PIKEVILLE Prestonsburg earned a trip to the Boys 15th Region Tournament semifinals following a win over Pike County Central Thursday night. The Blackcats defeated Pike County Central 76-71. Prestonsburg prevailed after facing an eight-point deficit at the intermission.
Senior guard Jody Tackett led Prestonsburg past Pike County Central. Tackett, a two-year starter for the Blackcats, scored a game-high 21 points. Seniors Alex Stumbo and Steven Patrick added 13 points apiece for the Blackcats. Austin Gearheart, another senior, scored 12 points as Prestonsburg (18-12) advanced.
The Blackcats had an early lead before trailing at the break. Prestonsburg outscored Pike County Central 16-13 in the opening quarter. Pike County Central led 38-30 when the game entered halftime.
The Blackcats outscored Pike County Central in each of the last two quarters en route to the win. Prestonsburg moved back out in front of Pike County Central in the third quarter, outscoring the Hawks 22-13.
Seth Setser and Cameron Tincher rounded out the Prestonsburg scoring with six and two points, respectively.
Senior forward Dalton Meade led Pike County Central with a team-high 18 points. Sophomore guard Hobo McCoy scored 16 points and senior guard/forward Michael Thompson tossed in 10 for the Hawks.
Pike County Central concluded the season 9-23.
At press time on Saturday, Prestonsburg was battling Lawrence County in the regional tournament semifinals. More on the Prestonsburg-Lawrence County game will appear in Wednesdays edition.