Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 4, 2014

Lebanon Pioneers ambush Richlands, take a pair of games

By ANTHONY STEVENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

LEBANON, Va. — The Lady Pioneers ended a three-game losing skid with a 55-45 Southwest District win over Richlands at Charles C. Long Gymnasium on Friday. It was the first win for Lebanon (7-4, 1-0) since they defeated Richlands in the championship game of the Virginia High tournament on December 14. The Lady Pioneers haven’t had an easy schedule losing to John Battle, Honaker and Gate City.

Both teams struggled early. Hannah Cox scored on a put-back and was fouled in the process, making the free throw to give the Lady Pioneers a 13-12 lead at the end of the first period. Lebanon was only 4-of-16 from the floor making only 25 percent of their shots in the first eight minutes.

They found the range in the second stanza, scoring their first six possessions. They made 8-of-15 field goal attempts, shooting 53 percent as they extended their lead to 34-23 at halftime. Richlands was hurt by eight first half turnovers, which enabled Lebanon to put up 11 more shots than the Lady Blue Tornado.

“We’re having trouble scoring right now,” said Richlands coach Dennis Palmer. “When you’re having trouble scoring you can’t give up second and third chance points. We didn’t box out, gave up too many offensive rebounds and had too many turnovers. When you do those two things, you’re going to have trouble winning games.”

Lebanon led by as many as 12 points after a bucket by Lyndsey Stinson early in the fourth quarter. It was too big an obstacle to overcome. Richlands fought back going on an 8-1 run to cut the Lady Pioneer lead to 46-41 with just over four minutes to play.

“We got in a hole,” Palmer said. “Right now we’re not very good at getting out of a hole, because we’re struggling to score.”

Cox finished with 15 points. Elizabeth Johnson led all scorers with 17 points for the Lady Pioneers. Taylor Woodlief had 12 points coming from four treys.

Sarah Compton had a double-double for the Blues with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Brittany Allen led Richlands with 15 points.

“Sarah has been playing real well the last few games,” commented Palmer. “She has been playing good defense and rebounding. She will box you out and rebound, Sarah has also scored some points for us down in the post.”

Richlands will host Abingdon in another SWD contest on Tuesday.



At Lebanon

RICHLANDS (2-4)

Hearl 3 0-0 6, Ashiq 2 3-4 7, Allen 4 6-10 15, Harmon 0 2-2 2, Compton 5 3-4 13, Rinehardt 0 0-0 0, Sword 1 0-0 2, Casey 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 14-20 45.                     

LEBANON (7-4)

Stinson 3 0-0 7, Johnson 5 6-8 17, Woodlief 4 0-0 12, Compton 2 0-0 4, Cox 5 4-6 15, Stanley 0 0-0 0, Brooks 0 0-0 0, Parrott 0 0-0 0, Cantrell 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 10-14 55.

Richlands.........................12  11  10  12  —  45

Lebanon...........................13  21    9  12  —  55

3-point goals – Richlands 1 (Allen 1), Lebanon 7 (Stinson 1, Johnson 1, Woodlief 4, Cox 1). Total fouls – Richlands 17, Lebanon 13. Fouled out - Compton. Technicals – none.



Boys

Lebanon 67, Richlands 56

After losing to the Pioneers by almost 40 points in the Virginia High tournament earlier in the season, Richlands made a game of it before falling to the Lebanon boys 67-56.

“Obviously I would have liked to have won the ballgame, but we closed the gap a lot,” Richlands coach Jody Fuller said. “They handled us pretty good in the tournament, but I thought my kids stepped up to the challenge. They didn’t come in here playing scared, I thought we competed.”

Richlands (3-4, 0-1) held an early 5-2 lead after a basket by Luke Phillips. Lebanon (8-1. 1-0) had a 7-0 run to take the lead and never trailed again. But the Blues stayed within striking distance.

Ben Brown posted another double-double for Richlands with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Cody Fuller added 12 points, making four of the Blues nine 3-pointers.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it all year, I’ve never seen a kid play as hard as Ben,” stated Fuller. “He did get a little tired tonight which is very unusual. He was relentless on the boards, although he plays power forward for us and is always undersized.”

Sophomore Tanner Robinette led the Pioneers with a game-high 23 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds. Owen Slate added 11 points.



RICHLANDS (3-4)

Phillips 3 0-0 7, Fuller 4 0-0 12, Ratliff 3 1-2 9, Brown 8 4-4 21, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Herndon 1 0-0 3, Ball 1 0-2 2, Austin 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 5-8 56.                  

LEBANON (8-1)

Sexton 1 0-0 3, Smith 4 0-0 8, Bollinger 2 0-0 6, Slate 4 0-0 11, Robinette 10 3-5 23, Helton 2 0-0 6, Stamper 3 1-3 8, Long 0 0-0 0, Adams 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 4-8 67.

Richlands........................12  16  11  17  —  56

Lebanon...........................15  20  16  16  —  67

3-point goals – Richlands 9 (Phillips 1, Herndon 1, Fuller 4, Ratliff 2), Lebanon 9 (Sexton 1, Helton 2, Stamper 1, Bollinger 2, Slate 3). Total fouls – Richlands 10, Lebanon 8. Fouled out - none. Technicals – none.