Blackcats outlast Pikeville in OT battle
by STEVE LeMASTER
PRESTONSBURG - Host Prestonsburg overcame a 13-point halftime deficit and beat visiting Pikeville in overtime Saturday, 56-54. Both teams were deadlocked at 48 at the end of regulation.
Prestonsburg junior forward Sean Leslie hit some clutch free throws in the overtime period and ended the game with 20 points, leading the homestanding Blackcats to the win.
It was an uphill battle most of the way for the Blackcats. After holding an early lead in the opening period, Prestonsburg had to play from behind in a big way.
Pikeville got out to a quick, successful start and led 14-5 at the end of the first quarter. After trailing by 13 points at halftime, Prestonsburg, for the most part, owned the final two periods, outscoring Pikeville 21-14 in the third quarter and 12-6 in the final period to force the game into an extra session.
Leslie and fellow junior Brooks Herrick each had a three-point field goal apiece for the Blackcats.
Joe Blackburn scored nine points for the Blackcats and John Mark Stephens chipped in eight. Senior guard Trevor Compton, who fouled out in the fourth quarter, Kyle Ousley, and Michael Stephens, all had four points apiece for host Prestonsburg. Herrick ended the game with three points, while Jesse Chaffin and Lewis Barnett both had two apiece.
Senior forward Jesse Parrish led Pikeville with 20 points, sharing game-high honors with Prestonsburg's Leslie. Robert Shurtleff, another senior forward for Pikeville, added 17. Pikeville guard Jacob Sword added eight points.
The Prestonsburg boys' team was back in action at home last night, hosting 58th District rival Betsy Layne.
GIRLS' BASKETBALL - Pikeville 54, Prestonsburg 41: The host Prestonsburg Lady Blackcats had their opportunities against Pikeville, but in the end, fell short.
Pikeville held a slim 17-15 lead at the end of the opening quarter. The Lady Panthers, thanks to some shots made late in the second quarter, led 28-22 at halftime. Pikeville stretched its lead out even more when it outscored Prestonsburg 16-11 in the third quarter.
Shawna Howard led Pikeville (10-4) in scoring with a game-high 18 points. Samantha Howard added 11 points. Megan Harris ended the game with eight points.
Seven different Lady Panthers scored points in Saturday night's win.
Senior Molly Burchett led Prestonsburg in scoring with a game-high 20 points. Amber Whitaker flipped in nine points for the Lady Blackcats and Meaghan Slone followed with eight points. Darcey Hicks and Kelly Key each had two points apiece.
Pikeville is back in Floyd County this week in action at Allen Central in the 15th Region Girls' All "A" Classic.
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