PRESTONSBURG 49, BETSY LAYNE 38
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WMDJ) – The Prestonsburg Lady Cats picked up their first district win of the season at the right time, rallying for a 49-38 victory over visiting Betsy Layne Friday night.
On a night that honored the 50th anniversary of the Lady Cats basketball program, former coaches and alumni watched as Prestonsburg put together a 27-16 run in the second half to rally for the win.
Audrey Prater led the charge for Prestonsburg with 12 points and five rebounds. Allison Howard chipped in 9 points. Ashley Tackett scored 7 points and led the team with 9 rebounds.
Prestonsburg led 2-0 to start the game, yet didn’t retake the lead until the end of the third quarter. Jade Fitzpatrick pulled the Lady Cats to 31-30 on a drive to the basket, followed by a steal and bucket by Olivia Brewer to put Prestonsburg back on top as the buzzer sounded.
Betsy Layne only converted four field goals in the second half and struggled at the free throw line shooting (4-15). Betsy Layne was led by Jaden Pente’s 13 points.
Betsy Layne falls to (13-9/1-4) while Prestonsburg evened their record to (11-11/1-4). Both teams will face off next Saturday at D.W. Howard Memorial Fieldhouse with the winner securing the 3rd-seed in the 58th District Tournament.
BETSY LAYNE 90, PRESTONSBURG 51
In the nightcap, the Betsy Layne boys used a (10-19) shooting performance from the outside to put away Prestonsburg 90-51.
Betsy Layne has now won 5 of their last 6 games.
The Bobcats led 28-20 at the end of the 1st quarter and doubled their lead at the 5:49 mark of the 2nd quarter on a runout layup and subsequent 3-point play by Tanner Hall to make it 38-22. Betsy Layne would close the quarter on a 12-2 run to lead 50-24 at the half.
Prestonsburg would get no closer.
Five Bobcats scored in double figures: Hall and Carter Parsons led the way with 16 points, Cameron Pente 12, 11 apiece for Andrew Kidd and Tanner Martin.
Prestonsburg’s Braxton Keathley dropped in 23 points. Kaden Allen scored 11. Blackcats shot (19-62) from the field overall.
Betsy Layne (13-10/2-3) pulled themselves into position to avoid the district cellar with the victory. Prestonsburg (14-11/1-4) would have to defeat the Bobcats by 40 points in their next matchup to avoid a matchup with Lawrence County in the 58th District Tournament.