MOREHEAD Quickly, name the lone district runner-up still playing in either the boys or girls 16th Region tournaments.

The answer: Boyd County’s boys.

The 64th District’s Lions eliminated 62nd District champion West Carter, 76-60, in Wednesday’s first round at Morehead State University’s Johnson Arena.

Cannonsburg’s felines will thus meet the 63rd District champion Lewis County Lions — a 66-53 winner over Bath County — in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

As has often been the case, senior guard Blake Stewart led Boyd County (19-14) with 21 points. Of course, he was not the lone contributor — Austin Gibbs added 17 points, and Carson Webb added 12.

Something Stewart hasn’t had a lot of time to do: contemplate that he’s still playing in his fifth regional tournament.

“Of course, I reflect on all the great memories and the bad memories I have here,” Stewart said of MSU's court. “It’s a really fun court to play on, really fun atmosphere, and I enjoy every time I get an opportunity to come out here and play. I’ve been blessed to be on some really good teams.”

At Saturday's regional draw, Boyd County coach Randy Anderson talked about being ready and starting fast. Wednesday, the Lions did both – they took a 42-25 halftime lead and led by 76-55 with under two minutes to go.

“We just really wanted to be passionate, (have) a lot of energy on the defensive end,” Boyd County coach Randy Anderson said.

West Carter finished at 17-13. Senior Braden Leadingham completed his high school career with 22 points, seven rebounds, and assist and three blocks.

Dominick Dean's bucket with 5:38 left in the first quarter gave West Carter a 9-6 lead, and a Leadingham field goal some 27 seconds later put the Comets ahead, 11-9.

Unfortunately for West Carter, those were the only two times the Comets led all evening.

Stewart's 3-pointer put Boyd County ahead, 15-13, with 3:22 to go in the first quarter. Dawson Meade followed with a triple about two minutes later.

And West Carter? Nothing for nearly three minutes, when Jackson Bond knocked down a 3 with 38 seconds left.

“We didn't execute there offensively and was tryin' to rush things,” Comets coach Jeremy Webb said. “ … We didn't stay patient enough offensively.”

The scoring drought was just the beginning of West Carter's woes. Leadingham tipped the ball into Boyd County's basket with a second to go in the first, and by halftime he had three fouls.

“I was trying to knock it away from the goal,” Leadingham said of the tip-in. “I hit the end of my finger, and (it) bounced in.”

A second-quarter scoring drought didn't help, either.

West Carter went nearly three minutes from Tyson Webb's layup 6:55 left to his free throw with 2:35 remaining. In between, Boyd County took a 35-19 lead.

Lewis County edged Boyd County, 66-64, on Jan. 21 in Vanceburg. Stewart scored 31 points that night.

“I just remember us coming out slow that game,” Stewart said. “I can't tell you much about it; it seems like decades ago. I'm sure we'll turn on that film and rewatch it.”

Leadingham, Dean, Trace Tackett, Ben Wilburn and Evan Jordan played their last games – a string that lasted some 10 years.

“I played with all of them since the second grade,” Leadingham said.

BOYD CO.    FG    FT    REB    TP

Webb    4-10    2-2    4    12

Stewart    6-13    5-5    4    21

Newsome    4-7    0-0    6    9

Gibbs    7-11    3-4    6    17

Cisco    1-2    3-4    1    6

Meade    1-4    0-0    0    3

Ellis    1-1    0-0    0    2

Holbrook    0-0    0-0    0    0

Deboard    2-3    0-0    3    4

Hale    0-1    0-0    0    0

Jackson    0-1    0-0    0    0

Martin    0-2    0-0    0    0

Walter    0-2    0-0    1    0

Team points                2

Team rebounds            4

TOTALS    26-57    13-15    31    76

FG Pct.: 45.6. FT Pct: 86.7. 3-point FG: 9-19 (Webb 2-4, Stewart 4-7, Newsome 1-1, Meade 1-2, Martin 0-2, Walter 0-2). PF: 15. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: 8.

W. CARTER    FG    FT    REB    TP

Webb    5-10    3-4    2    13

Callahan    2-2    1-2    0    5

B. Leadingham    9-14    4-4    7    22

Tackett    0-4    0-0    1    0

Dean    1-1    0-0    3    2

Bond    1-4    0-0    1    3

Nichols    0-0    0-0    0    0

Jones    0-0    0-2    1    0

Jordan    2-4    0-0    3    4

Boggs1-2    1-2    5    3

Wilburn    0-0    0-0    0    0

G. Leadingham    2-4    0-0    0    4

Lambert    1-1    2-2    1    4

Rayburn    0-1    0-0    0    0

Team    3

TOTALS    24-47    11-16    27    60

FG Pct.: 51.1. FT Pct: 68.8. 3-point FG: 1-10 (Webb 0-2, B. Leadingham 0-1, Tackett 0-3, Bond 1-3, Rayburn 0-1). PF: 17. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: 12.

BOYD CO.    23    14    22    17    —    76

W. CARTER    16    9    16    19    —     60

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