Pike County sweeps Eagles of Goshen in basketball

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 19, 2003

Pike County swept all three games against Goshen Saturday night.

The junior varsity teams played the most entertaining game of the night but Pike County won 40-39 as Goshen missed a layup at the buzzer.

The Goshen girls' team could only blame itself for its loss. Playing without starting center Ashley Miniard who missed the game with a virus, the Lady Eagles still tried to go inside on Pike County.

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The result was a 24-6 edge in attempted free throws, but Pike County, behind another excellent performance by Wennica Foster, won handily 48-28.

The reason? Aside from Foster's 29-point, four rebound, four assist, four steal performance, Goshen contributed to its own demise with a miserable foul-shooting performance. Goshen hit five of its 24 free-throw attempts.

"That was ugly," Goshen coach James Pair said. "If we make our free throws, it's a different game. It's said when one girl outscored your team."

Foster filled her performance with ankle-breaking cross-over dribbles, quality shooting and even a buzzer beater for good measure. She made her only three-point attempt from well outside the arc at the end of the first half. She didn't need a backboard or even a generous rim; her shot hit nothing but twine.

"She can do it all," Pike County coach Leroy Bryant said.

Vanessa Russell led the Eagles with 10 points and Lakeisha Cope added nine. The duo pulled down 24 rebounds.

The boys' game involved some hot shooting in the first half and a slower pace in the second. Still, Pike County came out on top 72-58.

The teams combined to hit nine three-pointers in the first half as Pike County built a 44-30 lead at the break.

The shooting cooled off in the second half, but the Bulldogs still managed to keep a handle on the game.

"Sometimes you feel better after a loss than you do after a win," Pike County coach Danny Suber said. "We had chances to put them away early, but we couldn't do it. Goshen kept fighting, which I knew they would. They have too much history and tradition to give up."

Reggie Griffin led all scorers with 19 points and Chris Nickson added 16. Codie Terry and Nick Walker each had 10 and Elijah Daniel, taking advantage of his opportunity to not foul out in the first quarter, barely missed double digits by scoring nine.

Damareo Green and Amos Wilcoxon scored 12 each to lead Goshen.

"The biggest thing for me was my star player was hurt," Goshen coach YZ Rogers said. "Damien Pelton had a shoulder injury and he only scored one point. I probably shouldn't have played him."

Before the boys' game, Pike County football players and Goshen basketball players paid tribute to Bruce Thomas. The Goshen scorekeeper and Pike County football supporter died last month of a heart attack. Both teams expressed their love and appreciation for Thomas to his wife and family who were present at the game.