Lady Lion comeback falls short
Jay Compton Sports Editor
The Pineville Lady Mountain Lions forced seven fourth-quarter turnovers as they managed to cut a 15-point deficit down to four. But Lynn Camp was able to hold on for a 51-45 win on Saturday to complete a 3-0 run in the Pine Mountain Classic and also move to 1-0 in 51st District play.
“We came out slow and we were playing their game. In the second half we picked it up and got after them, it was just a little too late. Overall, the girls gave me 110-percent and I was proud of their effort,” PHS coach Brenda Gambrel said.
Lady Wildcat senior center Jessica May was just too much for Pineville to handle. She finished with 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Lynn Camp.
“I had to have somebody in front of her and somebody in back of her all night long. We don’t have a lot of experience in the post and we let down on that a few times,” Gambrel added.
Lynn Camp led 41-26 after three quarters. Pineville junior Emily Mullins opened the fourth with a 3-pointer and later added two free throws and a layup after a steal to bring the Lady Lions within 43-36 with 5:11 to play.
Pineville senior Devin Enix scored 12 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3 with 2:26 to go that made it 47-43.
Lynn Camp finally solved the press that had been giving them fits throughout the period and they got the ball inside to May for a basket at about the 2:00 mark.
The Lady Lions were off the mark on a couple of chances to get back within four and May scored again with 1:00 to play and the Lady Wildcats went on to the six-point win.
Enix added team-high eight rebounds while Mullins finished with 18 points to go along with four steals. Sophomore guard Erica Gambrell came in off the bench and handed out six assists to go along with two points and five rebounds in the game for Pineville.
“Devin has played well since I took over and Emily has given me every thing she’s got every time she’s walked on the floor. As soon as we get everybody else on the same page we’re going to hard to beat,” Gambrel said. “Erica made some really, really sweet passes and got some of our other girls open to score. We’re just going to keep working and plugging away to get better as a team overall.”
The result was a big improvement over the previous meeting between the teams as the Lady Lions had dropped a 67-29 decision at Lynn Camp in the Bowman Memorial Classic.
Saturday, the Lady Wildcats (11-1) also got ten points, four rebounds and three steals from Merita Burke and five assists each from Miranda Miller and Brooklyn Bryant. Lynn Camp plays at Barbourville on Saturday.
In Saturday’s early game Pineville lost to Knott County Central, 51-30. The Lady Patriots had ten different players score in the game, led by Stacey Stamper’s 12 points while Kristen Waugh added nine.
Gambrell was unavailable for that game and the Lady Lions clearly missed their point guard. Enix finished with 11 points to lead Pineville. Mullins added nine and Jill Enix six while Rachel Barnes and Sophia Knuckles scored two points each.
“We really missed Erica (Saturday) morning. I think we could have won with her in there. And if we win, that momentum could have carried over to the late game,” Gambrel said.
Pineville (6-6, 0-2) will host Knox Central on Friday. Knott Central (7-5) plays at June Buchanan on Thursday.
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LYNN CAMP — Jessica May 13-17 2-3 28, Merita Burke 2-6 6-9 10, Brooklyn Bryant 2-3 0-0 5, Heather Wilson 2-6 0-0 4, Miranda Miller 2-2 0-1 4, Sierra Turner 0-3 0-0 0, Ginger White 0-0 0-0 0, Brandi Coe 0-0 0-0 0. Total 21-37 8-13 51.
PINEVILLE — Devin Enix 5-11 6-9 20, Emily Mullins 7-14 2-2 18, Jill Enix 2-9 1-1 5, Rachel Barnes 0-4 0-0 0, Sophia Knuckles 0-3 0-0 0, Erica Gambrell 1-6 0-0 2. Total 15-47 9-12 45.
3-pointers — LC 1-6 (Bryant 1-2, Turner 0-3, Burke 0-1); PHS 6-16 (DEnix 4-8, Mullins 2-5, Gambrell 0-2, JEnix 0-1). Turnovers — LC 17, PHS 11; Rebounds — LC 28 (May 16); PHS 26 (DEnix 8); Assists — LC 13 (Miller 5, Bryant 5); PHS 9 (Gambrell 6).
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KNOTT CENTRAL (51) — Stacey Stamper 12, Kristen Waugh 9, Haley Short 8, Savannah Hatmaker 4, Fallon Slone 4, Hannah Hollifield 4, Lexie Slone 4, Emily Rose 3, Carley Weinberg 2, Kamryn Thornsberry 1, Jaiden Sparkman 0, Mariah King 0.
PINEVILLE (30) — Devin Enix 11, Emily Mullins 9, Jill Enix 6, Sophia Knuckles 2, Rachel Barnes 2, Tiffany Sutton 0, Makenzie Fuson 0.
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