PINEVILLE – The Betsy Layne Bobcats came up short on the final day of the Pine Mountain Classic. Breathitt County, an opponent from the neighboring 14th Region, defeated former All “A” Classic state champion Betsy Layne 76-53 in the final round of the Pine Mountain Classic at Pineville on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
With the win, Breathitt County improved to 9-4.
Betsy Layne slipped to 5-6 with the loss.
Breathitt County shot 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from the field. The Bobcats from Jackson finished 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) from the 3-point range.
Breathitt County shot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the free throw line.
Jordan Barnett led Breathitt County with 19 points, 18 rebounds and five assists.
Accompanying Barnett in double figures in the Breathitt County scoring column, Justin Baker scored 15 points and Jerry Ohair contributed 12 points for the Bobcats.
Aiding the the Bobcats offensively were additional scorers Ethan Little (seven points), Tyler Pelfrey (seven points), Ethan Griffith (six points), Bryson Parks (six points), Cameron Stacy (four points) and Randy Melton two points).
Breathitt County doubled up Betsy Layne inside, enjoying a 48-24 advantage in the rebounding column.
Kyle Watkins paced Betsy Layne with a game-high 24 points. Joining Watkins in double figures, Zach Hamilton scored 18 points and Jakob Ariaz added 11 points.
Nathan Hall scored on a free throw for Betsy Layne in the loss.
The Betsy Layne and Breathitt County boys’ basketball teams aren’t scheduled to meet again this season.
15th Region Boys’ Basketball Records
(Through Jan. 4)
Lawrence County (14-2)
Shelby Valley (8-4)
East Ridge (8-5)
Magoffin County (7-5)
South Floyd (6-6)
Johnson Central (6-7)
Betsy Layne (5-6)
Allen Central (5-7)
Pike County Central (5-8)
Sheldon Clark (4-8)
Piarist School (0-8)
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.