Central Hinds sweeps Lamar School Raiders
By By Matt Barrett/staff writer
Jan. 16, 2002
The homestanding Lamar School Raiders lost to a very athletic and talented 13-5 Central Hinds basketball team 60-37 in MPSA 3-AAA play Tuesday night.
In the girls game CHS took a 50-35 win.
The Raiders battled for control of the paint throughout the game in the boys game.
Lamar head coach Tristan Howell looked to Raider big man Roland Terry to help control the middle. Terry made his presence known but it was not enough to secure the win for the Raiders. Central Hinds proved to have too many weapons.
Lamar struggled to find its rhythm in the first quarter, trailing 18-7 after eight minutes of play. After a pair of free throws opened Lamar's scoring, Jace Hill followed up with a three-pointer and Cooper Huff hit a bucket at the quarter buzzer.
The Raiders outscored the Cougars 11-8 in the second quarter, to cut the CHA lead to 26-18. The majority of the scoring for the Raiders in the second quarter came from the free throw line.
Quinton Brown was two-for-two on his attempts from the line., while Terry's physical play in the paint sent him to the free throw line four times in the period. He made three of them.
Other big baskets in the quarter for Lamar was a three-pointer by Hill and a bucket from Senior Justin Mitchell with 25 seconds on the clock.
Central Hinds came out the second half on a mission. The Cougars scored the first nine points of the third quarter to go up 35-18.
Alex Malloy finally put the Raiders on the board in the quarter when he hit a basket with 3:14 left in the period.
Huff brought a spark to the Lamar team with an assist and a three pointer in the last seconds of the quarter. CHA led 39-26 after three quarters of play.
Lamar was outscored 21-11 in the final quarter as Central Hinds continued to pound the boards and dominate the scoring. The Cougars went on a seven-point run early. Huff brought life to the Raiders with intense hustle. His efforts were rewarded by back-to-back steals and an assist to David Haggard.
Lamar will see action again Friday when they travel to Manchester for a division game.
Haggard led Lamar with 11 points, while Hill and Huff hit for seven each.
Central Hinds girls 50
Katie Garrison and Ashley Murphy combined to score all 15 of Central Hinds second-quarter points as the Lady Cougars built a 25-15 halftime lead on the way to the victory in the division contest.
CHA led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, before the Garrison and Murphy show took center stage.
Lamar's Libby Huff played strong inside in the second quarter, scoring five of her seven points on the night in the period.
CHA led 38-24 after three quarters of play, before outscoring the Lady Raiders 12-11 in the final quarter. Sophomore Lizzie Williams scored six points for Lamar in the last eight minutes.