Yellow Jackets fall to West Lincoln, 60-35

Published 9:29 pm Monday, February 5, 2018

Enterprise had no answer for West Lincoln’s offense Friday night, as they fell by a score of 60-35.

From the get-go, the Bears’ offense took control of the game. West Lincoln’s offense kept the pressure up in the second half, forcing the Jackets to play from behind throughout the game. Although the Jackets played a good fourth period, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bears.

“I thought the boys played a really good first half,” West Lincoln coach Brooks Smith said. “We kind of slacked off in the second half but did enough to get the win. I was proud of Donterrius Taylor tonight, thought he had a good bounce-back game from the other night. It was good to get the win and get back in the race in regional play. This ties us with Loyd Star for second place.”

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The Bears started the game hitting a four-point run before Enterprise was able to hit the net. West Lincoln’s offense tore through the first period, leading 22-7 heading into the second quarter.

West Lincoln’s offense showed no sign of slacking off in the second, as they kept the pressure up for a 36-16 lead at halftime.

Enterprise found the net several times in the third period but were unable to catch up. The Bears took a 43-22 lead into the fourth period.

Relying on their defense to keep them in the game, the Jackets slowly started chipping away at the Bears’ lead. West Lincoln continued to press the ball hard and fast, keeping Enterprise at arm’s length.

With around two minutes left in the game, both teams subbed in their younger players and the fight was over. Enterprise fell by a final score of 60-35.

Enterprise had two players reach double digits. Senior Cade Feltus netted 16 points and four rebounds. Junior Peytin Jergins also had 16 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal. Senior Jevante Jerkins finished with three points, six rebounds and one steal. Senior Ryan Amic led the Jackets on the board with 10 rebounds.

West Lincoln also had two players reach double digits. Senior Adam Martinez led the Bears with 18 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal. Senior Donterrius Taylor followed with 17 points, 10 rebounds and one steal. Junior Garrison Coffey netted eight points and three steals, while senior Chase Owen made five points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Senior Ledarrius Jones hit four points, two rebounds, four assists and three steals. Sophomore Michael Brothern also had four points and three rebounds. Sophomore Karlton Byrd made two points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist. Sophomore Keshon Byrd also made two points, two rebounds and one steal.

The win ties the Bears with Loyd Star in Region 7-2A play at 4-2. The Bears are 12-9 on the year.

The loss keeps the Jackets winless in Region 7-2A play at 0-7, with a 2-13 overall record.

Both teams return to action tonight in regional matchups. West Lincoln hosts Loyd Star, while Enterprise travels to Bogue Chitto.

Story by Dave Linton