Louisa, Ky. — Martin Co.’s Luke Hale hit a three pointer at the buzzer to stun Lawrence Co. 86-84 in the final regular season game for both teams on Friday.
LCHS guard Cody Maynard tries to drive by Brady Dingess of Martin Co. Two of the best guards in the 15th region combined for 61 points Friday night.
Lawrence Co. ( 23-6 ) was led by Cody Maynard with 28 points including 4 three pointers, Will Lafferty netted 19 points, Trenton Adkins tallied 15 points, Andrew Bloomfield added 13 points, Kaden Gillispie 7 points and Dawson Bellomy 2 points.
Will Lafferty looks for the opening against Martin Co.
The Dawgs hit 6 three pointers and went 18 of 31 from the charity stripe.
Martin Co. ( 21-7 ) was led by Brady Dingess with 33 points, Luke Hale had 19 points including the game winning three pointer, Jordan Dalton 13 points, Blake Maynard 10 points, Matthew Linville 4 points, Peyton Davis 3 points, Dray Duff and Jacob Sturgell 2 points each.
The Cardinals hit 7 three pointers and went 21 of 26 from the charity stripe.
Trenton Adkins on his way for the left handed layup in the first half versus Martin Co.
MCHS 15 14 26 31 = 86
LCHS 24 21 20 19 = 84
The #1 seeded Bulldogs will open up 58th District tournament action on Tuesday at 7:30 versus #4 Prestonsburg ( 5-22 ) at Floyd Central.
#2 seeded Betsy Layne ( 20-7 ) will play at #3 Floyd Central ( 13-14 ) at 7:30 on Wednesday.
Championship game will be Friday at 7:00 also at Floyd Central.
Lawrence Co. Head Coach Chandler Thompson
“… Tough loss to end the regular season to a good Martin Co. team. A lot of things can be learned from that situation. To win a region tournament there are games that are similar to this exact game. I have no doubts if we are in that position again in the postseason we will handle it differently. Going into the postseason and knowing some areas we need to improve is a blessing in disguise.
“…This is a hungry group that is very excited about starting tournament play tomorrow. Come out and support these young men in the first round of the district tournament tomorrow as we take on Prestonsburg at Floyd Central at 7:30.”