On Friday, the Paintsville Lady Tigers took the floor against the Pike County Central lady Hawks in a chance to get their fourth straight victory.
The Lady Tigers Emilea Preece dropped 28 points as Paintsville went on to claim the 68-50 win over the Lady Hawks.
In the games first quarter the game seemed like it was going to be a tight one, as the score remained tied at the end of the first quarter 11-11.
Preece led the way for the Lady Tigers in the first quarter with six points while Emalie Tackett for the lady Hawks had six of her own as well.
However, Preece was just getting started, as this first quarter was just a spark compared to the fire show she was about start in the second.
In the second quarter Preece decided to take over as she dropped thirteen points, six of which came from behind the arc, helping her team to a 27-point quarter.
The Lady Hawks on the other hand, fell into a hole that they couldn’t seem to get out of as they only managed to drop 13 on the quarter.
The Lady Tiger defense was stifling, led by Ava Hyden, and was causing all kinds of trouble for the Lady Hawks throughout the whole contest.
Hyden was forcing jump balls and steals every time the Lady Tigers applied their press.
Going into the half the score was set at 38-24 however, with a whole other half left to play all hope wasn’t lost for the Lady Hawks.
With that said, The Lady Tigers and Preece were looking to close the game out early.
In the Third quarter Preece once again led the way for the Lady Tigers with seven points in the quarter as she alone matched what her team held the Lady Hawks too in the period.
Paintsville ended the third quarter with 17 points and had secured a 24-point lead that Pike Central wouldn’t be able to come back from.
The Lady Tigers cruised to the 68-50 win over the Lady Tigers and secured their fourth straight victory.
The next day, Paintsville returned to their home floor where they met Magoffin County.
The Lady Tigers beat Magoffin County for their fifth straight victory in the 54-32 win over the Lady Hornets.
With five straight wins now the Lady Tigers have a head full of steam and are becoming a team that late in the year could be dangerous to face as this young group of girls are coming together in such a quick fashion.
Under the leadership of Head Coach, Les Trimble, the Lady Tigers are returning to form and looking to be a competitive team come tournament time.
Paintsville —Emilea Preece 28, Chloe Hannah 13, Leandra Curnutte 9, Izzy Chirico 7, Ava Hyden 3, Camryn Helton 2, Emma Keeton 2, Abby Maynard 2, Bethany Tackett 2.
Pike Central — Hannah May 12, Lindsey Bowman 10, Emalie Tackett 10, Allie Spears 5, Kaiden Hess 4, Abigail Hess 3, Sarah Justice 2, Lakota Johnson 2, Alexis Taylor 2.