BETSY LAYNE – Host Betsy Layne edged Prestonsburg 50-49 in a 58th District boys’ basketball game at the Dome on Wednesday night.
With the win, Betsy Layne improved to 7-11 overall and 1-2 in the 58th District.
Prestonsburg dropped to 4-14 overall and 1-2 in the district with the loss.
Determined Betsy Layne outscored Prestonsburg 18-6 in the final quarter to pull away for the win.
The Bobcats thrived early, outscoring Prestonsburg 11-4 in the first quarter. Prestonsburg, however, battled back The Blackcats outscored Betsy Layne 19-5 in the second quarter to lead 23-16 at halftime and led 43-32 at the conclusion of the third period.
Struggling late, Prestonsburg was limited throughout the final quarter.
Betsy Layne shot 38.3 percent (18-of-47) from the field. The Bobcats finished 5-of-19 (26.3 percent) from 3-point range.
Betsy Layne shot 60 percent (9-of-15) from the free throw line.
Leading Betsy Layne to the win, Jakob Ariaz scored a game-high 26 points. Ariaz drained three 3-point field goals for the Bobcats. He was the only Betsy Layne player to reach double figures in the scoring column.
Morris Adkins scored seven points and Grant Osborn contributed six points for the Bobcats.
Other scorers for Betsy Layne in the hard-fought win were Zach Hamilton (four points), Kyle Watkins (four points) and Nathan Hall (three points).
The Bobcats dished out 14 assists.
Betsy Layne overcame 12 turnovers en route to the win.
Prestonsburg shot 41 percent from the field in the loss. Dalton Frasure paced the Blackcats with a team-high 18 points. Frasure was the only Prestonsburg player to reach double figures in the scoring column.
Finishing one shot short of reaching double figures, Drake Nunnery netted eight points for the Blackcats.
Additional scorers for the Blackcats were Scott Stapleton (six points), Bailey Slone (six points), Wesley Hager (four points), Endicott (two points) and Reece Ison (two points).
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.