COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Six lead changes and five ties later, 12th-ranked Lindsey Wilson played well enough late to capture a 73-65 win over the University of Pikeville women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon.
After taking a 56-53 lead with 7:14 to play, UPIKE was outscored 20-9 the rest of the way to lose a back-and-forth Mid-South Conference contest.
Aundrea Matchen scored 20 points, including 17 in the first half, and Rachel Lee and Jamie Castle added 14 and 13. Zaria Hollier played well in her first start of the season with seven points and three rebounds, but was also attributed six turnovers.
Kayla Styles didn’t miss a shot (4-4) and went 12 of 14 from the stripe to lead Lindsey Wilson with 21 points and Reagan Turner added 19 and three assists.
After Heidi Huffman opened the game with a 3, the Bears answered with a 10-0 run. Included in the spurt was a 3 from Jamie Castle, bucket plus free throw by Hollier and two straight layups from Matchen. That stretch of scoring set the tone for UPIKE (8-10, 0-3 MSC) to lead 23-20 at the end of the first quarter behind near 70 percent shooting.
Matchen stayed hot in the second quarter, knocking down two early jumpers to put the Bears up 27-20, but the good vides didn’t last long. The Blue Raiders started to chip away at the lead, utilizing a 10-1 run over a three-minute span to build a 30-28 lead. It was the first advantage for the home team since 3-0.
Lindsey (14-3, 2-1 MSC) tried to start pulling away up 36-31 on a Gerda Paulauskaite layup with 2:30 on the clock, but some timely 3s by UPIKE thwarted the effort. Matchen hit a pair and Mullins added one as well to tie the score at 37.
Still, the Blue Raiders had a 6-1 run in them to end the half on another 3 by Huffman and 3-point play by Devin Cheatum to lead 43-38 at the break.
Even is the best word to describe the third quarter, including staying tied at 50-50 for nearly the entire last three minutes before Turner made it 53-50 with a layup to end the frame. Prior to that, LWC had matched its largest lead of six with 9:31 on the clock before UPIKE outscored it 12-6 over the next six minutes.
Pikeville had a perfect start to the final quarter, starting with a 6-0 run that saw it take a lead at 54-53, its first since it was 31-30 midway through the second.
It grew as large as three points on the next possession, but a 7-0 Blue Raider run happened in less than two minutes to put them back up 60-56 with 4:22 left as they made free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.