PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The Lady Pirates of Belfry lost a 56-51 overtime heartbreaker in the first round of the 15th Region tournament to Betsy Layne on Tuesday night at the Expo Center in Pikeville.
Belfry’s Lena Hairston, a sophomore point guard, tied the game at 45-45 with a floater in the lane with just seconds to go in regulation. Betsy Layne had the ball with a chance to take the lead but turned it over giving the Lady Pirates a chance to win the game. However a jumper by freshman Lyndsey Miller rimmed out and the game went into overtime.
In the extra period the Lady Bobcats outscored Belfry 11-to-6 to pull out the win and advance to the semi-final round on Friday.
Betsy Layne jumped out to a 13-7 first quarter lead, but Belfry battled back to cut it to 18-17 heading into the dressing room at the half.
The Lady Bobcats went up 32-26 heading into the final quarter after outscoring the Lady Pirates of Coach Kevin Deskins 14-9 in the third quarter. However, Belfry battled back with a nice run at the end of the game. They outscored BLHS 19-13 in the 8:00 of regulation to tie the game and force the OT.
Belfry had three players in double digits led by Hairston with 19, Miller finished with 13 and Kylea Stanley with 11. Stanley also pulled down 13 rebounds for a double-double. Kailee Rash added seven points and Emily Deaton chipped in a point to round out the Lady Pirate scoring.
Megan Frazier led Betsy Layne with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Emily Kidd added 16, Destiny Compton 10 and Katie Tackett nine for a balanced scoring attack from the Cats. Summer Johnson chipped in a couple of free throws for two points for Coach Randy Coleman’s squad.
Besty Layne was 19-of-46 from the field for 41 percent, including 2-of-8 from 3-point land. Belfry made 20-of-58 of their shots for 35 percent including 6-of-23 from behind the arc.
The Lady Bobcats were 16-32 from the free thrown line for 50 percent, while the Lady Pirates were 5-10, also for 50 percent.
Both teams head 14 turnovers in the game.
Belfry, who won the 60th District crown last week, finished the season under the .500 mark at 12-14. The Lady Pirates started four freshmen and one sophomore.
Betsy Layne advanced to the semi-finals on Friday and now has a record 15-15.
(15th Region Tournament at Pikeville)
Score by quarters:
BLHS (16-15): 13 5 14 13 (11) – 56
BHS (12-14): 7 10 9 19 (6) – 51
Betsy Layne (56) – Emily Kidd 6 4-7 16; Megan Frazier 5(1) 6-12 19; Katie Tackett 2(1) 2-7 9; Destiny Compton 4 2-4 10; and Summer Johnson 0 2-2 2. Totals: 17(2) 16-32 56.
Belfry (51) – Emily Deaton 0 1-2 1; Lyndsey Miller 2(3) 0-0 13; Kylea Stanley 5 1-3 11; Lena Hairston 7(1) 2-3 19; and Kailee Rash 0(2) 1-2 7. Totals: 14(6) 5-10 51.
(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.)