For The Beacon
Ashland did not play this week due to sickness throughout the area. The Tomcats game with Ironton has been canceled and will not be made up.
Ashland welcomes a busy week with a visit to Rowan County on Tuesday, senior night against Bath County on Thursday and a trip to Russell on Friday.
Boyd County closed out district play with an 89-66 win over Fairview. The Lions had 10 players score and went 11 of 22 from downtown.
Blake Stewart led the attack with 19 points. Brad Newsome had 12. JB Walter and Carson Webb each had 10.
Boyd County and Fairview will square off in the opening round of the 64th District tournament.
Boyd County travels to East Carter on Wednesday and Elliott County on Friday.
Two players finishing with 20+ points and another hot night from long range from Terrick Smith proved not enough for Fairview as they fell 89-66 to Boyd County.
Jaxon Manning had a game-high 24 points and was 10 of 11 from the charity stripe. Smith was 8 of 10 from the field and 4 of 5 from three, netting 22.
Fairview will play as the three seed and faces Boyd County in the opening round of districts.
Fairview travels to Bath County on Tuesday, returns home on Friday in a visit from St. Patrick and heads to Lewis County on Saturday.
ROSE HILL 3-18
Rose Hill snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 64-52 win over Covenant, WV. No stats were available from the contest.
Rose Hill will play Ashland in the opening round of the district tournament.
Rose Hill traveled to Portsmouth on Monday, Portsmouth Notre Dame on Tuesday, welcomes Greenup County Friday night and closes out the week with a road game at Raceland on Saturday.
Everything fell into place for Russell Friday night in its final district game with Lewis County.
Russell torched the nets at the “Marv,” going 24 of 38 (63.2%) from the field and 7 of 14 (50%) from long range in a 64-38 beatdown of Lewis County. The Red Devils held the Lions to only six points in the second half and scoreless in the final stanza.
Brady Bell paced the Red Devils with 18 points. The sophomore was 6 of 7 from the field and nailed all four trifectas he attempted. Max Cantrell was a perfect 5 of 5 from the field and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Griffin Downs added 10.
Russell secured no worse than the three seed with the win and could move up to the two depending on the outcome with Raceland and Lewis County on Monday night.
Russell visited Cabell Midland, WV on Monday and welcomes West Carter and Ashland Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
GREENUP COUNTY 16-8
Greenup County is not completely in the driver’s seat for the top seed in the upcoming district tournament, but the Musketeers are at least inside the car with a 72-69 win over Raceland Thursday night at the Greenhouse. It was the first Greenup County win over Raceland since 2017.
The Musketeers had to withstand a ferocious Rams surge in the game’s final minutes while watching a once 13-point lead dwindle away to only three. But a solid outing by senior Brady Nelson including a pair of clutch free throws inside of one minute to play secured the win for Greenup. Nelson led the way with 27 points for the Musketeers. Rod Dryden finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Greenup County awaits the outcome of Raceland and Lewis Monday night. A Raceland win forces a coin flip with Greenup for the top seed. A Raceland loss secures the top seed for Greenup and forces a coin flip with Russell for the 2/3 seed.
Greenup County travels to Elliott County Tuesday and Rose Hill on Friday. The Musketeers return home Saturday to open the first of its final four games at the Greenhouse in a visit from Symmes Valley, OH.
33 was a common number for the Rams this week. However, it was only good enough for one win in their two contests played.
Kirk Pence dropped a game-high 33 points in a 72-69 loss to Greenup County on Thursday. The junior was 4 of 6 from three. Austin Cumpton had 15.
Andrew Floyd’s 33 points propelled Raceland to an 83-80 win over Menifee County on Saturday night at the Palace. The freshman went 10 of 14 from the field and 7 of 9 from downtown. Pence added 21 points and Gunnur Lewis kicked in 12.
Raceland concluded district play in a makeup game with Lewis County Monday night. With a win, the Rams will earn a coin flip with the Musketeers for the top seed. A Rams loss secures Greenup as the No. 1 seed and forces a coinflip with Russell for the 2/3.
Raceland’s week continues on Tuesday with a visit from East Carter, Thursday night with Coal Grove and Saturday night with Rose Hill. All three games are at home.