For The Beacon
Trying to run the table over a 30-game regular season takes a combination of skill and luck. Ashland used a little bit of both Saturday night to keep that run intact at Mason County in what proved to be the Tomcats closest margin of win this season.
Leading 66-65 in the final seconds of the game, Ashland avoided the Mason County upset bid twice after a potential game-winning 3-pointer missed its mark and Colin Porter’s block on the final heave in the corner secured the win.
Ashland drained 12 triples in the win and was led by Ethan Hudson’s 23 points. Porter added 18 and Cole Villers had 15.
Ashland visits Rose Hill for a district tilt Monday, heads to Greenup County on Tuesday and closes the week with a pivotal district showdown at Boyd County on Saturday. With a win over the Lions, the Tomcats will secure the No. 1 seed in the district tournament.
Boyd County picked up a pair of wins while falling only once this week to move their wins total to double digits.
Boyd County returned to its winning ways Tuesday night with a 68-52 win over Greenup County. Carson Webb led the Lions with 19 points. Austin Gibbs had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Blake Stewart finished with 11 points and 10 boards. Boyd County led by double digits entering the final quarter only to see Greenup get inside 10 midway through the stanza only to watch the Lions pull away late.
Boyd fell to Johnson Central 71-64 last Thursday. Gibbs recorded another double-double with 21 points and 10 boards. Brad Newsome kicked in 17. Gaylon Cisco had 10.
The Lions bounced back Saturday night with a 72-60 win over Spring Valley, WV. Blake Stewart’s 20 points were best for the Lions who had four players finish in double figures. Webb and Gibbs each had 15. Cisco added 14.
Boyd County travels to Lewis County on Tuesday and returns home on Thursday and Saturday with visits from Fairview and Ashland in district action.
It was a split week for the Eagles who got back to the winner’s column Saturday night.
Fairview fell to Russell 61-41 but bounced back with a 65-56 win over Green, OH.
Terrick Smith had four triples and 15 points to lead the Eagles in the loss to the Red Devils. Jaxon Manning had 12.
Smith tallied 23 in the win over Green. Manning had a double-double, 16 points and 10 boards. Brandon Elswick kicked in 10.
Fairview travels to Rose Hill on Tuesday in a rematch of their overtime win to open the season. The Eagles visit Boyd County on Thursday and welcome Hannah, WV on Saturday.
ROSE HILL 2-12
Rose Hill fell in both matchups this week. The Royals lost to East Carter 74-66 and Johnson Central 73-46. No stats were available for their contests.
The Royals have three home tilts this week as they welcome Ashland Monday, Fairview on Tuesday and Menifee County on Friday.
Russell notched a pair of victories in both of its contests this week including an all-important district win.
Russell had three players finish in double figures in a 67-57 district win over Lewis County. Charlie Jachimczuk led the way with 19 points. Brady Bell had 17. Tristian Miller added 16. Russell shot 55 percent from the field on the night including going 5 of 10 from downtown. The Red Devils were 16 of 18 from the charity stripe as well.
Russell hammered Fairview 61-41 to move closer to .500 on the season. Miller led the Red Devils with 18. Jachimczuk had 16. Charlie Bechtel kicked in 13.
Russell welcomes Raceland on Friday night in a critical district tilt and a rematch of the Red Devils 54-52 overtime win in December. The Red Devils will visit Bath County on Saturday.
GREENUP COUNTY 13-4
A tough night of shooting spelled disaster for Greenup County in its visit from Boyd County Tuesday night. The Musketeers went 0 of 17 from behind the arc and fell 68-52 at the Greenhouse. Rod Dryden had 21 points and 20 rebounds to improve his state leading rebounding average. Brady Nelson had 12.
Greenup County bounced back Saturday night with a 74-64 win over Huntington St. Joe, WV. Dryden provided another monster outing, finishing with 23 points and 25 boards. Nelson kicked in 22 while going 10 of 11 from the line. Zander Carter netted 15. Griffin Keeton had 10.
Greenup County welcomes Ashland Tuesday night, visits Lewis County on Friday in a makeup district tilt and returns home on Saturday with a visit from Wheelersburg, OH.
A busy week did not produce the outcome the Rams hoped for as they came up short of capturing the 16th Region All “A” Championship on their home floor.
Raceland advanced to the title game in a 36-30 win over Elliott County in a limited possession affair. Kirk Pence led the Rams with 15.
Raceland came up short in the All “A” championship, falling to West Carter 56-53. Raceland led at the break but could not hold on down the stretch. Pence paced the Rams with 23 points. Andrew Floyd added 15.
Raceland fell to Bath County on the road Saturday night, 71-56. Pence had 15.
Raceland travels to Russell on Friday night and welcomes Portsmouth West on Saturday.