Trio of Pats hit double digits in 54-40 win
RICHMOND — Jaxon Smith, Elijah Frye and Bryston Alcorn all reached double figures as Lincoln County topped South Laurel 54-40 Saturday night in the Brent Ray Classic at Madison Central HIgh School.
Smith led Lincoln with a game-high 23 points on 8-for-12 shooting. He also had four assists and three rebounds. Frye contributed 18 points on 6-for-7 shooting and also had three boards and Alcorn tallied 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds as the Patriots handed the Cardinals their first loss of the season.
“It was a big win for us because they’ve got a heck of a basketball team,” Lincoln coach Jeff Jackson said. “I thought our defense was really, really good tonight. I thought we guarded really, really well. It was a good win over a good basketball team.”
Lincoln (4-0) had a hot hand in the road win, connecting on 60 percent of its shots from the field or 18 or 30 shot attempts. The team was 6-for-14 from 3-point range and went 12-for-16 at the foul line.
South Laurel (5-1) never led in the game, with the offense hitting the deep freeze in the opening frame. The Cardinals, who finished at 34 percent from the field (13-for-38), got just two of their 12 first-quarter shot attempts to fall as they fell behind 12-5.
The game was tied at 5-all with three minutes left in the first when Smith drove inside for a bucket to spark a 7-0 closing run for the Patriots. Frye followed with a 3-pointer then Smith went in for a layup just before the buzzer for the 12-5 lead.
The Cardinals started putting up points in the second quarter, adding 13 points to their score on 5-for-14 shooting. But the Patriots would pick up 15 more points of their own to up their lead to 27-18. Alcorn and Smith each had a 3-pointer in the second.
Matthew Cromer, who led South Laurel with 19 points, scored eight points in the third quarter as the Cardinals outscored Lincoln 15-10 to trim the Patriot lead down to 37-33 going into the fourth quarter.
That would be as close as South Laurel would get, though, as LIncoln closed on a 17-7 scoring run to earn the 54-40 win. Cromer scored all of South Laurel’s fourth-quarter points.
“They’ve got a good basketball team and they get after you. They played really well tonight,” Jackson said of the Cardinals. “The Cromer kid is really good and I thought Elijah did a really good job on him tonight.”
Lincoln doubled-up South Laurel on the glass, grabbing 28 boards to South’s 14. Riley Bodner crashed the boards for 12 rebounds.
“Riley just had two points tonight but he did a great tonight on the defensive end and rebounding,” Jackson said. “He passed the ball well out of the post. He’s continuing to improve and that’s something we need.”
Brent Ray Classic
At Madison Central
So. Laurel 5 13 15 7 – 40
Lincoln 112 15 10 17 – 54
SOUTH LAUREL (5-1) – Micah Anders 3, Brett Norvell 6, Alex Hostettler 7, Caden Jones 5, Matthew Cromer 19.
LINCOLN (4-0) – Bryston Alcorn 11, Elijah Frye 18, Jaxon Smith 23, Riley Bodner 2.