Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

December 21, 2013

Boyd works physical style it likes to win over Ashland

SUMMIT — What’s an Ashland-Boyd County girls game without a few bumps and bruises?

Or, “beating and banging,” as Lady Lions senior standout Taylor Wheeler labeled it.

The style was just how Boyd County likes it, and so was the score. The Lady Lions outdueled the Kittens, 56-49, on Friday at Boyd County Middle School.

“We were boxing out, being physical with them,” Wheeler said. “We were becoming the old Boyd County team, beating and banging. That’s what we need to be because we’re not the most athletic team.”

Wheeler recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds to lift Boyd County in a rematch of the last three 16th Region championship games. Ashland has won the previous two.

Ashland coach Bill Bradley witnessed the same scene as Wheeler.

“Boyd County made it rough-and-tumble, and that’s how they like it,” Bradley said. “We were late to loose balls, getting boxed out on free throws, and we weren’t drawing charges.

“We had a good effort, but not a great effort,” added Ashland’s coach. “To beat a team like Boyd, you need a great effort.”

Boyd County (5-2) turned a 33-27 hole into a 42-38 lead over the final five minutes of the third quarter. Logan Fraley capped a flurry of four third-period 3-pointers. Freshmen Houston Reeves and Alexis Lunsford connected from long range, and seventh-grader Savannah Wheeler (Taylor’s sister) drilled one from downtown. Savannah’s first varsity career 3-pointer put the Lady Lions ahead, 37-36. They never relinquished the lead.

Lady Lions coach Pete Fraley was pleased with the second-half defensive effort. Between the 3:22 mark of the third quarter until the final basket by Ashland’s Shelby Gransbery with mere seconds left, only one Kitten made a field goal — Alexis Robinson sank three baskets in the span.

“Our defense had been getting shredded all year long,” Fraley said. “We kind of clogged things up for them in the second half. Holding them to one 3-pointer in the second half was huge for us.”

Ashland made just four of 22 3-pointers and shot 35.8 percent from the field. The Lady Lions made just 33 percent of their shots.

Robinson led the Kittens (3-2) with 16 points. Haley-Sue Foutch had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Ashland trailed 11-3 just four-plus minutes in, but charged back behind the bench play of Chelsea Woodson, a junior transfer from Fairview. She was at Huntington before Fairview. The guard banged in a pair of 3-pointers to go with an Alex Young trey to give Ashland a 16-12 advantage after one quarter.

Boyd County faced a five-point gap, at 26-21, at halftime. It battled to within two points by midway through the third. Logan Fraley beat Robinson to the basket for a lay-in and then proceeded to steal the inbounds pass and assist a Reeves bucket to make it 33-31.

Young answered with a 3-ball, but Reeves responded with one of her own. That paved the way for the Savannah Wheeler three, followed by a successful drive to the rim by Lunsford through traffic. After Woodson cut it to 39-38 with two free throws, Logan Fraley broke an 0-fer from 3-point range with a bomb. She finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Wheeler helped Boyd County keep a cushion on the Kittens with her fourth-quarter free-throw shooting. She was 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final minutes.

“She’s such a gamer, she plays with so much energy,” Fraley said.

Overall, the Lady Lions were 17 of 31 from the charity stripe, but they made seven of their final eight attempts.

“I thought their leaders — Taylor and Logan — were composed, and I thought their role players stepped up,” Bradley said of Boyd County. “I thought that was the difference in the game.”

Lunsford tallied 14 points for the Lady Lions. Reeves chipped in eight.

Ashland was without eight-grader Mykasa Robinson, a top reserve. She sustained a concussion against Fleming County earlier in the week.

Kittens junior Kaitlin Hammond exited Friday’s game with 1:23 to go. According to Bradley, she rolled her ankle badly, but should recover.

First Title Team Honored

Prior to tipoff, several members of the 1979 and 1980 Boyd County Lady Lions 16th Region championship teams were recognized. The 1979 title was the girls program’s first of five total. Coach Pam Traylor was in attendance, and was also recognized on the court.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at

asnyder@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2664.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014

  • Genuine throwback

    Todd Eastham is disproving the old cliche, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

    July 23, 2014

  • MARK MAYNARD: Looking for those who inspire

    Inspirtation, they say, comes from within. It is defined as an inspiring or animating action or influence.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0722KYPGA_152.jpg Jones tops Gillum in playoff at Eagle Trace

    Ashland senior golfer Logan Jones didn't shoot his average Monday.
    He didn't mind.
    His three-over par 75 and one-hole playoff win over Elliott County junior Ryan Gillum gave him the Boys Open division title in the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour stop at Morehead State University's Eagle Trace Golf Course.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 102213_329a.jpg Raceland tabs Clark as new girls basketball coach

    Jason Clark has a reputation of being — to use his word — “passionate” on the Raceland volleyball sideline.
    He plans to bring that same approach as the Lady Rams’ new basketball coach.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0305region2_389.jpg Pass the Mayo: East sophomore PG, Lady Raiders preparing for winter run

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0718spinda.jpg Steelers super fan Spinda to be recognized in Florida

    Shawn Spinda doesn’t have to use speech to profess his passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    All it takes is a quick glance for a person to get the picture.
    But to absorb the whole picture, you’ll need to clear your schedule.
    Spinda is one of several fanatics who will be recognized at the Sports Fans Conference in Orlando, Florida, which is set for Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. He is a “What a Fan” NFL Fan of the Year nominee.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0703rfLL0204.jpg Little League State Baseball: Ready to run

    Morehead 11- and 12-year-old All-Star baseball manager Toby Gardner collectively likened his team to a racehorse.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0717prokick1.jpg Prokicker.com camp Eleven Ashland Tomcat football players were part of the Ray Guy Prokicker.com camp at Huntington High. The high-profile camps are put on all over the country. Rick Sang, an Ashland native who befriended Guy 20 years ago, is the camp's founder.

    July 16, 2014

  • 0716fbpractice0105.jpg Four-down territory: Making summer football practice pit stops

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
    The popular Monday night catchphrase filled my room on Tuesday morning as my new alarm sounded off at 7 a.m.

    July 16, 2014 5 Photos