Late Run Lifts Lady Bengals Over Gators

Keayra Jackson (3) dishes off the rock at River Bluff. (Photo/Sam Strait/GoFlashWin)

Keayra Jackson (3) dishes off the rock at River Bluff. (Photo/Sam Strait/GoFlashWin)

LEXINGTON (Jan. 25, 2017) – The Lady Bengals (5-13, 3-5) traveled to River Bluff Tuesday night hoping to end a two-game losing streak against the Lady Gators (3-11, 0-7). Blythewood did just that, using a late 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to beat the Lady Gators 47-36.

“I’m glad we were able to overcome that late surge by River Bluff to escape with this win tonight,” Lady Bengals’ head coach Steve Inabinet said. “River Bluff is a very resilient team who will fight from the opening tip until the last buzzer sounds. For us to continue to play our game, we practice, and despite some shortcomings it was good to see a win.”

Blythewood went into halftime with a 28-15 lead. The Lady Bengals’ aggressive play on defense forced River Bluff to spit up turnovers in the double digits by the time the third quarter rolled around. Blythewood continued that aggressive style, holding their lead at 12 points going into the final quarter where they enjoyed a 40-28 lead.

River Bluff started the fourth with an 8-2 run, trimming their deficit to 42-34. But the Lady Bengals sank five free throws late to pull out the 47-36 win on the road.

“The second half could have gone either way tonight with River Bluff making their runs late, but I’m proud of how our girls stood strong and finished the process,” Inabinet said. “Hopefully this win will carry into our next matchup at home against Dutch Fork and help us make a late run in the season.”

The Lady Bengals host Dutch Fork Friday night.