Lincoln County High School’s Falcons (4-2) had three games in five days last week, all at home. LCHS picked up wins over Coffee County and Loretto but went down to Hazel Green.
This week, the Falcons open District 8-AAA action, traveling to Shelbyville Friday night.
The Eagles are 1-4 with their win coming from Upperman, 43-42.
“We’re getting better,” Coach Chad Tipps said of his Falcons. “I want us to get more consistent and not waste so many possessions – we need to make every shot count offensively.
“Defensively, we’re doing a pretty good job pressuring the ball,” Tipps added. “We’re working to make every shot a tough shot, not giving up the easy baskets.
“Shelbyville will bring a lot of speed Friday night,” he continued. “They’ve got a guard-oriented team and not a lot of size inside. They’ve got a new coach, Stan Eggleston, and they’ll improve as their season progresses. I’m sure it’ll be a fast-paced game.”
Saturday night, the Falcons won over Loretto, 57-42.
Lincoln County was up, 23-20 at the break and 35-31 at the end of three. The Falcons put together a 22-11 fourth quarter to finish with the win. B.J. Thompson poured in 10 points in the period.
B.J. Thompson finished with a double-double, scoring 15 points and pulling 13 rebounds. Xavier Talley-Hyde had 10 points; Tradarius Christian, 9; Jaquez Thompson, 5; Ty Hadley, Tyler Jones and Justin Blackwell, 4; and Riley Malone had 1.
The Falcons were 16 of 29 in the paint and 5 of 16 from the arch. From the line, LCHS was 10 of 23.
Both teams finished with 38 rebounds. The Falcons had 11 turnovers; the Mustangs had 13.
Talley-Hyde had 2 from the arch, and Jaquez Thompson, Lewter and Jones had one.
Thursday night, the Falcons won over Coffee County, 51-39.
Lincoln County was down 10-7 at the end of one. The Falcons knotted it at 17-17 by the intermission.
In the third, LCHS broke the game open, winning the frame 18-8 with 10 points coming from B.J. Thompson.
B.J. Thompson led the scoring with 17 points; Tradarius Christian, 12; Ty Lewter, 7; Justin Blackwell, 5; Xavier Talley-Hyde, 4; Ty Hadley, Tyler Jones and Riley Malone scored 2.
LCHS was 18 of 28 from the paint and 2 of 9 from the arch. From the line, the Falcons were 9 of 18.
Lincoln County won the boards, 31-20. The Falcons finished with 15 turnovers while Coffee County had 11. LCHS picked up 16 points on miscues.
Tuesday night, the Falcons went down to a powerhouse Trojan team, 78-41.
In 2011, Hazel Green lost in the 6A Alabama state championship. Max Preps has the 2012 Trojans second in their preseason Fab 5 picks.
B.J. Thompson led for the Falcons with 15; Tradarius Christian, 7; Riley Malone, 4; Jaquez Thompson, Tre Forelines and Justin Blackwell, 3; and Xavier Talley-Hyde had 2.
The Falcons were 14 of 34 from the paint and 2 of 21 from the arch. From the line, LCHS was 7 of 15. The visitors picked up 27 points from free throws.
Lincoln County had 20 turnovers to 10 for Hazel Green. The Trojans picked up 22 points on miscues.
Hazel Green won the boards, 47-28.
For the next action, the Falcons travel to Shelbyville on Friday with game time at 6 p.m.