Blackcats outlast South Floyd
by Steve LeMaster
PRESTONSBURG After splitting back-to-back regular-season games with South Floyd, Prestonsburg eliminated the Raiders from the postseason, prevailing 71-68 in double overtime Wednesday evening at the Fieldhouse in the 58th District Tournament.
The latest Prestonsburg-South Floyd matchup ranks as one of the most memorable games in 58th District history.
Senior guard Michael Burchett scored a game-high 29 points against South Floyd defensive pressure, leading Prestonsburg into the district championship game. Burchett hit three of Prestonsburgs six three-point field goals in the title contest. Junior guard Warren Blackburn scored 18 points, which included a seven-of-seven shooting effort from the free throw line. Blackburn helped to push Prestonsburg past South Floyd with his clutch free throw shooting.
The competitive postseason matchup yielded several ties, lead changes and momentum swings. South Floyd outscored Prestonsburg 16-12 in the opening quarter before facing a slim deficit at the intermission. The Blackcats led 31-30 at the intermission.
South Floyd led Prestonsburg 48-41 at the end of the fourth quarter. The Raiders, however, couldnt hold on in the fourth quarter. Regulation ended with the two teams knotted 58-58.
Prestonsburg scored eight of its 13 points from the free throw line in the overtime periods.
Foul trouble plagued the Raiders especially late in the contest.
Cameron joined Burchett and Blackburn in double figures for Prestonsburg, adding 10 points. Kyle Gearheart scored eight points while Zak Key and Caleb Petry netted three apiece.
Prestonsburg finished 21-of-37 in the free throw shooting category.
Shannon Turner, despite being held scoreless in the first quarter, paced South Floyd with 23 points. Dakota Hall followed with 16 points for the Raiders. Dakota Newsome and Corey Paige pushed in eight points apiece for South Floyd in the postseason game. Brandon Marson scored six points, Tommy Joe Hall tossed in five and Wes Light chipped in two as South Floyd had its season shortened.
South Floyd was 11-of-23 from the free throw line.
The Raiders ended the season 4-21.
Prestonsburg (6-20) will face Betsy Layne (17-6) tonight in the 58th District championship game. Tip-off for the championship game is set for 7 p.m. at the Fieldhouse.
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