Barker girls trim Lyndonville in opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 November 2017 at 10:00 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Gabby Baker drives in for a layup against Lyndonville defender Ella Lewis during the Lady Raiders season opening win over the host Lady Tigers this evening.

A late scoring burst keyed Barker to a narrow 31-27 victory over host Lyndonville this evening in the non league season opening girls basketball game for both teams.

Breaking away from a 24-24 deadlock, Barker put together a late 7-1 run including a three by Gabby Baker, a rebound basket by Kylie Annable and a free throw by Haley Brown to regain the lead for good at 31-25.

Lyndonville’s Savannah Poler battles with Barker’s Dakota Leising for a rebound.

Baker and Sydie Luckman both finished with 8 points, Serena Harris 5, Brown 3, Kylie Miller, Annable and Rachel Perfinski 2 and Haleigh Mason 1 for the Lady Raiders.

Anna Lewis scored 10, Alecia Hinkson 8, Miranda Lembcke and Ella Lewis 4 and Savannah Poler 1 for Lyndonville.

Lyndonville jumped out to a 9-2 first quarter lead as Anna Lewis had a three and a two. However, the Lady Tigers were then blanked from the field for the next 10 and a half minutes.

Capitalizing on that drought, Barker closed the gap to just two, 10-8, at the half after consecutive layups by Baker, Harris and Brown. The Lady Raiders then rallied into the lead for the first time at 14-10 early in the third period after back-to-back threes by Harris and Luckman.

Lyndonville finally ended that long field goal drought on a three by Hinkson with 5:30 to go in the third period but the Lady Tigers could not find the range from the field for the rest of the period.

Barker answered right back with a three by Luckman and a rebound bucket by Baker to open up a 19-13 advantage.

The Lady Raiders maintained a 20-17 lead at the three-quarter mark and upped the advantage to 24-17 at the outset of the final period after a rebound basket by Luckman and a layup by Miller.

Lyndonville did rally back into a 24-24 tie with 3:45 remaining after a three by Ella Lewis, a free throw by Hinkson and a layup by Anna Lewis but the Lady Tigers could not score from the field again as Barker answered with the decisive 7-1 run to claim the win.

Lyndonville’s Ella Lewis looks to drive by Barker defender Serena Harris.