Jay Compton Sports Editor
December 14, 2013
CORBIN — It was a winning night for both the Pineville boys and girls basketball teams on Friday at the Bowman Memorial Classic at Lynn Camp High School.
The Lady Mountain Lions defeated Williamsburg 52-34 to snap a three-game losing streak. Then the Mountain Lions pulled away from host Lynn Camp in the fourth quarter for a 67-57 win to break out their own two-game skid.
The boys game featured nine ties and ten lead changes and neither team led it by more than four points until Pineville scored ten straight points from the final minute of the third quarter to the 5:50 mark in the fourth to take a 46-38 lead.
“Defensively did well at the end. In a game like this with two teams that are similarly matched, we probably had the best two-minute run,” Pineville coach J.D. Strange said. “I though our kids played well, but we’re still learning. There’s a lot things we’ve got to work on. I’m proud of them.”
Cody Collett, who scored a game-high 24 points, started the run with a driving layup and Conner Ford hit both ends of the bonus just before the end of the third to put the Lions up 40-38. Senior forward John Robbins scored a pair of baskets off feeds from Isaac Longworth around a steal and layup by Keith Sexton to complete the spurt.
Lynn Camp answered as Bruce Hopkins scored one basket, then came up with a steal and added another. Justin Hammons also converted a steal into a layup to cut the deficit to two.
Dalton Ledbetter got free behind the Wildcat press for a layup and Pineville’s defense forced a turnover at the other end. Robbins scored from the left block to put the Lions up 50-44 with 4:25 to play.
One of the Lynn Camp players complained a bit too loudly that Robbins had gotten away with a walk on the way back up the court and was called for a technical foul. Collett hit the two technicals and then added two more after getting fouled on the following possession to extend the lead to ten.
Collett hit 7-of-8 free throws over the final 2:00 and Longworth went 2-for-2 as the Lions never led by fewer than seven the rest of the way.
Robbins finished with 13 points and Ford added 12.
“(Ford and Robbins) really worked good together in the post area. I thought big John Robbins carried the mail for us tonight, with Dalton getting into foul trouble. Conner’s shot selection in the second half was much improved,” Strange said. “Cody stepped up and hit those free throws and guys from our bench came in contributed.”
Lynn Camp was led by Hammons’ 20 points while Skylar McFarland added 13.
Hammons had the hot hand early as he hit two 3-pointers and scored ten points in the first quarter. But Pineville took an 18-14 lead after a three-point play from Collett followed by a steal that led to a basket from Will Adams. The Wildcats got a 3 from McFarland, one free throw from Austin Withrow, and then a steal and layup from Hammons to take a 20-18 lead after one.
The Mountain Lions slowed things down in the second quarter. Longworth scored five points, including a 3 that put Pineville in front early in the period. Adams was the beneficiary of a pretty little give-go-and-give-again between Robbins and Ford with Robbins drawing the defense and finding the freshman open for an easy basket that gave PHS a 25-24 lead with 2:52 remaining in the first half.
But Lynn Camp got a 3-pointer from Hopkins to take a 29-26 lead into the half.
“It was a fast-paced game starting out, really exciting for the fans. But I thought at times were a little out of control and for us to have a chance to win we had to establish that we could control things on the offensive end,” Strange said. “I thought our kids did a lot better job of that in the second half.”
Pineville (3-2) will play Harlan today at 1 p.m. while Lynn Camp (1-3) takes on Bell County at 8 p.m. as the tournament continues.
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PINEVILLE (67) —Cody Collett 24, Isaac Longworth 7, John Robbins 13, Conner Ford 12, Dalton Ledbetter 5, Will Adams 4, Keith Sexton 2, Thomas Brock 0, Tucker Woolum 0, John Sproles 0.
LYNN CAMP (57) — Justn Hammons 20, Skylar McFarland 13, Jensen Hollin 0, Bruce Hopkins 7, Austin Withrow 1, Austin Wilson 8, Austin Allen 8, Jayden Elliott 0.
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Senior forward Devin Enix scored 21 points to lead Pineville’s girls while Jillian Enix added 13 points and Emily Mullins finished with nine. It was the Lady Lions’ first win under new interim coach Brenda Gambrel, who will be leading the team the rest of the season.
“It felt really good to get a win. You know we’re going through a really tough transition right now and just trying to keep everything together,” said Gambrel. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take this on, but the girls on the team are all such good kids. We had lost our last two games pretty big, so this was a pick-me-up that they needed.”
Devin Enix scored ten of her points in the first quarter and Mullins added five as the Lady Lions jumped out to a 19-10 lead after one quarter. They led it 25-17 at the half.
Enix scored seven in the third period with Erica Gambrell added three free throws. Jillian Enix and Sophia Knuckles also had baskets as the lead grew to 39-25.
Jill Enix scored nine of her points in the fourth quarter with Gambrell and Mullins adding two points each and Pineville went on to win by 18.
“They hustled and they were playing together. Devin stepped up big both offensively and defensively, along with her baby sister Jill,” Gambrel said. “There are some basic fundamentals that we need to work on, but I want to make sure they develop and become stronger as a team.”
Lexi Boggs led Williamsburg with nine points while Haley Harris added eight and Kacie Brown seven in the game.
Pineville (3-3) will play Jellico, Tenn., today at 3 p.m. and then take on Lynn Camp on Monday at 7:30 p.m. as the tournament continues.
Williamsburg (0-5) plays Lynn Camp today at noon and then Jellico at 6:30 p.m.
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PINEVILLE (52) — Devin Enix 21, Jillian Enix 13, Emily Mullins 9, Erica Gambrell 5, Rachel Barnes 2, Sophia Knuckles 2.
WILLIAMSBURG (39) — Lexi Boggs 9, Haley Harris 8, Kacie Brown 7, Sydney Tye 5, Marah Crusenberry 2, DHatfield 2, Erin Maxey 1.