The Paintsville Lady Tigers were looking to stay in the win column Tuesday night against Sheldon Clark after they bounced back to defeat Lawrence County Monday night at home, following what was a rough past week for the team.
Paintsville traveled to Shelby Valley Jan. 3 with an unblemished record, but left Robinson Creek suffering a 65-39 loss, their first of the season. On Jan. 5, they visited arch-rival Johnson Central, where they were defeated 57-37 by the Lady Golden Eagles. Monday night’s home win against Lawrence County was hard fought, but got Paintsville back to its winning ways 55-50.
Another home win against Sheldon Clark would have helped give them momentum going into the 15th Region All “A” Classic starting Jan. 12, but the Lady Cardinals weren’t having it, as they defeated Paintsville 60-49 Tuesday night in 57th District action.
Paintsville held a 14-12 lead after one period of play. Elizabeth Williams hit two three-pointers in the quarter and a free throw, as she had seven of the Lady Tigers’ 14 first quarter points.
The Lady Cardinals came out in the second period however, and outscored Paintsville 14-6 before heading to the locker room with a six-point cushion at 26-20.
Sheldon Clark’s Lakyn Porter extended the lead to nine to start the third quarter with her three-pointer at the 7:30 mark.
The Lady Tigers’ Anna Keeton cut into that lead with a three of her own with 6:38 to play in the third, to make it 29-23. Aleiah Newsome was fouled on the ensuing trip for Paintsville, where she went one for two from the charity stripe to shrink the lead to 29-24, but the Lady Cardinals went on a 6-0 run to push the lead to 35-24 with 5:40 left in the third quarter.
Williams scored two crucial buckets for Paintsville at the 4:28 mark, and again with 3:24 left in the third. The Lady Tigers’ were be back to within 37-28.
Newsome got them even closer with a big three-pointer with 2:15 left to play in the third to cut the lead to 39-32. Keeton added a jumper in the closing seconds of the third period for Paintsville, and the Lady Cards just held a five point lead going into the final period at 39-34.
Sheldon Clark struck first in the fourth quarter. Kristen Issac scored underneath and was fouled. She made good on the three-point play, pushing the lead back to 42-34 with 7:45 left in the game. The game looked all but out of reach for the Lady Tigers’ at that point. That is, until Clara Blair got the hot hand. The freshman stepped back and hit a three with 7:26 to play to cut the lead to 42-37.
After the Lady Cards McKenzie Preston added a bucket extending the lead to 44-37, Blair came off of a screen and drained another three-pointer with just under 7:00 to play in the game. The Lady Cardinal lead was cut to 44-40.
Issac scored another bucket underneath with 6:11 to go and with the Lady Cardinals up 46-40, Preston was fouled which put Sheldon Clark in the bonus. Preston made both attempts, extending the lead to 48-40 with 5:47 to play.
Paintsville’s Blair came straight down the floor and hit another three-pointer at the 5:37 mark in the fourth. She added another three with 4:17 to play, cutting the lead to 50-46. The Lady Cards went into clock management and held the ball, forcing Paintsville to foul. Preston, along with Madison Thompson and Paige Maynard would all go to the line in the final minutes to secure the 61-49 road win for Sheldon Clark.
The Lady Cards were led in scoring by Madison Thompson, Kristen Issac and Paige Maynard, as they each scored 13 points. McKenzie Preston added 12 points in the win. Lakyn Porter chipped in 10 points.
Paintsville was led by Elizabeth William’s 17 points. She was followed by Clara Blair with 15 points. Anna Keeton added 10 points. Aleiah Newsome chipped in four points and Katelyn Newsome scored three points in the loss.
Sheldon Clark will be back in action this weekend January 13th as the take on Pikeville in the 15th Region All “A” Classic at the East Kentucky Expo Center. Tipoff is slated for 3:30 pm.
Paintsville will also be back in action this weekend January 12th as they play Phelps in the 15th Region All A Classic at the East Kentucky Expo Center. Their game is set to tipoff at 6:30 pm.