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.