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Valley (Fayette) girls top Tug Valley, 62-58

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

NAUGATUCK, W.Va. -- Alexis Payne fired in 35 points Thursday for Valley (Fayette) in a 62-58 victory at Tug Valley for the Class A, Region III girls basketball title and state tournament berth.

Payne also had 20 rebounds and three assists while blocking three shots.

Adreana Vance led the Panthers with 22 points. Hannah Armstrong had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Whitney Evans-Kirk scored 11.

The Panthers finished the season at 15-9.

VALLEY (FAYETTE) 20 13 10 19 -- 62: Payne 35, Buchan 14, Grubb 6, Bird 5, Lively 2.

TUG VALLEY 20 7 13 18 -- 58: Vance 33, Armstrong 17, Evans-Kirk 11, Linville 6, Robinson 2.

BOYS

FLEMING COUNTY 60, ROWAN COUNTY 45: The Pirates (28-6) got a game-high 21 points from Darion Burns to beat the Vikings (20-14) in the 16th Region championship game at Morehead State's Ellis T. Johnson Arena.

Fleming County advances to the Kentucky Boys Sweet 16 scheduled Wednesday through Sunday at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

Brady Saunders added 18 points and Troy Steward 11 for Fleming County.

Ryne Callahan tallied 13 points to lead Rowan County.

In semifinal action, Fleming County beat Ashland, 81-72, in double overtime and Rowan County knocked off Russell, 53-50.

Burns led the Pirates with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Dikembe Dixon paced the Tomcats (23-10) with 26 and 11 boards. Nick Miller had a game-high 15 rebounds.

Jalen Stone tallied 18 points to lead Rowan County past Russell (26-8). For the Red Devils, Kyle Skaggs led all scorers with 20 points.

Championship

ROWAN COUNTY 15 9 8 13 -- 45: Stone 3-14 2-5 10, Newsome 0-5 0-0 0, Thacker 2-6 0-0 4, Brown 3-4 1-2 7, Barnard 2-5 1-2 5, Graham 1-5 0-0 2, Fannin 0-0 0-0 0, Arthur 0-0 0-0 0, Whelan 0-1 0-0 0, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Callahan 5-8 1-2 13, Pratt 0-0 0-0 0, Lee 1-1 0-0 2, Stone 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-49 5-11 45.

FLEMING COUNTY 7 16 16 21 -- 60: Burns 8-15 5-10 21, Crisp 2-6 4-6 8, McAdams 1-6 0-0 2, Steward 4-14 0-0 11, Saunders 7-11 4-5 18, Puente 0-1 0-0 0, Mckee 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Scott 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-54 13-21 60.

3-point baskets: Rowan 6-21 (Stone 2-9, Newsome 0-5, Thacker 2-3, Graham 0-2, Callahan 2-2). Fleming 3-14 (Burns 0-1, Crisp 0-1, McAdams 0-3, Steward 3-8, Puente 0-1).

Semifinal 1

FLEMING COUNTY 13 17 18 7 8 18 -- 81: Burns 10-20 10-17 30, Crisp 3-9 2-4 8, McAdams 2-7 0-0 5, Steward 4-17 12-16 20, Saunders 6-12 3-5 15, Puente 0-0 1-2 1, McKee 1-2 0-0 2, Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-68 28-44 81.

ASHLAND 12 12 11 20 8 9 -- 72: Thompson 2-5 0-0 4, Salow 3-6 0-0 8, Hart 7-14 0-0 19, Dixon 12-25 2-6 26, Miller 3-11 2-6 8, Stewart 2-3 0-0 5, Friley 1-2 0-0 2, Wesley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 30-66 4-12 72.

3-point baskets: Fleming 1-16 (Burns 0-1, Crisp 0-3, McAdams 1-5, Steward 0-7). Ashland 8-16 (Salow 2-5, Hart 5-7, Miller 0-3, Stewart 1-1).

Semifinal 2

ROWAN COUNTY 7 12 19 15 -- 53: Stone 5-12 4-4 18, Newsome 1-4 0-0 3, Thacker 3-6 1-4 8, Brown 1-4 0-0 2, Barnard 2-6 1-3 5, Graham 2-3 0-1 4, Whelan 0-0 0-0 0, Callahan 4-9 2-4 11, Lee 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 19-45 8-16 53.

RUSSELL 8 20 8 14 -- 50: Hayes 1-4 0-1 2, Evans 1-6 4-6 6, Porter 2-6 0-1 5, Skaggs 6-15 6-6 20, McGuire 3-8 1-2 7, Lane 4-7 0-0 10, Mullins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-46 11-16 50.

3-point baskets: Rowan 7-16 (Stone 4-6, Newsome 1-3, Thacker 1-2, Graham 0-1, Callahan 1-4). Russell 5-19 (Hayes 0-3, Evans 0-1, Porter 1-4, Skaggs 2-7, Lane 2-4).

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