Williams, Keeton fuel Lady Tigers

Paintsville’s Elizabeth Williams goes up for a shot over a pair of Prestonsburg defenders. Williams scored a game-high 41 points in the Lady Tigers’ 79-57 win over Prestonsburg Monday night.

Basket by Elizabeth Williams.

Basket by Anna Keeton.

Basket by Anna Keeton.

Basket by Elizabeth Williams.

Those two phrases kept ringing throughout the East Kentucky Expo Center speakers Monday night in the 15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals against Prestonsburg.

Williams scored a game-high 41 points and Keeton followed for 28 as the Lady Tigers knocked off Prestonsburg 79-57.

The duo accounted for 69 of the 79 Paintsville points.

“Anytime you have players like Elizabeth ‘Swoop’ Williams and Anna Keeton, it makes you look good as a coach,” Paintsville coach Les Trimble said. “They got hot and shot lights out for us tonight. I think Swoop (Williams) had 41 and Anna (Keeton) had 28. You don’t have to do a lot as a coach when that happens. They’ve worked hard throughout their careers and have kept getting better and they are two of the top guards in the region.”

Prestonsburg started off strong. Caroline Ariaz scored with 5:34 left in the first to give the Lady Blackcats a 7-4 lead. Reesce Endicott followed with a three to push the lead to 10-7 with 5:00 left in the first.

Williams knocked down a three with 2:40 left in the first to give Paintsville a 16-12 lead. 

Ariaz scored for Prestonsburg with 2:01 left to tie things up at 16-16. 

Paintsville held a 20-18 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Keeton opened the second with a three to push the Lady Tiger lead to 23-18. Endicott knocked down a three with 3:45 left in the half to tie things up at 30-30.

Williams answered by knocking a down a pair of free throws to put Paintsville back on top 32-30. Clara Blair knocked down a three to push the lead to 36-30 with 2:35 left in the half. Clara Blair added another three with 20 seconds left in the first half to push the lead to 44-33.

Paintsville held a 46-33 lead at halftime. Williams had 23 points at the break and Keeton added 17.

Prestonsburg made a run to open the third quarter. Kaitlyn Keathley scored with 5:25 left to cut the lead to 44-40. 

Williams helped the Lady Tigers settle down by knocking down two free throws to push the lead to 51-41 with 4:18 left in the third. 

Celina Mullins knocked down a three for Prestonsbug and then Ariaz came up with a steal and a basket to cut the lead to 51-46 with 3:15 left. 

Keeton answered for Paintsville by hitting a pair of free throws and then, knocking down a three with 1:51 left to push the lead to 56-46. 

Paintsville held a 58-48 lead entering the final stanza of play.

Williams and Keeton kept up their torrid pace in the fourth and helped the Lady Tigers build up a 78-57 lead with 1:00 left after Williams knocked down a pair of free throws.

Paintsville (15-3) was scheduled to take on East Ridge last night in the 15th Region All “A” Classic championship. 

Prestonsburg (11-7) is scheduled to visit Phelps at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

East Ridge 54,

Pikeville 49

In the other semifinal, East Ridge found a way to knock off Pikeville to advance to the 15th Region All “A” Classic championship game.

Just a couple weeks ago, Pikeville knocked off East Ridge 60-36 at East Ridge.

The Lady Warriors overcame 31 turnovers to upset the Lady Panthers and advance to the championship game. 

East Ridge held a 30-21 halftime lead. 

Pikeville had a big third quarter outscoring East Ridge 21-8 to take a 42-38 lead entering the final quarter of play. 

Grace Bartley knocked down a pair of free throws with 3:51 left to give the Lady Panthers a 49-43 lead. 

East Ridge started to battle back after that. Haley Meade scored with 2:42 left to cut the lead to 49-45. Kelsi Slone followed with a basket at the 1:37 left to cut the lead to 49-47. Kyra Looney scored with 1:04 left to play to tie things up at 49-49. 

Looney split a pair of free throws to give East Ridge a 50-49 lead with 39 seconds left. Looney added two free throws with 13 seconds left to push the lead to 52-49. Haley Parks set the game’s final scoreboard with a pair of free throws with just five seconds left.

East Ridge finished the game on an 11-0 run. 

Pikeville missed its final six free throw attempts in the game. 

Slone and Sarah Tackett each scored 11 points to lead East Ridge in scoring. Parks added eight points, nine rebounds and three steals. Meade scored eight points, pulled down five rebounds, had four steals and three assists in the win. Looney added seven points, four assists, four steals and two rebounds. Leah Wells had six points and Sylvia Ratliff added three points.

Jaden Edmonds led the way for Pikeville with 14 points and two steals. Bartley added 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal. Kelsey Jo Tackett also reached double figures with 11 points and four steals. Kristen Cole-Williamson added seven points and Leslie Stewart scored four. Alivia Gearheart added one point and five big steals for the Lady Panthers.

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