The Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs recently competed in Southern Hills Athletic Conference action Dec. 22 and came away with a win on the road, 61-52 over rival North Adams.

The first quarter saw both squads dent the scoreboard with 14 points apiece, as North Adams tallied seven two-point field goals, while the Mustangs added four two-point field goals and two three-point field goals.

In the second quarter, the Mustangs went on a run in the early-to-middle stages to take a 12-point lead, but North Adams closed the quarter with an 8-0 run to trim the deficit to 32-26 in favor of the visiting Mustangs at the half.



North Adams continued their run in the third quarter and eventually took the lead at 37-36, while the Mustangs closed the quarter on another run to take a 46-37 lead into the fourth and final frame.

The fourth frame saw each team score 15 points, as the Mustangs finished victorious 61-52.

Lynchburg-Clay head coach Matt Carson spoke about the importance of winning another conference game.

“North Adams is always a tough place to play, and they were prepared for us and played a hard-fought game,” Carson said. “The kids played hard and ground one out tonight. I’m proud of how they fight for each other in these tough environments.”

Lynchburg-Clay was led in scoring by Eric McLaughlin, who led all scorers on the night with 22 points. Damin Pierson followed with 21 points, while Austin Hilt and Noble Walker each chipped in five. Raymond Conner and Chris Young rounded out the scoring with four points each.

For North Adams, they were led in scoring by Elijah Young with 16 points. Austin McCormick followed with 12, while Ryan Shupert added 11. Colt Shumaker netted nine points on the evening, while Dylan Ison rounded out the scoring with four points.

With the win, Lynchburg-Clay improves to 4-2 (3-2) on the year. North Adams falls to 2-5 (1-4).

Both teams will be back in action on Friday, Dec. 29. North Adams will take on county rival Peebles at West Union High School as part of the McDonald’s Holiday Tournament at 4:30 p.m. Lynchburg-Clay will host Paint Valley with a JV start time of 5 p.m. Between the JV and varsity games will be the LC Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year’s inductees are Joe Wells (baseball) and Aric Fiscus (baseball coach).