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Eagles soar over Trojans; Battle, Foster lead two wins

Lamar County returned from the holiday break winning two of three games on the basketball court. Crawford County took a six point decision from the Trojans before Lamar rebounded with wins over Pike County and Temple. The Trojans and Eagles battled back and forth the entire contest with Lamar leading after the first and third quarters. Crawford led at the half and the end of the contest with a 62-56 win. The game was tied with two minutes remaining but the Eagles made 10 of 12 shots at the free throw line in the final quarter. The Trojans made just three of seven from the charity stripe. Lamar was led in scoring by Damian Battle and Camden Foster who scored 15 and 14 points, respectively. After a slow start against Pike that saw the Pirates lead 12-4 after one quarter, the Trojans dominated the rest of the game, outscoring Pike 18-2 in the second and 22-7 in the fourth on the way to a 55-32 win. Trojan coach Kenneth Walker attributed the big win to a great defensive effort and domination on the boards as Lamar out-rebounded Pike 42-22. Battle was again the top scorer for the Trojans, netting 19 points. Another slow start saw Temple lead Lamar 13-8 after the first quarter before the Trojans took control of the game in the second with a 20-3 run en route to a 59-41 win. The Trojans built a 20 point advantage in the fourth quarter and coach Walker emptied the bench. Battle (19) and Foster (11) were again in double figures to lead Lamar. After starting the season with six losses to quality opponents the Trojans have gone 5-2, playing well defensively and starting to show some consistency on offense. Manchester comes to town tonight. The Blue Devils, two years removed from winning the AA state championship, are down a bit this season, coming in at 6-6 with a 4-1 region mark. The Trojans travel to Franklin Friday night to take on AA’s second ranked Heard County. The Braves are 12-1 and beat Lamar here 65-45 early in the season. Saturday, the Trojans return home to face the only team who has beaten Heard. Callaway is 8-3 overall, 4-1 in 5AA, including a 75-63 win over Lamar in Hogansville in December. Editor’s Note: The preceeding article was written by Ken K. Green

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