GOODY, Ky. – Basketball summer games continued at Belfry High School yesterday with 14th Region powerhouse Knott Central joining Belfry, Tug Valley, Mingo Central, Phelps, Shelby Valley and Wesley Christian School for games throughout the day.
The Tug Valley Panthers kept their game close with Knott Central but in the end, the Patriots proved to be too much.
Knott held a four-point lead at the half and defeated the Valley 36-31behind the shooting and excellent passing of freshman Cameron Justice in a very physical contest.
Both teams come back today for more games at BHS.
After the intense game between Mingo Central and the Pirates Wednesday evening, many were looking forward to see what would happen between the Panthers and the Miners. However, head coach Duane Estep decided to send his freshman and those not attending camp at West Virginia University this weekend to participate in the games yesterday.
The Miners took the court against 2010 Kentucky State Champions and 2011 15th Region champs Shelby Valley High School. No one knew about Estep’s decision before the games began and SVHS head Coach Greg Newsome was obviously upset having brought his entire squad for quality games in preparation for the season.
Newsome took a large early lead and the Miners never had a chance. The Wildcats came to play their varsity regardless of the score. At one point Shelby held a 40-point lead.
Games continue today starting at 2 p.m. Prestonsburg High School is expected to join the teams in competition.