CLASH OF THE TITANS: Shelby Valleys’ Summer Rose (00) dribbles against the defensive pressure of Paintsville’s Elizabeth Williams during 15th Region girls’ tournament action played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28. Williams scored on a running layup with six seconds left to lift the Lady Tigers to a 46-45 win. Rose attempted a last second shot that missed.
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Late basket bounces Lady Kats: South Floyd wins for first time since 2001

By: 
Teddy Paynter

PIKEVILLE — Paintsville’s Elizabeth Williams drove and scored on a running layup with just six seconds left to rally the Lady Tigers to a 46-45 win over Shelby Valley in a clash of 15th Region girls heavyweights at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28.

 

Valley, which finished its season 26-5, had rallied as well, trailing by as many as 11 in the first period before storming back to go up five late in the third period.

 

Summer Rose finished with a game-high 18 points for Valley. She attempted a game-winning shot as time expired but missed. Kayla Newsom chipped in 10.

 

Elenora Lanzani paced the Lady Tigers (26-4) with 14 points while Williams finished with 11.

 

Paintsville, which beat Valley (43-30) in the All A Classic finals in January, faces South Floyd in tonight’s semifinal round.

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PV (26-4)....................................15 7 11 13 - 46

 

SV (26-5).....................................4 13 16 12 - 45

 

Scoring:

 

Paintsville (46) - Elizabeth Williams 2(1) 5-7 12; Presley Chirico 1 2-2 4; Anna Keeton 3 1-3 7; Katelyn Fitch 1 0-0 2; Abby James 1(1) 2-4 7; and Eleanora Lanzani 4(1) 3-4 14. Totals: 12(3) 13-20 46.

 

Shelby Valley (45) - Summer Rose 4(3) 1-2 18; Kyleigh Tackett 1 3-6 5; Cassidi Wright 1(1) 2-3 7; Tori Hampton 1 3-5 5; and Kayla Newsom 4 2-2 10. Totals: 11(4) 11-20 45.

 

 

 

South Floyd............................67

 

Lawrence County.....................49

 

PIKEVILLE — This night was a long time coming for the South Floyd Lady Raiders.

 

Taylor Berger fired in a game-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead South Floyd to a 67-49 win over Lawrence County in the opening round of the 15th Region girls’ tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28.

 

It was the Lady Raiders first regional win since knocking off Pikeville at Shelby Valley back in 2001.

 

Jesse Tackett added 12 points while Cheyenne Light chipped in 11 and Brooke Stumbo tallied 10.

 

South Floyd led by as many as 24 points in the opening half and took their biggest lead at 25 with just over three minutes left to play.

 

Alexis Ratliff paced the Lady Bulldogs, who finished 10-22, with 13 points and Kelly Davis added 10.

 

South Floyd, now 26-7, will face Paintsville in tonight’s semifinals.The Lady Tigers won the two previous meetings this season.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

LC (10-22)................................11 14 11 13 - 49

 

SF (26-7)...................................21 23 11 12 - 67

 

Scoring:

 

Lawrence County (49) - Kylie Maynard 2 2-3 6; Hannah Rucker 0(3) 0--0 9; Alexis Ratliff 4 5-6 13; Kelly Davis 4 2-6 10; Kassidi Cavins 1 0-0 4; Annabelle Silva 1 0-0 2; Samarra Akers 0 1-2 1; and Chelsey Fields 1 2-2 4. Totals: 14(3) 12-19 49.

 

South Floyd (67) - Jesse Tackett 2(2) 2-5 12; Katie Moore 4 0-0 8; Cheyenne Light 3(1) 2-2 11; Taylor Berger 9 6-6 24; Brooke Stumbo 2 6-7 10; Kassedy Osborne 0 0-2 0; and Kaylee Moore 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21(3) 16-26 67.

 

 

 

Johnson Central......................69

 

Pikeville.................................68

 

PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central’s Sammi Sites put up a running floater with her left hand as time expired on the clock to lift the Lady Eagles to a stunning 69-68 overtime win over Pikeville in the opening round of the 15th Region girls’ tournament being played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 27.

 

Sites’ buzzer beater was the third of the game for Johnson Central, now 27-6.

 

Ashlee Belcher hit a two-point basket with two seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 59-all.

 

Savanna Nunemaker finished with 23 points for the Lady Panthers, who finished 20-9. She shared game-high honors with JC’s Ali May.

 

Kelsey Jo Tackett added 14 for Pikeville while Lauren Preston and Hannah Fitch had 14 apiece for the Lady Eagles.

 

Johnson Central will face Pike County Central (22-11) tonight.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PK (20-9)...........................11 19 10 19 (9) - 68

 

JC (27-6)...........................14 18 15 12 (10) - 69

 

Scoring:

 

Pikeville (68) - Rachael Blackburn 0 2-2 2; Savanna Nunemaker 3(2) 11-12 23; Grace Bartley 1 0-0 2; Leslie Stewart 2 2-3 6; Alivia Gearheart 2(1) 2-3 9; Jaden Edmonds 1 0-3 2; Kelsey Jo Tackett 2(2) 4-6 14; Alexia Wilkerson 1 0-1 2; and Kirsten Cole 4 0-1 8. Totals: 16(5) 21-31 68.

 

Johnson Central (69) - Lauren Preston 6 2-4 14; Lauryn Salyer 2 1-2 5; Alaina Castle 0 1-2 2; Cheyenne Ross 1 0-1 2; Ali May 0(2) 17-21 23; Sammi Sites 3 0-0 6; Ashley Belcher 2 0-0 4; and Hannah Fitch 5(1) 1-2 14. Totals: 19(3) 22-34 69.

 

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

 

Betsy Layne............................50

 

PIKEVILLE — Pike County Central rallied from a first-half deficit to grab the lead away from Betsy Layne late in the final period to escape with a 57-50 win in the opening round of the 15th Region girls’ tournament being played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 27.

 

The Lady Bobcats, who finished 14-18, had built a 12-point lead late in the first half before the Lady Hawks (22-11) storm back to take a seven-point lead with just over five minutes to play.

 

Kaitlyn Keathley and Cassidy Mullins hit club free throws in the final seconds to secure the win.

 

Keathley finished with 18 points and Kylea Stanley added 12.

 

Megan Frazier fired in a game-high 19 points for Betsy Layne while Destiny Compton followed with 18.

 

Pike Central plays Johnson Central tonight.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

BL (14-18)...................................12 17 7 14 - 50

 

PC (22-11)...................................5 12 18 22 - 57

 

Scoring:

 

Betsy Layne (50) - Megan Frazier 7 5-5 19; Destiny Compton 6 6-7 18; Kaitlin Kidd 1(2) 0-2 8; Alex Sisco 1 0-0 2; and Caroline Ariaz 1 1-1 3. Totals: 16(2) 12-15 50.

 

Pike County Central (57) - Bailey Birchfield 1(2) 1-2 9; Haley Boyd 3 0-0 6; Alexis Newsome 0(1) 0-0 3; Cassidy Mullisn 2(1) 2-2 9; Kaitlyn Keathley 3(1) 9-13 18; and Kylea Stanley 6 0-0 12. Totals: 15(5) 12-17 57.