points Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Panthers fell to Corbin, 55-43. Miranda Wilson led the Lady Redhounds with 13 points.
Taylor Arthur scored 20 points while Cassandra Johnson added 12 during South Laurel’s 56-51 win over Williamsburg Thursday. Tarrah Davis led the Lady Yellow Jackets with 20 points.
Kara Erslan scored 22 points while Kelsey Erslan added 17 to help guide Barbourville past Lynn Camp Thursday, 61-57. Jessica May led the Lady Wildcats with 21 points while Kayla Smith added 13.