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March 8, 2014

15th Region: Bulldogs maul Betsy Layne, 71-52

PIKEVILLE — Sophomore guard Brandon Richardson scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in the second half Saturday to lead Lawrence County to a lopsided 71-52 win over Betsy Layne in the opening round of the 15th Region Tournament at the East Kentucky Exposition Center.

It was a tale of two halves for the Bulldogs as they battled foul trouble for most of the first half. All five starters had two fouls and they held a slim 23-20 lead at the break.  Lawrence County got solid play from its bench during that critical time.

“I thought our bench sustained us for some critical minutes in the first half,” said Lawrence County coach Josh Cook. “It allowed our kids to rest, and I think we came out in the second half with a renewed focus.”

They did.

The Bulldogs stormed out of the gate on a 17-2 to start the third quarter, and they never looked back.

“I was proud of how we kept the ball in front of us and took good shots,” Cook added. “When we play smart and hard, a lot of things open up for us.”

Five Lawrence County players scored in double figures. Austin Chaffins and Grant Kiser each had 13. Robert Dalton chipped in 12, and Timmy Dalton had 10.

Betsy Layne (26-6) was led by Peyton Case’s 17 points.

The Bulldogs (21-10) advance to Monday’s semifinal round where they will play Shelby Valley.

B. LAYNE    10    10    11    19    —    52

LAWRENCE    13    10    30    18    —    71

Betsy Layne (52) – Peyton Case 5  7-8 17; Andrew Tackett 0(1) 2-2 5; Dustin Rogers 0 1-2 1; Dylan Hamilton 2 1-2 5; Dylan Meade 0(1) 0-0 3; Dalton Maldonado 0 6-10 6; Dalton Meade 2 4-7 8; and Zach Hamilton 3 1-1 7. Totals: 14(2) 22-32 52.

Lawrence County (71) – Timmy Dalton 5 0-2 10; Austin Chaffins 4 5-7 13; Grant Kiser 3(1) 4-4 13; Robert Dalton 4 4-4 12; Brandon Richardson 3(4) 3-5 21; Matt Ratliff 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25(5) 16-22 71.

Johnson Central 62

East Ridge 45

Johnson Central’s first stop along the road to a hopeful three-peat wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.

The Golden Eagles got a game-high 17 points from senior Shane Hall as they defeated East Ridge, 62-45, Saturday in the opening round of the 15th Region Tournament at the East Kentucky Exposition Center.

“It’s all about surviving and advancing,” said JCHS coach Tommy McKenzie. The Golden Eagles, now 22-6, have won 11 straight games and 19 of their last 20. “We’ve had an eight-day layover after a very hard district tournament, and we seemed out of sync.”

Senior Slade McPeek added 16 points for Central, who will play Prestonsburg Monday in the semifinals.

Jacob Skeens led East Ridge (16-10) with 13 points.

E. RIDGE    9    16    7    14    —    45

J. CENTRAL    16    3    12    21    —    62

East Ridge (45) – Jacob Chaney 2 1-2 5; Patrick Coleman 0 1-2 1; Michael Fields 2(2) 2-2 12; Johnny Miller 4 0-0 8; Jacob Skeens 3(1) 4-5 13; Austin Hylton 2 2-2 6. Totals: 13(3) 10-13 45.

Johnson Central (62) – Dalton Adkins 1(1) 2-2 7; Braxton Blair 0 5-6 5; Slade McPeek 6 4-6 16; Kyle Gullett 2(1) 0-0 7; Shane Hall 7 3-7 17; Truman Slayer 2(1) 2-4 9; Pstrick Rice 0 1-2 1. Totals: 17(3) 10-17 62.

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