Lions bounce back with win at W’burg

Jay Compton jcompton@civitasmedia.com

February 7, 2014

The Pineville Mountain Lions bounced back from a pair of disappointing losses on Thursday with a 54-43 win at Williamsburg.

Senior forward Conner Ford scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds while junior Scotty Hoskins had a big second half, hitting three of four 3-pointers to score eleven points. Cody Collett added nine points and four assists and senior John Robbins finished with six points and six rebounds.

“It was a good team win for us on the road. Everybody contributed,” Pineville coach J.D. Strange said. “Our kids went in there excited to play and they wanted to compete. Conner really carried the mail for us, especially in the first half and Cody is playing at about 75-percent with his knee so what he gave us was big.”

The Lions were coming off big losses at home to Corbin (72-36) and Clay County (60-23), but took a four-point lead at the half and never trailed against the Yellow Jackets.

“Since we had that big overtime win against Middlesboro, it’s been disappointing that we didn’t compete as well as we would have liked,” Strange added. “It’s a tribute to the kids for them to rebound from that like they did.

“We had less than ten turnovers for one of the few times this season, that shows more discipline, and we out-rebounded them, which shows more aggression.”

The Mountain Lions got key contributions from freshmen Tucker Woolum and Will Adams. Woolum started at point guard in place of Isaac Longworth and scored four points. Adams came in off the bench and also scored four points.

Longworth was able to play in the second half and also put in four points. Senior center Dalton Ledbetter battled foul trouble and finished with two points.

After seeing the Jackets rally to tie the game in the third quarter, the Lions pushed their lead back out to 15 points by the fourth. Hoskins keyed that run with his 3-point shooting.

Pineville struggled a bit from the free throw line late as Williamsburg closed back within nine, but the Lions did enough to hang on for the 11-point win.

Pineville (8-12) was scheduled to host Berea on Friday and Model on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Williamsburg (9-13) was set to visit Evangel Christian on Friday and Beth Haven on Saturday.