ROBINSON CREEK, Ky. - The Belfry Lady Pirates (6-9) played a road game at Pike County foe Shelby Valley on Tuesday night but fell to the Lady Wildcats by a final score of 52-36.
Belfry came out to start the game and played neck and neck with SVHS as the two teams were knotted up at 11 at the end of the first eight minutes of play.
Shelby Valley (9-9) separated themselves in the second frame as they tightened up on the defensive end and held the Lady pirates to only five points in the quarter as they built a 25-16 halftime lead.
The Pirates and coach Kevin Deskins came out of the locker rooms in the second half and played the Lady Cats even once again as each team scored 14 in the quarter and the scored read 39-30 going into the fourth.
In the final eight minutes Shelby Valley, led by coach Lonnie Rowe, locked up on the defensive end once again holding Belfry to just six points in the frame as they secured the 52-36 win.
Belfry star sophomore Kenzie Maynard led the Lady Pirates by scoring a game high 21 points and she recorded a double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds and also swatting six shots. Senior Kylea Stanley was next on the team finishing with seven points.
Maynard and Stanley both average double-figures through the first 15 games of the season with Maynard at 16.4 a game and Stanley sitting at 11.1 per game. Maynard also averages 10.1 rebounds and seven blocks per game which is amongst the top in the state while Stanley grabs 6.5 rebounds a game.
Senior Lyndsey Miller and freshman Linzee Phillips each added three points for coach Deskins while senior Ariel Mounts rounded out the scoring with two.
Shelby Valley was led by Kylie Hall's 15 points and Alyssa Elswick also reached double-figures finishing with 13. Alyssa Newsom added nine for coach Rowe while Tori Hampton added five and grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Lady Pirates struggled from the floor only hitting 14/36 shots for 39 percent but did connect on half of their shots from behind the arc as they hit 5-10. They only hit 3-10 shots at the charity stripe.
Former Mingo Central standouts forward Katie Ball and guard Ziah Rhodes were in uniform for the Lady Pirates for the first time since transferring from Mingo Central last week but neither saw varsity action. They did however play in the junior varsity game.
Ball and Rhodes were playing for the Lady Miners in a game against Floyd Central in the Battle at Belfry Invitational back on December 8 when they got into an altercation during the middle of the fourth quarter which resulted in a suspension and eventually led to the resignation of former Mingo Central head coach Brandon Ball.
The two have since transferred to Belfry after serving their suspension and will provide some much needed depth in both the front court and back court for the Lady Pirates down the stretch going into the 15th region tournament.
Both Rhodes and Ball averaged over 16 points a game for the Lady Miners last year and Ball currently holds a scholarship offer from Marshall.
With the loss the Lady Pirates fell to 6-9 on the season and will look to work their way back to .500 when they host Perry County Central at home on Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. start.
Score by Quarters:
Belfry (6-9): 11 5 14 6 - 36
SVHS (9-9): 11 14 14 13 - 52
BHS: Brewer 0; Mounts 2; Maynard 21; Miller 3; Stanley 7; Phillips 3
SVHS: Newsom 9; Hampton 5; Hall 15; Elswick 13; Johnson 5; Gillispie 3; Stanley 2
Jarrid McCormick is a sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He can be reached by email at jmccormick@HDMediaLLC.com.