Pikeville, Ky. — Lawrence Co. ( 10-22 ) was making their third straight trip to the 15th Region tournament Tuesday and just like the last two seasons they will only get one game in the East Ky Expo center after South Floyd ( 26-7 ) took care of the Lady Dawgs 67-49 in the first round on Tuesday night.
South Floyd led by ten points after getting a three pointer at the buzzer and led 21-11 at the end of one quarter. The Raiders extended the lead in the second quarter with some outstanding ball movement and shooting to lead comfortable 44-25 at intermission.
In the third period Lawrence Co. pulled within 13 points and had a good look at a three pointer that went in and out and the Raiders took advantage and got the lead back to 19 heading to the final stanza.
The young Bulldogs couldn’t dent much into the lead as the season ended for 2016/17.
Lawrence Co. had two in double figures as Lexie Ratliff hit for 13 points to go along with a team high 6 boards, Kelly Davis finished with 10 points, Hannah Rucker hit 3 threes and finished with 9 points, Kylie Maynard tacked on 6 points, Kassidy Cavins and Chelsey Fields chipped in with 4 points each, Annabelle Silva had one bucket and Samarra Akers hit one free throw. Sheree Hay had 4 rebounds. LC went 12-19 from the line and hit 3 threes.
South Floyd had four in double figures led by Taylor Barger with 24 points, Jesse Tackett tallied 12 points, Cheyenne Light with 11 markers, Brooke Stumbo chipped in with 10 points and Katie Moore just missed double figures with 8 points. SF went 16-26 from the line and hit 3 three pointers in the contest.
Lawrence Co. 11 14 11 13 – 49
South Floyd 21 23 11 12 – 67
Lawrence Co. Head Coach Melinda Feltner
“… Defensively we really struggled tonight, they have some really nice guards and the difference tonight was the seniors going against our younger girls, the experience really showed tonight we couldn’t keep them out of the lane.” The lead was too big we made a little boy of a run but couldn’t get it under double digits.
“…I hate that our season ends on a night that we did not play our best. We have been here three years in a row and the girls have gained experience with each trip, the girls will learn from this and I will learn from this. Not how our season wanted to end but nobody thought we would beat #1 seed Belfry and finish our season here.”
“…We have a lot of work to be done in the off season on both ends of the floor. Got everybody back next year plus getting an injured player into the mix, so we are excited to get back to work and get ready for next season.”