Local high school basketball roundup
Lady Jackets fall to Barbourville
Middlesboro’s recent struggles continued on Friday as the Lady Jackets fell to Barbourville 53-39.
Gracie Gent and Kailey Owens led the young squad offensively. Grent finished with 12 points while shooting 60 percent from the field. Owens also finished with 12 points while hauling in a game-high 23 rebounds. Emrey Glover ended the night with seven points.
For Barbourville, three players ended the evening with double-doubles. Brianna Gallagher finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Laura Smith tallied 11 points while also hauling in 10 rebounds. Abbagail Smith scored 10 points to go with her 10 rebounds.
Barbourville’s Grace Jones led all scorers with 13 points while shooting 45.5 percent from the field.
Barbourville (53): Grace Jones 13, Brianna Gallagher 12, Laura Smith 11, Abbagail Smith 10, Aimee Woolum 6, Lucy Robinson 1.
Middlesboro (39): Gracie Gent 12, Kailey Owens 12, Emrey Glover 7, Grace Moles 6, Grace Temple 1, Kirsten Keith 1.
Knox Central inches by Lady Lions
A 21-point performance by Presley Partin helped Knox Central get by Pineville on Saturday as the Lady Panthers earned a 60-55 victory.
Whitney Caldwell put on a great performance for the Lady Lions scoring a game-high 32 points. She shot 12-for-17 from the field while connecting on two of her three 3-pointers. She also went 6-for-7 from the charity stripe.
Virginia Hall was the only other Lady Lion to reach double figures. She tallied 11 points. Raigan King led Pineville on the glass with eight rebounds.
Partin’s 21 points paced Knox Central with Caylan Mills finishing with 18 points of her own. Mills shot 66.7 percent from the field during the game and hauled in a team-high eight rebounds.
Knox Central (60): Presley Partin 21, Caylan Mills 18, Zoey Liford 8, Timberly Fredrick 6, Natalie Fisher 4, Isabella Frost 3.
Pineville (55): Whitney Caldwell 32, Virginia Hall 11, Raigan King 8, Summer Partin 4.
Bell County girls defeat Washburn, Tenn.
The Lady Cats extended their current winning streak to three games on Thursday defeating Washburn, Tenn. 51-43.
Abby Harris paced Bell County scoring 24 points while shooting at a 53.3 percent clip. She also went 8-for-12 from the free-throw line and hauled in eight rebounds.
Talyah McQueen finished with a double-double scoring 13 points while grabbing 12 boards. Abigail Cornett scored five points during the game.
Bell County (51): Abby Harris 24, Talyah McQueen 13, Abigail Cornett 5, Mataya Ausmus 4, Ashtyn Meyers 3, Nadine Johnson 2.
Jackets win in double overtime thriller
In what was quite the exciting game, Middlesboro defeated Barbourville 57-56 in double overtime on Friday.
The trio of Jabari Kyle, Trey Brock and TJ Patterson helped the Jackets get the victory. Kyle ended the night with a team-high 18 points while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Both Patterson and Brock scored 11 points apiece during the game. Patterson shot 60 percent from the field, while Brock shot the ball at a 57.1 percent clip. Patterson led the team with six boards. Brock ended the night with five rebounds.
Barbourville’s Shawn Vaughn led all scorers with 22 points. Matthew Gray ended the night with 13.
Middlesboro (57): Jabari Kyle 18, Trey Brock 11, TJ Patterson 11, Eric Helton 8, Jordan Davis 7, Bryson Barnard 2.
Barbourville (56): Shawn Vaughn 22, Matthew Gray 13, Jordon Collins 6, Dylan Moore 4, Travis Scott 4, David Collett 3, Dylan Bingham 2, Colby Martin 2.
Pineville comes up short against Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Pineville narrowly missed out on a victory Saturday when the team crossed the state-line into Tennessee. The Mountain Lions lost to Pigeon Forge 63-58.
Keean Fuson led the Mountain Lions with 20 points while shooting 50 percent from the field. Sean Phipps ended the evening with a double-double tallying 18 points and 10 rebounds. Clay Goodin tallied 12 points during the game despite shooting 37.5 percent from the field.
Pineville (58): Keean Fuson 20, Sean Phipps 18, Clay Goodin 12, Austin Fuson 6, Landon Couch 2.