Anyone who has been around girls middle school or high school basketball in the 15th Region knew or met Pam Maynard from Martin County. Pam was a fixture in the Lady Cards program for a number of years serving as a Head Coach, Assistant Coach and teacher in the Martin County school system until she passed away in December of 2019.
On Saturday Robin Newsome, current head coach of the Martin County Lady Cards and a longtime friend of Maynard, took the opportunity to remember her friend by hosting the Pam Maynard Memorial Middle School Girls Tournament. The tournament brought together some of the best teams across the 15th Region for a one day event.
Below is a schedule of games for the day:
At 10:45 AM, Martin County picked up their first win of the tournament as they defeated The Well.
Martin County’s offense would be led by Ava Farnham, Desirae Gullett, and Alyssa Maynard. These three would combine for twenty-seven of the twenty-eight total points their team scored. Martin County’s A team went on to win this game with a score of 28-11.
At 11:45 AM Martin County would also win their B team game with a score of 20-14 against The Well.
In both the 3:45PM and 5:45 PM matchups the Belfry Middle School Lady Pirates were in action. Belfry would dominate in both of their games, making a statement that they are striving to be the team to beat. The A+ guard play of Karlea Stanley, the size and strength of Macie Maynard, and the smothering press of the Lady Pirates make them very tough to beat.
Their first win would come against Hazard with a score of 46-20. Stats from this game are as follows: Karlea Stanley 9 pts , Deagan oliver 4 points, Maci Maynard 11 points, Baylor Hall 6 points, Kylie Deboard 11 points, Myles Colegrove 3 points,Lillee McCoy 2 points.
In their second game, Belfry would defeat South Floyd. Stats from this game are as follows: Karlea Stanley 13 points, Deagan Oliver 1 point, Maci Maynard 7 points, Baylor Hall 12 points, Kylie Deboard 8 points, Mylee Colegrove 6 points.
The Lady Pirates move to 8-1 on the season and travel to Mullins on Monday to take on the 10-4 Mullins Lady Tigers.
In the nightcap, the Mullins Lady Tigers defeated the Martin County Lady Cardinals. This makes the third time these teams have played this season. Each time they play, both teams improve and it’s always fun to watch.
The Lady Tigers would jump up early to a 17-1 lead. However, the Lady Cardinals and coach Boo Newsome would not accept that level of play. The Lady Cards would battle and ultimately bring the score back within single digits. Mullins figured a way to come back and secure the win, playing through their dominant front court of Sahnia Little and Jadyn Looney. The final score was Mullins 37 and Martin County 25.
Sahnia Linton would lead the way for the Lady tigers, posting 16 points in the victory. Cydney Snodgrass would do her usual thing and post 13 points, controlling the offense from start to finish. Jadyn Looney would begin to find her rhythm and score 8 points for her squad.
Mullins looks to continue their four game win streak in a matchup against the rolling Belfry Lady Pirates Monday night.
Scores from all the Games:
Game 1: Warfield 12 Inez 26
Game 2: Eden 11 Inez 4
Game 3: Eden 23 Warfield 9
Game 4: Martin County (A) 28 The well 11
Game 5: Martin County (B) 20 The well 14
Game 6: Eden 18 Paintsville (A) 16
Game 7: Paintsville (B) 10 Wesley Christian 2
Game 8: Paintsville (A) 12 Hazard (5-6) 18
Game 9: Wesley Christian 4 Hazard (3-4) 14
Game 10: Hazard (7-8) 51 South Floyd 38
Game 11: Belfry 46 Hazard (7-8) 20
Game 12: Mullins 36 Hazard (5-6) 18
Game 13: Belfry (A) 46 Hazard (A) 20
Game 14: south Floyd (B) over Martin County (B)
Game 15: Mullins (A) 37 Martin County (A) 25
The day of basketball served as a great tribute to a coach, teacher, and mentor who spent her entire career promoting girls basketball throughout the mountains.