ON THE HARDWOOD: Pikeville head coach Elisha Justice talks with Kyle Watkins during a break in the action. The Panthers fell to Johnson Central on Feb. 6.
Medical Leader│Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER

Golden Eagles race past Panthers

By: 
Teddy Paynter

PAINTSVILLE — Johnson Central ran out to a double-digit lead early and rolled to a 68-51 win over Pikeville in a game played at Paul R. Setser Fieldhouse on Feb. 6.

Jacob Rice finished with 20 points and Gabe Ferrell added 17 as the Golden Eagles moved to 13-12. Isaiah May followed with 13 and Cory VanHoose tossed in 12.

Wyatt Battaile led all scorers for the Panthers (17-7) with 29 points.

 

At Paintsville

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PK (17-7)…...............................8  12  14  17 – 51

JC (13-12)............................…17  13  16  22 – 68

Scoring:

Pikeville (51) – Kyle Watkins 0(2) 2-2 8; Wyatt Battaile 11(1) 4-5 29; Evan Rhodes 1(1) 0-0 5; Connor Roberts 3 0-2 6; Christian Billiter 0 1-2 1; and Seth Pugh 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16(4) 7-11 51.

Johnson Central (68) – Isaiah May 3(2) 1-2 13; Jacob Rice 3(1) 11-16 20; Cory VanHoose 6 0-0 12; Dalton Collins 2 0-0 4; Gabe Ferrel 5(1) 4-4 17; and Bryson Hackney 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20(4) 16-22 68.

 

Belfry………….........................77

Paintsville…….....................…75

GOODY — Belfry’s Isiah Roblee nailed a three-point shot as time expired on the clock in overtime to lift the Pirates to a stunning 77-75 win over Paintsville in a game played on Feb. 6.

The Pirates, now 14-9, rallied from a 13-point, halftime deficit to force the extra period. The Tigers fell to 18-6.

Roblee finished with 23 points and Devin Varney followed with 21 while Koleston Blankenship tallied 19 for Belfry, which has now won eight of their last nine games.

Mason Moore poured in a game-high 37 points for the Tigers, Nick Keeton finished with 12 and Jason Watts chipped in 10.

 

At Goody

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PV (18-6)…....................17  17  15  15  (11) – 75

BF (14-9)…......................14   7  28  15  (13) – 77

Scoring:

Paintsville (75) – Kick Keeton 12; James Allen 5; Jason Watts 10; Mason Moore 37; Braxton Tharp 7; Colby Fugate 2; and Ryan Gibson 2. Totals: 23(6) 11-11 75.

Belfry (77) – Isiah Roblee 23; Wilson Harris 8; Koleston Blankenship 19; Devin Varney 21; Dezmon Roblee 4; and Ryan Jessie 2. Totals: 22(8) 9-16 77.

 

Mingo Central…..................….71

Tug Valley………....................…47

NEWTOWN, W.Va. — Mingo Central pulled away from Tug Valley at the outset of the second half and cruised to a 71-47 win in a game played on Miner Mountain on Feb. 6.

Jeremy Dillon stripped the nets for a game-high 33 points and Josh Reed added 17 as the Miners moved to 11-5. Drew Hatfield added 15.

Tyler May paced the Panthers, now 12-5, with 16 points and Mason Layne added 12.

 

At Newtown, W.Va.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

TV (12-5)…..............................6    9  17  15 – 47

MC (11-5)...........................….10  15  31  15 – 71

Scoring:

Tug Valley (47) – Bryce Preece 0 3-4 3; Tyler May 3(2) 4-5 16; Caleb May 0 2-2 2; Tyler Chaffin 0 3-4 3; Levi Davis 1 3-6 5; Colby Savage 3 0-0 6; and Mason Layne 6 0-0 12. Totals: 13(2) 15-21 47.

Mingo Central (71) – Jeremy Dillon 8 17-21 33; Josh Reed 5(2) 1-1 17; Wesley Milam 1 0-0 2; Drew Hatfield 3(3) 0-0 15; and Garrett Brown 2 0-0 4. Totals: 19(5) 18-22 71.

Leslie County……....................60

Betsy Layne………....................55

BETSY LAYNE — Betsy Layne saw a fourth-quarter lead slip away as Leslie County rallied for a 60-55 win in a game played at D.W. Howard Fieldhouse on Feb. 6.

Jordan Frazier paced the Bobcats, now 11-12, with 16 points. Grant Orsborn followed with 15 and Quentin Adkins added 10.

Tyler Dixon fired in a game-high 27 points for the Eagles (12-8).

 

At Betsy Layne

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

LC  (12-8)…............................11  15  14  20 – 60

BL (11-12)…...........................16  17  12  10 – 55

Scoring:

Leslie County (60) – Nick Hoskins 0 2-2 2; Darron Whitaker 5 4-6 14; Colin Smith 2(1) 1-2 8; Tyler Dixon 12 3-5 27; Cullen Pennington 2(1) 0-0 7; and Skyler Mitchell 0 2-2 2. Totals: 21(2) 12-17 60.

Betsy Layne (55) – Grant Orsborn 7 1-2 15; Byron Hammond 3 0-0 6; Zach Bentley 1(1) 0-0 5; Jordan Frazier 4(2) 2-2 16; Nathaniel Mims 1 1-2 3; and Quentin Adkins 5 0-0 10. Totals: 21(3) 4-6 55.

 

Shelby Valley…….....................79

Lawrence County..................…51

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley used a big third quarter to run away and beat Lawrence County, 79-51, in game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Feb. 6.

Cody Potter fired in a game-high 20 points and Blake Burke followed with 13 as the Wildcats improved to 17-7. Cameron Worrix added 10.

Tyler Maynard finished with 15 for the Bulldogs, now 8-18.

 

At Robinson Creek

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

LC (8-18)….............................14  12    9  16 – 51

SV (17-7).............................…18  18  28  15 – 79

Scoring:

Lawrence County (51) – Chase Sartin 7; Cody Maynard 10; Tyler Maynard 15; Baden Gillispie 3; Lucas Maynard 5; Noah Fairchild 9; and Eric Webb 2.

Shelby Valley (79) – Sam Stanley 9; Cameron Worrix 10; Blake Burke 13; Tanner Bentley 2; Cody Potter 20; Keian Worrix 2; Zach Honaker 9; Orbie McPeek 6; Seth Johnson 6; and Brandon Little 2.

 

Prestonsburg….......................46

Sheldon Clark…......................43

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg escaped Sheldon Clark with a 46-43 win in overtime at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Feb. 6.

The Blackcats, now 10-15, hit crucial free throws in the extra period while the Cardinals (8-17) missed all four of their chances.

Drake Nunnery led Prestonsburg with 11 points and Graham Burchett chipped in 10. Adam Slone and Phil Cornett added eight apiece.

Brady Dingess poured in a game-high 23 for Sheldon Clark.

 

At Prestonsburg

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

SC (8-17)…...........................4  11  8  14  (6) – 43

PB (10-15).........................…7  11  6  13  (9) – 46

Scoring:

Sheldon Clark (43) – Brady Dingess 6(1) 5-5 22; Braxton Maynard 1 2-2 4; Austin Horn 0(1) 0-0 3; Ethan Colegrove 3 0-5 6; Trey James 2 2-2 6; and Nick Maynard 1 0-2 2. Totals; 13(2) 9-16 43.

Prestonsburg (46) – Adam Slone 3(1) 0-0 9; Drake Nunnery 3 5-9 11; Grant Justice 1 0-0 2; Graham Burchett 2(1) 3-4 10; Gunnar Williams 2 1-2 5; and Phil Cornett 2(1) 2-2 9. Totals: 13(3) 11-17 46.

 

Cordia……..............................68

Letcher Central...................….48

ERMINE — Letcher Central fell behind early on to Cordia and the Cougars came up on the short end, falling 68-48 in a game played on Feb. 6.

Elijah Raglin fired in 19 points and Greg Kincer added 13 as Central dropped to 7-17.

Kareem McDonald led all scorers for the Lions (14-11) with 28 points.

 

At Ermine

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

CR (14-11)….............................24  8  20  16 – 68

LC (7-17)….........................…12  13  10  13 – 48

Scoring:

Cordia (68) – Ramon Mercado 2 0-0 4; Darryen Pringle 3(1) 0-0 9; Kareem McDonald 6(5) 0-1 28; Anthony Glasgow 4 0-0 8; Marquis Frazier 6 2-4 14; Kalil Harris 2 0-0 4; and Abdulrazak Ebune 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24(6) 2-5 68.

Letcher Central (48) – Tyler Boggs 4 1-2 9; Tyler Stacy 1(1) 0-0 5; Greg Kincer 6 1-2 13; Elijah Raglin 7 56- 19; and Caleb Stidham 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19(1) 7-10 48.

 

GIRLS

Pike Central……......................64

Hazard…………........................53

JOHNS CREEK — Pike Central’s Bailey Birchfield led a balanced scoring attack with a game-high 19 points as the Lady Hawks race past Hazard, 64-53, in a game played at the Hawks Nest on Feb. 6.

Kylea Stanley followed with 16 and Cassidy Mullins tossed in 13 as the Lady Hawks moved to 20-5.

Hayle Caudill led the Lady Bulldogs, 17-6, with 15 points.

 

At Buckleys Creek

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

HZ (17-6)…...............................8  15  19  11 – 53

PC (20-5)….............................16  15  17  16 – 64

Scoring:

Hazard (53) – Hayley Caudill 7 1-1 15; Desiree Strugill 1(1) 1-2 6; Destiny Walker 0(1) 0-0 3; Olivia Holland 3 0-0 6; Haley Turner 5 3-4 13; Alyssa Muha 2 1-1 5; and Simone Beverly 1(1) 0-3 5. Totals: 19(3) 6-11 53.

Pike Central (64) – Cassidy Mullins 3(2) 3-8 13; Hailey Boyd 1 0-0 2; Lexi Newsome 0(1) 0-0 3; Bailey Birchfield 1(5) 2-2 19; Kylea Stanley 5 6-7 16; and Kelsi Brinager 3 3-4 9. Totals: 13(8) 14-21 64.

 

Pike Central…….....................66

Paintsville……….....................65

JOHNS CREEK — Pike Central rallied in the final quarter to score a thrilling 66-65 win over Paintsville in a game played at Johns Creek Gymnasium on Feb. 5.

Bailey Birchfield poured in 17 points to lead the Lady Hawks, now 19-5. Kylea Stanley and Kelsi Brinager followed with 12 apiece.

Anna Keeton led all scorers for the Lady Tigers (15-9). Elizabeth Williams and Allison Hall finished with 12 each and Sonia Williams tallied 10.

At Johns Creek

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PV (15-9)….............................14  14  17  20 – 65

PC (19-5)….............................10  13  15  28 – 66

Scoring:

Paintsville (65) – Elizabeth Williams 3(2) 0-2 12; Presley Chirico 3 1-2 7; Anna Keeton 8 6-6 22; Sonia Williams 3 4-6 10; Katelyn Fitch 0 2-2 2; and Allison Hall 4 4-4 12. Totals; 21(2) 17-22 65.

Cassidy Mullins 2 4-7 8; Hailey Boyd 4 0-0 8; Lexi Newsome 3(1) 0-0 9; Bailey Birchfield 1(5) 0-0 17; Kylea Stanley 5 2-4 12; and Kelsi Brinager 3(1) 3-4 12. Totals: 18(7) 9-15 66.

 

Shelby Valley….......................75

Betsy Layne……......................53

BETSY LAYNE — Shelby Valley pulled away from Betsy Layne in the second quarter and cruised to a 75-53 win in a game played at D.W. Howard Fieldhouse on Feb. 5.

Summer Rose stripped the nets for a game-high 24 points and Alyssa Elswick added 12 as the Lady Cats improved to 21-4. Cassidy Rowe chipped in 10.

Megan Frazier finished with 22 for the Lady Bobcats, who dropped to 8-15. Destiny Compton finished with 16.

 

At Betsy Layne

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

SV (21-4)….............................23  29  11  12 – 75

BL (8-15)…..............................17   9    6   21 – 53

Scoring:

Shelby Valley (75) – Summer Rose 12 0-0 24; Alyssa Elswick 6 0-0 12; Tori Hampton 3(1) 0-1 9; Alyssa Newsom 3(1) 0-0 9; Kayla Newsom 3 2-4 8; Cassidy Rowe 2(2) 0-0 10; and Kyleigh Tackett 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals: 29(5) 2-5 75.

Betsy Layne (53 – Megan Frazier 4(1) 12-14 23; Destiny Compton 7 2-5 16; Caroline Ariaz 3 2-4 8; Katie Kidd 2 0-0 4; and Lauryn Watkins 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17(1) 16- 23 53.

 

Ambassador Christian..........…42

Man, W.Va.……....................…38

MAN, W.Va. — Ambassador Christian Academy rallied in the final quarter to beat Man, 42-38, in a game played at Man Memorial Fieldhouse on Feb. 3.

Tommie Mounts fired in a game-high 14 points and Jenna Wagoner chipped in 10 as the Lady Eagles moved to 6-8.

Kazrissa Anderson paced the Lady Billies (4-11) with 10 points.

 

At Man, W.Va.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

ACA (6-8)…................................9  6  10  17 – 42

MN (4-11)……...........................7  8  12  11 – 38

Scoring:

Ambassador Christian (42) – Savabag Hinton 2 3-7 9; Jenna Wagoner 2(2) 0-2 10; Hannah Dempsey 3 0-0 6; Tommie Mounts 1(3) 3-5 14; and Autumn Davis 2 1-2 5. Totals: 10(5) 7-17 42.

Man (38) – Kazrissa Anderson 3 4-6 10; Morgan Muncy 2 1-2 5; Allie Meade 3 1-2 7; Sasha Moody 1 0-0 2; Cici Crawford 4 0-0 8; Rileigh Bowen 0 1-2 1; and Shania Kennedy 1(1) 0-0 5. Totals: 14(1) 7-12 38.

 

Man, W.Va…………..................49

Tug Valley………..................….36

NAUGATUCK, W.Va. — Tug Valley fell behind early on and tumbled in a 49-36 loss to Man in a game played on Feb. 1.

Makayla May paced the Lady Panthers, now 4-10, with nine points.

Man’s Allie Meade tossed in a game-high 19 points for the Lady Billies, now 4-10.

 

At Naugatuck, W.Va.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

MN (4-10)…...........................15  10   8   16 – 49

TV (4-10)……..........................7    6   7   16 – 36

Scoring:

Man (49) – Allie Meade 19; CiCi Crawford 9; Morgan Muncy 7; Karissa Anderson 5; Sasha Moody 5; and Shaina Kennedy 4.

Tug Valley (36) – Makayla May 9; Emily Colegrove 8; Breanna Thompson 8; Alyssa Newsome 6; Bekah White 4; and Camryn Spaulding 1.