PAINTSVILLE Lawrence County got it to overtime, but it was Paintsville that came out victorious.
Paintsville needed two overtimes to defeat district foe Lawrence County 82-76 on Thursday night.
Trevor Tiller had a game-high 31 points for the Tigers. Kash Daniel had 18 points while Matt Daniels added 15 points.
Lawrence County (1-6) was led by Austin Chaffin, who had 23 points and hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.
The Bulldogs had another chance for heroics in the first overtime, but couldn’t get another last-second shot to fall.
Grant Kiser had 22 points for the Bulldogs while Robert Dalton had 20 points.
With the victory, Paintsville (4-1) won its third straight game.
LAWRENCE CO. 15 16 11 19 9 6 — 76
PAINTSVILLE 15 14 12 20 9 12 — 82
Lawrence Co. (76) — Chaffin 23, R. Dalton 20, Richardson 3, Kiser 22, Cyrus 3, Prince 1, Wallen 2, T. Dalton 4, Wellman. FT: 7-13. 3-PT FG: 8 (Chaffins 4, Kiser 4)
Paintsville (82) — Tiller 31, Daniels 15, Miller 7, Daniel 18, Trimble 8, Smith 3, Hensley, Phelps. FT: 13-25. 3-PT FG: 6 (Tiller 2, Daniels 2, Miller, Smith).
Morgan Co. 71
West Carter 60
OLIVE HILL Morgan County had four players in double figures, picking up a 71-60 win over district opponent West Carter on Thursday night.
The Cougars were led by freshman Jordan Perry, who had 23 points.
Aleksandar Malinic added 16 points for West Carter, while Samuel Aguirre and Jordan Whitt had 12 points each.
West Carter (0-4) was led by senior Kyle Brown, who had a game-high 30 points. Dustin Black added 11 points for the Comets.
West Carter plays its next seven games on the road, starting with a game Saturday at Greenup Count.
Morgan County (4-2) plays another district game at Elliott County tonight.
MORGAN CO. 13 18 14 26 — 71
WEST CARTER 10 16 10 24 — 60
Morgan Co. (71) — Aguirre 12, Whitt 12, Burton 6, Whisman 2, Perry 23, Malinic 16, Ross, Moore. FT: 15-18. 3-PT: 2 (Perry 2).
West Carter (60) — Spurlock 4, Nunnley 2, Black 11, Layne 5, Mitchell 8, Brown 30, B. Brown, Gee. FT: 14-19. 3-PT 6 (K. Brown 4, Black, Layne).
Rose Hill 44
ASHLAND Fairview sank eight 3-pointers on Thursday picking up a district win over Rose Hill.
Senior Devon Turner paced the Eagles with 16 points while Cameron Delong added 13 points.
Rose Hill had only four scorers, but three were in double figures. Cameron Thomas led the way with a game-high 18 points, while Travis Dudding and Chase Meredith added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Fairview (3-2) are in action again tonight as it hosts Greenup County.
Rose Hill (0-7) are off until Tuesday, when it competes in the Days Innvitational Tournament at Fairview.
FAIRVIEW 28 16 13 25 — 78
ROSE HILL 7 11 9 13 — 44
Fairview (78) — Carroll 2, Roy 2, Jones 6, Davis 3, I. King 4, Collins 9, Stormes 2, Smith 6, Delong 13, Dolen 2, Turner 16, Thovson 9, McPeek 4, Russell, Roark . FT: 14-18. 3-PT FG: 8 (I. King, Collins, DeLong 3, Turner 2, Thovson).
Rose Hill (44) — Dudding 11, Thomas 18, Meredith 10, N. Hamilton 5, Daniel, Centers, Wilcox. FT: 7-10. 3-PT FG: 5 (Thomas 2, Meredith 2, Hamilton.)
Rose Hill 38
ASHLAND Fairview started out hot and picked up a district win over Rose Hill on Thursday.
The Lady Eagles scored 35 points in the first half compared to Rose Hill 17 points.
Fairview (4-3) was led by Brittany Bell’s 12 points. Jessica Meeks and Mackenzie Humphrey had 10 points each for the Lady Eagles.
Rose Hill (0-5) was led by Myriah Porter, who had a game-high 18 points.
FAIRVIEW 16 19 11 15 — 61
ROSE HILL 7 10 12 9 — 38
Fairview (61) — McPeek 9, Mac. Humphrey 10, Cornwell 2, Adkins 5, Meeks 10, Mounts 4, Bell 12, Reynolds 9, Bohannon, Fraley. FT: 11-22. 3-PT FG: 3 (Mac. Humphrey 2, Cornwell).
Rose Hill (38) — Porter 18, Brammer 3, Crum 5, Grant 6, Wehmeier 5, Sparks 1, Steele, Sizemore, Fyffe, Keating. FT: 9-21. 3-PT FG : 1 (Crum)
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Panthers pound Ashland for repeat trip to Rupp
The Fleming County Panthers waited nearly an hour to ascend the ladders set up under the goals at Ellis T. Johnson Arena on Tuesday night.
To the victor belongs the spoils, which traditionally includes the nets after winning a tournament title. But Fleming County milled around on Morehead State’s floor taking pictures and soaking in the atmosphere after handling Ashland 82-59 in the 16th Region Tournament final.
Snipping the twine was almost an afterthought. In fact, except for a minute or so of celebration with their student section immediately following the final buzzer, the Panthers didn’t really even seem all that excited.
They expected to be here, and they were all business after earning back-to-back region titles and trips to Rupp Arena.
AARON SNYDER: Truth or Dare unkind to ’Cats
Ashland was left feeling like the shy kid after an intense game of Truth or Dare.
Truth: Fleming County outrebounded Ashland, 39-24, after Ashland outdueled Greenup County by 10 the night before.
'Relaxed' Steward earns MVP award
Both Fleming County coach Mark Starns and stellar senior Troy Steward attributed his significant strides this season to aggressiveness.
Playing a part, too, in Steward earning the 16th Region Tournament Most Valuable Player award was the lack of nerves, which were nearly overwhelming at times a year ago.
Central's 15th Region reign continues
Once was good.
Twice was nice.
Three was sweet for the Johnson Central Eagles.
Senior Slade McPeek scored 22 points and earned most valuable player honors Tuesday night as Johnson Central rolled past Shelby Valley, 81-56, for its third straight 15th Region championship at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
- Fleming goes for two: Panthers beat Ashland for 16th Region repeat Fleming County pulled away early and never looked back as the Panthers pounced on Ashland, winning 82-59 in the 16th Region championship game on Tuesday in Morehead. Fleming County will face Scott County in the Sweet Sixteen next Wednesday at Rupp Arena.
VIDEO: 16th Region semifinals highlights
Fleming County defeated Lewis County, 66-58, and Ashland beat Greenup County, 81-61, on Monday night at Morehead State University to set up tonight's championship matchup. Tipoff is set for 7.
Ashland cruises past Greenup to 16th Region championship game
Tyler Stewart is known for his unrelenting hustle as one of Ashland’s glue guys.
When the senior guard can pitch in some offense too, as he did Monday in the 16th Region Tournament semifinals, that’s just one more problem for Tomcats opponents.
Stewart scored 20 points, senior Steven Friley posted a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Ashland outscored Greenup County 21-9 in the third quarter to break open what was a seven-point game at halftime and cruise past the Musketeers, 81-61.
Fleming battles back to 16th Region final
A healthy Wilder Williams this season has given Fleming County a whole new dimension.
Prior to his sophomore year, Williams sustained a football injury that resulted in three ankle surgeries and limited him to bench duty last season while the Panthers made their run to the 16th Region championship.
A physical 6-foot-3 player, Williams is making his presence felt around the basket as Fleming County looks to return to the Sweet Sixteen.
AARON SNYDER: Will the next hero be unmasked?
Who will the bat signal shine for tonight?
Or, should I say, the Cat signal?
In the third installment of a trilogy that might rival the Batman three-pack of “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” Fleming County and Ashland will battle in a matchup that has produced a classic clash in each of the last two 16th Region Tournaments.
If the first two collectively served as a gradual progressions to tonight’s scene, the climax could be off the charts.
Corey Gregg was Ashland’s superhero in 2012, when the senior confidently fired a perfect 3-point shot from the right corner. The triple thrust the Tomcats and Panthers into overtime, from which Ashland emerged 79-73 in a first-round game.
Central wins, Lawrence falls in 15th
The biggest concern for Lawrence County coach Josh Cook was staying out of foul trouble.
His team stayed in it all night, and it cost them a spot in the 15th Region title game.
Shelby Valley senior Tyler Carr led four players in double figures with 19 points as the Wildcats knocked off Lawrence County, 72-60, in the semifinals of the 15th Region Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
“This one hurts,” said Cook. “We’ll learn from this, and I have no doubt that our kids will get back here and finish the job.”
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