Pike Liberal pounds Dixie

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Sports Editor

Whenever Dixie comes to town you can bet that Pike Liberal will be ready for a fight.

Both Patriot varsity teams were up for every blow the Rebels tried to deliver Monday night as they blasted the girls’ and boys’ Dixie teams in a sweep of their rivals.

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The Lady Patriots started the night with a 38-23 win that highlighted a lot of defense from both sides in the early going. The PLAS girls held the Lady Rebels to only five points in the first half, but were only able to score 12 themselves leading to a six-point lead at the half.

Both teams more than doubled their score in the third period, leaving the Lady Patriots to again tighten up on defense in the final period holding Dixie to only seven.

Katie Sanders led all scorers with 15 points while Shaunna Wheeler notched 13 as the Lady Patriots evened their record at 9-9 for the season.

In the boys’ game, the Patriots wasted very little time in the second half in a demonstration of domination. They rolled to a 20-point 52-32 win after a slow first quarter led to only an 11-7 advantage by PLAS.

The Patriots had stretched it to 10 by the half, but went on a big run in the third quarter holding the Rebels to only four while they rattled off 15.

Senior Josh Waldrip led all scorers with 17 big points for PLAS while Nick Paul and Clint Wallace followed with 12 and nine respectively. The win improved PLAS to 14-4 on the season.

Next up for the two Pike Liberal teams will be a trip to Macon-East. The boys and girls team defeated Macon-East at home just last Saturday and will look to pick up two more Region wins.


In the Pike Liberal junior varsity games the Lady Patriots continued their winning ways with a 27-10 domination of the Dixie JV. The Patriots weren’t quite as lucky as a fourth quarter comeback fell short 31-24.

Rae Pinckard led the girls’ team with seven points followed by Miranda Paul and Brantley Kries who both notched four. Dale Garrett had seven for the Patriots with Caleb Sanders hitting for five and Josh Barbaree and Kyle Golden both scoring three.