For The Beacon
After pulling off an overtime win against Rowan County, Ashland experienced something it had not encountered since February 2019, a losing streak.
Cole Villers drained five triples and led the Tomcats with 25 points as they handed the Vikings a 68-66 loss in OT. Cole Porter finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Ashland suffered a 71-62 at Covington Catholic but another hot shooting night for Villers put him over 20 again. Villers hit four trifectas and finished with 26 points. Ethan Sellars added 15. Porter had 12.
Villers 35 points behind eight triples proved not enough in an 87-85 loss at Simon Kenton. Porter pitched in 21. Sellars had 15. Sean Marcum added 12.
Ashland returned to the winning column on Sunday against Fairview. Villers’ three pointer at the buzzer put the Tomcats ahead 20-17 after the first quarter. Ashland went on to finish out the game on a 53-24 run and a 73-41 win.
Ashland visited Boyd County last night, Fleming County on Wednesday, meets North Laurel at Lexington Catholic on Friday and Paul Lawrence Dunbar on Saturday.
BOYD COUNTY 11-4
Boyd County fell to Johnson Central to open its week but rebounded with a pair of wins over Greenup County and East Carter.
Brad Newsome led the Lions with 12 in a 60-55 shortcoming to the Golden Eagles. Dawson Meade and Rheyce DeBoard each had 11.
DeBoard led the Lions with 12 in a 50-48 win over Greenup County. The Lions used a 7-1 run to close the game to earn their tenth win of the season. Austin Gibbs had 10.
Gibbs dropped 17 points and grabbed 17 boards in a 69-59 win over East Carter. DeBoard added 14. JB Walter had 10.
Boyd County visits Montgomery County Wednesday and Rowan County Thursday, at home against Rowan County Friday and visits Russell on Saturday.
ROSE HILL 4-15
Rose Hill defeated Greenup County 60-56 to open its week before falling to East Carter and Pike County Central to close the week.
Stacey Jackson dropped 31 to defeat the Musketeers by four. Luke Larsen added 13. Chase Pennington had seven and pulled down 13 boards.
The Royals fell 77-53 to the Raiders and 82-48 to Pike County Central. No stats were reported for those contests.
Rose Hill welcomes St. Patrick Monday and Tolsia, WV on Friday.
Fairview fell in all four outings this past week.
Jaxon Manning’s 21 points were not enough in a 65-38 loss at Russell. Fairview trailed by only eight at the break, but a 15-0 Russell run to open the second half pushed the game out of reach.
Manning connected on four 3s and had 31 points in a 67-64 loss to Phelps. Steven Day and Dayton Tucker each had 10.
Manning once again led the Eagles with 18 points in a 54-35 loss to Elliott County.
Manning reached the 1,000 career point milestone during the Eagles game against Ashland on Sunday. Fairview stayed closed during the first quarter and trailed only by three after the first stanza but managed only six field goals the rest of the game and suffered a 73-41 defeat.
Fairview welcomes Raceland Tuesday, Morgan County Thursday and visits Nicholas County Saturday.
Russell defeated Fairview to open the week before falling to Paintsville and Lewis County in road affairs.
Russell used a 15-0 run to open the third quarter that converted an 8-point lead into 20+ as the Red Devils cruised to a 65-38 win. Brady Bell led the way with 19. Charlie Jachimczuk had 17.
Russell fell to Paintsville, 64-45. No stats were available.
Brady Bell netted 23 points in a 66-53 loss to Lewis County in Vanceburg. Donovan Moore added 11. Jachimczuk left early in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.
Russell welcomes East Carter Tuesday, Raceland in a key 63rd District tilt Thursday and travels to Boyd County Saturday.
A loss to Lewis County to open the week was overcome by a pair of wins to close the week for the Rams.
Kirk Pence dropped 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 76-65 loss to Lewis County. Andrew Floyd had 14 and Kyle Broughton added 11.
Pence scored 31 in a 64-37 win over Greenup County. Pence finished the contest with 1,625 career points which moved him into the all-time Raceland lead for points scored that was formally held by Chris Vandergriff in 1983. Floyd and Broughton each had 10.
Pence again led the Rams with 29 in a 63-47 rout of Menifee County.
Raceland travels to Fairview Tuesday, Russell Thursday, welcomes Huntington St. Joe Friday and Jackson City Saturday.
GREENUP COUNTY 4-13
Greenup County fell in all three affairs this week.
Greenup County fell 60-56 to Rose Hill to open the week. Carson Wireman led the Musketeers with 16. Boone Gibson had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Carson Sammons added 11. Trenton Hannah had 10.
Greenup County fell to Boyd County 50-48 after leading the Lions 47-43 with 2 minutes to play in the game. Hannah led the Musketeers with 20 points. Sammons had 11.
Greenup County fell 64-37 to Raceland. Hannah led the Musketeers with 13 points. Beau Barker added 10.
Greenup County travels to Elliott County Monday, welcomes Tolsia, WV Thursday and East Carter Friday.