EASTERN – Tournament host Allen Central pulled away to beat Betsy Layne 52-41 in the 58th District Boys’ Basketball Tournament at J.E. Campbell Arena on Wednesday night.
With the win, Allen Central improved to 17-14 and advanced to the 58th District championship game.
Betsy Layne ended its season 12-19 with the loss.
The Rebels, who led at the end of both the first and last quarters, advanced to meet South Floyd in the 58th District title game at 8 p.m. on Friday night.
“There were times that we struggled offensively during the game but we continued to play hard,” Allen Central head coach Brad Short commented. “That’s what I really like about our team. When some guys are having an off game others will step it up but I really like how we keep competing and never shut down. I think if we can shoot the ball well from the perimeter like we are capable of, we will be a dangerous team in the region.”
Seth Hall paced Allen Central with a game-high 15 points. Joining Hall in double figures, Bret Samons and Cameron Blevins scored 11 points apiece for the Rebels.
Betsy Layne led at 23-21 halftime. The two teams were tied 31-31 at the conclusion of the third quarter.
Then Allen Central took over in the final quarter.
Aiding the Allen Central attack, Ethan Smith-Mills scored eight points and Dillon Caudill contributed five points.
Bailey Wright rounded out the Allen Central scoring with two points.
Kyle Watkins led Betsy Layne with 13 points. Accompanying Watkins in double figures for the Bobcats, Jakob Ariaz scored 10 points.
Other scorers for Betsy Layne in the season-ending loss were Dustin Tackett (six points), Grant Osborn (five points), Byron Hammond (three points), Morris Adkins (two points) and Nathan Hall (two points).
Earlier in the 58th District Boys’ Basketball Tournament, South Floyd defeated Prestonsburg 64-33.
58th District Girls’ Basketball Tournament – Prestonsburg 71, South Floyd 64: Prestonsburg topped South Floyd 71-64 in the 58th District Girls’ Basketball Tournament at J.E. Campbell Arena on Wednesday night.
With the win, Prestonsburg improved to 7-22 and advances to meet Betsy Layne in the 58th District championship game at 6 p.m. on Friday.
South Floyd concluded its season 12-13 with the loss.
Prestonsburg won after trailing through each of the first two periods.
The Lady Blackcats took a 43-37 lead into the final quarter.
Tiffany Meadows led Prestonsburg with a game-high 22 points. Accompanying Meadows in double figures, Allison Hall scored 15 points and Jana Jarvis added 12 points for the Lady Blackcats.
Barely missing double figures, Reesce Endicott scored nine points for the Lady Blackcats.
Additional scorers for Prestonsburg in the win were Kaitlyn Newsome (six points), Jenna Layne (five points) and Maddy Rainy (two points).
Leighann Hall led South Floyd with 15 points. Katie Moore scored 13 points and Brooke Potter provided 10 points for the Lady Raiders as South Floyd also featured three scorers in double figures.
Jesse Tackett and Taylor Berger each finished one shot short of reaching double figures, scoring nine points and eight points, respectively.
Rounding out the South Floyd scoring were Brooke Stumbo (five points0 and Cheyann Light (four points).
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.