Beacon Hoops: January 3, 2023

Beacon Hoops: January 3, 2023

James Collier

The Ashland Beacon





   Ashland went 1-2 this week in the AIT with a win over The Carmel School out of Virginia and losses to Simon Kenton and Blue Ridge, VA. 

   Ashland fell 55-54 to Simon Kenton on a buzzer-beater stick back to open the AIT. Zander Carter netted 19 to lead the Tomcats. Rheyce Deboard had 11.  

   Ashland bounced back with a 79-53 win over The Carmel School on Day 2. Carter paced the Tomcats with 26 points. Tucker Conway had 21 points and stroked five 3s. Deboard added 17. 

   Ashland fell to Blue Ridge, 81-66 in the fifth-place game. Carter had a game-high 29 points. Deboard tossed in 21. 

   Ashland travels to Johnson Central Thursday and welcomes Pikeville Saturday.


BOYD 11-2

   Boyd County went 2-1 in the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational with wins over Palmetto, FL (89-77) and King, FL (77-71) and a loss to Leto, FL (65-63). No stats have been reported from the trip. 

   Boyd County meets Pike County Central Monday in the Class 2A Sectionals.



   Fairview went 2-1 this week with wins over Coal Grove and Pendleton County and a loss to Anderson County. 

   Fairview knocked off Coal Grove, 80-67 behind 26 points and 13 rebounds from Steven Day. Tanner Johnson had 13 points. Izaac Johnson added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tamel Smith tossed in 10. 

   Fairview defeated host Pendleton County, 70-59 in the Phillip Wood Classic. Tanner Johnson led the way with 27 points. Smith netted 15. Day added 14 points and 10 boards. Izaac Johnson had eight points and 10 rebounds. 

   Fairview fell to Anderson County in the championship of the Classic, 90-74. Tanner Johnson led the Eagles with 31 points. Day had 18. 

   Fairview visits Adams County, OH Tuesday and welcomes Grace Christian Saturday.



   Rose Hill was idle this week. The Royals travel to Fleming County Tuesday, welcome Hannan, WV Friday and meets West Carter Saturday in the opening round of the All “A” Classic. 





   Russell claimed the King of the Smokies Championship with a clean slate in the three-game event. 

   Russell opened the event with a 50-40 win over North Greene, TN led by Damon Charles 23 points. Caleb Rimmer had nine points and 10 rebounds. 

   Russell outlasted Phil Campbell, AL, 56-55 in overtime in the semifinals. Carson Blum paced the Devils with 16 points. Rimmer had 11. 

   Russell defeated Cullman, 61-59 in the championship. Rimmer led the Devils with 20 points. Charles added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Blum tossed in 13 while going 3 of 3 from long range. 

   Russell welcomes East Carter Tuesday and Lewis County on Friday. 



   Raceland was idle this week. Raceland visits Menifee County Tuesday and faces Elliott County Saturday in the opening round of the All “A” Classic. 



   Greenup County fell in all three contests in the Carolina Invitational with losses to Darlington, SC (42-35), Johnson Central (47-42) and Lawrence County (57-51). No stats were reported from the tournament. 

   Greenup County waits for its first opponent of the Class 2A Sectionals on Thursday. 

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