Pike Lib girls looking to cement legacy with win over Evangel

Published 10:27 pm Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Pike Liberal Arts Lady Patriots have a chance to do something special in their last two area games of the season against Evangel Christian and Hooper Academy. The question that head coach Craig Kennedy is asking his girls is if they want to be special.

The Lady Patriots are led by four senior starters, Sara Saunders, Marlee Tunstill, Ellie Barron and Katie Ward. In these last two games, plus the upcoming area and state tournaments, the girls’ legacy will be on the line.

The seniors already knocked one item off their basketball bucket list—winning their final game at home. The Lady Patriots accomplished that with a 56-40 win over Hooper Academy last Friday. “At halftime of the Hooper game, I asked the girls, ‘How do you want to be remembered?’ Kennedy said. “They said they wanted to be remembered as winners, and that’s what they did. I think we’ve got to do the same with the next two games.”

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Kennedy said hustling and composure would be the two key components in winning their upcoming games. “I think the girls need to play like the played in the Fort Dale game,” Kennedy said. “The seniors need to play with their composure, which they’ve done in the past few games, and they need to keep out-hustling people.”

Aside from that, Kennedy has implemented a simple game plan heading in to the Lady Pats’ game with Evangel. “We have got to utilize our post effectively and not turn the ball over.”

No matter what happens in Pike’s last two games, Kennedy guarantees his girls will get after it. “You have to play hard every second,” Kennedy said. “Every day, you’ve got to play hard and give your best effort.”

Pike Liberal plays Evangel Christian tonight in Montgomery. They stay on the road for their final area game in Hope Hull against Hooper Academy on Friday. The Lady Patriots will then advance to the area tournament next week at Macon-East Academy in Cecil.