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West Lincoln clobbers East Marion

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / West Lincoln's Ronnie Edwards (10) glides through the lane to make a tough acrobatic shot against East Marion's defender Cordell Echols (3) Tuesday night at Jack Case Gymnasium.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / West Lincoln’s Ronnie Edwards (10) glides through the lane to make a tough acrobatic shot against East Marion’s defender Cordell Echols (3) Tuesday night at Jack Case Gymnasium.

The West Lincoln Bears and Lady Bears feast on the East Marion Eagles Tuesday night to earn their first Region 7-2A win in basketball action at Jack Case Gymnasium.

In the girls contest, the Lady Bears overpowered the Lady Eagles to claim a 46-24 victory.

In the boys’ game, the Bears cruised past East Marion with a 72-37 win.

West Lincoln will be on the road this Friday as they travel to Liberty to take on the Amite County Trojans for a pair of varsity game. The girls will tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30.

West Lincoln 46, East Marion 24 

The Lady Bears came out and took charge of the contest early as they controlled the momentum of the game from the start to claim a 9-2 lead after one quarter of action.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / West Lincoln's Jana Case (24) makes a running jump shot against East Marion in girls action.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / West Lincoln’s Jana Case (24) makes a running jump shot against East Marion in girls action.

In the second quarter, West Lincoln continued to overpower the Eagles with a 13-7 run to take a 22-9 lead into halftime.

In the second half, both teams heated up offensively, but the Lady Bears (5-12, 1-2) maintain control and outscored East Marion 24-15 in the final two frames of action to collect the win.

“The girls did a great job controlling the game,” said West Lincoln coach Lane Young. “We had a great effort from everyone. Moving up the eighth graders was a major boost for us as a team.”

Hanna Moak directed the charge of the Lady Bears with 16 points and eight rebounds. Jana Case made her first debut at the varsity level after helping her junior high team win the Lincoln County crown undefeated last Monday. Case was the second leading scorer with 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Asia Harvey was the top scorer for the Lady Eagles with 11 points. De’Airah Jefferson and Amber Willis were the leaders on the boards for East Marion with five rebounds each.

West Lincoln 72, East Marion 37 

In the opening quarter, the Bears started off sluggish before finding their offensive rhythm as they quickly torch the Eagles with a 20-10 run in the first quarter and a 20-11 run in the second quarter to take a commanding 40-21 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, both teams scored 12 points apiece as West Lincoln took a 52-33 lead into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Bears (6-11, 1-2) turned up the heat on the Eagles and outscored East Marion 20-4 to collect the win.

“We started off the game a little sluggish, but managed to make a big run to put us ahead for good in the first half,” said Young. “We shot the ball really well from the three-point line in the first half to get us going. Overall, I was pleased with the team’s effort.”

Ronnie Edwards pumped in a game-high 22 points to spark the Bears offense. Keshaun London contributed 13 points. Javian Mackabee also provided 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. Zekenith Porter added 10 points. Lofton Sill was the leader on the boards with six rebounds.

Jermaine Burkett was the scorer for the Eagles with 16 points.

In junior varsity action,  West Lincoln defeated East Marion 37-12.

Seth Bivens directed the Bears with 16 points. Dominique Chism chipped in with nine points.

Jamario Marsalis led the Eagles with five points and Keivan Guy had thee points.