North Laurel wins Girls’ 13th Region Tournament, punches ticket to Sweet 16

WYMT Weekend Edition News at 11 p.m.
Published: Mar. 4, 2023 at 11:45 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2023 at 9:37 PM EST
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CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - The North Laurel Lady Jaguars were crowned 13th Region Tournament champions Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Jaguars took down the Jackson County Generals with a 42-39 win.

“It means a lot because of my kids, my players, especially our Senior leader Emily Sizemore,” said North Laurel head girls basketball coach Eddie Mahan. “I think our girls from the very get go when we where talking in the WYMT previews where talking so much about they wanted this one for her. Chloe Mcknight really was pressuring that, that selfless type of mentality is the reason where wining right now.”

It was a close game, with Jackson County leading at halftime 19-16.

However, North Laurel stormed back, outscoring the Lady Generals 15-9 in the fourth quarter.

Emily Sizemore led all scorers with 21 points, also adding five rebounds and two assists.

“It’s the best feeling ever, I’ve told them all year it’s ours to lose we only had two girls left on the 2019 region team and I told them it’s the most unbelievable feeling to hear your name being a 13th Region title holder,” said north laurel senior guard Emily Sizemore. “It’s the best way I could go out as a senior. I’m so glad to have these girls it’s just an unbelievable feeling. I’m glad I’m standing here today a winner.”

For Jackson County, Kenady Ward scored 12 points, while Kylee Shannon scored ten. Abby Gilbert pulled in 14 rebounds.

North Laurel will face Frederick Douglass in the first round of the KHSAA Sweet 16. The game tips off on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at Rupp Arena.

You can buy tickets to the Sweet Sixteen here