For The Beacon
After suffering a season-opening loss to Highlands, Ashland bounced back with wins over Russell and Boyd County.
Cole Villers paced the Tomcats with 32 points in the 84-75 loss to Highlands. Colin Porter and Ethan Sellars added 15 each.
Villers once again led the Tomcats in their first win of the season a 58-42 defeat of Russell on the road. Villers had 17 in the win. Porter and Greenup County transfer Zander Carter each had 11. Cabell Midland transfer Sean Marcum had six points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Ashland followed up the win over Russell with a 54-52 overtime win over Boyd County Saturday night in their home opener. Villers led the Tomcats with 23 points and nine rebounds. Sellars added 13 and Porter had 12.
Ashland welcomes Johnson Central Monday night and travels to Bardstown Thursday.
Boyd County 1-2
Boyd County faced a trio of road games to start the season but found the winning column only once. Boyd County defeated Fairview 70-31 and fell to Johnson Central 67-57 and Ashland 54-52 in overtime.
Rheyce Deboard had 17 points in the win over Fairview. Brad Newsome added 11.
Dawson Meade led the Lions with 11 in the loss at Johnson Central. Austin Gibbs had eight points and eight rebounds.
Deboard led the Lions with 15 points in the loss to Ashland. Newsome added 12. Webb had 10.
Boyd County welcomes Lewis County Tuesday in its home opener, visits Greenup County Thursday night and Belfry on Saturday.
Back-to-back twenty-point outings by Jaxon Manning was not enough to lift Fairview as the Eagles dropped each of their three contests to start the season.
Cody Caldwell led Fairview with eight points in a 70-31 loss to Boyd County. Manning and Steven Day added seven.
Manning netted 20 in a 76-59 loss to Lawrence County. Tanner Johnson added 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Manning’s 26 points and four triples were not enough in Fairview’s 54-47 loss to West Carter in the All “A” Classic. Day kicked in 10.
Fairview hits the road this week with a visit to Augusta Monday, Bath County Wednesday and Rose Hill Saturday.
Rose Hill 0-4
The Royals faced a tough start to the season after falling in all four contests. Rose Hill came up short to Greenup County, 58-49, fell 69-37 to Raceland, 77-43 to Magoffin County and 64-51 to Portsmouth Notre Dame.
Stacy Jackson led the Royals with 14 points in the loss to Greenup County. Ian Justice added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Chase Pennington finished with nine and nine.
Pennington led the Royals with 12 points and seven rebounds in the loss to Raceland. Colin Wilburn had 10. Pennington added 16 in the loss to Magoffin County. Luke Larsen had 15 points and eight rebounds.
Pennington’s 18 points were best for the Royals in the loss to Notre Dame. Jackson kicked in 12. Larsen added 11 and Luke Pennington had 10. Chase Pennington hit 4 of 6 triples and led the Royals with 10 rebounds.
Rose Hill meets Raceland Tuesday night in the semifinals of the All “A” Classic at West Carter.
Greenup County 1-2
Under new head coach Steve Barker, Greenup County earned a season opening win with a 58-49 defeat of Rose Hill. Trenton Hannah led the Musketeers with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Carson Wireman added 12.
Greenup County overcame a 20-point deficit to Russell but still came up short in the end, falling 59-49 in their district opener. Hannah once again led the Musketeers with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Boone Gibson had 12 points and 10 boards.
Greenup County fell to Lewis County 65-53 in a 63rd District showdown. Hannah and Gibson once again paced the Musketeers with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
The Musketeers travel to East Carter Tuesday night and welcomes Boyd County on Thursday.
Raceland responded after a season-opening loss to Johnson Central with a pair of wins over Rose Hill and Elliott County.
The Rams fell to the Golden Eagles 72-56 in Paintsville. Kirk Pence led the way with 17 points. Kyle Broughton had 16 while going 4 of 6 from long range. Andrew Floyd added 11.
Pence dropped 27 to lead the Rams to a 69-37 win over Rose Hill. Floyd had 16 points and 10 boards. Broughton had 10 and 10.
Raceland advanced to the semifinals of the All “A” Classic with a 54-46 win over Elliott County. The Rams will face West Carter in the semis.
Russell rolled off a pair of wins to start the season before ending the week in a loss to Ashland.
Russell opened the season with a 59-49 win at Greenup County. It marked the first win over Greenup County in Lloyd since 2014. Brady Bell led the Red Devils with 22 points and nine rebounds. Charlie Jachimczuk had 17. Griffin Downs added 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Russell had to overcome a second half deficit to secure a 66-59 win over Paintsville. Bell and Jachimczuk each had 22 in the win. Downs kicked in 10.
Russell suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of Ashland, falling 58-42. After being tied at 18-18, Russell could not stop an 11-0 Ashland run to end the half. Even worse for the Devils, the run ballooned into a 21-2 into the opening minutes of the second half. Bell and Jachimczuk led the way with 12 points. Downs added 10.
Jachimczuk scored his 1,000th career point in the contest against Ashland.
Russell travels to St. Patrick Thursday night and welcomes Lewis County Saturday for a 63rd District matchup.