Barbour County avenges earlier loss to Bulldogs, 56-46

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Sports Writer

The defending 2A State Champions, Barbour County Jaguars, came to Brundidge Saturday night to face the Pike County Bulldogs. In their first meeting this year, Pike County defeated the Jaguars and stopped one of the state’s longest winning streaks. The rematch promised to be just as good as the first.

But this time it was the Jaguars who got the best of the Bulldogs. BCHS would stretch their lead to 10 in the fourth quarter and win 56-46.

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The game was tied at 13 at the end of the first quarter, thanks in large part to Nick Walker’s six-point effort. He had 14 to lead the Bulldogs on the night.

In the second quarter BCHS would begin to pull away. BCHS’s Rodney Ross would score nine of the 13 points in this period for the Jaguars. He would rule the boards, and most of his points came as he rebounded shots and put them back up. The score at the half was 26-22 in favor of the Jags.

The second half would start the same as the first for the Bulldogs. After being held scoreless in the second, Nick Walker would once again catch on fire. He scored six of the Bulldogs 10 points in the third quarter. Walker’s points would prove not to be enough as the ‘Dogs still trailed 40 -32 at the end of three.

Antwan Mcguire had eight points also. Tim Smith led the Jaguars with 11, along with Ross and Michael Blackmon’s contribution of 10 points apiece.

The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Jaguars also matched up Saturday night, with Barbour County coming out on top in that contest also, 46-43.

However, it was the Lady Bulldogs who came out firing early. They would take a lead but the Lady Jaguars would cut the lead down to two points by the end of the quarter, 12-10.

The second quarter also belonged to Pike County. Wennica Foster scored five of the 10 points in this quarter for the Lady Bulldogs. Foster’s leadership would help them hold on to their lead as they went into the locker room up 22-19.

But the tide would turn in the third quarter as the Lady Jaguars would begin to come back. The big three for PCHS, consisting of Foster, DeeDee Rodgers, and Stephanie Caffie, would continue to play their hearts out in the midst of this comeback, but Barbour County would end the period having tied the game at 29 all.

In the fourth, the Lady Jaguars looked to put the game away, but PCHS kept themselves in it with excellent free throw shooting.

The big three for PCHS accounted for 37 of the Lady ‘Dogs 43 points. Foster had 15, Caffie had 12, and Rodgers helped with 10points.