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West Lincoln splits twinbill at North Pike

SUMMIT – The West Lincoln Bears and theNorth Pike Lady Jaguars captured wins in basketball action Mondaynight.

    In the varsity girls’ game, the Lady Jags mauled the Lady Bears72-58. In boys’ action, the Bears crushed the Jaguars 84-50.

    West Lincoln has a few days off before returning to action Fridayas they host a new district  opponent, the defending 2A statechampion, Piney Woods Tornados. The girls tip off at 6 p.m.,followed by the boys.

    North Pike resumes action Friday as they host the McComb Tigers.The girls begin at 6 p.m., followed by the boys.

N. Pike 72, W. Lincoln38

    The Lady Jaguars exploded in the second and third quarters tooutscore the Lady Bears 49-22 and break up an 10-all tie from thefirst quarter.

    West Lincoln (1-12) was led in scoring by junior forward KatieHester’s 16 points and 7 rebounds. Beth Montgomery was the leaderon the boards with 8 rebounds.

    “We played hard in the first half and made some open shots to keepit fairly close,” said West Lincoln coach Lane Young. “In thesecond half, North Pike’s athletes took over and pressured us intonumerous turnovers.”

    Senior forward Precious Jefferson pumped in a team-high 16 pointsto lead the Lady Jags (7-2). Kaylan Hughes contributed 14points.

W. Lincoln 84, N. Pike50

    The Bears came out of the gate on fire as they roared to an 54-18lead at the half and coasted to the victory. They sacked 13 treysin the game.

    West Lincoln (12-2) had three players reach double figures assenior forward De Price paced the Bears with 18 points. DuaneMarshall poured in 16 points. Lucas Burris was the leader on theboards with 8 rebounds and had 15 points.

    “We defended really well in the first half, which led to some easybaskets,” said Young. “We shot the ball really well the entiregame.”

    LaDarius Coney was the offensive spark for the Jaguars with 12points. Jermaine Jordan contributed 10 points.

    In JV action, the North Pike Jaguars managed to edge the Bears43-38 in boys action as Jalen Jackson poured in 14 points. FrankMatthews added 10 points.

    Larontae Byrd and Trevion King were the offensive leader for WestLincoln with 11 points apiece.