Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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January 15, 2014

Boyd spreads the wealth in victory

SUMMIT — Boyd County needed a strong team shooting effort Tuesday night to counter Fleming County’s high-scoring Martina Lytle.

The Lady Lions got it — from all over the floor.

Along with a 16-for-17 performance at the foul line, Boyd County hit 57 percent from the field including 50 percent on 3-pointers to turn back the Lady Panthers 73-55 at Boyd County Middle School.

Boyd County, playing without post player Destiny Goins again due to a sprained ankle, spread the floor and attacked the basket for high-percentage opportunities.

“We shot the ball really well,” Lady Lions coach Pete Fraley said. “We shot a lot of layups, and missed some. We hit some early 3s against their 3-2 zone. When they went man-to-man, we were able to get some drives to the basket. It helps having Taylor Wheeler, because she’s so strong taking the ball inside.”

Wheeler, the team’s lone senior, finished with 22 points — all on driving layups or free throws (8-of-9).

Overall, the home team’s blazing accuracy offset Lytle’s 28 points. The Fleming County junior shot 12-of-18 to keep her team in contention until Boyd pulled away in the final five minutes.

“Lytle has improved a lot from last year,” Fraley said. “She can really get rolling. They did a nice job isolating for her.”

Fleming (9-6) trailed by as much as 17 points in the first half, but rallied to within 41-39 midway through the third quarter. Lytle hit four shots in a 10-2 run to open the half.

The Lady Panthers then had three possessions to tie or take the lead, but couldn’t take advantage and Boyd County regrouped to score eight of the next 10 points.

“We couldn’t quite get over the hump,” Fleming County coach Kristy Orem said. “It’s hard when they shoot so well.”

Logan Fraley connected on two 3-pointers late in the third quarter to give Boyd County a 10-point advantage.

The junior guard finished with 25 points and was 3-for-3 from behind the arc in the second half.

“That’s what we talked about,” Orem said. “She was averaging three 3s coming in, and she hit some big ones that stretched out their lead.”

Along with her scoring, Fraley supplied eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. She made two nice bounce passes to set up layups for teammates.

“It was something different for us tonight, taking it to the basket that much,” Logan said. “We need to attack the basket like that and get to the free-throw line.”

Alexis Lunsford added 14 points as Boyd County improved to 10-4 with its third consecutive win.

“I’m proud of our kids,” Pete Fraley. “Kristy’s teams always play hard and they made a comeback, but we battled and pulled together.”

ROCKY STANLEY can be reached at rstanley@

dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2671.



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