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December 30, 2012

Devils down So. Laurel, slide into third place

Skaggs nets 30 points; Evans perfect 6 for 6

ASHLAND — Russell completed its fine showing in the Ashland Invitational Tournament with a 74-59 throttling of South Laurel in the tournament’s third-place game.

The Red Devils went 2-1 over the course of three days, beating both South Laurel and West Jessamine. They lost to eventual champion Newport Central Catholic on Friday.

On Saturday, Kyle Skaggs continued his high-scoring ways with a 30-point effort.

Fellow senior Lance Evans turned in a 15-point, seven-rebound performance that included a 6-for-6 shooting clip from the floor.

Googie Hayes and Jacob Porter also managed to crack into double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Russell (10-4) was 22 of 29 from the free-throw line compared to South Laurel’s 4-of-10 effort from the foul line. The Cardinals fell to 4-8 on the season.

S. LAUREL    19    14    13    13    —    59

RUSSELL    20    9    20    25    —    74

South Laurel (59) — T. Grubb 5, Rader 3, Allen 25, Slavey 16, Schaser 2, Miller 2, J. Grubb 6, Jones. 3-Pt. FG: 9-17 (Allen 4, Slavey 2, T. Grubb 2, J. Grubb). FT: 4-10. PF: 23.

Russell (74) — Estep 5, Hayes 11, Evans 15, Porter 10, Skaggs 30, D. Campbell 2, McGuire 1, Lane, Mullins, Kennedy, Tackett, B. Campbell, Heyerly, Miller, McKnight. 3-Pt. FG: 6-15 (Skaggs 4, Porter, Hayes). FT: 22-29. PF: 11.

Fifth-place game

Henderson Co. 56

West Jessamine 52

Rick Armstead netted 18 points off the bench to fuel Henderson County past West Jessamine in a close contest.

A night after Daulton Peters went off for 45 points, West Jessamine (9-4) got another sizzling individual performance. Senior Chase Fain tallied a game-high 28 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Colts.

Henderson County (11-2) went 2-0 in the tournament, but earned fifth place because bad weather delayed the team’s arrival by a day.

HENDERSON CO.        11    16    14    15    —    56

WEST JESSAMINE        13    18    5    16    —    52

Henderson County (56) — Comer 7, Washington 7, Simmons 14, Grimes 4, Cooper, Armstead 18, Smith 6, Crowley, Norman, Sanners, Collins. 3-Pt. FG: 6-16 (Armstead 4, Smith 2). FT: 8-15. PF: 17.

West Jessamine (52) — Fain 28, Richards, Henderson 2, Irgang 5, Peters 11, Jackson 6, Adkins. 3-Pt. FG: 4-12 (Fain 3, Peters). FT: 14-16. PF: 15.

Seventh-place game

Boyd County 63

Sheldon Clark 46

Starter Brandon Lowe and reserve Todd Stacy each pitched in 15 points as Boyd County cruised past Sheldon Clark on Saturday.

Together, Lowe and Stacy tossed in six 3-pointers. Tristen Burgess hit two long balls en route to 10 points.

The Lions (8-7) shot out to a 35-22 lead by halftime.

Trevor Blackburn led Sheldon Clark (7-5) with 13 points. The Cardinals have dropped five of their last six after winning their first six.

S. CLARK    11    11    15    9    —    46

BOYD CO.    16    19    12    16    —    63

Sheldon Clark (46) — Pressley 9, James 8, Blackburn 13, Kirk 12, Rice 4, Tiller, Maynard, Lafferty, Workman, Sartin, Endicott. 3-Pt. FG: 6-16 (James 2, Kirk 2, Blackburn, Pressley). FT: 2-5. PF: 18.

Boyd County (63) — Hunt 8, Wallace 4, Taylor 6, Griffith 2, Lowe 15, Stacy 15, Anderson 3, Burgess 10, Jarrell. 3-Pt. FG: 9-21 (Stacy 3, Lowe 3, Burgess 2, Anderson). FT: 12-15. PF: 11.

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