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Lawrence Co. sweeps Purvis

MONTICELLO – Lawrence County swept a Region 7-4A basketball double-header from Purvis Tuesday night. In girls’ action, Coach Vicki Rutland’s Lady Cougars improved to 10-9 overall, and 3-2 in the division with a 49-21 win.

In the boys’ game, Coach Pat Bridges’ Cougars won their third straight, improving to 3-2 in Region7-4A play, and 11-8 overall, with the 64-51 decision.

LCHS 49, Purvis 21

The girls’ game was a bit of a sluggish affair, with Lawrence County overcoming 14 first-half turnovers to grab a 22-7 lead at intermission. The Lady Cougars then pulled away from the overmatched Tornados in the second half.

“I thought we came out a little sluggish,” Rutland said, “and we didn’t protect the basketball well in the first half. I thought the effort was better in the second half.

“We’re happy to get the win and get to 3-2 in region, but we’ve got some awfully tough games coming up, and we’ve got to have maximum effort, and decent execution, all the time.”

Brittany McDuffey led the Lady Cougars with 15 points, and Shayla Kees reached double figures with 10. Tiana Dampeer added 9.

Purvis, coached by Noah Bryant, fell to 5-11 and 0-5. The Tornado girls were led by Indy McGienty and Mary Kate Lott, who had 7 points each.

LCHS 64, Purvis 51

The boys’ game was a bit more competitive, but after a mediocre first quarter, the Cougars pulled away. Lawrence County led 29-20 at the half and stretched that lead to as many as 23 points in the second half.

Brandon Daniels, J.P. Pendleton, and Phillip Moore each had 10 points for Lawrence County. Glenn Russell, Jr. added 9, and Anson Fox and Kenny Eley had 8 points each.

The Purvis boys, coached by Charles Neely, fell to 7-12 and 1-4 with the loss. Sophomore guard David Davis and senior forward Mark Woodson combined for 44 of Purvis’ 51 points. Davis scored 27, and Woodson added 17.

Lawrence County will travel to Columbia on Friday, and Purvis will visit South Pike for region action.