RACELAND The 16th Region’s craziest district in boys basketball this season has finally been sorted out.

With a 62-53 Lewis County win over Raceland on Monday night, Greenup County sits atop the 63rd District standings as the one seed. The Rams will flip a coin with Russell to decide the two and three seeds.

Lions junior Sam O’Keefe posted 34 points and 12 rebounds, helping will his team to victory. Lewis County entered the contest just 4-12 in road and neutral-site games, and were 1-4 in the district prior to Monday night.

Lewis County coach Joe Hampton said O’Keefe “carried the load” in the first half, and he was not wrong.

O’Keefe had 21 of the Lions’ 25 points and eight rebounds at the break.

“He was huge, just huge,” Hampton said. “He’s so enjoyable to watch and as a coach you love having that, but as a fan I would say this is a kid I would like to come watch with the way he goes after it and plays.”

Raceland held a 31-25 halftime edge, but was outscored 20-10 in the third quarter as Lewis County got eight points in the period from Logan Liles.

The Lions were 0-for-7 from beyond the arc in the first half, but got three timely 3-pointers in the second half.

Wyatt Yates missed his first five attempts from long range, but his triple with 4:25 to go in the game put Lewis County ahead 50-43.

Rams coach Bob Trimble said his defense committed “breakdown after breakdown” in the loss to the Lions.

“Very disappointed in the effort tonight overall,” Trimble said. “That’s about as sorry of a half as we’ve played, probably.”

Raceland committed six turnovers in the fourth quarter. The Rams had surrendered the ball just eight times through the first three periods.

“That’s just been our M.O. lately,” Trimble said. “We’re not moving the ball; guys are trying to do too much on their own.

“We’ve just got to do a better job coaching them and make sure that they can function better and just keep working. That’s all you can do at this point.”

The Rams cut the deficit to 52-48 with 2:05 to play on a Kirk Pence field goal, trying to make a late rally.

Pence finished with a team-high 25 points.

Raceland then watched on the following possession as the Lions drained time off the clock. With the game winding down, the Rams had no choice but to foul.

Statistically, Raceland (15-7) appeared to have made the right choice in fouling Lewis County junior Kolby McCann.

McCann was just a 53.8% free-throw shooter coming in to the game, but he sank both attempts with 1:35 remaining to push the Lions ahead by six.

McCann followed up that performance by dropping two more free throws in the net with 43.5 seconds to play, helping to ensure the Lewis County victory.

“I don’t look at our stats very much and I can tell Raceland studied because I thought, he must have a terrible percentage, but I watch him daily in practice and I know he’s not that bad of a free-throw shooter,” Hampton said. “That was huge on Kolby, he knew he was the target and they were trying to foul him.”

The Lions (10-14) closed out the game on a 10-5 run.

LEWIS CO.    FG    FT    REB    TP

Thomas    1-3    1-2    2    3

Liles    3-3    2-2    4    10

McCann    1-2    4-4    2    6

Gerike    0-1    1-2    1    1

Spencer    2-4    0-0    5    4

Yates    1-8    1-2    1    4

O’Keefe    13-19    8-9    12    34

Burriss    0-1    0-0    0    0

TOTALS    21-41    17-21    27    62

FG Pct.: 51.2. FT Pct.: 80.9. 3-point FGs: 3-13 (Liles 2-2, Yates 1-6, O’Keefe 0-3, Thomas 0-1, Burriss 0-1). PF: 16. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: 16.

RACELAND    FG    FT    REB    TP

Floyd    2-9    4-4    4    8

Pence    10-16    5-7    2    25

Broughton    4-9    0-0    5    11

Lewis    0-2    3-4    4    3

Newman    1-1    0-0    0    2

Stephens    0-1    0-0    0    0

Cumpton    2-6    0-2    3    4

Reed    0-0    0-0    1    0

TOTALS    19-44    12-17    19    53

FG Pct.: 43.2. FT Pct: 70.6. 3-point FGs: 3-12 (Broughton 3-5, Floyd 0-4, Pence 0-3). PF: 19. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: 14.

LEWIS CO.    11    14    20    17    —    62

RACELAND    19    12    10    12    —    53

Officials: Nathan Sutton, Gavin Ramsey, Dave Anderson.

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