CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Knox Central opened the game on a 12-0 run and didn't look back from there on their way to an 80-58 win over North Laurel. The win gave the Panthers their first 13th Region title and trip to the Sweet Sixteen since 1970, ending a 49 year drought.
"Just know what it's meant to this community. I know how much we've wanted this and how much it would mean if we got this region championship," Senior Forward Nick Martin said. "It's been 49 years. It's been too long without one, and you know, to bring one to this community, to this school, it means so much."
"First time in 49 years, you know, it's just the best feeling really. It feels like you're on top of the world and being able to do it with my brothers just makes it so much better," Senior Guard and 13th Region Tournament MVP Jaylen Adams added.
Adams had 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Panthers. Three other Panthers scored in double figures as well.
Landon Young and Reed Sheppard led the way for North Laurel with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Knox Central will open up the Sweet Sixteen against Walton-Verona in the first Sweet Sixteen game. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at Rupp Arena on Wednesday, March 6th.
No play tonight from the 13th Region championship. Just sights and sounds from Knox Central's first 13th Region title since 1970 pic.twitter.com/ns4lC1DUVx— Willie Hope (@WillieWYMT) March 3, 2019