PCHS ourtuns New Brockton, Goshen falls to ZCHS

Published 11:00 pm Friday, December 20, 2013

Pike County 37, New Brockton 16: What a difference 24 hours can make. Pike County exited the gym at Goshen High School winners, just one day after getting routed in its tournament opener.

Pike County led the entire way in what head coach Tayamoko Iverson called a “much smoother game.”

Precious Vaznian led the Lady Dawgs with 10 points and Pike County picked up another win on the young season.

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“I am proud of the girls,” Iverson said. “We redeemed ourselves from last night. The girls did everything we asked them to do. They hustled and rebounded well, and I loved their effort.”

Iverson feels the lopsided win can lead to more wins for the Lady Bulldogs in the future.

“They played confident tonight,” Iverson said. “When they needed to hit shots, they hit them. When we needed a big defensive stop, we got it. They played awesome tonight, and I can’t wait to get back here tomorrow.”

Zion Chapel 32, Goshen 25: Johnny Mitchell saw his team grow up in the Lady Eagles’ second tournament game Friday night. Goshen led Zion Chapel let in the contest, but was unable to put the Lady Rebels away, as Zion scored two quick baskets with less than 90 seconds remaining to pick up a 32-27 win.

Mitchell said his team played well throughout the game, and is making progress to get better.

“We are just looking to take runs of goof play and extend them as long as we can,” Mitchell said. “We did a much better job of doing that tonight, and while we didn’t win, we took a big step to getting that first win tonight.”

Goshen never led in the second half, but did hang with the more experienced Lady Rebs for the majority of the final two quarters. The Lady Eagles never trailed by more than six points.

The strong play has Mitchell encouraged about the rest of the season.

“We are getting better and smarter each time out,” said Mitchell. “Our biggest problem this year has been turnovers in the front court, and we cut down on that big time tonight. I like where we are headed, and we won’t every quit working.”

Goshen plays Pike County in a consolation game at noon Saturday.