Louisa, Ky — Lawrence Co. ( 2-2 ) fell in overtime 61-56 to Paintsville ( 1-1 ) as the Tigers outscored the Dawgs 10-5 in the extra period after Tuesday night at the LCHS Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs jumped all over the Tigers in the opening period and led 21-11 after one behind Chase Sartin’s 14 points.
In the second quarter the pace slowed and so did the scoring as LC took a 30-17 advantage into halftime.
In the third Paintsville heated up with their best quarter of the night 20-11 over the Dawgs.
In the fourth with under a minute left and the score tied at 51 Lawrence Co. held for the last shot and was fouled with 5 seconds left with a chance to win the game but missed the front end of the bonus and the game went into overtime.
In the extra session Paintsville imposed itself and walked away with the comeback road victory.
Cody Maynard led the Dawgs with 20 points, Tyler Maynard amassed a double double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, Sartin finished with 19 points, Trenton Adkins 3 points and 10 rebounds, Alex Ratliff 3 points.
Braxton Tharp led the victors with 18 points, Nick Keeton who just played in the state football title game over the weekend finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, Colby Fugate had 16 points, Ryan Gibson and Rex Castle 4 points each and Baron Ratliff 2 points.
The Tigers hit 4 of 19 from three and went 7-12 from the line.
The Dawgs made 8 three pointers but shot 27 and went 6-8 from the line.
PHS 11 6 20 14 10 = 61
LCHS 21 9 9 12 5 = 56
Lawrence Co. will return to action Friday night at home with a Girl/Boy Doubleheader at 6:00 vs District rival Betsy Layne.
Paintsville will open up District play next Tuesday at Magoffin Co.
Lawrence Co. Head Coach Chandler Thompson
“…It’s definitely a tough pill to swallow losing in OT to a very good Paintsville team. I think we saw flashes in this game of what our team is capable of. Played really well at times. I feel like our kids executed the game plan very well, unfortunately, we still came up a little short. We missed a lot of bunnies in the second half that we were making in the first and that didn’t do us any favors.”
“… But, at the end of the day I’m proud of the way our kids battled. We have to learn from it and get ready for Betsy Layne on Friday!”