Bobcats drop second straight game to Knott Central
by STEVE LeMASTER
HAZARD - Betsy Layne missed an opportunity to return to the win column on Tuesday, falling to defending 14th Region champion Knott County Central in the opening round of the WYMT Classic at Perry County Central. Knott County Central beat the Bobcats 55-44.
Thriving offensively, Knott County Central shot 54.8 percent (23-of-42) from the field. KCC overcame a two-of-10 shooting performance from 3-point range en route to the win.
The Patriots were nine-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the free throw line.
Camron Justice led Knott County Central (14-2) with a team-best 16 points. Justice was the lone Knott County Central scorer to reach double figures.
Simon Christon just missed a double-double, scoring nine points and pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds for the Patriots.
Evan Hall and Corey Short scored eight points apiece for the Patriots in the tournament game triumph. Chance Cornett contributed seven points, Blake Shrum scored four and Chance Little chipped in three for the Knott County contingent.
Knott County Central outrebounded the Bobcats 31-24.
Betsy Layne (11-5) was limited offensively, shooting only 29.1 percent (16-of-55) from the field. The Bobcats were two-of-16 (12.5 percent) from 3-point range.
Betsy Layne sunk over half of its free throws, finishing 10-of-18 from the free throw line.
Peyton Case paced Betsy Layne with a game-high 18 points. Case was the only Betsy Layne scorer to reach double figures.
Dalton Maldonado netted eight points, Garran Newsome scored six, Dylan Hamilton tossed in five and Lako Daniels added three for the Bobcats.
Dylan Meade and Andrew Tackett chipped in two points apiece for Betsy Layne, which suffered its second straight loss.
Meade had limited playing time in Betsy Layne’s loss.
Betsy Layne was playing North Laurel in the WYMT Classic at press time Thursday evening. The Betsy Layne-North Laurel game ended too late to make this edition.
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