MCKEE – A long road trip resulted in a loss for the Betsy Layne Bobcats over the weekend. Host Jackson County topped Betsy Layne 69-62 in a boys’ high school basketball game on Saturday.
With the win, Jackson County halted a three-game losing skid and improved to 8-14.
Betsy Layne suffered its second straight loss and slipped to 9-15.
The Bobcats lost despite shooting 55.8 percent (24-of-43) from the field. Betsy Layne finished 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range.
Connecting on less than half of its foul shots, Betsy Layne shot 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from the free throw line in the non-district matchup.
Three Bobcats reached double figures in the scoring column. Kyle Watkins, one of the 15th Region’s top young boys’ high school basketball players, led former All “A” Classic state champion Betsy Layne with 20 points.
Accompanying Watkins in double figures, Zach Hamilton scored 17 points and Jakob Ariaz added 10 points for the Bobcats.
Both Hamilton and Ariaz recorded double-doubles, pulling down 10 rebounds apiece.
Other scorers for Betsy Layne in the loss were Grant Osborn (seven points), Morris Adkins (four points), Dustin Tackett (three points) and Bryson Hammond (one point).
Betsy Layne and Jackson County are unfamiliar foes. A region separates the two boys’ high school basketball programs.
Jackson County competes in the 49th District and 13th Region.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.