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Lawrence County rolls over Wilkinson County

MONTICELLO – Lawrence County swept a varsity basketballdoubleheader from Wilkinson County in high school basketball actionTuesday night. In varsity girls action, the highly-rated LadyCougars rolled past the visiting Lady Wildcats 77-42, despitesubstituting liberally throughout the game. In varsity boys play,Lawrence County claimed an 82-67 win.

In the girls’ game, Lawrence County’s junior combination of TiariaGriffin and Mary Margaret McLaurin combined to score 43 of the LadyCougars’ 77 points. Griffin led LCHS with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4steals, and 2 blocked shots. McLaurin added 21 points, and TyraGriffin netted double figures with 10. Lawrence County led 49-12 atthe half.

“We had a good night,” said Lady Cougar coach Vicki Rutland, whoseteam improved to 2-0. “We turned up the defensive intensitytonight.”

Liniasisia Palmer and Ambernekia Palmer led Wilkinson County with11 points each. The Lady Wildcats, coached by Trimeka Grimes, fellto 0-2 on the campaign.

LCHS Boys Romp

In the boys\ contest, Lawrence County played a nearly flawlessfirst quarter, breaking to a 34-11 lead, only to see WilkinsonCounty battle back into the contest in the second quarter,outscoring the Cougars 21-2. It was 36-32 at the half.

“We did some good things,” said second-year Cougar coach PatBridges. “The first quarter was just about as good as we can play,then we had a little bit of a letdown in the second quarter.Overall, I liked the effort. I thought we fought through our lulland finished the game.”

For the second straight game, the Cougars landed four players indouble figures. Antonio Batiste led the way with 18 points. J.J.Evans and David Haynes added 16 each and Brandon Daniels had 13.Daniels added 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, and 2 assists. Batistehanded out 4 assists.

Lawrence County improved to 2-0 on the young season, whileWilkinson County, coached by former Brookhaven High mentor RonaldHines, fell to 0-2. The Wildcats got a game-high 33 points fromKenyon McDonald, and 18 from LaKeithrick Montgomery.

Lawrence County will host Terry Thursday night.