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Lady Bears capture thriller; W. Lincoln boys zap Hornets

BOGUE CHITTO – Sophomore Tamasha Buckley nailed a huge 3-pointerfrom the corner as the West Lincoln Lady Bears rallied to edge theLoyd Star Lady Hornets 53-51 Thursday night in the first round ofthe Lincoln County Round-Robin Tournament at R.L. “Bob” CalhounGymnasium.

In boys’ action, senior guard Jay Case pumped in a game-high 28points as West Lincoln crushed the Hornets 96-65.

The Lincoln Round-Robin resumes today as Loyd Star battlesEnterprise in the earlier games, starting 4 and 5:30 p.m.

In the nightcap, West Lincoln tangles with Bogue Chitto as thegirls’ game starts at 7 p.m., followed by the boys.

West Lincoln 53, Loyd Star 51

Senior point guard Karli Herrington had a career night for theLady Bears (7-4) scoring 28 points, collecting 4 rebounds, 2 stealsand 4 assists. Herrington single-handedly rally her team from sevenpoints down as she scored 11 points in the last minute of thefourth quarter. Katie Mullins provided 10 points before fouling outof the game.

“Loyd Star outplayed us the whole game,” said West Lincoln coachLane Young. “We just made the plays needed at the end to win thegame. Our subs did an outstanding job filling in when some of ourstarters fouled out.”

Center Tyrisha Patterson contributed a double-double to lead theLady Hornets (1-9) with 23 points and 14 rebounds, plus 2 blockedshots. Erica Smith netted 12 points, snatched 9 rebounds andblocked 2 shots. Smith also made 4 steals and 6 assists. MaggieRedd and Jordan Williams made 4 assists apiece.

“At some point we have to figure out about finding ways to wingames, instead of worrying about losing,” said Loyd Star coachBilly Vaughn.

Vaughn’s girls had carried a 36-33 lead into the fourthquarter.

West Lincoln 96, Loyd Star 65

Sophomore guard Jared Case aided the unbeaten Bears (11-0) with18 points, while collecting 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists. DePrice contributed 15 points and led the boardwork with 8 rebounds.Lucas Burris chipped in 11 points.

“We were a little sluggish in the beginning of the firstquarter,” said Coach Young. “We managed to pick it up in the secondquarter and put them away in the fourth quarter.

“Loyd Star played hard and a lot better in this game. They did agreat job in the third quarter.”

The Hornets (1-7) had four players score in double figures asTerion Williams led Loyd Star with 21 points and grabbed 7rebounds. Zack Smith provided 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.Holden Butler and Hunter Hooge contributed 10 points apiece.

“West Lincoln’s press killed us,” said Loyd Star coach Gene(Moochie) Britt. “They managed to take advantage of our turnoversand convert them into points. Overall, I was very pleased on howwell we did in the third quarter.”

Down 57-29 at halftime, Britt’s Hornets outscored the Bears24-15 in the third stanza.