CAMPBELLSVILLE – Trailing by just five with under four minutes to play, the University of Pikeville women’s basketball team couldn’t stop the hot-shooting Angie Lawrence as her six 3-pointers helped No. 9 Campbellsville to a 76-62 win on Saturday at the Powell Athletic Center.
Callisha Johnson tallied a game-high 28 points for Pikeville and Patrice Tonge and Cheyenne Madden added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Madden finished with a double-double with 14 rebounds, while Jayme Jackson dished out a game-high nine assists.
Lawrence went 6-of-10 from behind the arc to finish with 22 points and Ellen Sholtes backed her up with 17. Campbellsville finished 9-of-19 from three, compared to a 1-of-6 performance by the Bears.
UPIKE (1-4, 1-1 MSC) had trouble keeping the Tigers off the glass, losing the rebounding battle 51-40, including a 20-9 mark on offensive boards. It was a poor shooting night overall, with Pikeville hitting at 42.1 percent and Campbellsville hitting at a 32.4 percent clip.
Utlizing a 2-3 zone to perfection at the start, the Bears cooled down the potent Campbellsville offense enough to take a 13-11 lead eight minutes in after a perfect pass from Kandice Porter to Patrice Tonge. The Tigers came in to the game averaging 98.6 points per game.
Pikeville led 19-13 with less than 10 minutes until halftime, but Lawrence put together a 6-0 run by herself with a pair of threes to tie the score. Madden put the Bears back up 22-21 after a nifty pass from Jackson, but Lawrence was there with a deep ball once again.
Lawrence scored her 12th point of the half with another three a minute later and the Tigers had their biggest lead yet at 30-24 with 4:57 left.
The Tigers (6-0, 2-0) kept increasing their lead until it was 36-25, UPIKE answered briefly with a mini 4-0 run, but by halftime Campbellsville was still up 11 at 42-31 behind 16 points from Lawrence in just 12 minutes of action.
Lindsey Burd hit a jumper in the paint to give Campbellsville a 4-0 run to open the second half. Down 46-31, the Bears put together a 10-2 run of their own to get back within single digits at 48-41 with over 12 minutes left.
No matter how good things were going for Pikeville, it was still the 3-point shooting of Campbellsville that kept it in control. Sholtes hit one to make it 51-41, then after a Madden bucket, Lawrence hit her fifth three of the game to make it 54-43 at the 12-minute mark.
UPIKE wouldn’t go away as Johnson went coast-to-coast for an easy layup, finished a fast-break pass from Jackson and knocked down a runner in the paint to get the Bears within seven. The Tiger lead stayed in that seven-to-10 point range for the next five minutes.
Looking to make one final push, Johnson sank a pair of free throws, then after a Tiger miss, converted a 3-point play to cut the Campbellsville lead to five with four minutes to play. Like clockwork, Lawrence was there again with another three and Allen finished a layup to bring Campbellsville’s lead back to 10.
Pikeville struggled to find any offense in the final stages of the game as Campbellsville finally went ahead for good with a 14-point lead at the end of regulation.
UPIKE is off until 4 p.m. on Nov. 30 when it will be on the road at Union College in Barbourville.