The 15th Region All “A” Classic championship is set.
After a big weekend of basketball at the Appalachian Wireless Arena, Shelby Valley and Phelps are the two teams left to do battle for the championship.
The game took place Monday night and ended too late to be included in this edition of the News-Express. See Thursday’s edition for the championship story.
15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals Sunday
Shelby Valley 58,
Cassidy Rowe made her season debut Friday night against Martin County in the 15th Region All “A” Classic, but Sunday in the semifinals, she helped fuel Shelby Valley to a big win.
The Lady Wildcats and Lady Panthers were tied at 25-25 midway through the third quarter.
Rowe knocked down a three with 4:57 left to play in the third. That was her first basket all season and it gave the Lady Wildcats a 30-27 lead. She followed with a beautiful no-look pass to Alyssa Elswick to push the lead to 32-27. Rowe fired in her second three with 3:50 left in the third to push the lead to 35-27.
That wasn’t the end of the run, though. The Lady Wildcats added seven more to cap off a 15-0 run and take a 42-27 lead. Alyssa Newsom added a basket after Cassidy Rowe’s second three, followed by an offensive rebound and putback by Zoee Johnson. Eslwick split a pair of free throws and then Tori Hampton capped off the run with a basket at the 1:28 mark to push the lead to 42-27.
Hampton recently committed to play college basketball at Alice Lloyd.
Elswick led the way for Shelby Valley with a game-high 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Newsom followed with 12 points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists. Zoee Johnson had 10 points and six rebounds as well. Hampton added eight points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal. Cassidy Rowe had six points, five assists, three rebounds and a steal. Laci Johnson had six points, four rebounds and two steals.
Pikeville’s Emma Ratliff knocked down a three to end Shelby Valley’s 15-0 run and cut the lead to 42-30. Shelby Valley held a 44-30 lead entering the fourth quarter of play.
Pikeville didn’t give up in the fourth quarter.
Kelsey Jo Tackett knocked down a three to cut the lead to 46-33 with 7:30 left to play. Kirsten Cole-Williamson followed with a basket and she was fouled on the play with 5:58 left. She made the free throw to cut the lead to 46-36.
Zoee Johnson answered for Shelby Valley by scoring off of an offensive rebound.
Cole-Williamson scored and was fouled again on the next Pikeville possession; she didn’t make her free throw this time, though.
Pikeville couldn’t cut into Shelby Valley’s lead any closer than that.
Trinity Rowe led the way for Pikeville with a team-high 11 points. Trinity Rowe scored nine of her points in the first half. She had seven assists, three rebounds and two steals to go with her 11 points.
Alexia Wilkerson also reached double figure scoring for Pikeville with 10 points. Cole-Williamson added nine points and nine rebounds. Tackett added nine points for the Lady Panthers. Ratliff had five points and Rylee Theiss added four for Pikeville.
This was the second meeting of the two schools this season. Pikeville won the first game 54-53.
Shelby Valley (10-5) took on Phelps in the 15th Region All “A” Classic championship last night. The Lady Wildcats are scheduled to take on Scott at George Rogers Clark in the MLK Classic this weekend.
Pikeville (12-4) is scheduled to host 59th District rival East Ridge at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.
Betsy Layne 49
Kylie Hall hit the offensive glass for Phelps Sunday in the 15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals against Betsy Layne.
Hall had quite a performance as she scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds to lead the Lady Hornets past Betsy Layne and into the All “A” Classic championship against Shelby Valley.
Out of Hall’s 14 rebounds, eight came on the offensive glass.
Phelps scored 19 second-chance points against Betsy Layne Sunday.
The Lady Hornets and Lady Bobcats were tied at 8-8 after the first quarter of play. Phelps’ Chloe Smith scored and was fouled with 3:40 left in the first half; she missed the free throw, but the Lady Hornets held a 17-12 lead. Smith followed with a three to give Phelps a 20-12 lead.
Betsy Layne’s Kennedy Boyette knocked down a three with 1:27 left to cut the Phelps lead to 23-19.
Hall answered for Phelps with a basket and she was fouled on the play; she made the free throw to push the lead to 26-19.
Phelps held a 26-21 halftime lead.
Danielle Prater finished the game with 14 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists for Phelps. Smith added 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Kacie Dotson added eight points and eight rebounds. Alyssa Sargent and Amelia Casey each chipped in with two points in the win.
Betsy Layne’s Alexandria Jarvis opened the third quarter with a basket to cut the lead to 26-23. Jarvis then added another basket to cut the lead to 28-27 with 5:13 left in the third.
Betsy Layne’s Amelia Blackburn knocked down a pair of free throws with 2:48 left to tie the game up at 33-33.
Phelps responded by ending the quarter with a 7-1 run. Hall pulled down an offensive rebound, then scored and was fouled; she knocked down the free throw to push the lead to 36-33. Hall added two more free throws on the next possession and she scored on an offensive rebound and outback with 1:05 left in the quarter.
Phelps held a 40-33 lead over Betsy Layne after three quarters of play.
Jarvis opened the fourth with a basket for the Lady Bobcats to cut the lead to 40-36. Jarvis scored again with 4:04 left to play to cut the Phelps lead to 43-42.
Jarvis had a double-double to lead the way for Betsy Layne. Jarvis finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Madilyn Meade added 12 points, five assists, three rebounds and two assists. Boyette scored eight points for the Lady Bobcats. Lauryn Watkins had four points, five assists, three steals and a rebound. Katie Kidd, Sydney Newsome, Blackburn and Kim Akers each finished the night with two points for Betsy Layne.
Sargent knocked down a pair free throws for the Lady Hornets with 1:34 left to play to push the lead Phelps lead to 53-47.
Phelps (11-5) hit four of their last five free throws to ice the win and advance to the 15th Region All “A” Classic championship. The Lady Hornets were scheduled to take on Shelby Valley in the championship game.
Betsy Layne 62,
The Lady Bobcats took control in the second quarter and never looked back as they held on for the nine-point win to advance to the 15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals Sunday.
Phelps was scheduled to play Piarist, but Piarist dropped out of the tournament giving Phelps a Bye until the semifinal round.
With the game tied at 13-13 after the first period of play, the Lady Bobcats outscored Prestonsburg 21-11 in the second to take a 34-24 halftime lead.
Katie Kidd led the way for the Lady Bobcats with a double-double. Kidd had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Alexandria Jarvis also scored 14 points and pulled down five rebounds. Madilyn Meade scored 11 points, had 10 steals, dished out four assists and pulled down two rebounds. Lauryn Watkins finished with seven points, eight steals, two rebounds and an assist. Kim Akers added six points in the win.
Faith Lazer led the way for the Lady Blackcats with 23 points and seven rebounds. Celina Mullins scored eight points. Destiny Elliot added five points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Kylie Stephens added five points. Allison Campbell scored four points and pulled down five rebounds. Alivia Slone and Maggie Nelson each scored three points.
Betsy Layne’s defense caused Prestonsburg to turn the ball over 36 times.
Shelby Valley 48,
Martin County 26
Shelby Valley’s Alyssa Elswick dominated the paint against Martin County’s Madison Thompson Friday night in the 15th Region All “A” Classic at the Appalachian Arena.
Elswick finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Martin County’s Thompson finished with seven points and 13 rebounds.
The game also Shelby Valley point guard Cassidy Rowe make her season debut and Rodney Rowe joined his brother and head coach Lonnie “Doe Doe” Rowe as an assistant on the Shelby Valley bench.
Cassidy Rowe played 11:36 in her first game back from injury this season.
Kelsey Owens just missed double figure scoring for the Lady Wildcats with nine points. Laci Johnson, Alyssa Newsom, Tori Hampton and Zoee Johnson each scored four points for the Lady Wildcats. Jazzy Meade added two points in the win.
Shelby Valley forced Martin County to turn the ball over 17 times, while only turning it over seven times themselves.
The Lady Wildcats shot 39.6 percent from the field (19 for 48), while holding Martin County to 23.5 percent shooting (eight for 34).
The Lady Wildcats also won the battle of the boards 29-26.
Kirsten Cole-Williamson was too much for Jenkins in the paint as the Lady Panthers picked up a big win over Jenkins to advance to the 15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals.
Cole-Williamson scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds to lead the way for Pikeville Friday night at the Appalachian Wireless Arena.
Trinity Rowe and Alvia Gearheart also reached double figure scoring for Pikeville as well. Rowe finished with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Gearheart had 10 points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist. Alexia Wilkerson and Leighan Jackson each scored six points. Rylee Theiss added five points and nine rebounds for Pikeville. Emma Ratliff scored three points and Kelsey Jo Tackett chipped in with two.
Lindsey Rose led the way for Jenkins with 17 points and six rebounds. Jerrica Thacker added 14 points, five rebounds, three steals, three assists and a block. Alexis Ritchie added five points, while Cadi Firth and Skye Brown each scored three points.
Pikeville shot 37 percent from the field (26 for 70), while holding Jenkins to 31.3 percent shooting from the field (15 for 48).
Jenkins had 16 turnovers, while Pikeville turned it over 14 times.
Pikeville dominated the boards, though. The Lady Panthers pulled down 48 rebounds compared to Jenkins’ 27.