WHITESBURG — Hazard passed another postseason test on Tuesday night, holding on to defeat Estill County 46-40 in the opening round of the 14th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament at Letcher Central.
With the win, Hazard improved to 19-10 and advanced to the 14th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament Semifinals.
Estill County ended its season 12-20 with the loss.
Hazard shot 48.6 percent (18 of 37) from the field. The Lady Bulldogs were two of eight (25 percent) from three-point range.
Hazard shot 72.7 percent (eight of 11) from the free-throw line.
Hailee Mullins netted 14 points to lead Hazard to the victory. Mullins was four of five from inside the arc.
Accompanying Mullins in double figures in scoring for the Lady Bulldogs, Hayley Caudill added 11 points.
Libby Danner netted eight points for Hazard while Tayler Riley posted six points.
Rounding out Hazard’s individual scoring, Desiree Sturgill and Hannah Stidham chipped in five points and two points, respectively.
Estill County shot 40.5 percent (15 of 37) from the field. The Engineers were one of three from three-point range.
Estill County shot 64.3 percent (nine of 14) from the free-throw line.
Mia Hale led Estill County with a game-high 19 points. Hale was five of 10 from inside the arc.
Joining Hale in double figures in scoring and nearly registering a double-double for Estill County, Kaylee Riddell added 10 points and nine rebounds.
The additional scorers for Estill County were Hannah Baker (five points), Haley Angel (four points) and Macy Reed (two points).
Hazard will face tournament host Letcher Central in the 14th Region Girls’ Basketball semifinals at 8:15 p.m. on Friday night.
Leslie County 36
HYDEN — In a solid all-around effort, Hazard pulled away to defeat tournament host Leslie County 49-36 in the 54th District girls’ basketball title game last Thursday.
Hazard improved to 18-10 with the win.
With the loss, Leslie County dropped to 19-12.
Both Hazard and Leslie County advanced to the 14th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament.
Hazard shot 42.5 percent (17 of 40) from the field. The Lady Bulldogs were five of 10 from three-point range.
Hazard shot 66.7 percent (10 of 15) from the free-throw line.
The Lady Bulldogs used a balanced offensive attack to capture the 54th District championship.
Hayley Caudill, one of the top players in the 14th Region, led Hazard with a team-high 13 points. Finishing directly behind Caudill in scoring for the Lady Bulldogs, Hailee Mullins netted 12 points.
The other scorers for Hazard in the victory were Libby Danner (eight points), Desiree Sturgill (seven points), Tayler Riley (five points) and Hannah Stidham (four points).
Tournament host Leslie County shot 27.7 percent (13 of 47) from the field. The Lady Eagles were 3-of-15 (20 percent) from three-point range.
Leslie County shot 43.8 percent (seven of 16) from the free-throw line.
Lexy Meyers, who has been named the 14th Region Player of the Year, scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Lady Eagles. Meyers finished 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
The additional scorers for Leslie County were Emily Bowling (five points), Iris Napier (four points), Baylee Davidson (two points), Emma Napier (two points) and Emily Napier (one point).
Bowling led Leslie County on the backboards, grabbing nine rebounds.