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2010-02-11 / Sports

Eagles Drop Florence

Clinch Playoffs
by Mark Strain

The Lexington Eagles did not play one of their best games Tuesday night, but it was good enough to defeat Florence 46-37. In the process, Lexington qualified for the state playoffs for the first time in several seasons. Once again the tenacious Lexington defense provided the spark leading to victory. The Eagle offense is in a lull at this point in the season.

Julien Clark led the team in scoring with 14 points, with several baskets coming off steals. The steals came after teammates put enormous pressure on the Buff with the ball. Anthony Robbins came off the bench to score nine points, all against taller defenders, near the basket and at the free throw line. Inconsistency is the rule for the Eagles. Players that were sinking three pointers in the previous game, could not buy a basket this game.

Florence, a team without a district win all season, played the first-place Eagles tough all game long. The game was tied at 30 after three quarters. Free throw shooting allowed the Eagles to win the game as they made 10 of 18 tosses in the fourth quarter (56%). There were still eight missed opportunities and that could be a problem in the playoffs.

The Eagle JV won for the second time in a row beating Florence 26-24. Donnie Havard tossed in 12 points to lead the team.

Lexington 46 Florence 37
1 2 3 4 F
Flo. ( 7-18, 0-8 ) 12 9 9 7 37
Lex. (17-10, 8-1) 10 13 7 16 46
Lex-Blok 4, Wren 4, Lovings 2,
Ward 5, Murray 3, Washington
2, Crumb 3, Clark 14, Robbins9
Lexington 26 Florence 24
1 2 3 4 F
Florence 7 4 6 7 24
Lexington 2 12 3 9 26
Lex-CJohnson 2, Havard 12, Lay
5, Rhodes 6, Washington 1

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