PAINTSVILLE – Playing on the road at Paintsville on Monday night, Betsy Layne dropped its season-opener to the host Lady Tigers. Paintsville pulled away to defeat the Ladycats 63-44 in a game which served as a season-opener for each of the girls’ high school basketball teams.
Elizabeth Williams and Anna Keeton paced Paintsville offensively, sharing game-high scoring honors. Williams and Keeton scored 19 points apiece for the Lady Tigers.
Joining Williams and Keeton in double figures, Presley Chirico chipped in 10 points.
After the first quarter concluded with the two teams tied 15-15, Paintsville outscored Betsy Layne 19-10 in the second period to lead 34-25 at halftime.
The Lady Tigers didn’t waste any time extending their lead after intermission, outscoring the Ladycats 14-8 in the third quarter.
Abby James (six points) and Alivia Hansford (one point) contributed additional scoring for the Lady Tigers in the convincing victory.
Megan Frazier paced Betsy Layne with a team-high 14 points. Katie Tackett was the only other Ladycat to reach double figures in the scoring column, finishing with 12 points in the loss.
Summer Johnson contributed six points, Jordan Adkins added five and Destiny Compton chipped in three for the Ladycats.
Rounding out the Betsy Layne individual scoring, Jenna Kidd chipped in two points.
The Betsy Layne and Paintsville girls’ basketball teams aren’t scheduled to meet again this season. Betsy Layne is slated to entertain Allen Central for a 58th District game on Friday. Tip-off for the Betsy Layne-Allen Central girls’ basketball game is set for 6 p.m. at the Dome.
Paintsville 63, Betsy Layne 44
Betsy Layne (0-1): E. Kidd 2, Tackett 12, Frazier 14, Compton 3, Johnson 6, Adkins 5, J. Kidd 2.
Paintsville (1-0): James 6, Chirico 10, Fitch 8, Williams 19, Keeton 19, Hansford 1.
Betsy Layne………..15 10 8 11-44
Paintsville………15 19 14 15-63
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.