Avant, Hixon have big nights for boys, girls get ‘thumped’ by Lakeside Lady Chiefs

Published 10:12 pm Monday, December 17, 2012

The Pike Liberal Patriots roared back from 15 points down to claim a wild 61-57 win over Lakeside School Monday night in Eufaula.

The Patriots were able to claw their way back in to the game, by playing unselfish basketball

Head coach Craig Kennedy pointed to one example of “team ball.”

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“The play of the game came when Marquese Christian stole a pass,” said Kennedy. “He had an open shot, but dished the ball off to Chandler Avant for a lay up. That’s the type of team we need.”

Avant led the Patriots 31 points and Rush Hixon added 21 more. Pike was 14 of 18 from the free throw line.

The Pike Liberal girls team didn’t fare as well, falling 64-30.

Sarah Sanford scored 10 points to lead the Patriots.

With the loss, Pike falls to 8-8 on the season.

“We got thumped pretty good,” said Kennedy. “They just outplayed us.”

Kennedy said that the Patriot girls were complimentary of the opposing Chiefs, and said they would improve.

“All of our players were impressed with the way she played,” said Kennedy. “The old saying used to be “Be like Mike,” we need to be like her.”

Earlier in the season the Pike Liberal girls lost to Lakeside by four points 41-37.

Monday night’s loss was not as close, and Kennedy said that the team will have to rebound from the defeat and keep stepping forward.

Even with the loss, Kennedy said that both team played with heart and wouldn’t change them for anything.

“I have been a coach in this game for a long time,” said Kennedy. “I have had teams that were more athletic, but I don’t think I have ever been around a better group of kids. They are good folks.”

Pike will have a long time off, as they will have the entire Christmas break to regroup and rest.

The Patriots will return the court on January 4 against Abbeville Christian Academy at home .Tip off is set for 4 p.m.

All four Patriot teams, junior high boys, junior high girls, varsity girls and varsity boys will be in action.