In recognition of National Kidney Month, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) would like to educate the public about their kidney health and urge those in risk categories to schedule a checkup.

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs about the size of a fist, located just below the rib cage, on each side of the spine. Every day, the two kidneys filter waste and excess water out of about 120 to 150 quarts of blood. They also help to regulate blood pressure and direct red blood cell production.

Many issues can arise with the overall health of the kidneys and they can be prone to disease.

“Acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease, diabetic kidney disease, difficult to control blood pressure, kidney stones, dialysis and post Kidney transplant care are some of the things that I treat here at PMC,” said Dr. Chinmay Patel, PMC Nephrologist.

Chronic kidney disease affects about 30 million Americans and millions more are at high risk of developing kidney disease.

“Chronic kidney disease can occur at any age, but it becomes more common with increasing age and is more common in women,” said Dr. Patel. Most show no signs of symptoms until the disease has progressed.

“Most people may not have any severe symptoms until their kidney disease is advanced,” explained Dr. Patel. “Some of the symptoms include tiredness, swelling of feet, need to urinate more often at night, skin itching and muscle cramping.”

Early detection and diagnosing the cause of problems are key in treating kidney disease.

Understanding how to prevent kidney damage is an important factor in overall kidney health.

“Early detection can help prevent kidney disease from progressing to kidney failure,” Dr. Patel explained. “Diagnosis can be done by blood tests to check for serum creatinine and glomerular filtration rate, which measures the level of kidney function and determines the stage of the disease. While urine tests look for protein excretion in urine,” he said. An ultrasound of the kidney can help find cysts, stones and obstructions. Sometimes a biopsy of the kidney is required for accurate diagnosis.

What you eat and drink play a vital role in the health of your kidneys. As a general rule, natural foods are healthier than processed foods.

“A kidney friendly diet is one that is rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds and nuts,” advised Dr. Patel. “This diet is low in salt and sodium, sugars and sweets, fats and red meats.”

It is also important to drink plenty of water. The recommended six to eight glasses per day helps flush out toxins and prevent kidney stones. 

“New research has shown that drinking a lot of sugar-free cola beverages or other carbonated soft drinks might have adverse effects on kidney health,” warned Dr. Patel. “In one study, soda-drinking women had a 30 percent greater reduction in kidney function in 20 years compared with women who did not drink diet soda. Drinking one diet soda daily did not decrease kidney function more than normal. Drinking two or more diet sodas, though, appeared to cause problems,” Dr. Patel advised.

The best way to take care of your kidneys is to manage the factors within your control, like blood pressure, high cholesterol, body weight and blood sugar. It is also important not to smoke and to get plenty of physical activity.

Dr. Patel is located on the 8th floor of the PMC Pam May Clinic Building.

To schedule an appointment for a kidney checkup, please call 606-218-2208.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, March 2, 2018

PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center (APCC) held their fifth-annual Banquet for Life at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center (EXPO) on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.

The event was presented by Community Trust Bank and the EXPO.

Over 500 business and community members came together to celebrate the accomplishments of APCC and show their support.

Cornerstone Christian Church Pastor Paul Potter delivered a prayer before dismissing tables to receive their dinner.

“The Banquet for Life allows us to help mothers and pregnant teenagers secure a brighter future for themselves and their babies,” APCC Director Kay Hammond said. “This year’s banquet was a huge success, I am grateful for the support shown within our community and the numerous amount of hours contributed through our committee to make this event a success.”

Hammond said without the committee, staff and volunteers this event would not be possible.

“The event raises awareness within the community, in addition to raising money to maintain a much needed facility within our region,” she said.

Hammond said funds from the banquet help provide and maintain programs for the center.

“The silent auction fundraiser and table sales brought in a total of  $40,000,” she said. 

Participants enjoyed The Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church Choir, an all men’s choir from Lynch, took part in a large selection of silent auction items and heard a testimony from Sandy Gross. 

Attendees also had the opportunity for a professional photography session with Deneisha Osborne owner of Moments of the Heart Photography and a photo booth.

Among those in attendance was Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, a Prestonsburg native and longtime supporter of the APCC.

“It’s amazing to see how far the event has come over the past five years and what an impact we will be able to make in the lives of others,” Hammond said.

The APCC was founded in 2007 and is a non-profit organization that offers services and support for women, teens and families facing unplanned pregnancies. The group has served over 4,000 participants within the past ten years.

GUEST SPEAKER: Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, a Prestonsburg native and longtime supporter of the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center (APCC), above, addresses the crowd during the fifth-annual Banquet for Life held at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 23. Below, APCC Director Kay Hammond welcomes guests.
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Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 2, 2018

PAINTSVILLE — A large crowd of local businesses and community members from throughout eastern Kentucky gathered to network and share ideas on how to succeed on the professional level during the 19th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium.

“This is a day we celebrate women in business and their success in the business world,” Management Consultant for Pikeville Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Michelle Spriggs said. “We have some really great businesses here today and small businesses owned by women.”

Spriggs said the event empowers those in attendance.

“It’s a wonderful event in the area,” she said. “They leave here motivated and go back to their offices or businesses and take back with them what they learned and utilize it.”

Keynote speaker, Amelia “Mimi” Brown from Detroit, Mich. addressed the crowd on how to effectively strengthen and elevate their leadership vision to new heights.

“You have to reach and get out of your comfort zone to achieve success,” Brown said.

She is passionate about people, leadership and successful businesses.

Brown was recognized as one of Michigan’s Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40, Ms. Michigan Plus America 2015 and a proud contestant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser.

The first breakout session was presented by Regina Becknell, Project Specialist for Eastern Kentucky Mountain Association for Community Economic Development. During the workshop, individuals learned about what all QuickBooks has to offer and how to make it easier to complete their accounting.

The second breakout session was presented by Sarah Bowker, Communications Director for a statewide Community and Economic Development Technical Assistance for the College of Agriculture at University of Kentucky. She discussed finding balance and staying connected on social media.   

During lunch, entertainment was provided by the Pike County Central Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble is made up of talented students from grades nine through twelve and they are known for their mix of jazz and popular standards.

“It’s a really great day to celebrate women and their leadership in the business world or small business community,” Spriggs said. “We do have some men that braved the event and had a really great time.”

SBDC has 12 offices statewide and covers the 10 most eastern counties in Kentucky.

“All of our services are free and everything we do is confidential,” she said. “We really are the best kept secret. We can help you with all of your small business needs and it’s free, you can’t get any better than that.”

For more information call 606-432-5848 or visit

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 2, 2018

Raven Iris Howell, son of Jamie Wolford and Gary Howell, born Feb. 20; weight: 6 lbs., 3 oz.

Deegan Nash Lester, son of Destiny Fouch and Dakota Lester, born Feb.20; weight: 8 lbs., 8 oz.

Jensen Robert Walker Tackett, son of Krystal and Thomas Tackett, born Feb. 20; weight: 8 lbs., 14 oz.

Ayden West Clifton, son of Holly Day, born Feb. 19; weight: 4 lbs., 13 oz.

Nolan Jase Holbrook, son of Robyn and Jason Holbrook, born Feb. 19; weight: 7 lbs., 7 oz.

Jalyn Maree Bray, daughter of Rachel Collins, born Feb. 18; weight: 6 lbs., 14 oz.

Hayden Elizabeth Clark, daughter of Tina and Austin Clark, born Feb. 18; weight: 7 lbs.

Zaylee Brooke Justice, daughter of Allison and Tanner Justice, born Feb. 18; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.

Makala Rae Howell, daughter of Brittany and Joshua Howell, born Feb. 17; weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.

Axel Kane Hamlin, son of Jericca and Mark Hamlin, born Feb. 17; weight: 9 lbs.

Asher Krew Charles, son of Mariah and Dustin Charles, born Feb. 17; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.

Elijah Dean May, son of Leslie Lunsford and Daniel May, born Feb. 16; weight: 6 lbs., 15 oz.

Isaiah James Owens, son of Haylee and Adam Owens, born Feb. 16; weight: 8 lbs., 12 oz.

Lexi Anna Faye Wood, daughter of Erica and Randy Wood Jr., born Feb. 15; weight: 7 lbs., 2.2 oz.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Wanda Marie Reed Baer, 82, of Betsy Layne, passed away Feb. 25. Memorial service planned.

Otis R. Ousley, 88, of Martin, passed away Feb. 23. Funeral, Feb. 27. Burial, Hamilton Cemetery, Martin.  

Joe Eddie Hunt, 53, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 22. Funeral, Feb. 25. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

Wiley Herman Elliott, 68, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 22. Funeral, Feb. 25. Burial, Wright Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

Stella Mae Miller Lafferty, 87, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 21. Memorial service, Feb. 25, First Baptist Church, Prestonsburg.

Clifford Junior Stevenson, 70, of Phelps, passed away Feb. 23. Funeral, Feb. 25. Burial, Bluesprings Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Billy Thornsberry, 74, of Virgie, passed away Feb. 24. Funeral, Feb. 26. Burial, Thornsberry Family Cemetery, Virgie.

Donna Sue Ratliff, 71, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 22. Private services are planned.

Jerri Lynn Justice, 56, of Shelbiana, passed away Feb. 24. Private family funeral planned.

Lois Logan, 86, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 23. Funeral, Feb. 25. Burial, Community Cemetery, Little Leatherwood, Perry County.

Inard Douglas Ramey, 73, of Steele, passed away Feb. 22. Funeral, Feb. 27, Big Rock Church of Christ. Burial, Ramey Cemetery, Steele.

Charles “Cab” Owens, 71, of Mouthcard, passed away Feb. 21. Funeral, Feb. 24. Burial, Dow Brooks Cemetery, Draffin.

Herbert Hoover Goble, 87, of Goble Roberts, passed away Feb. 25. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Funeral, March 1. Burial, Goble Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

Edward Ray Bradley, 54, of Blue River, passed away Feb. 23. Funeral, Feb. 26.

James Norman “Jimmy” Little Jr., 71, of Wheelwright, passed away Feb. 23. Funeral, Feb. 26, Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, Bypro. Burial, Buckingham Cemetery, Bevinsville.

Michelle Leigh Slone, 46, of Mousie, passed away Feb. 21. Funeral, Feb. 25, Garrett First Baptist Church. Burial, Hobert Slone Cemetery, Mousie.

Muril Dale Moore, 46, of McDowell, passed away Feb. 20. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Desert Storm. Funeral, Feb. 23, McDowell First Baptist Church. Burial, Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell.

Friday, March 2, 2018

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil.4:7

There are many robbers of daily peace; bad news and hard circumstances press us from every direction.  Many feel like giving up, but I propose another response. 

Why not allow God to come into your heart? The Peace of God and the Peace with God come by allowing Him to place you into the “Body of Christ.”  The sweet fruit of peace does not come by harder work or greater effort, but by allowing God to plant it in our hearts by the Spirit. 

Trust Him in times of trouble and He will sustain you.  God’s grace is sufficient.  He is able to help and He never fails.  Real peace comes only from the “Prince of Peace”.  Would you allow Him to rule in your heart and your life today?

~ PMC Chaplain Mark Tackett may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Author Name: 
Mark Tackett
Friday, March 2, 2018

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville welcomed Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton to campus on Feb. 21 as the featured speaker for the UPIKE’s Coleman College of Business Speakers and Leadership Series.

Students, faculty, staff and community members gathered in Booth Auditorium to hear how Hampton’s experiences as a student and in the military, business and government shaped her personally and professionally.

Hampton shared the progression of her career path in a corrugated box manufacturing plant, which she credits to an entrepreneurial spirit and a natural curiosity about operations within the organization.

 “It didn’t matter where I was working, I was always wondering what was going on in other departments and how they tied together,” she said. “I wanted to make my organization better.”

While serving in the U.S. Air Force and during her career, Hampton gravitated toward taking on additional duties, which often meant removing herself from her comfort zone. These behaviors, combined with a “heart to serve,” were among her recommendations for those considering political careers.

She advised the group that adaptability, flexibility and an entrepreneurial attitude are valuable qualities in the pursuit of success.

“When entrepreneurs start a business, they don’t have enough resources, they don’t have enough people and there’s no job they won’t do,” said Hampton. “They just want the company to succeed. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset and I have brought that to government.”

She also highlighted the importance of eliminating distractions. “If you’re focused on the mission, it takes a lot of noise out of the equation,” she said.

During her term, Hampton is focusing her efforts on what she refers to as the “4 E’s: Entrepreneurship, Education, Emergency preparedness and being an Example.” She is also working on the Lt. Governor’s Challenge Series, which currently includes the Entrepreneurship Challenge and the Bluegrass Book Buddies Challenge.

“No matter where you work, you can bring an entrepreneurial attitude with you that will not only make your company better, it will get you noticed,” said Hampton.

Dr. Howard Roberts, dean of the Coleman College of Business, said, “Lieutenant Governor Hampton delivered a thought-provoking lecture while sharing her career experiences and encouraging those in attendance to be inquisitive. Her career proves that with an unbridled enthusiasm, one can succeed.”  

For more information about UPIKE’s Coleman College of Business, visit or call 606-218-5020.



ABOVE: Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton (center at top left) participated in the University of Pikeville’s Coleman College of Business Speakers and Leadership Series on Feb. 21. Hampton is pictured with Brenda Maynard, associate professor of business at UPIKE, and Dr. Howard Roberts, dean of the Coleman College of Business.
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Submitted for publication by UPIKE’s Laura Damron
Friday, March 2, 2018

Ashleigh Dotson of Prestonsburg struggled with obesity, high cholesterol and joint pain. She was borderline hyperglycemic and searching for relief.  Her health issues were constant reminders this energetic, high-spirited hairdresser was not living the life she knew she wanted. 

After extensive research she decided to reclaim her life through gastric sleeve surgery at Pikeville Medical (PMC) Wellness and Weight Loss Center. She lost 85 pounds and her health changed for the better.

Dotson said, “I struggled with my weight my entire life.  I was a yo-yo dieter, watching my weight go up and down from a size three to four, to a size 18. I had to get off the weight rollercoaster.”

“I remember meeting Ashleigh the first time.  She was so friendly, full of life and smiling. I could not wait to see what would happen to her after a life- changing sleeve,” said PMC Bariatric Surgeon Amy Johnson, M.D.  “She is a new improved and healthier version of herself.  Amazing!”

“Before surgery, I thought about weight loss surgery but decided to give weight loss on my own, one final try,” she said. “I gave myself a year to see if I could lose the weight. During that time I lost and found the same 35 pounds.”

Dotson says she had no reservations when she decided to have surgery.  As a hairdresser, she had lots of people sit in her chair. Those customers voiced their opinions, regarding her decision, and they were not always supportive.

She said, “Regardless of their motives, I think most of those negative opinions were simply uneducated comments.”

In the beginning she had countless questions.

“I actually got on YouTube and researched vertical sleeve gastrectomy and watched video blogs of other patients and their journeys,” she said. “I got to analyze the pros and cons they shared and I realized there are many common denominators.”

She says a lot of people had very similar stories and that helped her make her decision.

“It helps you keep everything in check and allows you to see their wins and their losses,” she said. “That helped ease my mind.” 

Dotson says she would have surgery again with no reservations because her life is different now.

“This morning I had zero trouble shaving my legs and putting on lotion,” said Dotson. “There are things I can do now that I could not do before. Simple things like putting shoes on, buckling a sandal and crossing my legs are now easy tasks.”

She says she had been smaller before and wanted to live that life again.

As for Dr. Johnson and her staff, Dotson says she was extremely pleased.

“I love all the people on staff.  I was already well acquainted with Sherry Blair, the dietician.  I had done her hair for a very long time and knew her well,” said Dotson. “When I walked in the door she said, ‘you are the perfect candidate.’  I had been picking her brain for a decade about nutrition so she just signed off on me.”

Dotson said Dr. Johnson was very straight forward and no nonsense and she felt comfortable in her hands.

For additional information about the PMC Wellness and Weight Loss Center or to schedule an appointment call 606-218-2205 or visit

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, March 2, 2018

PIKEVILLE — Belfry has reached unchartered waters for the first time in a long time as the Pirates knocked off Shelby Valley, 65-62, to advance to the 15th Region boys’ tournament semifinals with the win at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28.

The Pirates, now 20-12, will face Johnson Central (18-14) on Monday night with a berth in the finals on the line.

Isiah Roblee, who suffered a leg injury midway through the second period, returned in the second half to finish with a game-high 27 points.

Koleston Blankenship followed with 16 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line. Devin Varney and Wilson Harris added 10 each.

Cameron Worrix led the Wildcats (22-9) with 20 points while Blake Burke finished with 17. Cody Potter chipped in 13.

Shelby Valley had an opportunity to send the game into overtime but a last-second, three-point shot hit the iron and came off.


At Pikeville

(Opening Round)


SV (22-9)..................................10  14  18  20 - 62

BF (20-12)..................................9   16  19  21 - 65


Shelby Valley (62) - Cameron Worrix 9 2-2 20; Blake Burke 5(2) 1-2 17; Tanner Bentley 1 0-0 2; Cody Potter 2(2) 3-3 13; Zach Honaker 0(1) 0-0 3; Keian Worrix 1 1-2 3; and Orbie McPeek 2 0-0 4. Totals: 20(5) 7-9 62.

Belfry (65)  - Devin Varney 3 4-7 10; Koleston Blankenship 3 10-10 16; Isiah Roblee 6(3) 6-12 27; Dezmon Roblee 1 0-0 2; Wilson Harris 4 2-3 10; and Ryan Jessie 0 0-3 0. Totals: 17(3) 22-35 65.


Johnson Central......................76


PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central punched it ticket to the 15th Region boys’ tournament semifinals with a 76-65 win over Prestonsburg in a game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28.

The Golden Eagles, now 18-14, will face Belfry on Monday night. Prestonsburg’s season ends at 14-19.

Gabe Ferrell led five Golden Eagles in double figures with 12 points. Jacob Rice added 11 while Isaiah May, Dalton Collins and Bryson Hackney tossed in 10 apiece.

Phil Cornett led the Blackcats with a game-high 23 points. Graham Burchett finished with 14 and Drake Nunnery added 13.

The Golden Eagles built a 28-point lead early in the second half before the Blackcats ralled and closed to within eight.


At Pikeville

(Opening Round)


PB (14-19).................................12  10  14  29 - 65

JC (18-14).................................22  22  15  17 - 76


Prestonsburg (65) - Adam Slone 3 1-3 7; Drake Nunnery 3(2) 1-2 13; Grant Justice 0 1-2 1; Graham Burchett 2(3) 1-1 14; Phil Cornett 5(4) 1-2 23; Gunner Williams 1 2-2 4; and Dalton Trusty 1 1-3 3. Totals: 15(9) 8-14 65.

Johnson Central (76) - Isaiah May 2(1) 3-4 10; Jacob Rice 1(2) 3-4 11; Cory VanHoose 4 1-2 9; Dalton Collins 4 2-2 10; Gabe Ferrel 2(2) 2-3 12;  

Grant Davis 3 1-1 7; Bryson Hackney 4 2-3 10; Braxton Bentley 1 3-4 5; and Dawson Burton 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22(5) 17-23 76.

OPENING ROUND: Shelby Valley’s Cody Potter (10) and Belfry’s Wilson Harris (30) battle for possession of the opening tip in the 15th Region boys’ tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28.
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Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 2, 2018

PIKEVILLE — Floyd Central rallied from a six-point, halftime deficit to take the lead away from Sheldon Clark and hold on for a 49-46 win in the opening round of the girls’ 15th Region tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 27.

Katie Moore poured in a game-high 17 points as the Lady Jaguars improved to 16-9. Abby Maggard followed with 13 and Kaylee Moore tossed in 10.

McKenzie Preston led the Lady Cardinals (15-14) with 14 points while Madison Thompson added 10.


At Pikeville

(15th Region Quarterfinals)


SC (15-14)….............................10  11  8   17 – 46

FC (16-9)……............................9   6  18  16 – 49


Sheldon Clark (46) – Paige Maynard 2(1) 0-2 7; Madison Thompson 5 0-0 10; Ann Von Oettinger 1 2-6 4; McKenzie Preston 3(1) 5-6 14; Fallyne Wefenstette 0(1) 0-0 3; and Kristen Isaac 3 2-3 8. Totals: 14(3) 9-17 46.

Floyd Central (49) – Abby Maggard 3 7-8 13; Katie Moore 6 5-10 17; Kaylee Moore 4 2-3 10; Brooke Stumbo 0 0-2 0; Grace Martin 1 0-0 2; and Kimberly Akers 2 3-4 7. Totals: 16 17-27 49.


Pike Central……......................57

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville pulled away from Pike County Central down the stretch to earn a 68-57 win in the opening round of the girls’ 15th Region tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 27.

The game featured 48 total fouls and 66 free throws combined.

The Lady Panthers, now 23-8, were led by Grace Bartley’s game-high 24 points. Kelsey Jo Tackett followed with 15 and Jaden Edmonds added 14.

Cassidy Mullins led the Lady Hawks (26-6) with 18 points while Kelsi Brinager and Haley Boyd tossed in 11 each.


At Pikeville

(15th Region Quarterfinals)


PK (23-8)….........................…18  14  15  21 – 68

PC (26-6)….........................…15  12  15  15 – 57


Pikeville (68) – Jaden Edmonds 2 10-14 14; Grace Bartley 5(3) 5-8 24; Kelsey Jo Tackett 2(2) 5-6 15; Alivia Gearheart 1 6-6 8; Alexia Wilkerson 0 1-2 1; Madison Thacker 0 2-2 2; Kaitlyn Keathley 1 0-0 2; and Kirsten Cole-Williamson 0 2-4 2. Totals: 11(5) 31-42 68.

Pike Central (57) – Bailey Birchfield 0 3-6 3; Haley Boyd 5 1-2 11; Lexi Newsome 0(1) 2-2 5; Cassidy Mullins 7 4-7 18; Kylea Stanley 3 1-2 7; Kelsi Brinager 2(1) 4-5 11; and Alicen May 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18(2) 15-24 57.


Johnson Central…...................82

Lawrence County…..................49

PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central used a big second-half performance to pull away and beat Lawrence County, 82-49, in the opening round of the girls’ 15th Region tournament being played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 26.

The Lady Eagles, now 18-12, advanced to tonight’s semifinals against Shelby Valley (29-4). Lawrence County’s season ends at 20-9.

Ashlee Belcher poured in a game-high 19 points as the Lady Eagles landed five players in double-figure scoring. Kelci Blair followed with 14 while Jana Jarvis added 13. Sammi Sites tallied 11 and Alaina Castle chipped in 10.

Kelly Davis led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points while Alexis Ratliff added nine.


At Pikeville

(15th Region Quarterfinals)


LC (20-9)…...............................7  16  15  11 – 49

JC (18-12)................................13  19  25  25 – 82


Lawrence County (49) – Hannah Rucker 0(1) 0-0 3; Kendra Spaulding 3 1-2 7; Alexis Ratliff 3 3-5 9; Kelly Davis 6 2-3 14; Kensley Feltner 2 2-2 6; Ellie Webb 1 0-0 2; and Kassidi Cavins 2 4-5 8. Totals: 17(1) 12-18 49.

Johnson Central (82) – Kelci Blair 3(1) 5-6 14; Alaina Castle 3 4-4 10; Sammi Sites 0(3) 2-2 11; Ashlee Belcher 4(1) 8-9 19; Jana Jarvis 1(3) 2-3 13; Tierra Montgomery 3 2-2 8; Morgan Hopson 1(1) 0-0 5; and Faith Fairchild 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16(9) 23-26 82.


Shelby Valley….......................36


PIKEVILLE — Shelby Valley’s defense made up for the lack of offense as the Lady Cats turned away Belfry, 36-24, in the opening round of the girls’ 15th Region tournament being played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 26.

The Lady Cats, now 29-4, advanced to tonight’s semifinals against Johnson Central (18-12). Belfry’s season ends at 15-16.

Summer Rose tossed in 11 points and Cassidy Rowe added 10 in the win. Tori Hampton added nine.

McKenzie Maynard led all scorers for the Lady Pirates with 13 points.


At Pikeville

(15th Region Quarterfinals)


BF (15-16)…...............................9   2   3  10 – 24

SV (29-4)…...............................11  9   8     8 – 36


Belfry (24) – Lindsey Miller 2 0-0 4; McKenzie Maynard 292) 3-9 13; Linzee Phillips 1(1) 0-0 5; and Kailee Rash 0 2-2 2. Totals: 5(3) 5-11 24.

Shelby Valley (36) – Summer Rose 3(1) 2-3 11; Cassidy Rowe 2(2) 0-1 10; Kyleigh Tackett 0 1-2 1; Tori Hampton 4 1-2 9; and Kayla Newsom 1 3-5 5. Totals: 10(3) 7-13 36.


14th Region Tournament


Letcher Central…....................58

IRVINE — Letcher Central saw an 11-point, halftime lead slip away as Hazard rallied for a 62-58 win in the girls’ 14th Region tournament played at Estill County High School on Feb. 26.

The Lady Cougars season comes to an end at 13-18. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 23-7 and advanced to the semifinals tonight against Lee County.

Emma Maggard finished with a game-high 20 points for LCC. Camryn Parks followed with 14 and Brooklynn Collins chipped in nine.

Hayley Caudill paced Hazard with 18 points.


At Irvine

(14th Region Quarterfinals)


LC (13-18)…...........................17  14  10  17 – 58

HZ (23-7)…..........................…11   9  22  20 – 62


Letcher Central (62) – Camryn Parks 4 6-8 14; Emma Maggard 10 0-0 20; Brooklynn Collins 2(1) 2-2 9; Brooke Bates 2 3-5 7; Kenzie Craft 0(2) 0-0 6; and Loren Boggs 0 2-2 2. Totals: 18(3) 13-17 58.

Hazard (62) – Hayley 5 8-12 18; Desiree Sturgill 1(1) 0-1 5; Destiny Walker 3(2) 2-2 14; Alyssa Muha 1 1-2 3; Haley Turner 6 1-2 13; and Olivia Holland 4 1-4 9. Totals: 20(3) 13-23 62.


Class AA, Region 4, Section 2


Mingo Central……...................51

CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Mingo Central’s season came to a disappointing end as arch-rival Logan rallied to knock off the Lady Miners, 60-51, in overtime in the opening round of the Class AA, Region 4, Section 2 girls’ tournament played on Feb. 21.

The Lady Miners finished the year at  12-12  while  Logan,  now  16-7, advanced to the championship game against Lincoln County.

Xziah Rhodes led all scorers for Central with 27 points while Cassidy Cline chipped in nine.

Britney Welch paced the Lady Wildcats with 15 points.


At Chapmanville, W.Va.

(Class AA, Region 4, Section 2)


LG (16-7)…......................19  10  4  15  (12) – 60

MC (12-12)....................…11   7   18 12 ( 3) – 51


Logan (60) – Britney Welch 15; Holly Toler 14; Janyya Knox 11; Jill Tothe 11; Ally Sipple 6; and Ce Ce Knox 3.

Mingo Central (51) – Xziah Rhodes 27; Cassidy Cline 9; Katie Ball 5; Maliyah Martin 5; Zoe Evans 2; Scarlett Thomason 2; and Alyssa Pack 1.


Class A, Region 4, Section 2


Tug Valley…….........................24

GLENHAYES, W.Va. — Tug Valley went more than nine minutes without a field goal as Tolsia pulled away for a 53-24 win in the opening round of the Class A, Region 4, Section 2 girls’ tournament played on Feb. 21.

The Lady Panthers season ended at 4-16 while the Lady Rebels improved to 8-15.

Emily Colegrove tossed in 10 points to lead Tug Valley.

Sarah Jude tallied a game-high 16 points for Tolsia.


At Glenhayes, W.Va.

(Class A, Region 4, Section)


TV (4-16)…...............................1    8   5   10 – 24

TS (8-15)…................................8  17  12  16 – 53


Tug Valley (24) – Emily Colegrove 10; Makayla May 4; Alyssa Newsome 2; Bekah White 4; Camryn Spaulding 2; and Makayla Hager 2.

Tolsia (53) – Sarah Jude 16; Mariah Finley 8; Marlee Marcum 4; Kayla Jude 4; Selena Browning 5; Liz Asbury 3; Julie Boone 4; Keyla Fox 3; Trinity Muncy 2; and Taylor Ball 2.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 2, 2018