N. Pike boys edge West Lincoln in OT
SUMMIT — North Pike’s Eric Robinson fired in a game-winningthree-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in overtime to lead the Jaguarsin a 67-65 win over the West Lincoln Bears Tuesday night. Robinsonfinished the game with 18 points, five steals and five assists.
In the varisty girls game, guard Britta Stephens pumped in agame-high 20 points to spark North Pike to a 56-52 victory overWest Lincoln. Stephens nailed three 3-pointers.
North Pike 67, West Lincoln 65
In the boys game, North Pike (1-3) edged West Lincoln 8-6 inOT.
“We finally were able to win a close game because previously welost two in overtime,” said North Pike boys coach Keith Russ.”Hopefully this will give my young guys confidence through out theseason.”
West Lincoln (0-1) overcame a 14-9 first-quarter deficit with a19-14 run in the second quarter to tie North Pike 28-28 athalftime. Going in to the fourth quarter, the Jaguars led the Bears47-44.
“We gave a good effort,” said West Lincoln coach Lane Young. “Weplayed hard. We had our chance to win both regular and overtime.They (Jaguars) made the shot at the end.”
Directing the Bears with a game-high 35 points (including six 3pointers), two rebounds and three assists was guard Tyler Smith.Shane Lynch netted 11 points, grabbed five rebounds and had twoassists. Pulling down nine rebounds was Bradleigh Rice followed byJeremy Byrd with six rebounds.
The Jaguars got 14 points and three rebounds from TraceAbdul-Hadi. Clifton Young fired in 10 points and grabbed ninerebounds.
North Pike 56, West Lincoln 52
In the girls game, North Pike led 10-9 and pushed their leadover West Lincoln to 29-23 at the half. At the end of the thirdquarter, the Lady Jaguars increased their lead to 41-33 over theLady Bears.
“We played hard and I was glad to get the win,” said North Pikegirls coach John P. Stephens. “We played better as a team. WestLincoln has a good quality team. West Lincoln is always a toughteam. They are well coached and they play hard. Britta had a goodgame.”
Jessica Turner and Tenesia Leonard fired in 10 points apiece forNorth Pike (2-2). Leonard collected 10 rebounds and made twosteals. Turner made three steals.
“It was our first game to see what we had,” said Coach Young.”We will get better as the season goes on. Our defense must getbetter and we must make our free throws.”
West Lincoln got a game-high 22 points, five rebounds and threesteals from center Alicia Kennedy. Guard Erica Shaw fired in 16points, including 3 three-pointers, and grabbed threeresounds.”
In the JV boys game, North Pike put away West Lincoln 51-42.
Leading West Lincoln with 13 points was Blake Emfinger. Nettingnine points each were Jake Adams and Aaron Shaw.
Phillip McGray directed North Pike with nine points. Collectingeight points each were Mitchell Young and Albert Matthews.
West Lincoln visits Brookhaven and North Pike invades BogueChitto Saturday night. West Lincoln’s Thursday game with Salem hasbeen moved to Dec. 2, due to the Wildcats being in the footballplayoffs.