Shelby Valley opened the game with a 9-0 run and never looked back as the Lady Wildcats cruised to a 59-23 win over Paintsville in the 15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals Friday night.
Paintsville’s Ava Hyden stopped the bleeding with a three to cut the lead to 9-3 with 3:38 left in the first quarter.
Zoee Johnson followed with two baskets to end the first quarter and give the Lady Wildcats a 13-3 lead at the end of the first.
Kali Mulcahy opened the second quarter with a three for Paintsville to cut the lead to 13-6. The Lady Wildcats answered with nine straight before Abby Maynard hit another three for the Lady Tigers to cut the lead to 22-9.
Shelby Valley held a 24-10 halftime lead.
Kyra Looney led the way for Shelby Valley with a game-high 16 points. Johnson followed with 14 points and five rebounds. Rowe scored 11 points dished out seven assists and had three steals on the night. Alyssa Elswick scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists. Kylie Alvin knocked down a three. Kelsey Owens and Laci Johnson each added two points each as well.
Hyden, Emilea Preece and Leandra Curnette each scored five points for the Lady Tigers.
Paintsville jumped out to a 14-0 run to start the game.
Jenkins kept fighting back after that point, but fell to the Lady Tigers 58-46 Wednesday night at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in the only game of the night. Betsy Layne dropped out of the All “A” Classic giving Shelby Valley a Bye, until Friday’s semifinals.
Emilea Preece scored seven points in the opening 14-0 run.
The Lady Tigers held a 21-2 lead over Jenkins after the first quarter of play.
Jenkins started to fight back in the second quarter, though.
Kristen Thacker scored with 5:27 left in the first half to cut the lead to 23-5. Jerrica Thacker followed with a three at the 4:56 mark as the Lady Cavs cut the lead to 25-8.
Then freshman Emma Stewart scored the next seven straight points for Jenkins to cut the lead to 27-15 with 2:43 left in the half.
Stewart finished with a game-high 21 points.
Jenkins ended the first half with an 11-0 run to cut the halftime lead to 27-19.
Paintsville came back in the third quarter and started going back to Preece. She scored the first three points of the second half to push the Lady Tigers’ lead to 30-21.
Preece led the way for the Lady Tigers with a team-high 16 points. Ava Hyden followed with 15 points. Leandra Curnette added 14 points for the Lady Tigers.
Preece’s inside play opened things up on the outside as Kali Mulcahy knocked down a three with 5:42 left to push Paintsville’s lead to 33-23.
Mulcahy also reached double digit scoring for the Lady Tigers with 10 points on the night. She knocked down a pair of threes for Paintsville.
Paintsville kept extending the lead in the third quarter with a late 12-0 run to push the lead to 47-30 with 35 seconds left in the quarter.
Kristen Thacker gave the Lady Cavs some much needed momentum by knocking down a three to end the third quarter and cutting the lead to 47-33 entering the fourth quarter of play.
Kristin Thacker scored 10 points for Jenkins as well. Jerrica Thacker scored his 2,000th career point Monday night against Johnson Central in the season opener.
Jenkins opened the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 47-42 with just 6:00 left to play.
Paintsville responded with a 6-0 run of its own to push the lead to 53-42 with 3:31 left.
Jenkins couldn’t overcome the late surge as Paintsville held on for the 58-46 win.