PRESTONSBURG - Any thoughts of the Prestonsburg Lady Blackcats having a rough season seemed to be premature after Monday evening. Prestonsburg opened the home season with a convincing 61-45 win over a good East Ridge team.
After struggling through the opening game of the season, the Lady Blackcats have since dropped a three point decision to 15th Region power Belfry. But the Lady Blackcats followed that game up with a win over Allen Central and Monday night's win over East Ridge to improve to 2-2 on the season.
Molly Burchett led the Prestonsburg attack against East Ridge, tossing in a game-high 22 points, while also dishing out six assists. East Ridge led 15-14 after one quarter, but a 16-6 run in the second stanza gave the Lady Blackcats a 30-21 lead at the half.
Meaghan Slone continued to play well by scoring 14 points on the night and Amber Whitaker pitched in with nine points in the win.
Senior Chanel Music added eight points and Kelly Key contributed four points for the winning team.
Elizabeth Chaffin and Darcey Hicks rounded out the scoring for Prestonsburg, finishing with two points each. East Ridge cut the P'burg lead to 41-35 after three quarters, but the Lady Cats outscored East Ridge 20-14 in the final quarter to come away with the 61-45 win.
Prestonsburg 56, Allen Central 55
BUCKLEYS CREEK - The Prestonsburg Lady Blackcats and Allen Central Lady Rebels have battled through some very close games in the past two seasons and Saturday evening in the Pike Central Lady Hawk Tip-Off Classic proved to be another close finish. Prestonsburg built a lead of as many as 15 points early in the third quarter before the Lady Rebs battled back to make a game of it.
Meaghan Slone led Prestonsburg with 10 points followed closely by Molly Burchett with 19.
Allen Central trailed 27-14 at the half before senior Becky Thomas brought the Lady Rebs back, finishing with a game-high 24 points. Mara Biliter tossed in 13 points in the loss for Allen Central.
Prestonsburg got seven points form Amber Whitaker and four points from senior Kelly Key. Allen Central cut the lead to three after three quarters but Prestonsburg hung on for the one-point win. Scoring was as follows: Prestonsburg - Burchett 19, Slone 20, Whitaker 7, Key 4, Hicks 3 and Music 2. Allen Central - Thomas 24, Biliter 13, Cline 8, Mills 7 and Frasure 3.