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BECKLEY – Greater Beckley Christian (GBC) finally got a signature win.

The Crusaders fired past Tug Valley 67-53 Friday night in front of a packed crowd at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

The Panthers, the defending Class A state champs, beat Greater Beckley three times last season. Tug Valley defeated their regional rival twice in the regular season in two close games, but beat the Crusaders soundly in the regional tournament played at their Naugatuck gym.

Coach Dan Burd’s Crusaders (6-0), ranked No. 5, beat the No. 4 ranked Panthers and got the monkey off their backs.

“It’s definitely off our back,” Burd said. “I knew we had a chance. They have a good program and he (Garland “Rabbit” Thompson) is a great coach. He is one of the best coaches around.”

“I feel like our kids felt like they accomplished something with this win,” Burd added. “They are the 2-time defending state champs.”

Tug Valley not only won the Class A title last year and the Class AA championship two years ago.

“We’re better than what we showed,” Thompson said. “But, you have to give them credit.”

Elisha Kidd fired in 27 points for the Crusaders, while senior Javonne Staunton-Bailey and freshman Isaiah Francis added 13 and 10 points respectively.

Kidd, the Crusaders’ leading scorer this season, is averaging 22 points per game, and fired in three 3-pointers in his 27 points.

“Elisha is coming into his own,” Burd said of the junior guard. “I think getting to the state tournament last year really motivated him and he is playing with more confidence.”

Staunton-Bailey has seen his role change this year, moving to the shooting guard position, while freshman Francis has taken over the point guard.

“Bailey is the heart and soul of our program and he is a leader,” Burd said. “Francis, for his age, can really see the floor. He doesn’t play like a freshman.”

GBC jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. They held a 17-9 first quarter lead and 32-20 lead at the half.

“All three of our guards are capable of playing the point or the wing,” Burd said. “I can move them around and not miss a thing.”

Tug Valley’s Thompson agrees. “They have three good guards,” he said. “And the Daniels (Brent) kid rebounded real well. He is about 6’7”.” Daniels also scored 9 points for GBC.

“They are quick and you have to give them a lot credit. They really played well,” Thompson reiterated.

“I thought we were a little rusty,” Thompson added. Tug Valley had not played in a while because of the recent snow and bitter cold weather. “We had to miss a couple of days or practice too. I think that might have been the reason we got off to slow start.”

“I look forward to them coming to our place,” Thompson continued. “The best thing you can to when you get beat is to start playing again.”

Senior Thomas Baisden and sophomore Calvin Blankenship were the only players in double figures for the Panthers scoring 15 and 10 points respectively. Hayden Sturgell and Austin Baisden chipped in 8 points each, while Kyle Newsome and Aaron Copley each scored 5 points.

Tug Valley was to have hosted Roane County on Saturday night and then Westside this coming Tuesday night

The Crusaders will return to action Thursday at Cross Lanes Christian.

Score by quarters:

TV (3-2) … 9 11 9 24 - 53

GBC (6-0) …17 15 23 12 - 67

Tug Valley - Kyle Newsome 2 0-0 6, Aaron Copley 2 1-2 5, Hayden Sturgell 2 3-5 8, Shane Marcum 1 2-3 4, Austin Baisden 4 0-0 8, Calvin Blankenship 2 5-10 10, Thomas Baisden 6 3-3 15. Totals: 19 14-23 53.

Greater Beckley Christian - Javonne Staunton-Bailey 2 9-13 13, Courtney Walton 1 0-0 2, Elisha Kidd 6 12-13 27, Isaiah Francis 3 3-6 10, Adam Cook 0 0-0 0, Brent Daniels 4 0-0 9, Joseph Cornett 0 0-0 0, Anthony Helton 1 4-4 6. Totals: 17 28-36 67.

3-point goals — TV: 4 (Newsome 2, Sturgell, Blankenship); GBC: 5 (Kidd 3, Francis, Daniels). Fouled out — None.


Sheldon Clark 71, Paintsville 52

Kyle Lovern


PAINTSVILLE, Ky. – Chase Parsley fired in 26 points and Dylan James added 17 as Sheldon Clark downed Paintsville 71-52 on Thursday night on Jan. 9.

Trevor Blackburn added 13 points for Coach Frankie Smith’s Cardinal squad.

The Cardinals improved to 10-2 on the season.

Paintsville was led by Luke Daniels with 12 points. The Tigers fell to 4-6.

Score by quarters:

SC (10-2)…..16 24 21 10 – 71

P’ville (4-6)..15 5 16 16 – 52


Sheldon Clark (71) – Chase Parsley 26, Dylan James 17, Trevor Blackburn 13, Ethan Osborne 2, Eric Sartin 6, Heath Maynard 1, Mark Tiller 2 and Michael Patrick 4.

Paintsville(52) – Luke Trimble 6, Quinton Hensley 13, Luke Daniels 12, Zach Collins 8, Thomas Litteral 6, Prater Helton 1, Ryan Murray 2, Lane Daniels 3 and Peyton Smith 1.



Thursday night, Lawrence County 43, Tug Valley 38

Friday night, Tug Valley 48, Greater Beckley Christian 34

The coaching staff from Tug Valley did not report any scoring or statistics for these two games.

(Coaches are encouraged to report all game scoring and statistics to Sports Editor Kyle Lovern at klovern@civitasmedia.com or by calling 304-235-4242, ext. 33.)

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