Lawrence Co. takes two from North Pike
MONTICELLO – Lawrence County closed out its regular season by sweeping a Division 6-4A basketball double-header from North Pike.
In girls’ action, Lawrence County rallied in the second half to gain a 46-42 win over the Lady Jaguars. The boys’ game was never in doubt, with the Cougars roaring to an 84-33 victory over North Pike.
Pat Bridges’ Cougars sizzled from the start, connecting on eight first-half 3-pointers en route to a 40-17 halftime lead. The onslaught continued in the third quarter, as LCHS stretched its lead to 70-24.
Keyshawn Feazell led Lawrence County with 18 points and six rebounds. Gabriel Lewis had 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Lane Rutland added 13 points and five rebounds, and Phillip Moore netted double figures with 10 points. All 14 Cougars who dressed saw action in the game.
Javion Jackson was a force for North Pike. The senior scored 18 of the Jaguars’ 33 points.
The Lawrence County boys improved to 19-8 overall, and finished Division 6-4A play with a record of 8-2, good for the No. 2 seed in next week’s division tournament at McComb. Keith Russ’ North Pike Jaguars fell to 7-12 overall, and 2-8 in division play.
The real action was in the girls’ game. Vicki Rutland’s Lady Cougars needed a win to avoid finishing sixth in the division, and having to play a powerful No. 3 seed in a tournament elimination game. Lawrence County’s season-long offensive woes continued in the first half, however, as North Pike built an 18-11 halftime lead.
Lawrence County, buoyed largely by sophomore forward Camryn Davis, rallied in the third quarter, knotting the game at 30-30. The Lady Cougars took a 40-36 lead on a Davis basket with 2:40 left, and stretched their lead to six on two Haven Johnson free throws with 1:04 left on the clock.
The win left Lawrence County tied with North Pike and Richland at 2-8 in the division standings. LCHS earned fourth place via a tie-breaker, and will face the fifth-seeded Lady Jaguars again on Tuesday, in the opening round of the Division 6-4A tournament.
Davis led the Lady Cougars with 19 points, and DeNeisha Dickson added 11. Lawrence County improved to 13-14 on the season.
North Pike, coached by Laura Holman, was led by Rachel Thompson, who scored 18 points. Sarah Brock scored 11 before fouling out. The Lady Jags fell to 9-14 on the campaign.