GOODY, Ky. – The Belfry Pirates lost a regular season 60th District contest to an athletic Lawrence County Bulldogs team Thursday night, 74-58, at the BHS gym.
The two teams may be battling it out again in the near future on the same hardwood as the district tournament is right around the corner. The Bulldogs had defeated the Pirates 71-62 earlier in the season on their home court. Belfry will be hosting the 60th District tourney this year starting February 22.
Lawrence County led 17-13 after the first quarter and 38-27 heading into the dressing room at the half. They outscored Belfry 21-12 in the third quarter to pad their lead and then held on to win in the final quarter.
LCHS had a balanced attack with five players in double figures led by Austin Chaffin with 16 points, while Grant Kiser and Robert Dalton each added 14 and Brandon Richardson 13. Timmy Dalton chipped in 12 points for the Dogs.
Belfry was led by junior guard Austin Woolum with 17 points, while junior post player Cole Bentley added 12 and sophomore Ryan Jessie 11. Senior Garrett Fannin chipped in nine. Jessie also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds for Coach Mark Thompson.
“For us to beat a very good team like Lawrence County, we have to have guys step-up and elevate their game,” said Coach Thompson. “We didn’t have enough guys do that last night. Defensively we didn’t work hard enough to make it more difficult to score. Really didn’t seemed energized. We had some crucial turnovers by key guys at important times in the game.”
The Dalton brothers, Robert and Timmy, each hauled in nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs.
Belfry committed 14 turnovers in the contest compared to 11 for LCHS.
The Bulldogs shot 49 percent from the floor making 30-61 shots, including 7-of-24 from behind the arc. Belfry shot 39 percent from the field making 24-62 shots and just 4-of-15 of their 3-point attempts.
LCHS made 7-14 at the foul line for 50 percent, while Belfry swished in 6-8 at the charity stripe for 75 percent.
Belfry, 8-14 on the season, was slated to play Pikeville at home on Friday night and at Sheldon Clark (Warfield) on Saturday, weather permitting.
Lawrence County, now 22-4 for the season, had another district game scheduled at Phelps on Friday night.
Score by quarters:
Law. Co. (22-4): 17 21 14 22 – 74
Belfry (8-14): 13 14 12 19 – 58
Lawrence Co. _ R. Dalton 14, Chaffins 16, Kiser 14, T. Dalton 12, Richardson 13, Black 2, Ratliff 2.
Belfry: Woolum 17, Fannin 9, Blankenship 5, Bentley 12, Jessie 11, Hall 2, Browning 2.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)