Bears, Lady Jackets secure division wins
The West Lincoln Bears and the Enterprise Lady Jackets were victorious Friday night in Region 7-2A basketball action at Enterprise Gymnasium.
The Lady Jackets outscored the Lady Bears 29-13 in the second half to secure a 47-36 victory.
In the boys’ contest, the Bears survived a fourth quarter run by the Jackets to prevail 66-63.
West Lincoln continues district action Tuesday as it hosts Bassfield for senior night. Senior recognition will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Enterprise will also be in division action Tuesday as it hosts Prentiss for two games. The varsity girls will tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30.
Lady Jackets 47, Lady Bears 36
Both teams scored 11 points in the first, but West Lincoln secured the lead with a 12-7 run to take a 23-18 advantage into halftime.
Enterprise (11-14, 3-6) rallied back to tie the game at 29-all to end the third quarter. In the fourth, the Lady Jackets closed with an 18-7 run to capture their third division win of the season.
“The girls played really well,” said Enterprise coach Jill Nations. “It was great to get another division win.”
Carlee Nations powered the Lady Jackets with 24 points, six rebounds and four steals. Alissa Barlow contributed 10 points and seven rebounds. Courtney Greer provided eight points and had three steals. Michelle Herrington netted three points and two steals. Monisha Pendleton had two points, six rebounds and three steals.
Hannah Moak was the top scorer for the Lady Bears (13-11, 4-5) with 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists. Alli Mullin chipped in 11 points. Jana Case finished with seven points and seven rebounds. Demeshia Deer had three points and seven rebounds. Layton Sills scored two points.
“We played really well in the first half, but Enterprise did a great job rallying back in the second half,” said West Lincoln coach Lane Young. “We have to do a better job shooting the ball.”
West Lincoln 66, Enterprise 63
The Bears (16-8, 6-3) and Jackets (11-14, 1-8) played a close first half, with West Lincoln securing a 34-32 lead at halftime.
The Bears outscored the Jackets 21-18 in the third period to extend the lead to 55-50.
In the final quarter, Enterprise outscored West Lincoln 13-11, but failed to nail the game-tying three-pointer to force overtime.
“We are very fortunate to get the win tonight,” said Young. “Enterprise out-hustled us and shot the ball better. We need to do a better job in getting everyone involved offensively.”
Keshaun London directed the Bears with 24 points, five rebounds, five steals and two assists. Ronnie Edwards chipped in 20 points and grabbed three rebounds. Adam Martinez provided 14 points, six rebounds and three steals. Donterrius Taylor scored three points and Dominique Chism had two points.
Dwayne Pendleton paced the Jackets with 31 points and seven rebounds. Jontavious Smith contributed 10 points and had seven rebounds. Zach Hodges netted seven points. Austin Carter provided five points. Hunter Bland finished with six points. Cade Feltus had three points. Darren Richardson helped on the boards with seven rebounds and scored one point.
“This was tight game for both teams,” said Enterprise coach John Knight. “Overall, I was very pleased with my guys’ effort. We fought hard throughout the whole game. Normally, we are a very good free throw shooting team, but we did not do very well tonight. That was basically the difference of the game.”
In junior varsity action, West Lincoln split with Enterprise.
In the girls’ contest, the Lady Jackets stung the Lady Beats 37-36. Haley Nations led the Lady Jackets with 12 points. Megan Gerald was the top scorer for the Lady Bears with 13 points.
In boys’ action, West Lincoln knocked off Enterprise 38-24. Jatavia Lewis paced the Bears with 12 points. Michael Brothern had seven points.
Cody Leggett and Mitchell Poole directed the Jackets with five points each.