Pineville continued its winning streak on Tuesday when the Lady Lions handed Red Bird a one-sided 64-38 defeat in the opening round of the 13th Region All A Classic. The win gives Pineville its third straight victory and second by double digits.
The Lady Lions now advance to the second round of the All A Classic. They will square off against Barbourville at 7:30 p.m on Thursday.
Whitney Caldwell led Pineville offensively on Tuesday. The eighth-grade guard shot a perfect 100 percent from the field and went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe en route to a 12-point performance. She also hauled in five rebounds on the night.
Morgan Thompson found herself in double figures as well after tallying 11 points while shooting at a 50 percent clip. She also hit the team’s only 3-pointer during the game.
Sarah Combs and Jillian Enix were a basket shy of finishing the game in double digits. Combs shot 42.9 percent from the field to garner nine points. Enix scored eight points while shooting at a 42.9 percent clip.
Fellow starters Makenzie Fuson and Autumn Short also added points to the scoreboard. Fuson finished the game with one point. Short tallied six points on the night.
Several other players scored points for the Lady Lions including: Chelsea Bailey, Chesney Brock, Courtney Bryant, Reece Foley, Anna Howard and Abigail Rice.
On the opposite end of the court, Kara Wilson and Kassidy Collett paced the Lady Cardinals. Wilson finished with a team-high 12 points while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. Collett went 4-for-7 from the field to tally 11 points.
Liberty Taylor scored seven points on the night. No other Red Bird player scored more than one basket.
The Lady Lion defense was a staple in the victory as well. Pineville out-rebounded the Lady Cardinals 40-17. Bailey paced the Lady Lions in that category with six rebounds. Red Bird’s Wilson finished the game with 10 boards.
Pineville (11-2) will battle Barbourville (8-7) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Lynn Camp in the second round of the 13th Region All A Classic.
Red Bird (1-5) will travel to Oneida Baptist Institute (2-10) on Thursday.