HI HAT - Prestonsburg completed the 2012 season undefeated on Thursday night, defeating Betsy Layne 30-20 to win the Floyd County K-5 title at South Floyd High School’s Raider Arena.
Hunter Ousley led Prestonsburg with nine points. Blake Slone and Grant Justice followed, adding six points apiece for the Blackcats.
Prestonsburg shook a slow start. After Betsy Layne carried a slim 4-2 lead out of the first quarter, Prestonsburg used a 10-3 run in the second period to move out in front.
The Blackcats remained ahead in the third quarter, outscoring Betsy Layne 10-4.
Jake Hyden had five points and Cameron Wright and Jaxon Watts chipped in two apiece for Prestonsburg in the county-title clinching win.
Prestonsburg finished first in the Floyd County Conference and won Right Beaver Classic and Prestonsburg Hoop Fest titles during its undefeated season under the guidance of head coach Doug Hopkins.
“It was a great season for a wonderful group of boys,” Hopkins commented. “It was a pleasure to coach these young gentlemen. They came to practice and worked hard everyday to achieve this goal. They were determined to reach their goal of becoming county champs. The future looks bright for Adams Middle School and Prestonsburg High with this bunch of boys coming up to play next year.”
Unselfish play helped to propel Prestonsburg to the first-place finish.
“Every night, we had a different player step up to lead us,” Hopkins added. This is truly a team accomplishment. This team was made up of 12 boys playing as one. Every game they came out focused and ready to win. We had six boys that scored, but we had six more that done something to help achieve this goal during the finals - always hitting the floor for loose balls, making the extra pass, or rebounding.”
The Prestonsburg boys’ basketball team had community support throughout its undefeated campaign.
“I would like to say a big thank you to all of our fans for coming out to support us,” Hopkins added. “Special thanks goes to my assistant Ricky Ward for all of his hard work and help. I would also like to thank our Principal Brent Rose, Assistant Principal/AD Sean Ousley and Assistant Principal Carey Davis. Also to Mayor Jerry Fannin, the Prestonsburg Police and the Prestonsburg Fire Department for the police escort into Prestonsburg following the game and the fireworks.
“Our parents have been great this year, always willing to go the extra mile for the team. Also, my wife, Charla, for her support throughout this year.”
Hopkins helped to get the K-5 tournament started in Floyd County.
“It is hard to believe that when I was a member of the Floyd County Board of Education, I made a push to have this tournament and get all of our elementary schools involved in playing that I would one day be coaching a team and getting to be a part of a championship team,” Hopkins confided. “This has been a great success for Floyd County Athletics and local community support.”
Hopkins has celebrated the 2012 Floyd County title and is already looking forward to the 2013 season.
“I look forward to next year and hoping that we can continue to build on this,” Hopkins exclaimed.
Prestonsburg 30, Betsy Layne 20
Prestonsburg (30): Wright 2, Slone 6, Ousley 9, Justice 6, Watts 2, Hyden 5.
Betsy Layne (20): Hall 5, Stumbo 9, Samons 2, Howell 2, Boyd 2.
Prestonsburg……2 10 108-30
Betsy Layne……..43 49-20