BETSY LAYNE – The Adams Middle School Blackcats captured the Floyd County B-Team Championship earlier in the month, defeating Betsy Layne 33-23 for the title.
With the win, Adams ended its 2016-17 season 28-6.
In addition to the county tournament title, Adams won the Floyd County Conference Championship. The Blackcats finished runner-up in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic early on in the latest campaign.
“This team played a tough schedule, playing a lot of eighth grade teams to help it prepare for the tournament,” said Adams Coach Doug Hopkins. “I wanted to push them with a tough schedule.”
According to Hopkins, the Adams B-Team improved throughout its latest campaign.
“This group has improved and grown the past two years,” added Hopkins. “I am very proud of what they have accomplished. They worked extremely hard in the offseason. We went to Morehead over the summer to play up. I feel this really helped them prepare for this season. They will also get back in the gym for the next couple of weeks to play travel ball. I expect them to make a good run at next year’s Eighth Grade State Tournament.”
The Blackcats notched a win over South Floyd in the semifinals of the county tournament. More on Adams’ journey to the B-Team county championship follows.
Semifinals – Adams 45, South Floyd 12: Colby Fugate scored a game-high 15 points and Isaiah Collins netted 10 points as Adams leveled South Floyd 45-12 in the semifinals of the Floyd County B-Team Boys’ Basketball Tournament.
Adams set the tone early, outscoring South Floyd 16-3 in the first quarter. The Blackcats led 24-11 at halftime and outscored South Floyd 19-1 in the third quarter.
Peyton Burke scored eight points and Matthew Davis netted six points for the Blackcats.
Matt Burchett and Jake Rainey rounded out the Adams individual scoring, chipping in four points and two points, respectively.
Championship game – Adams 33, Betsy Layne 23: Adams pulled away to beat tournament host Betsy Layne 33-23 in the Floyd County B-Team title game.
Colby Fugate led the Blackcats with a game-high 16 points. Fugate was the only Adams player to reach double figures in the scoring column.
Peyton Burke pitched in with eight points, Isaiah Collins contributed three points and Jake Rainey, Matthew Davis and Connor Fugate posted two points apiece for the Blackcats in the county championship-clinching victory.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.