Pierce City sweeps Lockwood, Guerin earns 100th coaching victory
The Pierce City Eagles and Lady Eagles swept a pair of varsity hoop tilts from Lockwood on Feb. 1.
The Lady Eagles earned a 52-29 win and the Eagles capped the twin bill sweep with a 61-40 decision.
In the girls contest, Pierce City struggled with making open shots. However, stellar defensive play limited the Lady Tigers.
"Our shooting accuracy was off tonight," said Pierce City coach Rob Guerin. "We missed layups that we usually convert. Our defense was solid all night. We never let Lockwood get into a comfortable set.
The Lady Eagles led 12-4 at the end of the first period. The green and white used a balanced scoring attack. Seven different players scored the first seven baskets of the game for the Lady Eagles.
|"Any time you can get that type of scoring balance it helps your team," said Guerin. "It forces the defense to guard everyone."|
Pierce City swelled its lead to 15 (25-10) to end the first half.
The Lady Tigers earned a few defensive stops to start the third period but couldn't capitalize.
The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Tigers 11-7 in the third and 16-12 in the fourth to secure the win.
The victory improved 15-7 overall and 5-0 in the Spring River Valley Conference.
The victory was a personal milestone for Guerin, as he achieved his 100th varsity-coaching win.
|"It was a good milestone for me. I hope there are still many more wins to come," said Guerin. "Basketball has been a passion of mine since the third grade. I developed a love for coaching in college. I enjoy teaching others about the game I love."|
Scoring for Lockwood: Olivia Finley, 10 points; Alexis Byrnes, 8; Dacia Ingles, 4; Courtney Brookes; 3; Madison Coose, 2; and Darian Sparkman and Mercedee Sangster, 1 each.
Scoring for Pierce City: Krishna Merriman, 11 points; Shania Hogan, 8; Becca Hatfield, 7; Christine Younker, Emily Ashley and Amber Wagner, 6 apiece; Bailee Hayward, 5; and Mattie Brottlund, 3.
In the nightcap, The Eagles used a 41-point second half scoring surge to down Lockwood 61-40.
"Our defensive effort was great all night," said Pierce City coach Matt Street. "We were saddled with foul trouble much of the first half but got everything smoothed out in the second half."
The Eagles flew out of the gate and took a lighting quick 13-2 lead on the Tigers. However, two fouls were quickly charged to Cody Fitchpatrick and Colton Drollinger that slowed the Eagles' pace.
Lockwood climbed back into the contest and only trailed 14-11 after one period.
Both teams struggled on the offensive end in the second period. The Tigers took a 15-14 lead before Zack Hyde answered with the second of his game-high six 3-pointers with 2:21 left in the first half.
Pierce City took a 20-17 edge into the intermission.
The second half, a different Eagles team took the floor.
With Fitchpatrick back in the lineup, the Eagles pounded the paint.
The 6'4" center scored six straight points for the green and white before the Tigers could answer.
Lockwood battled back and pulled within 29-26 with 3:13 to play in the third when Hyde buried another trey to extend the lead back to 6 points.
The Eagles led 40-30 at the end of the third frame.
The fourth quarter was a mirror of the third. Pierce City had active hands and shut down the Lockwood passing lanes.
On the offensive end, the Tigers had no answer for Fitchpatick inside or Hyde outside.
"We have the potential to be more than a good team," said Street. "We played really well on offense in the second half. Tonight was a good team win."
Scoring for Lockwood: Jake Byrnes and Isaac Lasater, 9 points each; Isaac Spain and Ben Schnelle, 8 apiece; Joseph Eggerman, 4; and Thomas Eggerman, 2.
Scoring for Pierce City: Fitchpatrick, 24 points; Hyde, 19; Cedric O'Hara, 11; Kole Kelley, 5; and Ryan Turner, 2.
The green and white earned their fourth consecutive victory to inprove to 12-9 overall and 5-1 in the Spring River Valley Conference.
Pierce City's boys and girls teams will be in action on Feb. 7 at Southwest. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.