Lady Tigers come up short in All ‘A’ finals

Paintsville’s Megan Taylor prepares to go up for a kill attempt Thursday night against Pikeville in the 15th Region All “A” Classic championship. The Lady TIgers fell to the Lady Panthers, 2-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-14).

Coach Dawn Kinner and her Lady Tigers had Pikeville on the ropes in the 15th Region All “A” Classic, but failed to deliver the knockout punch. Pikeville pulled out a 2-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-14) win to claim the 15th Region All “A” Classic championship.

After defeating Pikeville 25-19 in the first game, the Lady Panthers tied it up in the second game with a score of 25-23 win. 

The rubber match saw Paintsville up 14-12, but failed to score again as Pikeville rallied hard for a 25-14 victory.

Paintsville came out of the gate swinging early in the finals, pulling out to a 13-8 lead in the first game against Pikeville. 

The Lady Tigers used this momentum to finish off the Lady Panthers in a 25-19 decision. 

The second game saw both teams battle for the lead. Pikeville was able to tie things up at 15-15 and never looked back. Pikeville pulled out a 25-23 win the second game to tie the match up.

Pikeville opened up the score 2-0 against the Lady Tigers in the third game. Paintsville fought back hard to tie it up at 3-3. 

The two teams battled back-and-forth exchanging the lead multiple times with neither team pulling away. Paintsville finally changed that when they went up 10-9. The Lady Tigers took a 13-10 lead.

Their slow building lead would eventually be eroded, though. 

Pikeville was able to capitalize on Paintsville’s mistakes to come from behind to tie it back up at 14-14. 

Paintsville’s Megan Taylor looked for a kill that hit the net; that gave the Lady Panthers a 15-14 lead. Pikeville’s defense didn’t allow anymore points to pull off a 25-14 win in the 15th Region All “A” Classic championship.

Paintsville was able to put away Sheldon Clark on Wednesday, 2-0 (25-12, 25-14). 

Pikeville made easy work of East Ridge 2-0 (25-16, 25-20) Wednesday night in the other semifinal game. 

Pikeville is scheduled to visit 59th District rival Jenkins Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Paintsville's Lady Tigers moves on to face Shelby Valley at home next Monday at 7:00 p.m.

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