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West Lincoln sweeps Enterprise in region action

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / West Lincoln's Hanna Moak (35) drives to the basket while Enterprise's Michelle Herrington looks to disrupt the play in girls' action at Jack Case Gymnasium.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / West Lincoln’s Hanna Moak (35) drives to the basket while Enterprise’s Michelle Herrington looks to disrupt the play in girls’ action at Jack Case Gymnasium.

The West Lincoln Bears and Lady Bears were victorious Friday night after sweeping the Enterprise Yellow Jackets in Region 7-2A basketball action at Jack Case Gymnasium.

In the girls’ contest, the Lady Bears survived a defensive battle with the Lady Yellow Jacket to prevail 42-37.

In boys’ action, the Bears cruised past the Yellow Jackets to gain a 80-54 win.

West Lincoln returns to action Tuesday night as they travel to Bassfield to take on the Bassfield Yellowjackets for three games. The junior varsity boys will start the action at 5 p.m., followed by a pair of varsity games.

Enterprise will also be in action Tuesday night as they travel to Columbia to face the East Marion Eagles. Junior varsity action begins at 5 p.m., followed by a pair of varsity games.

 West Lincoln 42, Enterprise 37

The Lady Bears and the Lady Jackets provided their basketball fans with an exciting defensive contest as both schools fought in a close match in the first quarter with West Lincoln claiming a 9-8 lead.

In the second quarter, the Lady Bears (8-15, 4-5) managed to outscore the Lady Jackets 16-6 to take a 23-16 lead into halftime.

In the third period, both schools scored five points each as West Lincoln took a 28-19 lead into the fourth.

In the final frame of action, the Lady Jackets (13-12, 1-8) outscored the Lady Bears 18-14 but could not overcome the Lady Bears’ lead as West Lincoln held on for the win.

“We had a very good team effort,” West Lincoln Coach Lane Young said. “Hanna Moak played her best game of the season for us. Overall, I was pleased with the girls’ effort. We competed and made a few more plays than Enterprise to keep us out in front.”

Hanna Moak provided a monstrous performance as she lead the Lady Bears with a game-high double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Alli Mullins chipped in with eight points and had five rebounds. Demeshia Deer helped on the boards with nine rebounds.

Alissa Barlow and Michelle Herrington powered the Lady Jackets’ offense with 12 points apiece. Barlow grabbed five rebounds. Adrienne Byrd was the leader on the boards with six rebounds and scored six points.

“My girls will have to learn that we need to play all four quarter if we expect to win ball games,” Enterprise Coach Jill Nations said.

West Lincoln 80, Enterprise 54 

Prior to the opening of the boys’ game, West Lincoln recognized Coach Lane Young with a special ceremony as his girls and boys team presented him with a autographed basketball to honor his 500th win as a boys’ and girls’ basketball coach.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / West Lincoln's Javian Mackabee (35) makes an acrobatic layup against Enterprise Friday night.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / West Lincoln’s Javian Mackabee (35) makes an acrobatic layup against Enterprise Friday night.

In the opening quarter of the boys’ contest, the Bears came out and quickly overpowered the Jackets (11-14, 2-7) to claim a 30-17 lead and continued to increase their lead with a 16-11 run to take a 46-28 lead into halftime.

In the second half of action, West Lincoln (11-13, 6-3) outscored Enterprise 34-26 to secured the victory.

“We started off the game really well but went flat in the second quarter,” Young said. “In the second half, we managed to pick up the tempo to put the game out of reach.”

West Lincoln had two players that scored in the 20-plus range as Ronnie Edwards led the offensive onslaught with 28 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists. Keshaun London provided a double-double performance with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Javion Mackabee showed out as the only senior for the Bears with 12 points and eight rebounds. Lofton Sills helped on the boards with 11 rebounds and scored three points. Zekenith Porter contributed seven points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Dwayne Pendleton directed the Jackets’ offensive attack with 19 points and four rebounds. Jontavious Smith chipped in with 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. Zach Hodges helped on the boards with six rebounds and scored four points. Jadarrian Allen netted five points.

“We did not play very well tonight,” Enterprise Coach John Knight said. “Now, we must regroup and get ready for another tough district contest against East Marion Tuesday night.”

In junior varsity girls’ action,  West Lincoln defeated Enterprise 29-20.

Jana Case led the Lady Bears with 14 points. Megan Gerald scored nine points.

Haley Nations was the leader for the Lady Jackets with six points. Ally Francis and Monisha Pendleton provided four points apiece.