Saturday’s “Crestline Scores & Events”
The 13th Region favorite,Bell Co Lady Cats became the 52nd District Champions with a 68-56 win over the Harlan Lady Dragons Thursday night. Both teams advance to the 13th Region Tournament opening Monday at The Arena in Corbin. Bell County will play either Lynn Camp, Whitley County or North Laurel in the first round. Harlan will play either Barbourville, Corbin or Clay County. The all-tournament team was led by Morris as the most valuable and also included Garnett, Smith, Jessica Sanders and Johnson. Brock, Jourdan Ledford, Bianchi and King represented Harlan. Shannon Shackleford and Brooklyn Massingill were selected from Harlan County. Morgan Thompson and Blair Green were picked from Middlesboro. Harlan County won the cheerleading competition with Bell County placing second.
Bell County’s basketball program is accustomed to winning championships — the Bobcats won 11 straight district titles from 1998 to 2008 and were 13th Region champions in 2011. So getting knocked out in the district semifinals by Middlesboro in each of the past two season hasn’t set too well. The Bobcats broke that two-year title drought, and earned a measure of revenge, on Friday with an emphatic 76-50 win on the Jackets’ home court in the 52nd District championship game. Both Bell County (20-10) and Middlesboro (10-20) will advance to next week’s 13th Region Tournament at The Arena in Corbin. The Bobcats will play either Barbourville, Williamsburg or Jackson County in the first round while the Jackets will face either Knox Central, Corbin or Clay County. The draw takes place on Sunday at The Arena in Corbin. Joining Tournament MVP Jake Patterson on the All-Tournament team were fellow Bobcat starters Tyler Potter, Josh Asher, Chase Woolum and Zach Partin. Middlesboro was represented by Donnie Foister, Austin Poindexter, Brandon Hale and Tyler Prater. Rounding out the team were Harlan’s Aaron Simpson and Manny Davis and Harlan County’s Cameron Carmical and Treyce Spurlock.
In other District Tournament games: The Letcher Co Central Lady Cougars are the 53rd District Champions for the 3rd year in a row, beating Knott Co Central 61-58. The boys 53rd District Champion will be determined today between Knott Co Central and Cordia at 7pm.
Hazard boys became the 54th District Champs by beating Perry Co Central 59-56, for the 54th District girls, Perry Co Central became the champs beating Leslie Co. 76-57.
Knox Central boys beat Barbourville 54-53 for the 51st District Championship, in the girls game Barbourville became the champs beating Lynn Camp 58-46.
In other sports: The next UK Wildcats game will be held tonight at 6pm at Columbia, S.C. against South Carolina. The Lady Cats will play at home Sunday, Mar. 2 against Vanderbilt at 4pm.
The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Race will be held March 2nd at the Phoenix International Raceway at 3pm in the Profit on CNBC 500 race.
(Some information for scores and events for Saturday, March 1st, courtesy of Middlesboro Daily online, Harlan Daily online, ukathletics.com, KSHAA and Sporting News/NASCAR)