Pike County girls handle Lady Eagles

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 12, 2000

BRUNDIDGE – Wennica Foster scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds as the Pike County High School Lady Bulldogs defeated the Goshen High School Lady Eagles 42-25 in local girls high school basketball action at Bulldog Gym Saturday night.

Unlike the boys’ rivalry, the Pike County girls continued its domination over the Lady Eagles winning for the fourth consecutive time after GHS won the inaugural meeting in December 1998 at Trojan Arena.

In the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs (2-4) took control early as they held the Lady Eagles scoreless for the first six minutes of the contest. Pike County used a dominant inside game on both sides of the floor to take a 15-2 lead at the end of the opening stanza. Foster along with Dee Dee Rodgers combined to score 13 of Pike County’s 15 points in the first period.

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The Lady Eagles (2-1) finally got on track in the second quarter as they went on a run of their own to cut the lead to 20-10 with 3:51 left in the first half. However, the Lady Bulldogs 2-3 zone defense stiffened as Goshen was unable to get anything going for the rest of the half as Pike County enjoyed a 26-13 lead at intermission.

In the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs pulled away by outscoring the Lady Eagles 10-4 to take a commanding 19 point lead heading into the final quarter as they coasted to victory.

Pike County head coach Leroy Bryant said he was pleased his team earned the victory.

"We’re a young team and we’ve got a lot of work to do," Bryant said. "But I thought we moved the ball pretty good and got some shots in the low post. They played well tonight."

Despite the loss, GHS head coach Charlie Winchester said he saw some positive things out of his young Lady Eagle squad.

"We played hard, but we couldn’t get any shots to fall early in the game," Winchester said. "However, our kids didn’t quit and they played hard."

Other individual leaders included Rodgers finishing with 11 points while Stephanie Caffie scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs. Molley Boykin had four points, but led Pike County in boards with five rebounds.

Ashley Miniard led the Lady Eagles with eight points and four rebounds, while Lakeshia Cope had four points and eight rebounds in a losing cause.