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LC Cougars feast on South Pike

Lady Eagles knock off Lady Cougars

MAGNOLIA – Lawrence County and South Pike split a Region 6-4A basketball double-header Friday night at South Pike High School.

In girls’ action, South Pike pulled away in the third quarter and gained a 59-48 win over the Lady Cougars. In boys’ action, Lawrence County jumped to a huge early lead and cruised to a relatively easy victory, winning 57-42.

The South Pike girls moved to 22-3 with the win, and 7-1 in Division 7-4A play. It wasn’t easy, as Vicki Rutland’s Lady Cougars gave it a good fight. South Pike led 25-20 at the half, but shot the lights out in the third quarter to take control of the game. A Nakaylis Washington’s three-pointer right at the third-quarter buzzer gave South Pike a 45-31 lead.

Washington led the Lady Eagles with 19 points, 13 of which came in the second half. My’Neka Frazier added 10, and Moriah Hurst scored 13, hitting three 3-pointers in the first half.

Camryn Davis led Lawrence County with 16 points, and DeNeisha Dickson added 14. Zipporah Baylis hit double figures with 10. The Lady Cougars fell to 12-13 overall, and 1-7 in the division.

The boys’ game was over almost as quickly as it began. Lawrence County led 21-5 after one quarter, and stretched that margin to 31-5 midway through the second. Keyshawn Feazell got Lawrence County off to that fast start with 11 first-quarter points.

Feazell finished with a game-high 22 points. Gabriel Lewis netted double figures with 10. Pat Bridges’ club improved to 17-8 overall, and 6-2 in the division. The game was a battle for second place in the division standings, as both teams entered with 5-2 division marks.

South Pike, coached by Gary Brumfield, got 13 points from Jaquarius Lewis, all of them coming in the second half, after the outcome had been decided. Tavorius Williams scored 10, and DeMarcus Ellzey hit three 3-pointers in the waning moments, totaling nine points.

Both schools will be on the road in Division 6-4A play on Tuesday. LCHS will travel to Richland, and South Pike will visit North Pike. Action begins at 6 p.m. for the girls, followed by the boys at 7:30.