HOLIDAY TRADITION: Pikeville guard Kyle Watkins (1) protects the basketball as Louisville Ballard's Davis Bryant (25) defends during the 65th annual Pikeville Invitational Tournament. The Panthers fell to the Bruins in the title game on Dec. 16.
Medical Leader│Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER

Bruins bounce Panthers in PIT title game

By: 
Teddy Paynter

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville faced an uphill climb in the championship game of the 65th annual Pikeville Invitational Tournament on Dec. 16.

 

The Panthers, playing without injured standout Wyatt Battaile, was no match for perennial powerhouse Ballard as the Bruins rolled to a 90-69 win in a game played at T.W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium.

 

The Bruins outscored the Panthers 28-6 in the third period to pull away after leading only 40-36 at the break.

 

Dorion Tisby finished with a game-high 20 points for Ballard, now 3-1.

 

Connor Roberts led the Panthers (2-1) with 18 points while Zach Hamilton followed with 13 and Grayson Harris chipped in 10.

 

At Pikeville

 

(PIT Championship)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

LB (3-1)…................................18 22 28 22 – 90

 

PK (2-1)..............................….10 26 6 27 – 69

 

Scoring:

 

Louisville Ballard (90) – Dorion Tisby 7 6-8 20; Tyron Duncan 2(2) 2-2 12; Marshon Ford 1(2) 3-3 11; Tyrese Duncan 3(2) 0-0 12; Delonta Wimberly 2 3-4 7; Kereion Douglas 1 1-4 3; David Bryant 1(1) 0-0 5; Alexander Holley 3 0-0 6; Rashad Bishop 3 0-0 6; Garrett Case 0(1) 0-0 3; and Josh Minkins 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals: 24(9) 15-20 90.

 

Pikeville (69) – Kyle Watkins 1(2) 1-2 9; Connor Roberts 4 10-10 18; Evan Rhodes 2 4-5 8; Christian Billiter 3 0-0 6; Cade Byers 1 1-2 3; Seth Pugh 0 2-4 2; Zach Hamilton 4 5-6 13; and Grayson Harris 2(2) 0-0 10. Totals: 17(4) 23-29 69.

 

Johnson Central…...................61

 

Louisville Eastern….................49

 

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Johnson Central took the lead away from Louisville Eastern in the third period and went on to score a 61-49 win in the Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout played at the Hawks Nest on Dec. 16.

 

Cory VanHoose led a balanced attack for the Golden Eagles (3-4) with 14 points while Jacob Rice and Gabe Ferrel added 12 apiece.

 

Ben Craig led all scorers for the Eagles, now 1-5, with 18 points.

 

At Buckleys Creek

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

JC (3-4)…….............................25 4 14 18 – 61

 

LE (1-5)…............................…18 10 4 17 – 49

 

Scoring:

 

Johnson Central (61) – Isaiah May 1(1) 4-4 9; Jacob Rice 4 4-5 12; Cory VanHoose 5 4-5 14; Dalton Collins 3 0-1 6; Gabe Ferrel 0(4) 0-0 12; Evan Adkins 1 0-0 2; Bryson Hackney 1 0-90 2; Dawson Burton 0 2-2 2; and John King 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16(5) 14-17 61.

 

Louisville Eastern (49) – Jonathan Anthony 2(2) 0-0 10; Nathan Jackson 1 0-0 2; Nick Sparks 1 1-1 3; Ethan Coury 1(2) 0-0 8; Ben Craig 1(4) 4-4 18; Isaiah Ross 1 0-0 2; Jaden Alton 1 2-2 4; and Barnabas Ojo 0 2-2 2. Totals: 8(8) 9-9 49.

 

Knott Central……....................52

 

Belfry……………......................49

 

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Belfry's fourth-quarter rally against Knott Central came up short as the Pirates dropped a 52-49 decision in the Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout played at the Hawks Nest on Dec. 16.

 

Devin Varney led the Pirates, now 2-2, with a game-high 18 points while Isiah Roblee added 15.

 

Isaac Caudill paced the Patriots (5-1) with 12 points.

 

At Buckleys Creek

 

(BWW Shootout)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

BF (2-2)…..................................9 13 10 17 – 49

 

KC (5-1)…................................18 9 13 12 – 52

 

Scoring;

 

Belfry (49) – Wilson Harris 2 0-0 4; Ryan Jessie 2 0-0 4; Tyelin May 0 3-4 3; Dezmon Roblee 1(1) 0-1 5; Isiah Roblee 3(3) 0-0 15; and Devin Varney 6(1) 3-4 18. Totals: 14(5) 6-9 49.

 

Knott Central (52) – Kahil Slone 9; Isaac Caudill 12; Branson Couch 8; Gannon Couch 2; Kolten Hoffess 8; Colby Napier 5; and Josh McGuire 8. Totals: 15(5) 7-12 52.

 

Chapmanville, W.Va…..............74

 

Floyd Central…………...............60

 

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Chapmanville built a big halftime lead over Floyd Central and rolled to a 74-60 win in the Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout played at the Hawks Nest on Dec. 16.

 

J.R. Tackett poured in 29 points for the Jaguars (6-2) to share game-high scoring honors with Chapmanville's Drew Williamson.

 

Ethan Smith-Mills and Cameron Nelson chipped in nine apiece for Floyd Central.

 

Chapmanville's Dylan Smith added 14 and Obinna Killen tossed in 11 as the Tigers moved to 3-0.

 

At Buckleys Creek

 

(BWW Shootout)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

CH (3-0)…................................16 26 21 9 – 74

 

FC (6-2)…................................16 9 13 22 – 60

 

Scoring:

 

Chapmanville (74) – Drew Williamson 29, Dylan Smith 14, Obinna Killen 11, Kyle Browning 8, Devin Collins 6, Jordan Kish 3, Phillip Mullins 2 and Brandon Elkins 1.

 

Floyd Central (60) – J.R. Tackett 29, Ethan Smith-Mills 9, Cameron Nelson 9, Kyle Isaac 5, Brady Conn 6 and Jake Collins 2.

 

Tug Valley…….........................74

 

Shelby Valley.....................…..70

 

ROBINSON CREEK — Tug Valley built a double-digit, halftime lead against Shelby Valley and held on for a 74-70 win in a game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Dec. 16.

 

Cody Potter poured in a game-high 42 points and Blake Burke added 11 for the Wildcats, now 6-1.

 

Tyler May fired in 20 points for the Panthers in their season opener. Levi Davis followed with 14 while Mason Layne finished with 13 and Jonathan Blankenship added 12.

 

At Robinson Creek

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

TV (1-0)…...............................19 22 20 13 – 74

 

SV (6-1)…................................23 8 23 16 – 70

 

Scoring:

 

Tug Valley (74) – Mason Layne 6 1-2 13; Colby Savage 3 2-4 8; Levi Davis 5(1) 1-4 14; Caleb May 2 1-4 5; Bryson Preece 1 0-2 2; Tyler May 4(3) 3-6 20; and Jonathan Blankenship 4 4-5 12. Totals: 25(4) 12-28 74.

 

Shelby Valley (70) – Cody Potter 2(8) 14-15 42; Blake Burke 2 7-8 11; Cameron Worrix 0(2) 0-0 6; Keian Worrix 0 1-2 1; Orbie McPeek 2 2-2 6; Zach Honaker 1 0-1 2; and Tanner Bentley 0 2-2 2. Totals: 7(10) 26-30 70.

 

Lawrence County…..................59

 

Phelps…………….................….54

 

PHELPS — Lawrence County rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final period to force overtime and beat Phelps, 59-54, in a game played at the McCoy Athletic Center on Dec. 16.

 

Trey Francis finished with a game-high 17 points for the Hornets (2-4) while Brandon Turnmire added 12.

 

Phelps committed 21 turnovers.

 

Cody Maynard led the Bulldogs (4-5) with 17 points and Lucas Maynard followed with 14.

 

At Phelps

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

LC (4-5)…..........................14 22 5 20 (9) – 59

 

PH (2-4)….........................15 12 15 10 (4) – 54

 

Scoring:

 

Lawrence County (59) – Chase Sartin 1 0-0 2; Cody Maynard 2(2) 7-8 17; Tyler Maynard 2(2) 0-0 10; Baden Gillispie 0 1-2 1; Alex Ratliff 0(1) 1-2 4; Lucas Maynard 3(2) 2-2 14; Weston Hardin 1 0-0 2; and Noah Fairchild 4 1-2 9. Totals: 13(7) 12-16 59.

 

Phelps (54) – Kinzer Dotson 3(1) 0-4 9; Keegan Bentley 1(1) 0-0 5; Trey Francis 7 3-4 17; Brandon Turnmire 6 0-0 12; Cameron Sanson 3 0-3 6; Jay Casey 0 2-2 2; and Logan Layne 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals: 20(3) 5-13 54.

 

Letcher Central…....................65

 

Jenkins…………....................…44

 

JENKINS — Letcher Central used a solid second-half performance to run away and beat Jenkins, 65-44, in a game played on Dec. 15.

 

Gregory Kincer led the Cougars (2-5) with 14 points while Elijah Raglin followed with 11 and Tyler Boggs tossed in 10.

 

Payton Rose paced the Cavaliers (0-9) with 15 points and Ethan Cummings added 13.

 

At Jenkins

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

LC (2-5)…...............................12 13 18 20 – 63

 

JK (0-9)…...............................10 7 12 15 – 44

 

Scoring:

 

Letcher Central (63) – Tyler Boggs 5 0-1 10; Gregory Kincer 6 2-5 14; Elijah Raglin 4 3-4 11; Caleb Stidham 2 5-6 9; Hunter Craft 0(1) 0-0 3; Dalton Martin 2(1) 0-0 7; Parker Williams 2(1) 0-0 7; and Kenton Combs 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22(3) 10-16 63.

 

Jenkins (44) – Koby Brown 0 1-2 1; Payton Rose 1(3) 4-4 15; Ethan Cummings 2 9-14 13; Hayden Fleming 0(3) 0-0 9; Chad Fleming 1 1-2 3; and Joshua Wright 1 1-2 3. Totals: 5(6) 16-24 44.

 

Knox Central…….....................77

 

Johnson Central...................…69

 

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Johnson Central fell behind early to Knox Central and came up on the short end of a 77-69 decision in the Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout played at the Hawks Nest on Dec. 15.

 

Isaiah May poured in a game-high 27 points and Jacob Rice added 21 as the Golden Eagles fell to 2-4. Bryson Hackney added 12.

 

Markelle Turner led KCC (7-0) with 24 points.

 

At Buckleys Creek

 

(BWW Shootout)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

JC (2-4)…..................................8 23 15 23 – 69

 

KX (7-0)...................................26 18 12 21 – 77

 

Scoring:

 

Johnson Central (69) – Isaiah May 5(5) 2-2 27; Jacob Rice 8 5-7 21; Cory VanHoose 1 0-0 2; Dalton Collins 0 1-1 1; Gabe Ferrel 0 2-2 2; Bryson Hackney 4(1) 1-2 12; and Braxton Bentley 1 2-4 4. Totals: 19(6) 13-17 69.

 

Knox Central (77) – Jermel Carton 0 2-2 2; Markelle Turner 5(4) 2-4 24; Nick Martin 6 2-2 14; Jaylen Adams 4 2-2 10; Kevionte Turner 6 5-6 17; Zachary Patterson 1 0-0 2; and Dane Imel 3 2-3 8. Totals: 25(4) 15-20 77.

 

Betsy Layne…......................…55

 

Lawrence County..................…49

 

BETSY LAYNE — Betsy Layne rallied in regulation to pull even with Lawrence County and the Bobcats went on in overtime to defeat the Bulldogs, 55-49, in a game played at D.W. Howard Fieldhouse on Dec. 15.

 

Grant Orsborn tossed in 14 points and Nate Mims added 11 as the Bobcats improved to 4-3.

 

Chase Sartin paced the Bulldogs (3-5) with 17 points.

 

At Betsy Layne

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

LC (3-5)…........................12 12 12 9 ( 4) – 49

 

BL (4-3)…........................12 6 14 13 (10) – 55

 

Scoring:

 

Lawrence County (49) – Chase Sartin 2(4) 1-2 17; Cody Maynard 0(4) 0-0 12; Tyler Maynard 2(1) 1-2 8; Baden Gillispie 1 0-0 2; Lucas Maynard 2 0-0 4; and Noah Fairchild 3 0-3 6. Totals: 10(9) 2-7 49.

 

Betsy Layne (55) – Grant Orsborn 4 6-8 14; Zach Bentley 2 0-0 4; Morris Adkins 2 0-0 4; Nate Mims 5 1-2 11; Byron Hammonds 3 1-2 7; Jordan Frazier 3 3-4 9; and Quentin Adkins 2 2-4 6. Totals: 21 13-20 55.

 

Pikeville………........................80

 

Dunbar………….......................64

 

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville senior Wyatt Battaile poured in a game-high 31 points to lead the Panthers to an 80-64 win over Paul Laurence Dunbar in the opening round of the Pikeville Invitational Tournament played at T.W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Dec. 15.

 

Connor Roberts followed with 23 points and Evan Rhodes added 11 as Pikeville moved to 2-0.

 

Markel Allen led the Bulldogs (1-5) with 16 points.

 

At Pikeville

 

(Pikeville Invitational)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

DR (1-5)…...............................11 15 21 17 – 64

 

PK (2-0)…...............................21 20 20 19 – 80

 

Scoring:

 

Dunbar (64) – Robby Kinnard 0(2) 2-2 8; Markel Allen 4(2) 2-4 16; Mike Allen 1 0-0 2; JaQuon Gray 4 1-2 9; Jared Gadd 1(2) 2-2 10; Nate Clark 0(2) 0-0 6; Mike Corio 4 1-1 9; Jaavon Dryden 0 2-3 2; and Wes Elliott 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15(8) 10-14 64.

 

Pikeville (80) – Wyatt Battaile 8(2) 9-10 31; Cade Byers 1 0-0 2; Evan Rhodes 2(1) 4-5 11; Kyle Watkins 1(1) 1-2 6; Connor Roberts 7(1) 6-9 23; Christian Billiter 0 2-2 2; Zach Hamilton 0 3-4 3; and Seth Pugh 0 2-2 2. Totals: 19(5) 27-35 80.

 

Belfry………….........................76

 

Piarist School.....................….15

 

GOODY — Belfry ran out to a big lead early on and cruised to a 76-15 win over Piarist School in a game played on Dec. 15.

 

Isiah Roblee tossed in a game-high 17 points as the Pirates moved to 2-1. Justin Adkins, Ryan Jessie and Tyelin May added eight each.

 

Skylar Williams paced the Knights (1-5) with 12 points.

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PS (1-5)…..................................9 0 2 4 – 15

 

BF (2-1)…...............................35 18 11 12 – 76

 

Scoring:

 

Piarist School (15) – Skylar Williams 2(1) 5-9 12; Logan Sparks 1 0-0 2; Kyle Price 0 0-3 0; Steven Misczenscki 0 1-2 1; Ryan Finney 0 0-1 0; and Brett Bentley 1 0-0 2. Totals: 4(1) 6-15 15.

 

Belfry (76) – Justin Adkins 4 0-0 8; Brett Coleman 3 1-2 7; Austin Hager 1(1) 0-0 5; Wilson Harris 4 0-0 8; Taveon Hunter 1 0-0 2; Ryan Jessie 4 0-0 8; Tyelin May 4 0-0 8; Ben McNamee 1 0-0 2; Dezmon Roblee 0 2-2 2; Isiah Roblee 4(3) 0-0 17; Isaac Spears 0(1) 0-0 3; and Devin Varney 0 2-4 2. Totals: 26(5) 5-8 76.

 

Westside, W.Va…….................85

 

Mingo Central……...................62

 

CLEAR FORK, W.Va. — Westside pulled away from Mingo Central early in the final quarter and went on for an 85-62 win in a battle of Class AA powers played on Dec. 15.

 

Jeremy Dillon finished with 24 points for the Miners, now 1-1. Drew Hatfield added 17 and Garrett Brown tallied 11.

 

Shane Jenkins poured in a game-high 32 points for the Renegades, now 2-0. Corey Hatfield followed with 27.

 

At Clear Fork, W.Va.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

MC (1-1)…..............................15 14 19 14 – 62

 

WS (2-0)…...............................12 18 25 30 – 85

 

Scoring:

 

Mingo Central (62) – Jeremy Dillon 8(1) 5-7 24; Drew Hatfield 4(1) 6-6 17; Garrett Brown 1(4) 1-2 11; Justin Barker 2 0-0 4; and Josh Reed 0 2-2 2. Totals: 15(6) 14-17 62.

 

Westside (85) – Shane Jenkins 10(4) 0-0 32; Corey Hatfield 10 7-7 27; Jacob Ellis 1(3) 0-0 11; Isaiah Lester 0 6-8 6; Elijah Puett 3 0-0 6; Travis Cook 0 2-2 2; and Hunter Walters 0 1-2 1. Totals: 24(7) 16-19 85.

 

Floyd Central……....................80

 

Prestonsburg……....................65

 

LANGLEY – Floyd Central took charge early on against Prestonsburg and went on to score an 80-65 win in a game played on Dec. 15.

 

J.R. Tackett poured in 20 points as the Jaguars improved to 6-1.

 

Jacob Collins fired in 18 points while Ethan Smith-Mills followed with 14 points and Brady Conn added 13.

 

Austin Endicott had a game-high 22 points for the Blackcats, now 2-3. Phil Cornett added 18 and Drake Nunnery finished with 11.

 

At Langley

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PB (2-3)…................................11 14 11 29 – 65

 

FC (6-1)…...............................18 18 22 22 – 80

 

Scoring:

 

Prestonsburg (65) – Phil Cornett 2(3) 5-6 18; Austin Endicott 6(2) 4-5 22; Graham Burchett 0 1-3 1; Drake Nunnery 2(1) 4-7 11; Adam Slone 1(1) 2-2 7; Blake Slone 2 0-0 4; and Gunnar Williams 1 0-1 2. Totals: 14(7) 16-24 65.

 

Floyd Central (80) – J.R. Tackett 9 2-3 20; Ethan Smith-Mills 5 4-6 14; Cameron Nelson 1 1-2 3; Kyle Isaac 1(1) 0-0 5; Brady Conn 6 1-4 13; Jacob Collins 6(1) 3-4 18; Dylan Caudill 2 1-2 5; and Dalton Boyd 1 0-2 2. Totals: 31(2) 12-23 80.

 

Cordia…………........................70

 

Letcher Central…....................63

 

CORDIA — Letcher Central's fourth-quarter, comeback effort came up short as Cordia held on for a 70-63 win in a game played on Dec. 14.

 

Gregory Kincer led the Cougars (1-5) with 19 points while Elijah Raglin followed with 14 and Tyler Boggs chipped in 12.

 

Kareem McDonald fired in a game-high 31 points and Darryen Pringle added 20 for the Lions, now 3-3.

 

At Cordia

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

LC (1-5)…...............................14 13 21 15 – 63

 

CR (3-3)…...............................21 13 16 20 – 70

 

Scoring:

 

Letcher Central (63) – Tyler Boggs 6 0-2 12; Gregory Kincer 7 5-10 19; Elijah Raglin 6 2-3 14; Caleb Stidham 3(1) 0-0 9; Trevor Hardin 3 2-3 8; and Dakota Shepherd 0 1-2 1. Totals: 25(1) 10-22 63.

 

Cordia (70) – John Ramon 1 1-2 3; Darryen Pringlie 4(2) 6-7 20; Kareem McDonald 5(4) 9-10 31; Anthony Glasgow 1 1-2 3; Marquis Frazier 1 0-3 2; Kalil Harris 3(1) 0-0 9; and Dylan Noble 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15(7) 17-24 70.

 

Prestonsburg….......................50

 

Phelps……….......................….38

 

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg rallied in the final quarter to pull away and beat Phelps, 50-38, in a game played at the Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Dec. 14.

 

Phil Cornett led a balanced attack with 12 points while Adam Slone chipped in 10 as the Blackcats improved to 2-2.

 

Trey Francis fired in a game-high 20 points for the Hornets, now 2-3.

 

At Prestonsburg

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PH (2-3)...............................….11 13 7 7 – 38

 

PB (2-2)….................................14 11 5 20 – 50

 

Scoring:

 

Phelps (38) – Kinzer Dotson 2 0-0 4; Keegan Bentley 2 1-2 5; Trey Francis 5(1) 4-5 20; Brandon Turnmire 1 1-6 3; and Cameron Sanson 2 0-0 6. Totals: 10(3) 6-13 38.

 

Prestonsburg (50) – Phil Cornett 2(1) 5-6 12; Austin Endicott 0 4-6 4; Chandler Nelson 4 1-2 9; Drake Nunnery 1 3-4 5; Adam Slone 3 4-6 10; Blake Slone 3 2-2 8; and Dalton Trusty 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14(1) 19-26 50.

 

Belfry………….........................65

 

Letcher Central…....................56

 

GOODY — Belfry grabbed the lead early on against Letcher Central and the Pirates held on for a 65-56 win in a game played on Dec. 12.

 

Dezmon Roblee led a balanced attack with 15 points while Isiah Roblee added 14 as the Pirates improved to 1-1. Koleston Blankenship and Wilson Harris added 10 apiece.

 

Gregory Kincer led all scorers for the Cougars (1-4) with 21 points. Elijah Raglin tallied 17 and Dakota Shepherd added 10.

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

LC (1-4)….................................11 21 4 20 – 56

 

BF (1-1)................................…..23 12 9 21 – 65

 

Scoring:

 

Letcher Central (56) – Tyler Boggs 1 0-2 2; Gregory Kincer 5(3) 2-4 21; Elijah Raglin 7(1) 0-1 17; Dakota Shepherd 3 1-2 7; and Caleb Stidham 2(1) 2-3 9. Totals: 18(5) 5-12 56.

 

Belfry (65) – Justin Adkins 1 2-2 4; Koleston Blankenship 3(1) 1-2 10; Wilson Harris 5 0-0 10; Ryan Jessie 2 0-1 4; Tyelin May 2 0-0 4; Dezmon Roblee 6 3-4 15; Isiah Roblee 2(2) 4-8 14; and Devin Varney 2 0-3 4. Totals; 23(3) 10-20 65.

 

Mingo Central…....................105

 

Scott…………....................……63

 

NEWTOWN, W.Va. — Mingo Central doubled up Scott in the opening half and cruised to a 105-63 win in the Cardinal Conference season opener played on Dec. 12.

 

Drew Hatfield and Canaan Fletcher fired in 21 points apiece to share game-high scoring honors. Garrett Brown followed with 13 while Jeremy Dillon and Josh Reed added 10 each.

 

Jon Hamilton paced the Skyhawks with 20 points.

 

At Newtown, W.Va.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

ST (0-1)…..............................16 13 16 18 – 63

 

MC (1-0)............................…27 29 23 24 – 105

 

Scoring:

 

Scott (63) – Nathan Kuhn 2(2) 0-0 10; Jon Hamilton 7(2) 0-0 20; Issac Miller 2 0-0 4; Jagger Bell 2(2) 3-6 13; Ethan Linville 1 3-4 5; Gavin Cooper 1(1) 0-0 5; Cole Moore 1 0-0 2; and Horton Adkins 2 0-1 4. Totals: 18(7) 6-11 63.

 

Mingo Central (105) – Jeremy Dillon 4 2-3 10; Drew Hatfield 5(3) 2-2 21; Garrett Brown 2(3) 0-0 13; Canaan Fletcher 9 3-4 21; Justin Barker 3 2-4 8; Josh Reed 5 0-0 10; Wes Milum 0(3) 0-0 9; Tucker Wellman 1(1) 0-0 5; Jacob May 3 0-0 6; and Ricky Mullins 0 2-2 2. Totals: 32(10) 11-15 105.

 

Paintsville……........................58

 

Sheldon Clark.....................…40

 

PAINTSVILLE — Paintsville outscored Sheldon Clark 25-4 in the third quarter to snap a halftime tie and cruise to a 58-40 win in a game played on Dec. 12.

 

Mason Moore poured in a game-high 17 points and Nick Keeton added 13 as the Tigers improved to 3-1.

 

Brady Dingess and Austin Horn paced the Cardinals (3-3) with 12 points apiece.

 

At Paintsville

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

SC (3-3).................................….8 15 4 13 – 40

 

PV (3-1)................................….9 14 25 10 – 58

 

Scoring:

 

Sheldon Clark (40) – Brady Dingess 2(2) 2-4 12; Braxton Maynard 0(1) 0-0 3; Austin Horn 0(4) 0-0 12; Ethan Colegrove 2 0-0 4; Ian Reed 0(1) 0-0 3; and Trey James 2 2-4 6. Totals: 6(8) 4-8 40.

 

Paintsville (40) – Nick Keeton 6 1-1 13; Seth Williams 2 3-3 7; Braxton Thorp 1(2) 0-0 8; Mason Moore 6(1) 2-3 17; Ryan Gibson 2 0-0 4; Jayson Watts 1 0-0 2; Colby Fugate 1 0-0 2; Brandon Richmond 1 0-0 2; and James Allen 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals: 20(4) 6-7 58.

 

Pikeville…..............................84

 

Ambassador CA, W.Va…...........51

 

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Pikeville landed four players in double-figure scoring as the Panthers opened the season with an 84-51 win over Ambassador Christian Academy in a game played on Dec. 9.

 

Bradyn Hunter tossed in 18 points and Wyatt Battaile added 16. Cade Byers and Connor Roberts chipped in 10 each.

 

Raahkim Gray led the Eagles (0-3) with a game-high 21 points.

 

At Williamson, W.Va.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PK (1-0)……...........................25 20 22 17 – 84

 

ACA (0-3)….............................12 8 14 17 – 51

 

Scoring:

 

Pikeville (84) – Wyatt Battaile 7 2-3 16; Cade Byers 4 2-3 10; Evan Rhodes 2(1) 1-2 8; Kyle Watkins 0(3) 0-0 9; Connor Roberts 2(1) 3-4 10; Christian Billiter 2 0-0 4; Bradyn Hunter 9 0-2 18; J.T. Orem 1 0-0 2; Grayson Harris 0 1-2 1; Seth Pugh 2 0-0 4; and Connor Byers 1 0-0 2. Totals: 30(5) 9-13 84.

 

Ambassador CA (51) – Raahkim Gray 7 7-9 21; Isaac Moore 3(1) 1-1 10; Chris Bailey 1 0-0 2; Isaiah Hackney 3(2) 0-0 12; and Malik Gray 0(2) 0-0 6. Totals; 14(5) 8-10 51.

 

GIRLS

 

Belfry………….........................61

 

Jenkins………..........................43

 

PIKEVILLE — Belfry avenged an early-season loss to Jenkins by scoring a 61-43 win in the Pikeville Invitational Tournament played at T.W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Dec. 16.

 

Ariel Mounts tossed in 18 points and Kailee Rash followed with 17 as the Lady Pirates improved to 6-1. McKenzie Maynard and Robbi-Ann Brewer chipped in 10 apiece.

 

Lala Watts led the Lady Cavaliers (2-5) with a game-high 19 points. Jerrica Thacker tallied 10.

 

At Pikeville

 

(Pikeville Invitational)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

JK (2-5)…................................12 11 10 10 – 43

 

BF (6-1)…..................................5 22 24 14 – 65

 

Scoring:

 

Jenkins (43) – Lala Watts 19; Kristin Thacker 8; Jerrica Thacker 10; and Lindsey Rose 5. Totals: 9(5) 10-19 43.

 

Belfry (65) – Robbi-Ann Brewer 10; Kailee Rash 17; McKenzie Maynard 10; Kenzie Keene 2; Ariel Mounts 18; Lyndsey Miller 6; and Linzee Phillips 2. Totals: 20(6) 7-12 65.

 

Pikeville………........................62

 

West Carter……......................57

 

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville landed three players in double-figure scoring and the Lady Panthers slipped past West Carter, 62-57, in the Pikeville Invitational Tournament played at T.W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Dec. 16.

 

Alivia Gearheart led the way for the Lady Panthers (5-1) with 14 points while Grace Bartley followed with 12 and Kelsey Jo Tackett tallied 11.

 

Becca Nolen tossed in a game-high 20 points for the Lady Comets, who lost for the first time in eight games.

 

At Pikeville

 

(Pikeville Invitational)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

WC (7-1)…................................15 6 16 20 – 57

 

PK (5-1)…...............................19 10 12 21 – 62

 

Scoring:

 

West Carter (57) – Hannah Bear 2(1) 1-2 8; Ragan Adkins 3 0-0 6; Chyann Zeigler 0(1) 0-0 3; Allie Stone 6 3-3 15; Becca Nolen 3(2) 8-8 20; and Kallie Burchett 1(1) 0-0 5. Totals: 15(5) 12-13 57.

 

Pikeville (62) – Grace Bartley 5 2-3 12; Leslie Stewart 3 2-4 8; Kaitlyn Keathley 1(1) 0-0 5; Jaden Edmonds 1 2-4 4; Alivia Gearheart 4 6-10 14; Kelsey Jo Tackett 4 3-4 11; and Kirsten Cole-Williamson 4 0-0 8. Totals: 22(1) 15-25 62.

 

Prestonsburg……....................80

 

Piarist School…...................…38

 

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg used a balanced scoring attack to cruise to an 80-38 win over Piarist School in a game played at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Dec. 16.

 

Alison Campbell finished with a game-high 19 points and Reesce Endicott added 17 as the Lady Blackcats moved to 2-6. Celina Mullins tossed in 16 and Alivia Slone followed with 13.

 

Kylie Tackett paced the Lady Knights (1-7) with 14 points while Lauren Wright followed with 13 and Kennedy Bowen chipped in 11.

 

At Prestonsburg

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PS (1-7)….......................................6 21 8 3 – 38

 

PB (2-6)…....................................27 14 22 17 – 80

 

Scoring:

 

Piarist School (38) – Kylie Tackett 2(3) 1-4 14; Kennedy Bowen 1(3) 0-0 11; Abby Rosys 0 0-1 0; and Lauren Wright 1(2) 5-6 13. Totals: 4(8) 6-11 38.

 

Prestonsburg (80) – Maddy Rainey 1 2-4 4; Reesce Endicott 6(1) 1-4 17; Alivia Slone 3(2) 1-1 13; Alison Campbell 7 5-8 19; Nicole Burchett 3 0-0 6; Celina Mullins 2(4) 0-0 16; Faith Lazar 2 0-0 4; and Haley Ratliff 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25(7) 9-17 80.

 

Pikeville………........................74

 

Jenkins……….......................…33

 

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville erupted for 26 points in the second period to pull away and beat Jenkins, 74-33, in the Pikeville Invitational Tournament played at T.W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Dec. 16.

 

Grace Bartley poured in a game-high 17 points and Jaden Edmonds added 12 as Pikeville improved to 4-1.

 

Jerrica Thacker finished with 15 to lead the Lady Cavaliers, now 2-4. Kristin Thacker followed with 13.

 

At Pikeville

 

(Pikeville Invitational)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

JK (2-4)…................................13 7 9 4 – 33

 

PK (4-1)…...............................12 26 14 22 – 74

 

Scoring:

 

Jenkins (33) – Lala Watts 2 1-2 5; Kristin Thacker 6 1-2 13; and Jerrica Thacker 3(3) 0-0 15. Totals: 11(3) 2-4 33.

 

Pikeville (74) – Grace Bartley 4(2) 3-4 17; Leslie Stewart 4 0-0 8; Kaitlyn Keathley 1(1) 2-2 7; Jaden Edmonds 2(2) 2-4 12; Alivia Gearheart 1 3-3 5; Kelsey Jo Tackett 2(1) 0-0 7; Lexi Wilkerson 1(1) 0-2 5; Kirsten Cole-Williamson 3 2-2 8; Madison Thacker 1 1-1 3; and Ella Lockhart 1 0-0 2. Totals:

 

Floyd Central….......................67

 

Prestonsburg……....................53

 

LANGLEY — Floyd Central landed three players in double-figure scoring as the Lady Jaguars turn back Prestonsburg, 67-53, in a game played on Dec. 15.

 

Abby Maggard poured 20 points as Floyd Central improved to 7-1. Katie Moore finished with 19 points and Kaylee Moore chipped in 10.

 

Reesce Endicott tossed in 20 points for the Lady Blackcats (1-6) to share game-high honors with Maggard. Alivia Slone finished with 14.

 

At Langley

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PB (1-6)…...............................12 11 11 19 – 53

 

FC (7-1)…...............................15 17 16 19 – 67

 

Scoring:

 

Prestonsburg (53) – Maddy Rainey 1 0-0 2; Reesce Endicott 1(5) 3-6 20; Alivia Slone 1(1) 9-15 14; Alison Campbell 2 2-4 6; Nicole Burchett 0 3-4 3; and Celina Mullins 2(1) 1-2 8. Totals: 7(7) 18-31 53.

 

Floyd Central (67) – Katie Moore 8 3-5 19; Abby Maggard 7(1) 3-5 20; Kaylee Moore 3 4-6 10; Grace Martin 4 0-2 8; Savannah Watkins 1 4-5 6; and Kacie Poston 2 0-0 4. Totals: 25(1) 14-23 67.

 

Shelby Valley…….....................50

 

Johnson Central…...................37

 

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley held Johnson Central scoreless in the opening quarter and it was the difference in a 50-37 win in a game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Dec. 15.

 

Summer Rose finished with a game-high 16 points as the Lady Kats improved to 7-1. Cassidy Rowe added nine.

 

Jana Jarvis paced the Lady Eagles (2-4) with 11 points.

 

At Robinson Creek

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

JC (2-4)…....................................0 21 6 10 – 37

 

SV (7-1).....................................13 12 5 20 – 50

 

Scoring:

 

Johnson Central (37) – Ashley Belcher 9, Kelci Blair 4, Alaina Castle 7, Sammi Sites 6 and Jana Jarvis 11.

 

Shelby Valley (50) – Summer Rose 16, Cassidy Rowe 9, Kyleigh Tackett 2, Cassidi Wright 6, Tori Hampton 6, Kayla Newsom 3 and Alyssa Elswick 8.

 

Paintsville…….................55

 

Magoffin County…...........35

 

SALYERSVILLE — Paintsville overcame a sluggish start and rolled past Magoffin County, 55-35, in a game played on Dec. 15.

 

Elizabeth Williams led the way for the Lady Tigers (4-3) with a game-high 18 points. Presley Chirico added 16.

 

Kennedi Stacy tossed in 15 points and Alexis Montgomery added 12 for the Lady Hornets, now 2-5.

 

At Salyersville

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PV (4-3)….................................8 14 11 22 – 55

 

MC (2-5)…..................................5 11 8 11 – 35

 

Scoring:

 

Paintsville (55) – Elizabeth Williams 1(4) 4-4 18; Presley Chirico 7 2-3 16; Anna Keeton 1 3-4 5; Katelyn Fitch 0 2-2 2; Aleigh Newsome 2 4-5 8; and Allison Hall 2 2-2 6. Totals: 13(4) 17-20 55.

 

Magoffin County (35) – Haley Barnett 1 0-0 2; Morgan Damron 1 1-1 3; Macy Thacker 0 1-2 1; Kennedi Stacy 4 7-9 15; Alexis Montgomery 3 6-9 12; and Haley McCarty 1 0-0 2. Totals: 10 15-21 35.

 

Belfry………............................73

 

Piarist School......................…33

 

GOODY — Belfry got off to a quick start against Piarist School and cruised to a 73-33 win in a game played on Dec. 15.

 

Ariel Mounts and Kenzie Keene scored 11 points each and Kailee Rash added nine as the Lady Pirates improved to 5-1.

 

Lauren Wright led the Lady Knights (1-7) with a game-high 14 points. Kennedy Bowen chipped in 11.

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PS (1-7)…..................................5 11 9 8 – 33

 

BF (5-1)…...............................27 17 17 12 – 73

 

Scoring:

 

Piarist School (33) – Lauren Wright 14, Kennedy Bowen 11 and Kylie Tackett Tackett 8.

 

Belfry (73) – Kenzie Keene 11, Ariel Mounts 11, Kailee Rash 9, McKenzie Maynard 8, Lindsey Miller 6, Linzee Phillips 8, Shae Smothers 2, Kennedi Rash 2, McKenna Sullivan 6 and Destiny Adams 5.

 

Phelps………...........................68

 

Tug Valley, W.Va…...................49

 

PHELPS — Phelps' Danielle Prater poured in a game-high 31 points to lead the Lady Hornets to a 68-49 win over Tug Valley (W.Va.) in a game played at the McCoy Athletic Center played on Dec. 14.

 

Brittnee McCoy followed with 15 points and Kacie Dotson added nine as Phelps moved to 3-3.

 

Emily Colegrove paced the Lady Panthers (0-3) with 16 points.

 

At Phelps

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

TV (0-3)….............................11 13 11 14 – 49

 

PH (3-3)….............................20 17 22 9 – 68

 

Scoring:

 

Tug Valley (49) – Emily Colegrove 2(1) 9-13 15; Alyssa Newsome 2(1) 0-1 7; Makayla May 1 2-3 4; Cameryn Spaulding 3 0-3 6; Abby Spence 2 0-0 4; Breanna Thompson 0(1) 2-2 5; and Bekan White 3 1-4 7. Totals: 13(3) 14-26 49.

 

Phelps (68) – Danielle Prater 8(1) 12-17 31; Gabbi McCoy 2 3-7 7; Chloe Smith 3(3) 0-0 15; Brittnee McCoy 2 0-0 4; Kacie Dotson 3(1) 0-0 9; and Ashton Reed 0 2-2 2. Totals: 18(5) 17-26 68.

 

East Ridge…...........................65

 

Jenkins…….............................57

 

JENKINS — East Ridge used a balanced scoring attack to turn away Jenkins, 65-57, in a game played on Dec. 14.

 

Katie May tossed in 15 points to lead four Lady Warriors (6-3) in double-figure scoring. Britney Tackett followed with 14 while Haley Parks tallied 12 and Sarah Tackett chipped in 11.

 

Jerrica Thacker led all scorers for the Lady Cavaliers (2-3) with 28 points. Tobulayefa Watts added 17.

 

At Jenkins

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

ER (6-3)…...............................19 10 20 16 – 65

 

JK (2-3)…................................13 14 11 19 – 57

 

East Ridge (65) – Katie May 2(3) 2-3 15; Haylee Meade 3 2-2 8; Hannah Mullins 1 3-6 5; Haley Parks 1(3) 1-3 12; Britney Tackett 6 2-2 14; and Sarah Tackett 5 1-1 11. Totals: 18(6) 11-17 65.

 

Jenkins (56) – Lala Watts 5 7-14 17; Kristin Thacker 1 5-5 7; Jerrica Thacker 2(7) 3-4 28; Lindsey Rose 2 0-1 4; and Ariana Bentley 0 1-2 1. Totals: 10(7) 16-26 57.

 

Mingo Central…......................64

 

Scott…………….......................50

 

MADISON, W.Va. — Mingo Central's Cassidy Cline fired in a game-high 25 points to lead the Lady Miners to a 64-50 win over Scott in a Cardinal Conference game played on Dec. 14.

 

Ziah Rhodes chipped in nine and Scarlett Thomanson added eight for the Lady Miners, now 1-1.

 

Dianna Birchfield and Gracie Williams led the Lady Skyhawks (1-4) with 14 points apiece.

 

At Madison, W.Va.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

MC (1-1).............................….13 20 17 14 – 64

 

ST (1-4)…................................12 10 15 13 – 50

 

Scoring:

 

Mingo Central (64) – Ziah Rhodes 9, Cassidy Cline 25, Scarlett Thomanson 8, Alyssa Pack 7, Chelsee Mollett 6, Ricki Wellman 4 and Zoe Evans 4.

 

Scott (50) – Chloe Older 8, Dianna Birchfield 14, Sarah Mayse 4, Gabrielle Justice 6, Allison Matthews 4 and Gracie Williams 14.