Louisa, Ky. — After falling in the title game the last two years #3 seed Lawrence Co. upset #1 seed Betsy Layne 70-66 in overtime in the thrilling 58th District championship game Thursday night at LCHS Arena.
LAWRENCE CO. BULLDOGS — First 58th District title since 2020
Seniors Kaden Gillispie, Will Lafferty, Ethan Horn
Juniors Andrew Bloomfield, Ford Scaggs, Blake Marcum, Logan Ratliff
Sophomores Kasen Staniford, Keaden Ellis, Wyatt Branham
Freshman Braxton Davis, Owen Pack, Luke Fetherolf, Ashton West, Weston Vanhorn,
8th Grader Hayden Perry, Coaches Chandler Thompson, Chet Pelfrey, Mark Thompson, Chase Sartin
Lawrence Co. was led by 58th District tournament MVP Andrew Bloomfield with 23 points, 8th grader Hayden Perry swished in 5 three pointers and tallied 19 points. Junior Blake Marcum was all over the court and added 12 points and senior point man Will Lafferty netted 8 points and a terrific spark in both games. Kaden Gillispie and Logan Ratliff had 4 points each.
The Bulldogs hit 8 three pointers but went only 10 of 21 from the free throw line.
Betsy Layne was led by Andrew Kidd with 17 points, Brady Robinson 16 points, Cameron Pente 14 points, Carter Parsons and Byron Tackett 8 points apiece, Tanner Martin 3 points.
The Bobcats hit 4 three pointers and went 2 of 6 from the free throw line.
LCHS 16 9 14 24 7 = 70
BLHS 15 14 13 21 3 = 66
58th District tournament MVP and All District Andrew Bloomfield along with All District members Hayden Perry and Will Lafferty
Lawrence Co. ( 18-14 ) and Betsy Layne ( 19-10 ) will advance to the 15th Region tournament in Pikeville.
The 15th Region draw will be Saturday at 2:00 and the Boys first round games will be Wednesday and Thursday.
2023 58th District Cheerleading Champions
L to R Front Abby Lycans, Victoria Penix, Hannah May
L to R Back Sarah Scott, Lyndsey Ward, Laney Marcum, Maddy Wellman, Bailey Blankenship, Kylie Cramer, Sofia Marcum, Kara Pannell, Addi Burgess, Breanna Robinette, Ellie Smith, Anna Salyers, Cassidee Barker, Lexi Frazier, Maelee Marcum, and Hannah Scott
Coaches Jennifer Pannell and Courtney Kingsmore
Lawrence Co. Head Coach Chandler Thompson
“… What an awesome district tournament at LCHS! I can’t say enough about our guys and how proud I am of them. We certainly battled some adversity in both games but they stayed the course and found a way to win both games. I couldn’t be more proud of them. They have worked extremely hard and it is a good feeling to see them get rewarded for that. This has been a very fun group to coach and we are excited about the region tournament next week.”
“… Also, hats off to our girls basketball team and our cheerleaders. Very special week in the ‘dawg pound’ and I am thankful that I was able to be a part of it. Our fans and student supported us all week, best atmosphere I have seen in a long time and we are thankful for that! Everyone come out and support our boys and girls at the Expo next week!”
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