The undefeated Paintsville Lady Tigers rolled into Shelby Valley Thursday night hoping to extend their winning streak to 12 games, but the Lady Wildcats had entirely different intentions as Shelby Valley pounced the Lady Tigers 65-39 in a big home win.
Paintsville opened the game like business as usual, as the Lady Tigers took an early 6-2 lead with 5:36 to play in the first on back-to-back three pointers from Clara Blair and Aleiah Newsome.
Shelby Valley’s Kylie Hall pulled it back to within one however, as she was fouled underneath and scored the bucket with 5:21 to play in the opening quarter. She made good on the free throw as well, cutting the lead to 6-5.
The Lady Tigers’ Elizabeth Williams pushed the lead back to two when she was fouled on the ensuing trip up the floor, making both of her free throws with 5:07 to play in the first, but that would be the last lead Paintsville would see on the night.
Shelby Valley’s Kaitlyn Adkins knocked down a three pointer with 4:17 to play in the opening frame would put the Lady Wildcats up for good at 10-8.
Paintsville did not go away however. After one period, Valley would lead 17-15.
The Lady Wildcats struck first to open the second quarter, after Alyssa Elswick scored down low and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but extended the Shelby Valley lead to 19-15 with 7:42 to play before the break.
Paintsville pulled back to within two on free throws made by Williams and Anna Keeton to bring the score to 21-19 with 6:15 to play in the second.
Shelby Valley answered with a 6-0 run on buckets from Tori Hampton, Alex Stanley and Elswick to extend the lead to 27-19 with 3:38 to play before heading to the locker room. The Lady Tigers countered with a 5-0 run of their own from Williams and Keaton. Keaton’s three pointer with 1:40 to go before intermission cut the lead to one at 27-26. As time ran down, the Lady Wildcats eighth-grader Kristen Whited drilled a three pointer of her own to push the Valley lead to 32-26 at the half.
Shelby Valley started to pull away in the second half. The Lady Wildcats got big production from their underclassman. Hall, Elswick and Whited helped give Shelby Valley a 46-35 lead heading into the final quarter.
Painstville’s shooting arms just went entirely cold in the second half. The Lady Tigers only scored nine points in the whole of the third quarter. Six of those points coming from Williams and a three pointer from Newsome. Shelby Valley took a 46-35 lead heading into the final quarter.
It didn’t get much better for the Lady Tigers in the final frame, as the only scored four points for the quarter. Newsome cut into the Shelby Valley lead with 7:15 to play in the game, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Wildcats started to pull away.
Shelby Valley guard Alyssa Newsome had a big fourth quarter with six points, as Valley would go on to win 65-39. Paintsville moves to 11-1 on the year. Shelby Valley will get to .500 with an 8-8 record.
Shelby Valley was led in scoring by Elswick with 14 points and nine rebounds. Hall also added 14 points with six boards. Hampton scored 13 points and six rebounds. Whited added 11 points and was a perfect two for two from behind the arc. Alyssa Newsome chipped in eight points and one board. Adkins and Stanley scored three and two points respectively.
Paintsville was led in scoring by Williams with 17 points. Keaton was second with 11 points. Newsome chipped in six points. Blair added three points, and Katelyn Newsome poured in two in the loss.
Shelby Valley (8-8)is scheduled to host Belfry at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers (12-1) are scheduled to travel to cross-town rival Johnson Central this at 7:30 p.m.