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High School Sports

December 18, 2013

Keys girls fall short against Locust Grove

LOCUST GROVE — The Locust Grove Lady Pirates improved to 2-0 Tuesday night after another with a 58-55 come-from-behind over Keys.

Locust Grove played a sloppy first half and looked to be on their way to a loss with a 10-point deficit (32-22) at the break.

The Lady Pirates didn’t pick up a lead until under a minute was left in the third period, when junior Madison Davis scored five points in 15 seconds. Keys fought back and grasped a one-point lead headed into the final period.

After Locust Grove sophomore Karson Maple made a big 3 to start the final frame, the Lady Pirates went on a 5-0 run to recapture the lead and held on to it until the buzzer sounded.

Locust Grove senior Sydnie Pierce helped give her team momentum after taking two charges in the third period. Pierce’s first charge was a major swing in momentum when Keys senior Sydni Rainbolt received a technical foul after slamming the ball down in disgust. Locust Grove’s Bailey Holman nailed both free throws to make the score 34-29 in Keys’ favor.

Free throws may have been the difference for Locust Grove who shot 73 percent from the line compared to Keys’ 57 percent.

Davis led all scorers with 17 points and Holman accounted for 14. Pierce also scored nine points. Ali Nolan led the Lady Cougars in scoring with 15 points. Jaylee Young added 11 points for Keys.

Locust Grove (boys) 83, Keys 41

The Pirates, ranked No. 14 in Class 4A, came out strong and led 20-7 when the first period ended to help seal an easy victory early.

Ten different players put points on the board for the Pirates. Juniors Tyler Rowland and Colton Pike shared the title of leading scorer with 15 points apiece. Sophomore Mason Fine scored 14 and sophomore Jason Pirtle poured in nine.

Senior Chris Stayathome led the Cougars with 13 points and junior Colton Cox scored 11.

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