Belfry got its wish, a chance to prove that they should be the Big Sandy Conference champions against rival Paintsville High School. The teams had first played in the 1934/35 season, and the Tigers won the first seven games against the Pirates. It was a good rivalry for the two schools and it usually consisted of many close basketball games. But the Big Sandy Conference “championship game” didn’t turn out as the Belfry Pirates had hoped as they lost their game against the Paintsville Tigers, 45-40.
The Williamson Daily News didn’t provide much coverage for the anticipated match-up and only recorded the following, “Belfry High School’s argument over the right to compete for the Big Sandy Conference championship is apparently settled. Paintsville High School, which won the Big Sandy tournament at Betsy Layne last week, downed Belfry by a score of 45-40 on the Pirates’ home court Thursday night.
Paintsville had a 10-point lead on the Pirates in the second half… [Corkey] Kirtley of Paintsville, who later played football and basketball at Morehead State) was high scorer with 20 points, while Harrell of Belfry tallied 16.” Aiding Kirtley in the win for Paintsville was Jim Butler who had 14 and Bob Gunning who had 6.