PIKEVILLE – Betsy Layne cruised in the first round of the 15th Region All “A” Classic, defeating former 58th District rival Piarist School 70-15 at the East Kentucky Expo Center on Tuesday night.
With the win, Betsy Layne evened its overall record to 6-6.
Piarist School dropped to 0-9 with the loss.
Betsy Layne scored first and never faltered, leading throughout the regional small-school tournament game. The Bobcats, under the direction of head coach Gary Keathley, dominated in each quarter. Betsy Layne controlled the contest from the opening tip and never allowed Piarist to own a lead.
The Bobcats shot 40.8 percent (29-of-71) from the field, finishing 9-of31 (29 percent) from 3-point range. Betsy Layne shot 60 percent (3-of-5) from the free throw line.
Dominating on the backboards, Betsy Layne pulled down 39 total rebounds.
Betsy Layne received scoring from 12 different players, two of whom reached double figures. Pacing Betsy Layne in the win, Kyle Watkins outscored Piarist himself, Kyle Watkins netting a game-high 16 points for the Bobcats.
Following Watkins in the Betsy Layne scoring column, Jakob Ariaz added 10 points for the Bobcats in the convincing victory.
Both Grant Osborn and Dustin Tackett flirted with double figures, finishing with nine points apiece for the Bobcats.
Additional scorers for Betsy Layne were Milton Mahan (seven points), Nathaniel Mims (six points), Kyle Evans (three points), Morris Adkins (two points), Lance Hall (two points), Nathan Hall (two pints), Byron Hammond (two points) and Frank Tackett (two points).
Mims led the Bobcats inside, securing a game-high nine rebounds.
Defensively, Betsy Layne recorded 22 steals and one block.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.