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Lindsey Wilson basketball splits with Pikeville

By Anthony Latessa and Christopher Coombs

Pikeville, KY - The No. 9-ranked Lindsey Wilson women's basketball team defeated Pikeville (Ky.) 69-55 Thursday in a Mid-South Conference matchup at the East Ky. Expo Center, while the men's team fell 107-77 against a dominating Pikeville presence in the paint.

For the Lady Raiders, Kayla Styles recorded her 14th double-double of the season scoring a game-high 26 points on 12-of-24 shooting while grabbing 12 rebounds. Styles also recorded two blocks which now makes her the program leader in career blocks with 104. Reagan Turner added 14 points while Teanna Curry chipped in with 12. Gerda Paulauskaite recorded a game-high 13 rebounds and three blocks.

Lindsey Wilson (20-4, 7-2 MSC) outshot the Bears (12-13, 3-6 MSC) 46.8 percent to 33.3 percent. The Blue Raiders connected on 5-of-15 attempts from beyond the arc while shooting a season-low 42.9 percent from the charity stripe. Lindsey Wilson held a 43-31 advantage in rebounds.

After Turner tied the game at two with 9:16 to play in the first quarter, the two teams went scoreless for over three minutes. Aundrea Matchen put the Bears up 7-4 with 5:13 to play in the quarter. Lindsey Wilson took a 16-8 lead into the second after ending the first on a 12-1 run propelled by seven Curry points. The Blue Raiders shot 7-of-17 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc while limiting Pikeville to just 21.4 percent shooting.

Jamie Castle opened the second quarter with a basket to trim the Blue Raider lead to 16-10. Lindsey Wilson responded with a 16-1 run that spanned almost six minutes to give Lindsey Wilson a 32-11 lead with 3:28 to play in the half. Styles led the way during the run with eight points. The two teams traded baskets to the end the half as the Blue Raiders led 37-17.

Styles led the way at the half with 14 points, 12 of which came in the second quarter. Curry added 10 points while Paulauskaite grabbed 10 rebounds in the half. The Blue Raiders shot 48.9 percent from the field in the first half while limiting Pikeville to 6-of-29 shooting.

Pikeville trimmed the Blue Raider lead to 37-23 beginning the third quarter on a 6-0 run. Lindsey Wilson responded pushing the lead back to 19 points with a 5-0 run of its own. The Bears trimmed their deficit to 44-28 with 2:45 to play in the third before the Blue Raiders ended the quarter on a 6-2 run to take a 50-30 lead into the fourth. The Bears outscored Lindsey Wilson 25-19 in the fourth quarter and ended the game on a 10-4 run as the Blue Raiders picked up the 69-55 victory.

Matchen scored a team-high 16 points for Pikeville while Adison Corder and Kayla Mullins scored nine apiece.

Men's team falls 107-77
The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team lost to Pikeville (Ky.) 107-77 on Thursday night during a Mid-South Conference matchup at the UPIKE Gymnasium.

Pikeville (23-2, 7-2 MSC) used a dominating presence in the paint, outscoring LWC 62-36, to defeat the Blue Raiders.

Three Blue Raiders (20-4, 5-4 MSC) were in double figures as Bryan Wallace led the way scoring a team-high 22 points. Jordan Hamlette added 21 points as Charles Sutton had 15 points and six boards. Pepper Ben Ofokile added a team-high seven boards.

The Blue Raiders committed six turnovers in the opening four minutes of the first half after scoring the games first points on a Kel Stotts three pointer. The Bears then scored the games next 13 points, as LWC was able to break out of their scoreless streak at the 13:39 mark on two Hamlette made free throws.

Pikeville then managed another run, this time 7-4, to increase their lead to 20-9. Sutton scored the Blue Raiders first basket from the floor in just over seven minutes on a contested layup.

Lindsey Wilson went on a 6-0 run of their own to cut Pikeville's lead to just five at 20-15 with 9:04 left in the opening half. The Blue Raiders again hit an offensive lull that lasted just over four minutes as the Bears caught fire on offense, resulting in a 16-4 run that propelled them to a 36-19 lead with just over five minutes left.

The Bears closed out the half on a 15-5 run that gave Pikeville a 51-24 lead at the break.

Lindsey Wilson shot 23.1 percent from the floor on just 6-of-26 shooting as the Blue Raiders recorded ten points from the charity stripe. The Bears went 22-of-34 from the floor including 5-of-9 from deep. Pikeville was able to dominate the paint, outscoring LWC 32-6 in the half.

The Blue Raiders and the Bears traded baskets over the first seven minutes of the second half as Pikeville scored 19 points to LWC's 16 to increase their lead to 70-40. From there the Bears went on a 27-14 run that lasted until the 6:43 mark in the half. Lindsey Wilson finished the game on a 23-10 run that lasted the final six minutes of the contest but couldn't overcome the Bears lead as LWC fell 107-77.

Lindsey Wilson shot just 35.3 percent from the field on 24-of-68 shooting for the game. The Bears connected on 42-of-72 attempts for 58.3 percent shooting from the field.

Pikeville took advantage of the Lindsey Wilson's 14 turnovers in the game as the Bears scored 26 points off the Blue Raider mistakes. Pikeville also had an advantage on the thin Lindsey Wilson bench outscoring the Blue Raider 47-8.

Jayvian Delacruz scored a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Bears as Leslie Darrion added 16 points.

The Lady Blue Raiders are back in action on Saturday for a top-10 matchup against No. 2-ranked Shawnee State (Ohio) at 2pmCT at Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY. The men will also face Shawnee State at Biggers Sports Center, starting at 4pmCT.

This story was posted on 2018-02-09 11:11:52
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