Lawrence Co. teams take double-header over Terry

Published 7:00 pm Sunday, November 14, 2010

MONTICELLO-Lawrence County swept a varsity double-header from 6ATerry in high school basketball action Thursday night atLCHS.

In girls’ play, Vicki Rutland’s high-flying Lady Cougars defeatedthe Lady Bulldogs 51-41 in a battle of unbeaten teams. In boys’play, Pat Bridges’ boys continued to show improvement over lastyear, beating Terry 57-53 in a spirited affair.

The girls’ game pitted two 2-0 teams against one another, in thecontinuation of what has emerged as a lively non-divisionrivalry.

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Two seasons ago, Terry beat the Lady Cougars by 1 point. Lastseason, the Lady Cougars returned the favor, winning by 1.

On Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs scored the first 8 points of thegame, but Lawrence County quickly battled back. LCHS then outscoredTerry 16-2 in the second quarter.

“It was a good win for our team,” Rutland said. “For the lastcouple of years, this early-season Terry game has been a prettygood gauge for our team. I thought our girls responded pretty welltonight.”

Junior Tiaria Griffin led Lawrence County with 22 points and 6rebounds. Taylor Brister and Katie Parish added 9 points each.Parish got 4 rebounds. Cassie Berry led Tambria Neal’s LadyBulldogs with 12 points.

The boys’ game was a dandy, with Lawrence County ripping off a 16-0fourth-quarter run, to improve to 3-0 on the young season. Terryhad carved out a 48-41 lead early in the fourth quarter, when theCougars went on their epic run.

Sophomore Brandon Daniels started the run with a long 3-pointer,and senior J.J. Evans ended it with a goal-tended lay-up. Terryscored the final 5 points of the game, but the Bulldogs’ rally wastoo late.

“This was our toughest test yet,” Bridges said, “and it was a greatwin for us. The kids played hard, and they responded in the clutchlate in the game. That 16-0 run was something special, in that itcame against a very good Terry team.”

Four Cougars scored in double figures, and that group accounted for54 of Lawrence County’s 57 points. Evans had 16 points and 4assists. Antonio Batiste had 15 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds.Daniels added 13 points, and David Haynes had 10.

Terry was led by Kelvin Welch, who netted 15 points, and JamesMoncure, who had 13. The Bulldogs, coached by Michael Specks, fellto 1-1 with the loss.

Lawrence County will travel to Mendenhall on Tuesday.