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Mustangs fall to North Adams in SHAC game

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

On Hall of Fame night for the Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs, the home team put forth a strong effort, but lost in their Southern Hills Athletic Conference game to the visiting North Adams Green Devils, 57-41. 

On Friday (Feb. 9), the Mustangs honored former standout athletes Wendy Martin and Laney Lewis, as both players excelled during their time at LCHS. 

As for the game, it was Lynchburg-Clay holding the lead at 13-11 when the fourth quarter came to a close against first-place North Adams. NAHS responded in the second quarter with a 16-9 scoring differential against LCHS, taking a 27-22 halftime lead. 

The visiting Green Devils added to their lead in the third, winning the quarter 17-12, as the score read 44-34. In the final quarter, NAHS outscored the Mustangs, 13-7 for their 16-point win. 

The Mustangs were led in the scoring column by Cody Bell with 19 points as he collected four 3-pointers, three two-point buckets and he went 1-of-1 from the free-throw line. 

Denver Clinton totaled 16 points for LCHS, ending the game with seven two-point baskets and he was 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. There was also Austin Bell with six points, sinking three two-point baskets. 

Josiah Burns led LCHS with eight rebounds, Clinton was Lynchburg-Clay’s assist leader with two, Cody Bell had the lead in steals with three and the duo of Burns and Clinton each had a team-best one block each. 

As a team, the Mustangs totaled 24 rebounds, three assists, eight steals and two blocks. LCHS also committed 16 turnovers, while North Adams had 12 turnovers. 

For the Green Devils, Bransyn Copas finished with 19 points for the team lead, followed by Jayce Rothwell with 13 points (and a team-best nine rebounds), and Austin Bell had six points. 

The loss moves LCHS to 5-7 in the Division I SHAC standings, and 8-12 overall. The Green Devils are now 13-0 (first place) in the SHAC Division I standings and 17-3 overall. 

Next for NAHS is a non-conference game on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at home vs. Georgetown. 

LCHS is scheduled to play again Tuesday, Feb. 13 at home vs. Felicity in a non-conference game. From there, LCHS will face the Whiteoak Wildcats in a SHAC game Friday, Feb. 16 at WHS.