2020 58th District Champion
Lawrence Co. Bulldogs
Prestonsburg, Ky — For the first time since 2017 the Lawrence Co. Bulldogs ( 20-11 ) are District Champions after a 71-54 victory over Prestonsburg ( 9-18 ) Friday at the Prestonsburg Fieldhouse.
The Dawgs raced out to a 18-10 lead after one period behind Alex Ratliff who hit two three pointers off the bench.
In the second period the Blackcats made a run behind Adam Slone who had six points and cut the Bulldog lead at halftime to 30-25.
In the decisive third quarter the Bulldogs outscored the Blackcats 22-14 with CJ Fairchild scoring 9 points to stretch the lead out to 52-39 heading into the final stanza.
In the fourth it was the Tyler Maynard show with the senior scoring 12 points and the Bulldog defense putting the clamps on the Blackcats to clinch their first ever 58th District title.
Lawrence Co. placed four in double figures led by 58th District Player of the Year and Tournament MVP Tyler Maynard with 18 points including 16 in the second half and 10 within a minute and ten seconds, Trenton Adkins tallied 16 points, CJ Fairchild scores 13 points including hitting his first three pointer of the year, Alex Ratliff 11 points including 3 three pointers, Cody Maynard 6 points, Chase Sartin 4 points, Baden Gillispie 2 points and Dawson Bellomy 1 point.
The Bulldogs went 1 of 4 from the foul line and hit 6 three pointers.
58th District Player of the Year and Tournament MVP Tyler Maynard with Lawrence Co. Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher
Prestonsburg was led by Adam Rose with 14 points before leaving with an injury in the third quarter, Ryan Rose tallied 11 points, Kaleb Jarvis and Will Gullett 8 points each, Grant Justice 6 points, Ethan Jarvis 4 points and Dylan Moore 3 points.
The Blackcats hit 1 three pointer and went 15 of 17 from the charity stripe.
PHS 10 15 14 15 = 54
LCHS 18 12 22 19 = 71
58th District Runner Up Bulldog Cheerleaders
Both teams will advance to the 15th Region Tournament next week at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville, Ky with the draw coming Saturday at 2:00.
Lawrence Co. will play either Shelby Valley, Paintsville or Belfry
Prestonsburg will play either Martin Co. Pikeville or Phelps
Other 15th Region scores…
57th District Championship
Martin Co. 56 Paintsville 42
59th District Championship
Pikeville 51 Shelby Valley 60
60th District Championship
Phelps 66 Belfry 57
58th All District team from LCHS
Lawrence Co. Head Coach Chandler Thompson
“… It was a great atmosphere anytime you come into an opponents home floor your backs are against the wall. It was a real challenge for us once again. I thought we were passive and settled a little in the first half. I challenged them at halftime and we were able to find a little bit of magic in the third quarter once again. I would like to bottle that up and use it throughout the game.”
“… I’m so proud to be the head coach of this team, this program and at this school. Can’t say enough about the support this week it really is amazing. Our fans were awesome tonight.”
“… Our bench was great, CJ and Alex hit some big shots and were key on defense. In my mind we have seven starters on our team, we could start any of those guys. They are great leaders and do what they need to do, they are great teammates as well. Nothing like having two seniors come off the bench that can change a game.”
“… Great team effort all around, can’t wait for the draw tomorrow afternoon and to play in Pikeville next week.”