Lady Raiders enjoy success

South Floyd will begin battling Betsy Layne and other rivals Prestonsburg and Allen Central for the 58th District’s top spot later in the year.

HI HAT – The South Floyd Lady Raiders girls’ basketball team enjoyed success against several area teams earlier in the month. South Floyd will enter the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Dead Period on Thursday.

“We have been successful this summer,” South Floyd Coach Justin Triplett confided earlier in the week. “But we have had to deal with injuries. We had great success in local summer games and during the Morehead State camp. I’m hopeful that another year of maturity will aid us in our development.”

Under Triplett’s guidance, South Floyd compiled a 13-14 record, finishing one game under the .500 mark. The Lady Raiders were ranked ninth in the final 15th Region girls’ basketball standings.

Prestonsburg ended South Floyd’s 2014-15 postseason hopes, defeating the Lady Raiders 66-36 in the opening round of the 589th District Girls’ Basketball Tournament at Raider Arena.

Excelling late in the 2014-15 season, South Floyd won 10 of its last 11 regular-season games. The winning stretch included a regular-season victory over eventual 58th District champion Prestonsburg.

In addition to Prestonsburg, South Floyd posted wins over Phelps, Allen Central, Piarist School, Cordia, Lawrence County, June Buchanan, Betsy Layne and Pike County Central during the 2014-15 season.

The Lady Raiders are slated to visit Perry County Central for a 2015-16 season-opener on Nov. 30. South Floyd will visit Gatlinburg-Pittman High School for the Smoky Mountain Classic and compete in the Breathitt County-hosted J.P. Deaton Classic in December.

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