PIKEVILLE – The Prestonsburg Lady Blackcats’ postseason run ended in the semifinals of the region tournament. Magoffin County pulled away to beat Prestonsburg 72-49 in the semifinals of the 15th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center on Friday night.
With the loss, Prestonsburg ended its season 9-23.
Magoffin County improved to 20-9 and advanced to the region title game with the win.
The Lady Hornets moved ahead early, outscoring Prestonsburg 20-11 in the first quarter. Magoffin County doubled up Prestonsburg 22-11 in the second quarter to lead 42-22 at halftime and added to its lead shortly after intermission. The Lady Hornets outscored Prestonsburg 17-10 in the third quarter, putting the game completely out of the Lady Blackcats’ collective reach.
Magoffin County, the champion out of the 57th District, shot 52.5 percent (21-of-40) from the field. The Lady Hornets were 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) from 3-point range.
Magoffin County shot 77.4 percent (24-of-31 ) from the free throw line.
Leslee Howard led Magoffin County with a game-high 21 points. Alexis Montgomery scored 19 points and Jazzy Howard added 17 points for the Lady Hornets, who outrebounded 58th District champion Prestonsburg 31-28.
Prestonsburg shot 38 percent (19-of-50) from the field. The Lady Blackcats were 3-of-12 (25 percent) from the 3-point range.
Prestonsburg missed over half of its foul shots, shooting 40 percent (8-of-20) from the free throw line.
Three Prestonsburg players reached double figures in the scoring column, Tiffany Meadows paced the Lady Blackcats with 12 points. Accompanying Meadows in double figures for Prestonsburg, Allison Hall scored 11 points and Jenna Layne chipped in 10 points for the Lady Blackcats.
Narrowly missing double figures, Jana Jarvis netted nine points for Prestonsburg in the loss.
Reesce Endicott (three points), Nicole Burchett (two points) and Kaitlyn Newsome (two points) provided additional scoring for the Lady Blackcats in the season-ending setback.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.