Just call it freeze-frame Friday, because it’s difficult to picture a duplicate night in the near future.
Savannah Anderson and Logan Fraley won’t forget it.
Neither will Christian Villers nor Jaycey Fite.
Fairview and Ashland might like to shed the memory of losing in such agonizingly close fashion.
But overtime madness in rocking gyms might be tough to rescind.
Just as the upset-minded Eagles nearly stunned the region at Boyd County High School before falling short in extra time, the Tomcats and Russell entered their second OT at Marvin Meredith Gymnasium.
Villers contributed heavily to an exhilarating night of basketball with an eye-popping 46 points, eight shy of Marty Thomas’ school record for Ashland.
Anderson passed Stephanie Fraley with her program-best 2,126th point in the first quarter of Lewis County’s blowout win over Allen Central. Just minutes later, teammate Fite notched her 1,000th career point. Both received commemorative basketballs.
“We’re running out of basketballs,” joked Lady Lions coach Jay Fite afterward. Anderson also received one for point No. 2,000.
The Lady Lions of Boyd County also have a new scoring queen. Fraley leap-frogged Taylor Wheeler (1,795 points) on Dec. 22 during a tournament at Bullitt East. She was recognized on Friday night, when she connected for six 3-pointers in a rout of Fairview.
The Marshall signee now has 1,860 points.
Said father/coach Pete Fraley: “Taylor (was a) great player here, and we knew Logan was close, and we didn’t make a big hoopla about it when it happened. We just said, ‘OK, when we get home and have a home game, we’ll present her with a ball and move on.’”
•Raceland’s Krystal Keeton threw her own party a day later, when the Lady Rams junior gathered up 15 rebounds in helping lift the Lady Rams to an important win over district foe Russell on Saturday. Her 1,013 boards have her alone atop both Raceland’s boys and girls basketball teams’ lists.
•Elliott County’s boys could’ve understandably suffered a letdown after an impressive 60-38 win over 62nd District rival Morgan County on Thursday, but the Lions didn’t fold when Lewis County had them against the ropes. A strong bench and team unity are reasons to consider Elliott County a possible region contender.
•Alexis Robinson has pieced together plenty of complete performances throughout her illustrious career, but Monday night might be the best all-around game I’ve personally witnessed from her. What made her 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks against Boyd County even more remarkable? She was beginning to feel flu-like symptoms — she missed the next game with the flu.
•Prior to season’s tipoff, the Monday Morning Point Guard would’ve pegged Greenup County as the easy favorite to take the 63rd District. Not so fast, says coach Bob Trimble and the Raceland Rams. Convincing victories over Fairview and the Musketeers have my (and others’) attention.
•Fairview has been plagued by fourth-quarter problems in recent seasons and, so far, those issues have carried into 2015. However, the Eagles can take solace in the fact that they were able to give Boyd County a true scare.
•Fairview happens to be Ashland’s boys’ next hurdle. The Tomcats, still searching frantically for that first victory, have 11 consecutive wins over the Eagles, dating back to Dec. 23, 2009.
•Don’t leave Ethan Raby open. Ashland learned that lesson early in Friday night’s loss to Russell. The sharpshooter sank his first four 3-pointers to help the Red Devils maintain the upper hand in the first half.
•Fleming County’s girls now own eight straight wins over heated rival Rowan County. Both of this year’s meetings were decided by a single point!
•This week provided a good test for Boyd County’s girls, who faced fellow region heavyweights Ashland and East Carter in a span of six days. While both resulted in losses, the Lady Lions can in no way be counted out.
•Along those lines, East Carter aced a pair of arduous tests in a matter of eight days in toppling both Ashland and Boyd County.
Snyder’s Super Seven
1. Boyd County (13-1)
2. Rowan County (13-3)
3. Lawrence County (7-5)
4. Elliott County (10-4)
5. Johnson Central (11-7)
6. Paintsville (9-6)
7. Raceland (10-4)
Knocking on the door (next two in): Morgan County, East Carter.
1. East Carter (13-4)
2. Ashland (10-3)
3. Boyd County (9-4)
4. Lewis County (11-4)
5. Fleming County (13-4)
6. Paintsville (8-5)
7. Russell (7-6)
Knocking on the door (next two in): Raceland, Johnson Central.
The Point Guard would appoint Christian Villers the president of the 30-Point Club, but with the way he ruled the scorebook on Friday, this may just be a dictatorship.
Villers ruthlessly charged past 30, and then 40, points against Russell, finishing with 46.
That’s Sir Villers, or at least Mr. Villers, to you.
Halftime Prep Talk
Watch Halftime Prep Talk every Thursday afternoon on dailyindependent.com! The half-hour show features special guests from area schools as well as segments such as “Ball’s in their Court,” “Two for the Road,” and more! This week’s guests will come from Elliott County’s boys basketball team. Fannin Automotive Family is the show’s sponsor.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2664. Follow @DindependentQB on Twitter.