PBHS stuns Lincoln

SHINNSTON — Philip Barbour could have folded after being down by 17 points Thursday at Lincoln, but the Lady Colts fired back in the second half to upset the hosting Cougars 55-48 in Class AA Big 10 Conference action.

“This is one of the better wins for the program in recent years,” PB head coach Curtis Bodkins said. “To be down 17 at half, and then come back for the win is phenomenal. We’ve played Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, (and) we couldn’t be prouder of the team’s effort. Our bench play was super tonight.”

Lincoln snagged an 18-12 lead after one quarter of action, and stepped off a 19-8 second quarter to have the Colts pinned down, 37-20, at intermission.

Philip Barbour dug in with resolve to take the third stanza with a 15-7 win, cutting the deficit to 44-35 as 8 more minutes remained in regulation.

During the final frame, PB went off with a 20-4 run to come from behind and seal a road win against a proven Lincoln squad.

Adriana Christopher was balanced for the Colts with 11 points, 6 assists, 6 steals and 4 rebounds.

McKenzie Carpenter posted a double-double with 13 in the scoring column, 11 boards and 5 takeaways. Sarah Jones pitched in with 12 points and 6 rebounds.

“Harley Arbogast hit three huge threes to end up with 9 points,” PB assistant coach Trevor Mouser said. “Bailey Nestor was outstanding off the bench to defend Gracey Lamm, who is one of the best players in the area.

“Emma Kennedy, a junior varsity player, played the entire third quarter to help spark our defense. We held them to 11 points in the second half. It was a great win,” Mouser said.

Lincoln’s Brynne Wiliams led all scorers with 15 points, while teammate Hannah Ferris inked 12 on the score sheet.

PBHS shot a terrific 21 of 24 from the free throw line Thursday.

“We’re just going to go to work tomorrow in practice and focus on the little things that didn’t go right,” Bodkins added. “We are at Frankfort on Saturday. We beat them in sectionals last year, and I think our players understand the magnitude of how Frankfort is going to be motivated to give us their best on Saturday.”

The 9-2 Colts will tip off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Mineral County against the FHS Lady Falcons.