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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Belfry rallies past ER; P’burg nips Menifee

Belfry overcame a big first-quarter deficit to beat East Ridge, 77-66, in the season opener played on Tuesday night.

Jonathan Banks finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds for a double-double. Eric Daniels followed with 11 points and 10 boards while Cody Erwin added 10 points and dished out 15n assists. Noah Brown had 19 points.

Brad Howell paced the Warriors (2-2) with 17 points. Isaiah Adkins tallied 12 while Zack Mason and Braxton Stanley net 10 each.

At Goody

SCORE BY QUARTER:

ER (2-2)….26  18  10  12 – 66

BF (1-0)….12  27  16  20 – 77

Scoring:

East Ridge (66) – Braxton Stanley 10; Brad Howell 17; Zack Mason 10; Jackson Keene 4; Isaiah Adkins 12; Gunner Ward 4; and Carter Damron 9. Totals: 15(10) 6-11 66.

Belfry (77) – Caden Woolum 9; Eric Daniels 11; Cody Erwin 10; Noah Brown 19; Jonathan Banks 21; and Chase Varney 7. Totals: 24(7) 8-14 77.

Floyd Central…..90

Johnson Central…79

Floyd Central went on the road to Johnson Central and the Jaguars scored a 90-79 win over the Golden Eagles on Tuesday night.

Ronnie Sammons led five players in double figures for the Jaguars with 23 points. Eric Burke followed with 17 and Braden Moore added 15. Dawson Moore finished with 14 and Chris Spriggs scored 13.

Ryan Rose and Austin Slone had a game-high 28 points each or the Golden Eagles. 

At Paintsville

Scoring:

Floyd Central (90) – Ronnie Sammons 7(2) 3-3 23; Eric Burke 7(1) 0-0 17; Braden Moore 2(2) 5-8 15; Dawson Moore 5(1) 1-1 14; Chris Spriggs 4(1) 2-3 13; Brody Buck 0(2) 0-0 6; and Dylan Boyd 0 2-2 2. Totals: 25(9) 13-17 90.

Johnson Central (79) – Ryan Rose 10 8-8 28; Austin Slone 7(4) 2-5 28; Conner Hopkins 2(1) 0-0 7; David Fink 1 5-5 7; Jacob Grimm 2 0-0 4; Brayden Stanifur 0 3-4 3; and Mason Lawson 1 0-2 2. Totals: 23(5) 18-24 79.

Prestonsburg….72

Menifee County…68

Prestonsburg landed three players in double figure scoring and the Blackcats got a 72-68 road win at Menifee County on Tuesday night.

Jacob Slone led the way with 23 points while Connor Napier fired in 19. Braxton Keathley added 11. Kaden Allen chipped in eight.

At Frenchburg

Scoring:

Prestonsburg (72) – Jacob Slone 4(4) 3-4 23; Connor Napier 9 1-2 19; Braxton Keathley 4 3-4 11; Kaden Allen 1(2) 0-0 8; Brian Halbert 2 1-1 5; Wes Salisbury 1 2-4 4; and Grant Varney 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22(6) 10-17 72.

Menifee County (68) – Brevon Ricker 4(3) 9-12 26; Aiden Manley 5(1) 2-2 15; Jameson Williams 3(1) 2-2 11; Skylar Deskins 3 1-1 7; Gauge Jolly 3 1-2 7; and Christopher Hatton 0 2-2 2. Totals: 18(5) 17-21 68.

GIRLS

Lawrence County…73

Letcher Central……60

Lawrence County senior standout Kensley Feltner poured in a game-high 43 points to power the Lady Bulldogs to a 73-60 road win over Letcher Central on Tuesday night.

She hit 11-of-15 two-point field goals, was 3-for-3 from the arc and added 13 rebounds for a double-double.

Feltner’s performance moved her past all-time great Timmy Dalton into first place as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 3,241 points

Sophie Adkins added 14 points and Kaison Ward chipped in eight.

Keira Couch paced the Lady Cougars with 20 points and Heidi Bentley followed with 14.m Jaylin Whitt tallied nine.

At Ermine

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

LC (2-1)….22 11 25 15 – 73

LCC (1-2)…13 16 15 16 – 60

Scoring:

Lawrence County (73) – Kensley Feltner 11(3) 12-15 43; Sophie Adkins 3(2) 2-4 14; Kaison Ward 1(2) 0-0 8; Leandra Curnutte 3 0-0 6; and Abby Nelson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19(7) 14-19.

Letcher Central (60) – Keira Couch 8 4-5 20; Heidi Bentley 3(2) 2-4 14; Jaylin Whitt 3 3-6 9; Kaylee Banks 2(1) 0-2 7; Kyleigh Wright 2 0-0 4; Emma Pavlik 1 0-0 2; Molly Caudill 1 0-0 2; Alli Bailey 1 0-0 2; Scarlett Stamper 0 0-1 0. Totals: 21(3) 9-18 60.

Phelps……….47

Hurley, Va….17

Phelps went on the road to Hurley (Va.) and earned a 47-17 win over the Lady Rebels on Tuesday night.

Bailey Norman led the Lady Hornets with 12 points and Kylea Weddington finished with 11. 

At Hurley, Va.

Scoring:

Phelps (47) – Bailey Norman 3(2) 0-3 12; Kylea Weddington 3(1) 2-3 11; Amelia Casey 3 0-3 6; Faith Potter 3 0-1 6; Kaylyn Slone 2 1-2 5; Skylar Rife 2 0-2 4; Aerionna Pigman 1 0-2 2; Makayla Layne 0 1-2 1; and Hailey Blankenship 0 0-1 0. Totals: 17(3) 4-19 47.

MONDAY’S GAMES

Floyd Central…….75

Knott Central…….72

Floyd Central stormed back from a double-digit deficit in the final eight minutes of regulation to force overtime and beat Knott Central, 75-72, in the Mountain Classic played on Monday night.

Kennedy Harvel sparked the Lady Jaguars (3-0) with a game-high 31 points. Madilyn Meade followed with 19 and Riley Compton tallied 14.

At Hindman

(Mountain Classic)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

KC (1-2)…19 17 19 19 (4) – 72

FC (3-0)….15   8 14 31 (7) – 75

Scoring:

Knott Central (72) – Presley Fletcher 8 9-11 25; Kylie Gayheart 9(1) 3-7 24; Kaylee Gibson 7 1-2 15; Layce Hall 0(1) 1-2 4; Haley Combs 1 0-0 2; and Akasia Bentley 0 2-2 2. Totals: 25(2) 16-26 72.

Floyd Central (75) – Kennedy Harvel 10(3) 2-3 31; Madilyn Meade 3(3) 4-5 19; Riley Compton 4 6-8 14; Jada Johnson 2 1-2 5; Chelsea Johnson 1(1) 0-0 5; and Hannah Lafferty 0 1-2 1. Totals: 20(7) 14-20 75.

Paintsville….52

Betsy Layne…37

Paintsville took the lead way from Betsy Layne in the second period and the Lady Tigers scored a 52-37 win over the Lady Cats on Monday night.

Kylie Kinner poured in 21 points and Emma Preece added 18 as Paintsville moved to 2-0.

Haleigh Damron led Betsy Layne with 13 and Jaden Pente followed with 11.

At Paintsville

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BL (0-3)…11  4  11  11 – 37

PV (2-0)…9  13  17  13 – 52

Scoring:

Betsy Layne (37) – Haleigh Damron 2(1) 6-6 13; Jaden Pente 5 1-1 11; Laci Hall 1(1) 0-0 5; Kinleigh Martin 1 2-4 4; and Brookelyn Thacker 0(1) 1-2 4. Totals: 9(3) 10-13 37.

Paintsville (52) – Kylie Kinner 4(3) 4-6 21; Emma Preece 3(2) 6-6 18; Camryn Helton 1(1) 0-0 5; Emma Keeton 1(1) 0-0 5; and Kali Mulcahy 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals: 9(8) 10-12 52.

Phelps……………..55

Twin Valley, Va….52

Phelps held off Twin Valley (Va.) in the closing minute to escape with a 55052 win in a game played at the McCoy Athletic Center on Monday night.

Kylea Weddington fired in 25 points and Faith Potter scored nine.

At Phelps

Scoring:

Phelps (55) – Kylea Weddington 3(4) 7-7 25; Faith Potter 4 1-3 9; Skylar Rife 3 1-2 7; Caleigh McCoy 1(1) 1-2 6; Amelia Casey 2 2-4 6; and Hailey Blankenship 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14(5) 12-18 55.

Pike Central….63

Prestonsburg….59

Pike Central worked overtime to hand Prestonsburg its first loss this season, beating the Lady Blackcats, 63-59, on Monday night.

Emalie Tackett finished with a game-high 24 points and Hannah May finished with 15. Lindsey Bowman net 12.

Celina Mullins tossed in 22 and Kylie Tackett tallied 15 in the loss.

At Buckley’s Creek

Scoring:

Prestonsburg (59) – Celina Mullins 6(1) 7-13 22; Kylie Tackett 0(5) 0-0 15; Ashley Tackett 3 1-4 7; Allison Howard 2 2-5 6; Audrey Prater 2 1-4 5; Jade Fitzpatrick 1 0-1 2; Haley Lafferty 1 0-0 2; and Amelia Newsome 0 0-2 0. Totals: 15(6) 11-29 59.

Pike Central (63) – Emalie Tackett 7 10-14 24; Hannah May 3(1) 6-8 15; Lindsey Bowman 6 0-0 12; Abigail Hess 1(1) 2-8 7; Kennedy Hamilton 1 1-2 3; and Abby May 1 0-0 . Totals: 19(2) 19-32 63.

Letcher Central……73

Cordia………………12

Letcher Central took charge early on and cruised to a 73012 win over Cordia on Monday night.

Keira Couch paced the Lady Cougars with 20 points and Heidi Bentley followed with 14. Jaylin Whitt chipped in nine.

At Ermine

Scoring:

Cordia (12) – Aailyah Gibson 1 4-9 6; Kiley Fields 0(1) 1-3 4; 4; and Keely Shepherd 1 0-1 2. Totals: 2(1) 5-13 12.

Letcher Central (73) – Keira Couch 8 4-5 20; Heidi Bentley 3(2) 2-4 14; Jaylin Whitt 3 3-6 9; Kaylee Banks 2(1) 0-2 7; Kyleigh Wright 2 0-0 4; Emma Pavlik 1 0-0 2; Molly Caudill 1 0-0 2; Alli Bailey 1 0-0 2; and Scarlett Stamper 0 0-1 0. Totals: 21(3) 9-18 73.


Keidron Smith voted Coaches All-SEC Second Team

The senior transfer from Ole Miss was standout cornerback for Kentucky

Photo Credit/UK Athletics

University of Kentucky senior defensive back Keidron Smith was voted All-Southeastern Conference Second Team by the league’s coaches, it was announced Tuesday. He is the first Kentucky defensive back recognized by SEC coaches since safety Winston Guy in 2011 and first predominantly cornerback since Trevard Lindley in 2008.

Smith, a 6-foot-2, 204-pounder from West Pam Beach, Florida, transferred to Kentucky in 2022 for his graduate transfer season and made an immediate impact. He started 11 of 12 games for Kentucky, including the last 11, intercepting a pair of passes. He tallied 43 tackles in the regular season, 0.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

He had a massive play in UK’s win over then-No. 12/19 Florida, returning to his home state and stepping in front of an Anthony Richardson pass, then returning it 65 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. He added his second interception against Vanderbilt. In his return to Oxford, Mississippi to face Ole Miss he charted six tackles.

For his career, he has played in 59 games, starting 40 of those, with seven career interceptions.

Smith graduated from Ole Miss in May of 2022 with a degree in finance. He is currently working on a second degree in community leadership and development.

Smith and the Wildcats are headed to Nashville to take on Iowa in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl on New Year’s Eve. 


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