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Big first half leads Lindsey past Pikeville

COLUMBIA, Ky. – No. 14 Lindsey Wilson used two double-figure runs in the first half to blow by Pikeville 75-60 Saturday afternoon at the Biggers Sports Center.

Lindsey Wilson improved to 6-3 on the season and 2-1 in the Mid-South Conference with the win. Pikeville, 2-8 on the season, is winless in four league games this season.

Consecutive layups by senior Jalisa Jones, the last coming with 12:21 to play in the first half, cut the deficit to 17-16. But the Raiders then scored 12 points in only 1:22, with three coming on free throws by sophomore Jasmine Brimm, to stretch the lead to double figures at 29-16 with 9:52 to play.

Pikeville struggled to maintain possession with 18 first-half turnovers and got no closer eight the rest of the way. That was the spread after freshman Whitney Belle Jackson sank two free throws with 4:30 left to make it 35-27.

But then the Raiders ripped off 10 more in a row, using 2:38 to do it. It began with consecutive layups by Brimm and was finished by back-to-back three’s by senior Michelle Copley to make it 45-27 with 2:52 left.

Lindsey, which had more made field goals (18) than Pikeville had attempts (17), led 50-30 at the half.

Jackson, the freshman from Manchester, led the Bears with 25 points and added six rebounds. She was 8-of-10 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the stripe.

Jackson was the only Bear in double figures. Senior Jalisa Jones followed with nine. Junior Lanae Shouse-Stacey added six points and a team-high nine rebounds as the Bears won the rebounding battle 40-31.

Brimm led all scorers with 26 points for Lindsey Wilson. Freshman Monny Niamke followed with a solid game across the board, scoring 14, pulling down six rebounds and handing out seven assists.

Pikeville will be back in action on Monday in the first of back-to-back home games when Bluefield College comes to town. The tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the UPIKE Gym.

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