Eagles Bow to Hitchcock 67-58
Lexington and Hitchcock battled to a stand off for three quarters. Lexington had a bad last three minutes of the second quarter when Hitchcock blitzed them for a 12-point difference that offset Lexington’s six-point edge from the first quarter. Lexington battled back to take a one-point lead in the third and to tie early in the fourth, but could never regain the solid lead from the opening period. Hitchcock’s three-point shooting made a huge difference in the game as they made 10 threepoint shots.
Lexington took an early lead as Hitchcock was not fully prepared to face a gambling, aggressive defense like the Eagles play. The Eagles got a couple of early steals and lay ups by Jason Washington and Zach Lay. Eriq Mitchell dropped in a trey and the Eagles got a couple of easy assists to A.J. Flot under the basket to take the 15-9 first period lead.
The second quarter scoring belonged to Hitchcock. The Bulldogs three-point shooters came alive. Lexington was doing a good job of boxing out under the basket but there is no rebound on made shots. The Bulldogs hit three treys in the second quarter but it seemed like a hundred. The outburst came the last three minutes of the first half.
The rest of the game was as good a basketball game as you would want to see. Both teams hustled on defense and played hard. Lexington got excellent effort from Flot inside as he rebounded and blocked out. Mitchell played his best overall game of the year with shooting and defense.
With less than three minutes to go in the game, Lexington had fought back to a 53-57 deficit when a technical foul was assessed to a Lexington player. Lexington had the ball at the time, so the technical cost Lexington the ball and the two free throws. When Lexington got the ball back, they were down eight points and had to start fouling and tacking three-pointers to pare down the lead. Lexington got a deuce and an easy put back, but they could not catch the Bulldogs.
Hitchcock now plays Jarrell in a regional tourney qualifying game Tuesday night.