ASHLAND Nothing could stop Ashland on Saturday night after the Tomcats erupted from the locker room on a 17-0 run over Boyd County.
Well, almost nothing.
Play was suspended with 1:04 to play in the third quarter after officials deemed the playing surface unsafe for play. Officials cited slippery conditions on the floor’s surface of Anderson Gymnasium for stopping play for the sake of all competitors involved.
School administrators from both Ashland and Boyd County met with the officials to formulate a plan with hopes on finishing the contest. However, after a full sweeping of the floor, it was decided to return at 2 p.m. this afternoon to complete the affair.
Boyd County led only once in the contest, 3-0 after Blake Stewart sank a triple to open the game. Cole Villers answered with a 3 of his own for the Tomcats and the battle was on. Ashland led by as many as five in the half only to watch Boyd County pull to within one while never getting over the hump.
Brad Newsome’s bucket with 2:10 to play in the half made it 30-29 Tomcats but Hunter Gillum pushed the edge back to three with a bucket on the other end before the break.
A quick 5-0 run less than 2 minutes into the second half forced a Boyd County timeout. By the time the Lions burned their second timeout of the frame, the Ashland surge was 13 in a row. With 2:45 to play in the third, Gillum snatched a rebound and went coast-to-coast for the score and a 49-29 lead.
Boyd County was held scoreless for the opening 6:44 of the second half until a Rheyce Deboard bucket finally dented the scoreboard for the Lions.