Pineville loses to Tigers

Anthony Cloud|Daily News Josh Lawson drives to the hole in Thursday’s game against Barbourville.

Pineville entered the final day of their summer camp on Thursday with a scrimmage against Barbourville. The young team couldn’t get much going as they lost to the Tigers, 63-40.

Tucker Woolum, Will Adams and Trent Lefevers led the Mountain Lions throughout the game. Woolum led Pineville in scoring with 12 points. Adams and Lefevers assisted in the effort with 11 points each.

Brently Perry led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points. Wade Liford collected 11 points of his own. Tanner Mills aided the Tigers with 10 points.

Pineville head coach JD Strange said the summer camp this week gave his team valuable experience. He said he has some kids such as Woolum, Adams and Lefevers that already had varsity experience. The camp helped them, along with new additions to the starting lineup.

“I think it’s great experience for those guys,” said Strange. “Two basic things that I think you’ll find out with our kids are they’re going to give good effort and play hard. They’re really good kids and have good attitudes.”

Fouls hurt the Mountain Lions during the game. The team committed 11 fouls with Barbourville hitting the majority of their free throws.

The Tigers got off to an early start, going on a 24-10 run midway through the first half. Lefevers halted the run after grabbing an offensive rebound and putting the ball back up for two.

Following a 3-pointer from Perry, Lefevers nailed a three of his own. Woolum followed suit and scored on a layup. A Perry jump shot at the buzzer put Barbourville up 31-19 and the end of the half.

The Tigers continued their run during the second half, scoring 12 unanswered points. Adams drove the lane for a layup to stop the run at 43-21.

After Zach Deaton hit two free throws, the Mountain Lions went on a 6-0 run behind Adams, Lefevers and Josh Lawson. The run brought the score to 45-27.

Midway through the half, Barbourville was able to compile a 59-31 lead over Pineville. The Mountain Lions went on a late run to cut into the lead.

Adams started it off with a 3-pointer. Woolum added four points, while Tony Hoskins added a layup. The final score for the scrimmage was 63-40.

Strange said the team will improve with each passing game this season. According to him, the kids need to understand and identity their strengths along with their teammates’ strengths. He said they will have to play together to develop that chemistry.

“Anytime you can get in the gym and play like they did this summer in our camp, it’s an opportunity to help themselves and help the team,” said Strange.

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