Lynn teams head to Winston County finals
by Johnathan Bentley
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Lynn’s Ben Cagle drives the lane during Thursday’s Winston County Tournament game against Addison on Thursday night. Cagle had 24 points in Lynn’s 51-42 victory. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Lynn’s Ben Cagle drives the lane during Thursday’s Winston County Tournament game against Addison on Thursday night. Cagle had 24 points in Lynn’s 51-42 victory. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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ARLEY — Both Lynn basketball teams are playing for Winston County championships.

Lynn, the top-seeded team in both the boys and girls bracket, had its way in Thursday’s semifinals.

The No. 9-ranked Lynn girls blew out Meek in the varsity opener and the boys followed with a victory over Addison to earn a spot in Saturday’s finals.

Lynn’s opponents will be decided today. Today’s opening varsity girls game features Addison vs. Winston County. In the nightcap Meek’s boys take on Winston County.

Saturday’s varsity games will begin with the girls championship at 5:30 p.m.

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GIRLS

Lynn 43, Meek 19

The top-seeded Lynn girls disposed of Meek in dominating fashion in the opening round of the Winston County Tournament.

The win put Lynn in position for a fourth straight county championship.

Lynn’s Reagan Tittle and Brooke Harris led an early 11-0 run to open the game and the Tigers never got within striking distance as the Bears earned a 43-19 victory.

Tittle, who finished with a game-high 19 points, had six points in the opening quarter while Harris knocked down a 3-pointer and had five points. Lynn’s Abbey Terry closed the quarter with a 3-point play for a 14-2 lead.

Lynn’s defense did the rest, holding Meek to just six field goals in the game — three in each half.

The Bears (19-2) struggled offensively in the second quarter and took a 21-7 lead at the half following an Emma Easley basket at the buzzer.

Tittle added seven more points in the third quarter as Lynn pushed its lead to 34-12.

For the Bears — who will face the winner of today’s Addison-Winston County game in the championship game set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday — Easley had nine points, Harris added seven points while both Terry and Holly Murray had four points.

Lynn finished 14-of-19 from the free throw line in the win.

Meek’s Loren Abercrombie had eight points, Rebekah Wolfe put in five, Katie Weber added four and Ally Peek had two.

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BOYS

Lynn 51, Addison 42

Lynn turned up its defensive pressure in the third quarter, holding Addison to just six points to push its lead to double digits en route to a 51-42 victory at Meek High School.

Addison trailed by only five points at the half, 26-21 before running into Lynn’s defense to start the second half. The Bears (14-7) sealed the game by making eight free throws in the final quarter.

Like the Lynn girls, the Bears took a commanding early lead. Behind Ben Cagle and Peyton Moore, Lynn took a 9-0 lead in the opening moments of the game. The Bears led 17-7 after the first quarter.

Addison kept the game close in the second quarter thanks to 3-pointers from Tony Brown, Kaleb Estill and Kyle Denson.

Lynn led 26-21 at the half and took a 38-27 lead into the final quarter.

Cagle finished the game with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven steals. He was 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Moore added 10 points for Lynn while Clay Porter and Jeremy Tittle each added six points.

For Addison, Ronnie Willette connected on three 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 14 points. Tony Brown had nine points, Estill added seven, Jake Bryson had six and both John Everett and Denson added three points.