Lady Cats roll to championship in Black Bears Preseason Tournament


John Henson

Rosspoint captured the championship of the Black Bears Preseason Tournament with three wins Saturday at Harlan County High School. Team members include, from left, front row: Addison West, Adelynn Burgan, Aiselyn Sexton, Jaycee Simpson, Emily Cooper, Kennedy Sturgill and manager Andrea Napier; back row: Brooklyn Daniels, Lauren Lewis, Shasta Brackett, Barbara Osborne, Jaylee Cochran and Caitlyn Clayborn; not pictured: Reagan Clem

By John Henson, Managing Editor

The defending county champion Rosspoint Lady Cats established themselves as the early favorite this season with three blowout wins Saturday at Harlan County High School in the Black Bears Preseason Tournament.
Sixth-grade center Shasta Brackett led the Lady Cats in all three games, including a 14-point effort in Rosspoint’s 34-9 win over Wallins in the championship game. Lauren Lewis added 10 points for Rosspoint.
Kylie Runions scored three to lead Wallins.
Brackett tossed in 14 points and Jaylee Cochran added 10 to lead Rosspoint in a 27-11 win over James A. Cawood in the semifinals.
Taylynn Napier scored six for JACES.
Kayleigh Templeton led Wallins to a 27-14 semifinal win over Cawood.
Riley Clem paced the Lady Comets with 10 points.
Brackett scored 15 as Rosspoint rolled past Black Mountain 38-13 in the opening round.
Jayla Dillman led Black Mountain with seven points.
Runions scored 12 as Wallins defeated Evarts 33-5.
Shawnee Peace led Evarts with three points.
Jinna Smith tossed in 12 points and Clem added 10 as Cawood defeated Cumberland 25-5.
Julionna Johnson scored all five points for the Lady Skins.
The seventh- and eighth-grade division of the tournament will be held Saturday at HCHS.
Rosspoint (34) — Shasta Brackett 14, Jaylee Cochran 4, Jaycee Simpson 4, Lauren Lewis 10, Kennedy Sturgill 2.
Wallins (9) — Kylie Runions 3, Madilyn Burkhart 2, Olivia Johnson 2, Addison Day 2.
Wallins (27) — Gracie Roberts 2, Addison Day 7, Olivia Johnson 4, Kayleigh Templeton 8, Kylee Runions 6.
Cawood (14) — Riley Clem 10, Taylor Reeves 2, Emily Moore 2.
Rosspoint (27) — Shasta Brackett 14, Jaylee Cochran 10, Lauren Lewis 3.
James A. Cawood (11) — Taylynn Napier 6, Maddy Fields 4, Addy Davis 1.
Cawood (25) — Riley Clem 10, Jinna Smith 12, Taylor Reeves 3.
Cumberland (5) — Julionna Johnson 5.
Wallins (33) — Gracie Roberts 4, Addison Day 9, Madlyn Burkhart 2, Kylee Runions 12, Kayleigh Templeton 6.
Evarts (5) — Rylee Napier 2, Shawnee Peace 3.
Rosspoint (38) — Shasta Brackett 15, Jaylee Cochran 7, Aiselyn Sexton 6, Lauren Lewis 4, Caitlyn Clayborne 2, Barbara Osborne 2, Kennedy Sturgill 2.
Black Mountain (13) — Madison Wehner 2, Jayla Dillman 7, Kelsie Middleton 2, Mylee Botts 2.