The Bears had other ideas.
Sumiton Christian came within two points twice in the final quarter only to have Lynn’s Ben Cagle retaliate with baskets of his own as Lynn pulled out a 39-32 victory at Sumiton Christian High School.
“Tonight, we really stepped it up in the fourth quarter on defense,” Lynn coach Adam Gray said. “We got stops on the defensive end when we needed it. That was the key for us.”
With the win, Lynn kept its hopes of a second-place area finish alive. Sumiton Christian can still lock up the No. 2 spot with a home win over Marion County next week and a Lynn loss to No. 3-ranked Parrish.
Friday’s game was close throughout.
Sumiton Christian led 8-5 after the first quarter. Lynn fell behind 10-5 early in the second quarter, but the Bears battled back with an 8-0 run to grab a 13-10 lead following a Peyton Moore 3-pointer.
Sumiton Christian’s DeMonte Hobbs cut the gap to a point with a basket and Trace Busby’s putback at the 3:50 mark of the second quarter put the Eagles up 14-13. Cam Mercer and Hobbs followed with scores for an 18-13 lead.
Cagle’s basket with eight seconds left in the second quarter cut Sumiton Christian’s lead to 18-16 at the half.
The Eagles led 25-23 after back-to-back Hobbs’ baskets, the second one with 1:25 left in the third quarter.
That would be Sumiton Christian’s final lead.
Lynn got a pair of free throws from Landon Alexander with 54 seconds left and Moore drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Bears up 28-25 going into the final quarter.
Cagle proved too much for the Eagles down the stretch, scoring Lynn’s first eight points of the quarter.
Sumiton Christian cut the lead to two points at 34-32 with 1:34 left in the game, but Cagle drove the lane for a score on Lynn’s next possession to push the lead back to four points.
The Bears hit three free throws down the stretch.
Lynn’s win avenged a 55-53 home loss to the Eagles last week.
On Friday, Cagle was 8-of-11 from the field and finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals while Moore added 10 points.
For Sumiton Christian (17-6, 4-3), Hobbs had 14 points, Busby added five points and both Vann Lovelady and Mercer each had four.
Lynn (12-7, 4-3) hosts Berry while Sumiton Christian plays at Jefferson Christian on Tuesday. The Eagles close out area play with a home game against Marion County on Jan. 27.
No. 9 Lynn 60, Sumiton Christian 18
Lynn took command from the opening tip en route to a 60-18 victory in the girls game.
No. 9 Lynn (17-2. 7-0) led 17-4 after the opening quarter behind six points each from Holly Murray and Reagan Tittle. Lynn pushed its lead to 37-9 at the half and took a 47-16 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Tittle finished the game with 19 points and seven assists, Brooke Harris knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, Emma Easley added 10 points, Abbey Terry had nine points and Murray had eight points and eight rebounds.
For Sumiton Christian, Collin Bowen had six points and Kirsten Click added five.