Lawrence Co. bags wins at Wilkinson

Published 7:22 pm Wednesday, December 8, 2010

WOODVILLE – Lawrence County went on the road to sweep abasketball doubleheader from Wilkinson County. The Lady Cougars gota school-record 50 points from junior guard Tiaria Griffin, andpulled away in the fourth quarter for an 85-61 win.

The LCHS boys, meanwhile, edged Wilkinson County 69-68, behind twoclinching free throws from senior J.J. Evans.

Both Lawrence County teams improved to 7-3 on the season. TheCougars and Lady Cougars will return home from an extended absenceon Saturday, hosting Tylertown.

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LCHS 85, Wilkinson 61

The girls’ game was competitive through three quarters, with LCHSleading 63-55 entering the fourth. The Lady Cougars outscoredWilkinson County 22-6 in the final period as Griffin poured in thefinal 14 of her 50 points.

“Tiaria had quite a night,” said Lady Cougar coach Vicki Rutland.”She sort of carried us tonight. Wilkinson County has a prettystrong 3A team, and they did a good job.”

Mary Margaret McLaurin joined Giffin in double figures, scoring 14.Wilkinson County was led by Lineasia Palmer’s 19 points.

LCHS 69, Wilkinson 68

The boys’ game was a nail-biter to the bitter end. In the waningseconds, with the

Cougars holding a precarious 67-65 lead, Evans stepped up andcalmly sank 2 clinching

free throws, making the Wildcats’ last-second 3-pointerinconsequential.

“This is a long road trip, and not an easy place to play,” saidsecond-year LCHS

mentor Pat Bridges, whose team is now just two wins shy of lastseason’s total. “We wouldn’t have won this game last year.”

David Haynes led Lawrence County with 27 points, 10 of them comingin the decisive fourth quarter. Brandon Daniels added 11, andAntonio Batiste had 10.

Wilkinson County, coached by former Brookhaven High coach RonaldHines, landed 4 players in double figures. Lakeithrick Montgomeryled with 18. Marcus

Robinson added 15.