Goshen girls, Pike County boys pick up wins over county rivals

Published 10:23 pm Saturday, January 11, 2014

Girls: Goshen 30, Pike County 24

The Goshen Lady Eagles basketball team picked up its second win of the year in a 30-24 victory over Pike County.

The Lady Eagles took a 17-16 lead in to halftime with Keke Howard connecting on two long three-pointers to lead the way for Goshen in the first half.

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Pike County was held to a single point in the third quarter as the Eagles swarming defense clogged up the Bulldog offense.

The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Dagws 13-6 in the second half and opened the fourth quarter with an 8-1 run to put the game out of reach.

Lynze Price paced the way for the Lady Eagles with nine points. Zaria Brundidge had 10 points in a losing effort.

Boys: Pike County 56, Goshen 53

After one half, it looked like the Pike County Bulldogs were going to run the Goshen Eagles out of their own gym. By the end of the game, Pike County had to hold on for a win over one of its biggest rivals.

The first half was all Pike County. Goshen had trouble with the Bulldogs’ fullcourt press, and Pike County was able to turn Goshen turnovers in to points as they raced out to a 20-11 lead after the first quarter.

The second quarter saw more of the same as five Bulldog players scored in the period as Pike County extended its lead to 31-18 at the half.

Pike County’s would lead by as much as 15 before Goshen began its comeback. The Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 16-8 in the third quarter to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 39-35 ¬†with Denzil Green and Deangelo Orum combining for 12 of the Eagles’ point in the frame.

Both offenses found success in the final quarter, but the Bulldogs were able to withstand a late Goshen rally for the win. Goshen, trailing 52-53, pulled within one point after Qua Simmons connected on three straight free throws with under a minute remaining in the game.

Pike County’s Ryshaun Hall answered with two free throws of his own to put the Bulldogs back up three. After Green hit a free throw to bring Goshen back within two, Kamare Jackson sank a single free throw with 5.2 seconds left restore Pike County’s lead to three.

Goshen was unable to get off a final shot, and the Bulldogs escaped Goshen with a win.

Ryshaun Hall exploded for 32 points for the Bulldogs. Qua Simmons had 15 points for the Eagles; Green added 14.