Paintsville falls in semifinals

Paintsville’s Braxton Tharp goes up for a reverse layup against Shelby Valley Saturday night in the 15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Shelby Valley’s Orbie McPeek and Cameron Worrix gave the Wildcats a second and third scorer Saturday night in the 15th Region All “A” Classic at the East Kentucky Expo Center. 

That took some pressure off of Cody Potter as the Wildcats picked up a 61-55 win over Paintsville in the semifinals. 

Potter scored a game-high 24 points to lead Shelby Valley the win, but McPeek followed with 13 and Cameron Worrix scored 12 to give the Wildcats a boost to get past the Tigers. 

Keian Worrix also scored eight points for the Wildcats. Samuel Stanley also scored four points in the win.

Cameron Worrix split a pair of free throws to give Shelby Valley a 48-35 lead with 5:31 left in the game.

Paintsville made a push to get back in the game when Colby Fugate split a pair of free throws with 5:21 left to spark an 8-0 run.  Nick Keeton followed with a pair of free throws with 4:51 left to cut the lead to 48-38. Fugate came up with a steal and a three to cut the lead to 48-41 and Keeton knocked down two free throws to cap off the 8-0 run.

Potter found Cameron Worrix for a layup to stop the run and push the Wildcat lead to 50-43 with 3:50 left. 

Potter hit a big three with 2:41 left to push the Shelby Valley lead to 55-47. 

Paintsville wouldn’t go away, though. Fugate came up with another steal and found Seth Williams for a basket with 1:28 left to cut the lead to 57-55. 

Cameron and Keian Worrix each knocked down free throws to ice the win for the Wildcats.

Williams led the way for the Tigers with a team-high 18 points, five rebounds and three steals. Nick Keeton just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Fugate and Brady Dingess both reached double figures with 10 points each. Braxton Tharp added four points and Jaxon Watts added two points.

Shelby Valley held Paintsville to just 34 percent shooting, while the Wildcats knocked down 44 percent of their shots. 

The Wildcats also won the battle of the boards out rebounding Paintsville 38-26. 

Shelby Valley turned the ball over 18 times, but the Tigers couldn’t take advantage scoring 16 points off turnovers, while the Wildcats scored 12 points off of Paintsville’s eight turnovers.

Sports Editor’s Note: For more coverage of the 15th Region All “A” Classic see this week’s episode of Appalachian Newspapers Inc. presents Bank On It. The Bank On It podcast will go online Wednesday on YouTube. Search Bank On It on Highlights, interviews and commentary of the 15th Region All “A” Classic will be included in episode 12.

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