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Patriots fall to Warriors

The Pike Liberal Arts Lady Patriots fell to the Lee-Scott Warriors 47-25 in the AISA Elite 8 on Thursday at Crampton Bowl in Montgomery.

The loss ends the Patriots’ season after compiling a 12-9 record.

“The first quarter I thought we played really good,” said head coach Robert Hawkins. “We handled their pressure better then the first time we played them. We had some turnovers, but it wasn’t like we couldn’t get in our half court set. We got in our half court set; we just got stifled. I was proud of how the girls played.”

Seniors Lauren Johnson and Susie Stell, who both finished in double figures with 10, led the Patriots. Mya Terry got on the scoreboard with three points.

The Lady Patriots hung tough in the opening quarter with Warriors and entered the second trailing by four at 13-9.

The first quarter points would be the only points the Lady Patriots scored in the first half and they went into the locker room at halftime trailing 24-9.

“In the first quarter they played a 1-3-1 zone where they trapped, and we were able to take advantage of that and get some easy points,” Hawkins said. “In the second quarter they came out in a man (defense) and we couldn’t get anything going.”

In the second half, the Patriots got on the scoreboard but it wasn’t nearly enough. The Patriots were outscored 23-16.

Hawkins had a chance to reflect on his memories of this past season.

“I have been coaching the three seniors, Lauren, Danny (Brown) and Susie for three years,” Hawkins said. “They have always been respectful and have done what I asked. (They are) a great bunch of girls to be around. That is what I am going to remember the most.”