PIKEVILLE – Betsy Layne owned multiple leads in its opening round game versus Pike County Central in the 15th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament. Pike County Central, however, wouldn’t be denied a win. The champion out of the 60th District, Pike County Central battled back to beat 58th District runner-up Betsy Layne 57-50 in the first round of the 15th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center in downtown Pikeville on Monday night.
Betsy Layne ended its season 14-18 with the loss.
With the win, Pike County Central improved to 22-11 and advances to the region semifinals.
Starting strong, Betsy Layne led 12-5 at the conclusion of the first quarter and carried a 29-17 lead into halftime.
Then Pike County Central started to excel offensively.
Pike County Central outscored the Ladycats 18-77 in the third quarter to pull to within one point.
Finishing strong, Pike County Central outscored Betsy Layne 22-14 in the final quarter to claim the win.
Kaitlyn Keathley led Pike County Central with 18 points. Pike County Central featured two players in double figures as Kylea Stanley netted 12 points.
Narrowly missing double figures, Bailey Birchfield chipped in nine points for the Lady Hawks, who shot 42.6 percent from the field and 29.4 percent beyond the arc.
Pike County Central shot 70.6 percent from the free throw line in the hard-fought victory.
Betsy Layne lost despite shooting 52.9 percent (18-of-34) from the field. The Ladycats were 2-of-5 (40 percent) from 3-point range.
Betsy Layne shot 80 percent (12-of-15) from the free throw line.
Megan Frazier paced Betsy Layne with a game-high 19 points. Frazier was 5-of-5 from the free throw line in the Ladycats’ season-ending loss.
Accompanying Frazier in double figures for Betsy Layne, Destiny Compton netted 18 points.
Kaitlin Kidd scored eight points, Caroline Ariaz contributed three points and Alex Sisco added two points for the Ladycats.
In the nightcap on Monday, Johnson Central edged Pikeville 69-68 in overtime.
Betsy Layne ended its first season under head coach Kristal Allen.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.