LOUISA, Ky. – I guess fans can chalk it up to “March Madness.”
High school tournament action started this week in Kentucky and the Lady Pirates of Belfry went into the 60th District event as the No. 1 seed.
However, on Monday night, they were upset by the host Lawrence County Lady Bulldogs 46-41.
Belfry had beaten Lawrence County twice during the regular season, 63-48 and 51-33. The Lady Pirates went into the game with a 15-13 record, while the Lady Bulldogs were 10-19.
Junior point guard Lena Hairston led Belfry with 17 points. Kenzie Keene scored eight points and six rebounds, while Kailee Rash chipped in seven points and six boards.
Eighth grader MacKenzie “Lucy” Maynard had one blocked shot, ending the season with 96, which is one of the top defensive stats for a single season in school history.
Belfry was 16-48 from the floor for a cold 33 percent, including 4-18 from 3-point range. Lawrence County was 14-38 for 37 percent, including 3-10 from behind the arc.
At the free throw line, Belfry was only 5-12 for 42 percent, while the Lady Bulldogs were 15-23 for 65 percent.
Lawrence County was led by Hannah Rucker and Lexi Ratliff with 15 points each. Kelly Davis added nine points and nine rebounds.
In the turnover department, Belfry had seven, while Lawrence County had 10.
In the other game of the 60th District girls’ tourney, Phelps takes on Pike County Central on Wednesday. Lawrence County will take on the winner of that game.
The 60th District championship games are Friday night. The girls’ game is at 6:30 p.m. and the boys tips off at 8:15 p.m.
60th District Tournament
Score by quarters:
Belfry (15-14): 9 10 9 13 – 41
Law. Co. (10-20): 8 9 13 16 – 46
Belfry (41): Hairston 17, Rash 7, Keene 8, Maynard 4, Phillips 2, Mounts 3, Brewer 0.
Lawrence County (46): Hannah Rucker 15, Kelly Davis 9, Kylie Maynard 3, Lexi Ratliff 15, Chelsey Fields 2, Kassidi Cavins 2.
Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.