North Laurel boys repeat as 13th Region champion, head to Rupp Arena for Sweet 16

North Laurel's Reed Sheppard (3), picks up a rebound against Harlan in the first quarterfinal...
North Laurel's Reed Sheppard (3), picks up a rebound against Harlan in the first quarterfinal of the Boys 13th Region Tournament at The Corbin Arena on Wednesday, March 1, 2023(John Lowe)
Updated: Mar. 6, 2023 at 6:30 PM EST
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CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - We have reached the end of the Road to Rupp in the 13th region.

Monday night featured a big time showdown as Reed Sheppard and the North Laurel Jaguars squared off against Brody Wells and the Corbin Redhounds. At the end of the night, North Laurel would once again hoist the 13th Region Championship trophy and head to the KHSAA Sweet 16 with a 70-33 victory.

North Laurel quickly took control early in the ballgame, scoring 10 of the game’s first 12 points. However, Corbin was able to settle down a bit by the end of the quarter, with North Laurel taking a 14-8 lead after one. However, the Jaguars left the jets on in the second quarter. North Laurel doubled up Corbin at the half 32-16.

The second half went similarly to the first, with North Laurel continuing to score quick while making plays on defense. Corbin had a bit of a run midway through the second quarter, but North Laurel continued to extend the lead. North Laurel led 57-23 after three quarters. North Laurel was able to achieve a running clock with under six minutes to play, having stretched the lead to as many as 35 points.

North Laurel’s Reed Sheppard was named 13th Region Tournament MVP at the end of the evening as well.

The Jaguars will face the winner of the 10th Region Championship game next Thursday, March 16, at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Cawood’s Court at Rupp Arena.