PCHS splits with Daleville

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 12, 2000

Sports Editor

Pike County’s Andrea Bailey

had a golden opportunity to repeat history against Daleville Monday night, but missed a shot that only a month ago gave the Lady Bulldogs their first Area win of the season.

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The miss only delayed the inevitable, however, as the Lady Bulldogs added insult to injury in a 55-53 win over the Lady Warhawks in overtime. The victory left PCHS girls’ undefeated on the season at 9-0 and 2-0 in Class 3A Area 4.

While Bailey couldn’t find the basket that led to a 50-48 upset win at Daleville on Dec. 31, the Lady Bulldogs found plenty of answers down the stretch while the Lady Warhawks squandered all of theirs.

With only two minutes to go in regulation Daleville star Kiki Brown completed an old-fashioned three-point play to pull the Lady Warhawks within two at 47-45. She also tied the game at 47-47 after making a huge steal with just over a minute left and flying down court for the easy deuce.

The five points by Brown put the game into overtime, but DHS squandered chances to take the lead as Ashley Horne missed four straight free throws in the final minutes, each of which could have been game winners.

Daleville got a shot off just before the buzzer, missing off the back rim with the rebound going to PCHS.

In overtime the Lady Bulldogs fell behind only for a moment. Horne tried to make amends coming up with an early steal and a layup to score the extra frame’s first points, but Pike County quickly scored six straight and with the help of some incredible ball control by Bridget Barrow, was able to milk the clock and hold on for yet another tight victory.

Wennica Foster led all scorers with 18 points while Barrow and Bailey both finished with 15.

Things finished a little differently in the boys’ contest.

While the two Area opponents battled back and forth throughout the first three and a half quarters Daleville’s defense proved to be the game-breaker.

Daleville improved its Area record to 2-0 and put PCHS (4-11) in the hole 0-2 with a 59-49 win.

With under five minutes to go the Bulldogs had cut a slight Warhawk lead to only four, but the DHS press started to pay dividends. The Warhawks took their biggest lead of the contest, 53-39, on a quick 10-0 run that included two straight fouls and a fast-break basket.

Tobias Johnson led the Bulldogs with 13 while sophomore Michael Walker had 12 and Sam Diggs notched nine. Daleville’s big man, Derrick Davis, had a game-high 22 points to pace the Warhawks.