PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – The Sheldon Clark Cardinals upset Johnson Central, the No. 1 ranked team in the region, 65-64 in overtime Thursday night at the JCHS gym.
Cardinal’s junior Chase Parsley was fouled by the Eagle’s Nick McKenzie with 1.4 seconds left in overtime. Parsley missed the first free throw, but hit the second for a 65-64 lead.
JCHS could not get off a shot and the Cardinals left Prestonsburg with a huge early season win.
Johnson Central is led by the 6’8” senior forward Shane Hall, who has already signed to play at Marshall University. He led the Golden Eagles to a 15th Region Championship last year and he is a Mr. Basketball candidate for the state of Kentucky.
Johnson Central could not get off a shot and Sheldon Clark drove back to Martin County with a big road victory.
The Eagle’s Kyle Gullett had eight early points, including a pair of 3-pointers, which gave JCHS a 12-8 lead after one quarter of play.
The Eagles went on a 6-2 run to open the second quarter to lead 18-10 at the 3:55 mark of the second period.
SCHS coach Frankie Smith was forced to call timeout to break the momentum. Two free throws by Patrick Rice, a bucket by Slade McPeek and a Gullett three made it 25-15 before a Dylan James basket made it 25-17 at halftime. James is just a freshman, but one of the top players in the 15th region.
The Cardinals were cold from behind the arc in the first half, only hitting 1-of- 9 from behind the 3-point line.
The Cardinals made an early run in the second half that cut the lead to 31-28.
After two free throws by Hall, SCHS guard Chase Parsley took over scoring the Cards next 10 points in a 10-3 spurt that gave the Martin County squad the lead 38-36.
A bucket by Hall tied it up and Truman Salyer’s free throw with no time on the clock gave JCHS a 39-38 lead.
The two eastern Kentucky basketball teams continued to battle it out for the remainder of regulation.
Buckets by James and Parsley gave SCHS a 42-41 lead, but it quickly vanished as a 3-point play by Hall and three free throws by Gullett put the Eagles in front 47-44.
Freshman Ethan Osborne buried a corner three pointer to tie it at 47 and a bucket by James gave Sheldon Clark the lead back. A driving layup by Parsley made it
53-49 with 2:05 left.
Two Gullett free throws made it 53-51, then after the teams traded turnovers, SCHS had the ball stolen and Hall scored on a layup to tie it at 53-all. He then blocked Parsley’s shot with 1.4 seconds left to force overtime.
A driving layup by Trevor Blackburn and a James 3- pointer made it 60- 56 SCHS, but Hall tied it with four straight points. Then a bucket by Eric Sartin made it 62-60, however Hall tied it up, but missed the free throw.
Parsley then hit a runner in the lane, but a McPeek rebound bucket tied it at 64 with 36.2 left. Sheldon Clark then ran the clock down.
Sheldon Clark hit 21 of 52 from the floor for 52 percent. They were 4-of-7 from the foul line for 57 percent. Johnson Central made 18-of-22 free throws for 82 percent. They shot only 36 percent from the floor. The Eagles outrebounded the Cardinals 38 to 22, but they committed 19 turnovers.
Both Parsley and James fired in 27 points for Coach Smith. James nailed five 3-pointers in the contest. Parsley had 12 assists and James pulled down 15 rebounds for Sheldon Clark.
Gullett led the Eagles with 22, while Hall had 21 points.
The Cardinals (3-0) were to have played Prestonsburg Saturday night. They play host to Pikeville on Tuesday night and will play Knott County Central Friday night at the Williamson Fieldhouse.
Knott Central is led by Camron Justice, a junior who has committed to Tennessee. He is the son of former Belfry coach Raymond Justice, who is an assistant coach at the school. Justice is a Mr. Basketball candidate for the state of Kentucky.
Score by quarters:
SC (3-0) - 8 9 21 15 - 12 — 65
JC (0-2) - 12 13 14 14 - 11: 64
Sheldon Clark (65) - Parsley 27, Blackburn 6, James 27, Osborne 3, Maynard 2, Sartin 6.
Johnson Central 964) - Hall 21, Gullett 22, McPeek 12, Rice 2, Adkins 3, Salyer 4.
Letcher Central 73, Phelps 51
ERMINE, Ky. – Letcher County Central defeated the Phelps Hornets 73-51 Thursday night.
Elijah Branham and Da’Von Smith each scored nine points for Phelps, while Kyle Sneed and Bailey Hurley each added seven.
Josh Owens led LCD with 19 points, while Torell Carter chipped in eight.
Score by quarters:
Phelps (0-4)….…12 11 10 18 – 51
LCC (2-2)………19 28 14 12 – 73
Phelps (51) – Elijah Branham 9, Da’Von Smith 9, Kyle Sneed 7, Bailey Hurley 7, Dalton Prater 5, Leon Blankenship 5, Matt Hatfield 4, Brandon New 3 and Tyler Daughtery 2.
Letcher Central (73) – Josh Owens 19, Torell Carter 11, Jordan Morrow 8, Chippy Frazier 7, Jordan Gregory 7, Tyler Collins 6, Tristin Cunniff 4, Damen Holbrook 3, Dalton Dollarhide 2, Austin Banks 2, Brady Caudill 2 and Tanner Lucas 2.
Shelby Valley 57, Belfry 20
ROBINSON CREEK – The Shelby Valley Lady Cats rolled past the Belfry Lady Pirates on Thursday night 57-20.
Taylor Rowe led SVHS with 16 points. Several players got into the scoring column for the Lady Cats.
Candace Gilman and Paige Goff led Belfry with six points each.
The Lady Pirates were to have played East Ridge on Saturday night and they host Pikeville on Monday night.
At Robinson Creek
Score by quarters:
BHS (1-2)…..4 6 4 6 – 20
SV (4-0)…..14 13 14 16 – 57
Belfry (20) – Candice Gilman 6, Paige Goff 6, Emily Baker 4, Ariel Mounts 2 and Robbie Brewer 2.
Shelby Valley (57) – Taylor Rowe 16, Rachel Smith 9, Savannah Honaker 8, Destiny Anderson 6, Lindsay Proffitt 6, Courtney Wright 2, Abigail Smallwood 2, Shelby Jones 2, Savannah Belcher 2, Summer Rose 2 and Cassidi Wright 2.