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HHS nets road win over Boyd County

January 19, 2019

SUMMIT, Ky. — Huntington High’s boys basketball team needed a quality win and got one Thursday by defeating Boyd County 63-54 at Boyd County Middle School Gym.

Tajhan Blackwell and Tanner Stevens led the way for Huntington (4-7) with 18 points each with Kris Brown adding 10 for the Highlanders. Huntington’s win gives the Highlanders two victories in its last three games.

Each team traded baskets through the first quarter with a layup and foul on Stevens who converted the free throw giving Huntington a 14-11 lead. The Highlanders held that lead through the end of the period taking a 18-15 advantage to the second quarter.

In the next period, Huntington’s athleticism ability to move the ball pushed the contest in favor of the Highlanders.

Blackwell’s drive through the lane and the sharp shooting of Stevens, who converted two 3-pointers in the period, pushed Huntington’s lead to eight points. Fouls on the defensive end would allow Boyd County to keep the game close, however.

Blake Stewart went 12 of 16 from the free-throw line in the first half, including 7-of-8 in the second period, to keep Boyd County close enough for a rally. Stewart finished with a game-high 29 points.

The Lions slowly cut into the lead through the second and third periods. At 6:10 of the third period Stewart would drive the lane against Huntington’s

defense and lay it in to pull the Lions to within one at 37-36.

A layup and foul against Boyd’s Talbott Taylor gave the Lions the lead at 39-37.

Huntington then tied the game on the next possession with Blackwell getting an offensive rebound and a putback. A layup by Brown put the Highlanders back in front 41-39.

Huntington did not trail again.

The Highlanders stretched a 45-42 lead at the end of the third period into a 56-47 lead with 3:31 to play.

A foul shot by Torin Lochow gave Huntingotn a 10-point lead with 2:24 remaining.

From that point on Boyd County was forced to foul in hopes Huntington would be unable to convert its opportunities. The Lions also put on a full-court press in hopes of forcing turnovers.

Huntington’s athleticism came through again though as they were able out rebound the Lions and send long outlet passes up the floor for easy conversion on the other end. Blackwell sank two free-throws to set the final score.

For Huntington head coach Ty Holmes the Boyd County game marked the 10th of 11 games played on the road. By the time the Highlanders take the floor Jan. 25 against Capital at Lucas-Archer Gym it will have been 20 days since Holmes’ team last played at home.

“It is (wearing on the team) a little bit,” the first year coach said. “This is a team learning to play together for the first time and each game we’re getting a little bit better.”

Huntington will next play at Spring Valley on Saturday at 7:30. Boyd County will host Ashland at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the third meeting of the year between those schools.

HUNTINGTON 18 16 11 18 — 63: Page 8, Brown 10, Blackwell 18, Hopkins 4, Stevens 18, Littlejohn 2, Lochow 3.

BOYD COUNTY 15 14 13 12 — 54: Webb 7, Stewart 29, Newsome 3, Hicks 4, Gibbs 2, Taylor 9.

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