Lawrence Co. hosts 7-4A tournament

Published 7:14 pm Tuesday, February 8, 2011

SUMMIT – Lawrence County swept a Division 7-4A basketballdoubleheader Saturday against North Pike in the final regularseason contests for both schools. In girls’ action, LCHS pulled outa 63-57 win. In boys’ play, Lawrence County won by a 74-63score.

With their win, Coach Vicki Rutland’s Lady Cougars finished theregular season with an overall record of 20-7, and a division markof 9-1. The Lady Cougars enter this week’s division tournament atLCHS as the No. 2 seed. As such, Lawrence County earns afirst-round bye, and a ticket to the South Mississippi 4Aplayoffs.

The Lady Cougars got a game-high 30 points and 8 rebounds fromjunior standout Tiaria Griffin. Fifteen of her 30 points came inthe fourth quarter. LCHS led by just 1 point, 41-40, entering thefinal period. Taylor Brister added 15 points for LawrenceCounty.

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The North Pike Lady Jaguars, coached by Lance Golmon, finished theregular season at 17-7 overall, and 5-5 in the division. North Pikegot 23 points from Kaylan Hughes, and 14 from PreciousJefferson.

With their win, Coach Pat Bridges’ Lawrence County boys finishedthe regular season at 16-11 overall, and 6-4 in Division 7-4A play.The Cougars used a balanced scoring attack to beat North Pike.David Haynes led the way with 19 points. Jonterrio Evans added 17.Brandon Daniels scored 15, and Juan Williams hit four 3-pointers toaccount for all 12 of his points.

North Pike, coached by Keith Russ, fell to 7-15 overall, and 2-8 inthe division. The Jags were led by Jemerick Jordan, who scored 27points, and Donovan James, who finished with 13. Lemichael Quinnetted double figures with 11 points.

The Lawrence County boys enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed.North Pike finished sixth in the 6-team division. The two teamswill meet again today in the opening round of tourney.