Patriots end tournament with split

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Pike Lady Patriots improved to 2-0 while the boys dropped to 0-2 on the season on day two of the Lee-Scott Classic on Tuesday morning.

The Lady Patriots began the day with a 43-31 over Macon East and the boys closed out the day with a 77-26 loss to the Knights.

“We were lucky enough to get the win,” said Lady Patriot’s head coach Robert Hawkins. “It was one of those games where we led by a little bit until midway through the third quarter when they shifted to man.”

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After getting their feet wet in the season opener on Monday, coach Hawkins believes his team played with more intensity on Tuesday.

“The intensity was not there,” Hawkins said. “It was a lot better today.”

The Patriots got a quick spark in the first quarter when Susie Stell knocked down two three-pointers. The game stayed close until midway through the quarter when Lauren Johnson, Mya Terry and Stell became too much.

“They tried to box Lauren and Mya,” Hawkins said. “ We were ahead by four points and I decided to pull out the girls they weren’t guarding and we just held the ball. We made them man us. We were able to get some isolations and we pulled away.”

Johnson led the way with 18 points on Tuesday and she also hauled in 11 rebounds giving her a double-double. Terry finished with 12 points, while Stell finished with seven.

Following Monday’s loss to Autauga, the Pike Patriots looked to right the ship on Tuesday. That would not be the case against a tough Knights team.

“They are just a lot better then we are right now,” said head coach Allen Ponder. “They have polished basketball players. They kicked our tail in every facet of the game today. They played fundamental basketball and they were in the right spots.”

The Patriots allowed 33 points in the first quarter compared to just seven by Pike. At the half, the Knights led 61-18 before stretching their lead to 77-26 after the third.

“Our guys see that they need a lot of work,” Ponder said. “We have to get in the gym and get better. I think our guys understand that. This was a good way to see how we measure up and we don’t measure up very good right now.”

Reed Jinright led the way with six points on Tuesday while Hunter Jones finished with five.

Ponder hopes the first two games of the season will prove to be a good teaching tool for later in the season.

“This was a challenge,” Ponder said. “Coming out and getting beat like that in the first two games, when that happens you find out what kind of heart you have.”

The Patriots and Lady Patriots will be back in action following the Thanksgiving break on Tuesday when they host Autauga.