HAZARD – Betsy Layne had the tough task of facing tournament host Hazard in the first round of the Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic on Sunday. Hazard successfully defended its homecourt, pulling away to beat the Lady Cats 78-61 in the late-December girls’ high school basketball matchup.
With the loss, its third setback in four outings, Betsy Layne dropped to 5-6.
Hazard won for the second time in three outings, improving to 6-5.
Betsy Layne shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the field. The Lady Cats finished 0-of-5 from 3-point range.
Betsy Layne shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the free throw line in the loss.
Megan Frazier paced Betsy Layne with 25 points. Joining Frazier in double figures and notching a double-double, Emily Kidd added 22 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Ladycats, who chased down 29 total caroms.
Miscues hurt Betsy Layne in the tournament game. The Ladycats committed 25 turnovers.
Destiny Compton scored six points, while Alex Sisco and Katie Tackett tossed in four points apiece for the Ladycats in the loss.
In other first round games in the Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic it was Harlan 63, Magoffin County 49; Menifee County 69, Prestonsburg 55 and Shelby Valley 49, Leslie County 48.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.