Of the five games in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Classic, it was the one that seemed most likely to be lopsided.
A much-improved Bryan Station team came into the event with 10 wins and riding a four-game winning streak.
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Elliott County limped in with a 3-7 record and mired in a six-game slump.
But it turned out to be one of the best games of the day with the Lady Lions' skid ending with a strong fourth quarter to win out 62-55 at Paul Dunbar.
"Down the stretch, you expect your leaders to suck it up," Coach Mark Cantrell said. "I've been waiting on that. We've been on a losing streak, and it's hurt real bad, but today they showed that they've got grit and can play a physical game."
Station trailed by four points going into the fourth quarter before grabbing the lead 49-48 on Mikyla Mosby's two made free throws with less than five minutes to play.
Elliott County responded with a 10-2 run to grab the game away from a stronger, more physical Station team.
"When you've got a team full of seniors and juniors, these are the games you expect to win, these close games," Cantrell said.
Senior forward Lakin Griffith scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Lady Lions.
She scored 10 points in the third quarter.
"I didn't think they could handle (Griffith) inside," he said. "She was just too much for them."
Alesha Prince was nearly too much for Elliott County. She scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Station. Mosby added nine points and five boards.
Shae Ferguson came off the bench to score 16 points for the Lions, including making all eight of her free throws in the final four minutes.
No. 10 Montgomery County 54, No. 12 Paul Dunbar 39: The Indians fell behind 7-0 to start the game before storming back with a 17-2 run to end the first quarter and take control.
Dunbar got within nine points twice in the third quarter before Montgomery used three straight three-pointers as part of a 9-2 run to put it out of reach and win its seventh straight.
Reserve Annie Garland had two of those three-pointers and finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Kayla Webb added 12 points and six boards.
Dunbar's Ebony Rowe led all scorers with 18 points and was just one steal from a triple-double. The junior also had 14 rebounds, nine steals and four blocked shots.
The Bulldogs, who lost their third in a row after starting the season with 11 straight wins and a Berea Classic title, continued to play without second post standout Shomari Kendrick.
The sophomore is out with a knee injury but should return before the end of the regular season.
Lafayette 58, Knott Co. Central 25: All but one of the 10 players that played for the Generals had at least two rebounds, and they got balanced scoring, with four points or more from seven girls.
That's exactly the way Coach Allison Denton likes it, and she says it's why Lafayette has won three straight and six of its last seven.
"In games before, we've had one or two players do what they're capable of doing, but now, I'm having sometimes three, four and five people doing their best and what they're capable of doing," she said. "That's what needs to happen for us to be successful."
Lafayette (10-5) had nearly as many points in the first quarter (24) as the Patriots did for the game (25).
Knott County Central (6-8), which has lost five of its last six, was held without a point for 10 minutes of the second half.
Lafayette's Lisa Hack led all scorers with 13 points to go with her four rebounds. Guard Jameka Gillespie added 10 points.
Tates Creek 46, Middlesboro 34: Despite a slow start, Lizza Jonas had a complete game with 13 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five assists to lead the Lady Commodores (6-8). Ten of the junior's points came in the second half.
Jasmine Franklin added a double-double of her own with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Creek grabbed a 15-5 lead early before Middlesboro cut it close by halftime, 20-15. Ashley Mason's three-pointer with 3:20 to go in the third cut it to three points before the Creekers scored seven unanswered to extend their lead.
The Lady Jackets (7-7) struggled with miscues, turning it over 22 times. Shaleesha Coleman had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead Middlesboro.
Henry Clay 67, Green Co. 60: The Lady Devils ended a brief two-game skid with a win over Green County (10-3).
Sophomore guard Candace Morton led the way for Henry Clay (7-8) with 22 points and was named game MVP. Senior forward Brittany Coles chipped in with 20.
Montgomery Co. 54, paul dunbar 39
MONTGOMERY CO. (12-1) — Lee 4, Jehlik 8, Prewitt 8, Webb 12, Colliver 6, Garland 16.
PAUL DUNBAR (11-3) — Rowe 18, E. Lucas 4, Ch. Haney 8, Co. Haney 4, McIntosh 5, .
Montgomery Co. 17 12 12 13—54
Paul Dunbar 9 9 11 10—39
TATES CREEK 46, MIDDLESBORO 34
MIDDLESBORO (7-7) — Sha. Coleman 10, Robinson 8, Mason 6, Sam. Coleman 5, Overbay 3, Hatchell 2.
TATES CREEK (6-8) — Goodin 6, Kreyenbuhl 6, Franklin 10, Jonas 13, Hisel 6, Olson 2, Drake 3.
Middlesboro 8 7 11 8—34
Tates Creek 15 5 16 10—46
lafayette 58, knott co. central 25
KNOTT CO. CENTRAL (6-7) — King 2, Thomas 2, Pratt 8, Pike 4, Conley 7, Everage 2.
LAFAYETTE (10-5) — Ross 8, Hanatani 2, Jam. Gillespie 10, Hack 13, J. Walker 6, M. Walker 6, Jar. Gillespie 4, Graham 4, Mynear 2, Justice 3.
Knott Co. Central 8 6 9 2—25
Lafayette 24 14 14 6—58
ELLIOTT CO. 62, BRYAN STATION 55
ELLIOTT CO. (3-7) — K. Ferguson 8, Whitley 2, Ison 4, Fannin 4, Griffith 26, Leadingham 3, S. Ferguson 15.
BRYAN STATION (10-6) — M. Prince 5, Williams 4, A. Prince 23, Sandusky 6, Mosby 9, Clark 6, Collier 2.
Elliott Co. 6 19 19 18—62
Bryan Station 12 13 14 15—55
Henry Clay 67, Green Co. 60
Green Co. (10-3) — Jones 19, Deaton 3, Marr 6, Hartfield 23, Bush 1, Mitchell 8.
Henry Clay (7-8) e_SEmD Morton 22, Morgan 5, Coles 20, Price 14, Aweimrin 6.
Green Co. 11 18 8 23—60
Bryan Station 22 19 5 21—67