PIKEVILLE – South Floyd held on to defeat Morgan County, a rival from the neighboring 16th Region, 78-72 in the first round of the Pikeville Invitational Tournament at T.W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Monday.
With the win, South Floyd improved to 6-4.
Morgan County dropped to 7-4 with the loss.
South Floyd shot 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the field. Hitting just over half of its foul shots, South Floyd shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the free throw line.
Three South Floyd players reached double figures in the scoring column. Leading the Raiders in both scoring and rebounding, Brady Conn netted 23 points and chased down eight caroms.
Directly behind Conn in the South Floyd scoring column, Jacob Collins contributed 22 points.
Joining Conn and Collins in double figures and delivering a double-double, Andew Tackett scored 15 points and dished out a game-high 13 assists for the Raiders.
Narrowly missing double figures, Poppa Trammell netted nine points in South Floyd’s win.
The Raiders returned to the court for the first time since capturing a division title during the Smoky Mountain Classic in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
In other first round games in the Pikeville Invitational Tournament it was Hazard 76, Sheldon Clark 74; Pikeville 60, Russell 52 and Shelby Valley 84, Johnson Central 83.
South Floyd advanced to meet 15th Region rival Shelby Valley in the second round of the Pikeville Invitational Tournament on Tuesday.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.