The Pineville Mountain Lions saw their season has come to an end on Monday with a 73-29 loss to Knox Central in the first round of the 51st district tournament.

A heavy favorite in the district and one of the favorites heading into the 13th Region Tournament, the Panthers smothered the Lions from the opening tip and took control early. They led 22-6 after one period and never let Pineville mount a serious challenge.

“It was a tough game for us,” said Pineville coach James David Strange. “Knox Central is a very good team that is well coached with a lot of weapons.”

Jaylen Adams led Knox Central with 18 points and Nick Martin added 14.

Junior guard Clay Goodin led Pineville with eight points in the game. The Mountain Lion scoring was rounded out by senior Ben Goodin and sophomore Keean Fuson with four each, freshmen Hayden Callebs, Eli Thompson and junior Braxton Caldwell with three apiece, and senior Matt Golden and sophomore Tim Gambrel with two each.

“I’m overall very proud of our guys this year,” said Strange. “We are looking forward to getting in a lot of work this offseason and getting ready for next year. I also want to say thank you to the three seniors we are losing this year. These guys have worked hard, and I am very proud of the attitudes and effort they’ve put in since they’ve played for us. We are going to miss them.”

Pineville finishes the season at 10-19. Knox Central advances to play Barbourville in Thursday's  51st district championship game.

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