Stanville, Ky. — Cody Maynard poured in 27 points and the Bulldog defense did the rest as #3 seed Lawrence Co. ( 11-9 ) advanced with a 68-52 victory over #2 seed Prestonsburg ( 9-14 ) in the first round of the 58th District tournament at Betsy Layne Monday.
Kaden Gillispie scored 14 points to help the Dawgs secure a spot in the 58th District championship game.
Maynard led three Dawgs in double figures with 27 points, Kaden Gillispie tallied 14 points, Trenton Adkins 12 points, Will Lafferty 8 points, Zach Holt 3 points, Baden Gillispie and Dawson Bellomy 2 points each.
The Bulldogs hit 4 three pointers and went 10 of 17 from the foul line.
Prestonsburg was led by Ryan Rose with 15 points, Grant Justice 14 points, Connor Hoskins 11 points, Will Gullett 9 points, Jacob Martin 3 points.
The Blackcats hit 6 three pointers and went 16 of 27 from the foul line.
LCHS 18 15 15 20 = 68
PHS 11 15 7 19 = 52
The Dawgs will play for the 58th District championship Thursday at #1 seed Betsy Layne ( 11-8 ) who beat #4 seed Floyd Central 63-48 in the first game Monday.
Game Time 7:00
Cody Maynard with the layup in the second half against Prestonsburg in the first round of the District.
Lawrence Co. Head Coach Chandler Thompson
“… It is a great win and this time of year it’s important to save legs when you can get a guy off the floor and from turning an ankle or something we will take advantage of that for sure.”
“… This was a total team effort tonight and I’m so proud of our guys. Three weeks ago this team beat us and were in control the whole game. Just to be able to bounce back from that is very encouraging.”
“… We are finally getting to the point where we are flying around and taking some risks. I thought early in the year we were afraid to gamble. We are quick enough to where we can take those risks and then get back into the play.”
“… We punched our ticket to Appalachian Wireless Arena plus we get another shot at Betsy Layne. We only played them once this year at our place and they got us pretty good. This time we will be on their home court and it will be a tough environment. They are very good, long and athletic. We are playing better but they are good. We will watch the film and then get ready to come up here and play on Thursday.”