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Bulldogs split with Tigers

The Pike County junior varsity girls and seventh- and eighth-grade boy’s basketball teams split a pair of games on Tuesday night against Luverne.

The Lady Bulldogs began the night with a 31-16 over the Lady Tigers and the boys closed out the night with a heartbreaking 32-31 loss.

“We had great teamwork and we had patience with the ball,” said Lady Bulldogs head coach Todd Reynolds. “We were able to work the ball around and it was a much better game then when we played them on Saturday. It was a revenge game and we took care of business today.”

Both teams lost to Luverne on Saturday. The girls got off to a roaring start by taking a 9-0 lead into the second quarter.

“We had a great start with good pressure,” Reynolds said. “We had a couple players step up.”

The Tigers cut the Bulldogs lead to 16-7 at halftime, and Pike County held the Tigers to two points in the third quarter. The Bulldogs took a 25-9 lead into the fourth.

Kyah Rouse led the Bulldogs in scoring with 12 points while, Antavia Reeves had 10 and Aliah Broadnax had nine.

The seventh- and eighth-grade boys’ held the lead the most of the night, but a pair of free throws in the final two seconds led to the second loss of the season.

“The guys never did give up,” said bulldogs head coach Aaron Young. “Right now we are very proud, even though we lost the game. We are going to keep working and get better for Barbour County.”

The Bulldogs held a 19-13 lead at the half and only trailed in the final two seconds of the game when the Tigers went to the line for two free throws.

After both shots went in, the Bulldogs had time for one more shot, but heavy pressure kept Pike County from getting a shot off.

“We told them it’s not over until it’s over,” Young said. “We asked them to keep fighting until the final bucket and that’s what they did.”

With the win the Lady Bulldogs improve to 7-3 on the year. With the loss the boys fall to 8-2. They will both be in action on Thursday when they travel to take on Barbour County.