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February 1, 2014

PREP ROUNDUP: Dawgs edge Paintsville by skin of teeth

PAINTSVILLE — Days after a wild win over Magoffin County, Lawrence County survived another 57th District opponent in an even closer contest.

The Bulldogs beat Paintsville, 50-49, at Paintsville High School, setting up a district showdown on Monday. The winner between Lawrence County and Johnson Central will be in the driver’s seat. The matchup is set for 7:30 in Louisa.

On Friday, Brandon Richardson led the Bulldogs (15-7) with 14 points. He hit a key 3-pointer with two minutes left to put the Dawgs up by five.

Paintsville, though, clawed back, forcing the game to come down to free throws.

Lawrence County’s Grant Kiser sank two freebies to give the Bulldogs a 50-48 lead before Paintsville’s Luke Trimble made just one of two from the foul line, allowing  Lawrence County to hold on.

Kiser scored 12 points. Trimble and Quinton Hensley each scored 12 for Paintsville (6-12).

“I’m glad we’re winning these close games,” said Lawrence County coach Josh Cook. “This is exactly what these games are like come district tournament time, usually in the 50s.”

LAWRENCE    14    13    13    10    —    50

PAINTSVILLE    16    10    12    11    —    49

Lawrence County (50) — T. Dalton 7, Chaffins 7, Kiser 12, R. Dalton 5, Richardson 14, Ratliff 3, Moore 2, M. Ratliff. 3-Pt. FG: 5 (Kiser 2, R. Dalton, Richardson 2). FT: 9-19. Fouls: 14.

Paintsville (49) — Trimble 12, Hensley 12, Lu. Daniels 6, Collins 6, Litteral 7, Smith 2, Helton 2, La. Daniels 2. 3-Pt. FG: 4 (Trimble, Collins 2, Litteral). FT: 7-14. Fouls: 16.

Lewis Co. 76

Morgan Co. 74

VANCEBURG Despite making two of 21 3-point attempts, Lewis County scratched out a win over Morgan County on Friday night.

Brett Ruckel managed 22 points even though he made one of 10 long ball tries. Trenton Walker tallied 21. Sammy Holder chipped in 11.

Mikie Whisman led Morgan County with 22 points. Jordan Perry contributed 18.

MORGAN CO.    16    17    19    22    —    74

LEWIS CO.    19    17    17    23    —    76

Morgan County (74) — Conley 2, Whisman 22, Adams 15, Burton 10, Perry 18, Collins 1, Sparkman 2, Prater. 3-Pt. FG: 5 (Whisman 2, Perry 2, Adams). FT: 15-19. Fouls: 25.

Lewis County (76) — Walker 21, Ruckel 22, Holder 11, Adams 9, Parker 4, Weddington 7, Mason 2, McCann. 3-Pt. FG: 2 (Ruckel, Weddington). FT: 22-31. Fouls: 15.

GIRLS

Ashland 63

Fairview 27

WESTWOOD The Kittens had no problems putting away Fairview on Friday night, using a 19-6 first quarter en route to a 36-point victory.

Alex Young poured in 15 points and Chelsea Woodson added 11 for Ashland (14-5).

Brittany Bell dropped in a team-high 11 points for Fairview (4-12).

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