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UPDATE: The Bulldogs beat Hannan 80-51 last night for their first win in over a year; see scoring and game summary when they become available...
senior Anthony Tucker led the Bulldogs in scoring with eight points against Shelby Valley.senior Anthony Tucker led the Bulldogs in scoring with eight points against Shelby Valley.

LC's late run falls short at Shelby Valley;

Shelbiana, Ky. - LC had a tough time holding on to the basketball Tuesday night at Shelby Valley as the Bulldogs committed 23 turnovers to the Wildcats, ranked #2 in Region 15 and three time defending regional Champions. The Dawgs couldn't get anything going offensively as no player scored in double digits.

Senior Anthony Tucker was the high scorer for the Bulldogs with 8 pts as the Wildcats took advantage of LC's poor field goal shooting, 11-48, on the night to cruise to a 53-33 win.

"Our players really battled on Tuesday," said coach David Miller. "Shelby Valley was as expected - big & physical, their length affected our shooting percentage which was less than 30% on the night."

LC put together a run to after halftime and got back into the game. The Bulldogs got as close as being down by only 8 pts late in the 3rd quarter.

The Dawgs smashed the boards for a total of 29 rebounds on the night but 21 of them came on the defensive side of the ball. With just 8 rebounds on the offensive end, LC got very few second chances at the basket. Behind the arc LC connected on only 2-12 and dished out only 3 assists as a team.

"Shelby Valley's size didn't have any effect on the boards, but turnovers again cost us, Miller said. The game was much closer late in the 3rd quarter as we cut the lead down to 8 pts and had the ball. We just couldn't get over the hump."

The Bulldogs will be back @ home Friday, Dec. 9th as they play Hannon, WV. Game time 6/7:30 pm

Individual stats

Blake Prince - 5 pts, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals
Grant Kiser - 2 pts, 2 rebounds
Austin Chaffins - 4 pts, 3 rebounds
Hayden Kiser - 5 pts, 9 rebounds
A.J. Cyrus - 4 pts, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Brandon Richardson - 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Anthony Tucker - 8 pts, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
Lance Clay - 1 rebound
Logan Finley - 5 pts, 5 rebounds, 1 assist

Lady Rebels begin season with win over Tug Valley

Krista Maynard had  25pts  5 rebounds  3 assists  and 3 steals in the win over the PanthersKrista Maynard had 25pts 5 rebounds 3 assists and 3 steals in the win over the PanthersMingo Co., WV - The Lady Rebels opened their season up this past Tuesday as they traveled to Tug Valley to take on the Panthers. The two teams played in what was called the Wayne - Mingo Shootout. Wayne & Tolsia would take on the teams south in Tug Valley & the new Mingo Central school.

Tolsia controlled the pace of the game and three of the four quarters as sophomore Krista Maynard connected for 25pts on the night leading the Rebels over the Panthers, 55-36. 

Tolsia (1-0) buckled down on defense as they held the Pathers to under 10pts in three of the quarters, only allowing 4pts in the 4th quarter. The Rebels as a team crashed the boards for 30 rebounds, handed out 10 assists, & stole the ball 10 times. Senior Kristi Lahoda had 8 pts, grabbed 13 rebounds and was a basket shy of a double-double. Courtney Stiltner, also a senior, had 4pts along with 6 rebounds, 4 assists, &  4 steals.

"I was pleased with the way we played the first game of the season, said head coach Ric Morrone. "A nice team effort, in which our foul shooting was off tonight, going 8-24 but a solid 3 quarters let us stay out in front. The girls bounced back in the 4th after getting outscored in the 3rd & everyone contributed very well. Our team was tested early as there isn't much depth this year."

The Panthers (0-1) were led by Elizabeth Evans with 18pts & Hannah Armstrong helped out with 8pts.

The Lady Rebels are traveling to play in a Tournament in Pocahontas Co. on Dec. 9th & 10th. Tolsia will take on Easterm Mennonite, a team from Virginia as Pocahontas will play Harman.

Scoring: 1st  2nd  3rd  4th   Final

Tolsia     16   16    6     17     55
Valley     10    7    15     4      36

Tolsia individual scoring

Krista Maynard - 25 pts, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Kristie Lahoda - 8 pts, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Kellie Lahoda - 8 pts, 6 rebounds
Jordan Presley - 7 pts
Courtney Stiltner - 4 pts, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals
Savannah Winnett - 2 pts
Maddi Evans - 1 pt

Tug Valley

Elizabeth Evans - 18 pts
Hannah Armstrong - 8 pts
Adriana Vance - 3 pts
Sammie Preece - 3 pts
Amber Linville - 2 pts
Paige Runyon - 2 pts

Lady Dawgs surprising teams on the court, go 2-1 in first three games

Taylor PorterTaylor PorterLouisa, KY - The Lady Bulldogs have started the season off strong as they picked up their second win on the road this past Saturday over Prestonsburg, 75-53. The Paintsvile Tigers came to town on Monday night as both teams were 2-0 coming into the game. LC took a 2pt lead going into the 4th quarter but couldn't hang on as the Tigers outscored the Dawgs by 10 pts to pull out a hard fought battle in District 57 play, 57-49.

Saturday's game with Prestonsburg saw the Dawgs take control in all four quarters and never slowing down their fast paced offense. Senior Lena Ison & junior Taylor Porter both contributed 23pts apiece for LC. The Dawgs had 8 players score as a team effort hitting shots from beyond the arc, in the paint, & going 17-24 from the foul line.

"Our girls played hard against Prestonsburg," said coach Harless. "Things go easier when everybody can contribute on the court as a team & communicate as well."

Paintsville came into Monday nights contest looking for an easy win, but the much improved Lady Bulldogs from last year were looking to make a statement against the Tigers.

With an early 57th District matchup, neither team backed down throughout the game. The Tigers went up by 1pt at the end of one quarter and increased that by 5pts by halftime. Coach Harless' team came out after halftime and held the Tigers to only 6pts and took a 2pt lead at the end of 3 quarters. Porter went 7-9 from the floor, 3-5 from beyond the arc, and 3-4 from the foul line en route to 26pts on the night.

After a loose ball late into the game, players from both teams did a little bit of pushing and shoving causing coaches from both benches to start arguing and pointing fingers. The referees took control of the situation and so did the Tigers as they outscored the Dawgs 23-13 in the final quarter to pull out the win.

"Things turned around for Paintsville when we left a player open in the corner and she connected from beyond the arc to give them the lead," Harless said. "We need to get Taylor Porter open more in the offense, that's hard to do when they have two and three players guarding her. Lena Ison is also hitting her shots, but we just have to work on things as our next opponent is Sheldon Clark and they're going to be gunning for us as well." 

The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action Friday, Dec. 9th as they travel to Sheldon Clark to take on the Cardinals in District play. Game time 6/7:30 pm.

Lady Dawgs vs Prestonsburg;

Scoring: 1st  2nd  3rd  4th    Final
LC          18   24    14   19      75
P-burg    11   13    11    18     53

Taylor Porter - 23pts, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 7 steals
Lena Ison - 23pts, 1 rebound, 5 steals
Sarah Hay - 7pts, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Kara Kirk - 4pts, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal
Savannah Cyrus - 3pts, 8 rebounds, 5 steals
Shelby Hay - 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 steals
Jordan McGuire - 9pts, 1 rebound
Ashley Puryear - 1 rebound
Jasmine Trout - 1 rebound
Kara Williamson - 3pts
Laken Fitch - 3pts, 1 rebound

Lady Dawgs vs Paintsville

Scoring: 1st  2nd  3rd  4th   Final
P-ville     13   15    6     23     57
LC          12   11    13   13     49

Taylor Porter - 26pts, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
Lena Ison - 15pts, 1 rebound, 1 assist,
Sarah Hay - 4pts, 2 rebounds, 2 assists,
Kara Kirk - 2pts, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Savannah Cyrus - 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Shelby Hay - 2pts, 2 assists

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