EASTERN - Fresh off making a deep run in the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic, Betsy Layne returned to the win column on Monday, defeating host Allen Central 67-53 in a 58th District/Floyd County Conference game at J.E. Campbell Arena.
Betsy Layne, which hadn’t played since falling to 14th Region champion Cordia in the semifinals of the small-school statewide tournament, improved to 20-4 overall and 7-0 in the 58th District/Floyd County Conference.
Allen Central, which suffered its second straight loss, dropped to 9-9 overall and 3-3 in the district/conference.
Junior guard Peyton Case led Betsy Layne with a game-high 26 points. Not too far behind Case’s game-high scoring total, senior guard Dylan Meade tossed in 22 points for the Bobcats.
Betsy Layne jumped out in front early, outscoring Allen Central 21-4 in the first quarter. After dominating in the opening quarter, Betsy Layne led 35-22 at halftime.
Allen Central was able to cut deeper into Betsy Layne’s lead in the second half but couldn’t move out in front of the Bobcats. Betsy Layne led 50-40 at the end of the third quarter.
Dalton Meade (eight points), Dylan Hamilton (four points), Dustin Rogers (two points), Dalton Maldonado (two points), Lako Daniels (two points) and Dustin Hunter (one point) also contributed offensively for the Bobcats.
For Allen Central, three senior guards reached double figures in the scoring column. Jarred Hamilton led Allen Central with 16 points. Junior Handshoe scored 11 points and Austin Salisbury added 10 for the Rebels.
Braxton Tackett and Mason Nelson netted six points apiece while Cameron Hamilton contributed four in the Rebels’ loss.
Girls - Allen Central 44, Betsy Layne 39: In the girls’ game, host Allen Central managed to hold off Betsy Layne, winning 44-39. Sarah Rife led Allen Cetral with a game-high 23 points. Rife was the only Allen Central player to reach double figures in the scoring column.
Elizabeth Prater scored eight points, Brooklyn Martin netted five and Deshea Elliott and Krista Parsons contributed four apiece for the Lady Rebels.
Parsons and Elliott were Allen Central’s top-two rebounders, finishing with nine and six rebounds, respectively.