Bishop girls, Lincoln boys win basketball games

Teams will play again on Saturday

Lincoln Middle School and Bishop Middle School players fight for a rebound during their game Monday afternoon at Gainesville High School.

LEE FERINDEN/Special to the Guardian
Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.

A play by point guard NeNe Gamble propelled the Howard Bishop Middle School girls basketball team to victory Monday afternoon over east Gainesville rival Lincoln Middle School, while Lincoln's Jamal Clayton led the Terriers to a big win over the Bishop Hawks in the boys game.



What: Howard Bishop Middle School vs. Lincoln Middle School in boys and girls basketball.

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.

Where: Lincoln Middle School, 1001 SE 12th St.

Cost: $2.

Information: Call 352-955-6711.

The games were played at Gainesville High School.

The Bishop girls won their game by a score of 36-16 and the Lincoln boys won 52-26. The games were played at GHS because Bishop's gym is too small to accommodate the crowds that attend games between the schools.

The teams will play again at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lincoln at 1001 SE 12th St. The girls play first, followed by the boys.

The girl's game began with both teams turning the ball over numerous times before any points were scored. The first points of the game came off a free throw by Bishop's Tyeisha Sanford with 4:51 left to play in the first quarter. Gamble then scored two baskets in transition to extend the Hawks' lead to 5-0 before Lequavia Sims sank a free throw to make the score 6-0.

Gamble scored again on a drive to the basket to give Bishop an 8-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Bishop extended its lead to 13-0 before Alisha Clayton scored down low for the Terriers to make the score 13-2 with two minutes left to play in the first half. Naiesha Baker then scored on a layup for Lincoln to make the score 13-4 at halftime.

Lincoln (2-4) increased its scoring in the second half, but couldn't catch up with Bishop (5-1).

Bishop led 23-13 at the end of the third quarter, then scored six points in less than 20 seconds early in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

The boys game featured the ball handling, passing and shooting skills of several players, especially Clayton.

Kenneth Minter started the scoring with a put back to give Lincoln a 2-0 lead. After Lincoln (4-2) extended its lead to 4-0, Joseph McCray scored down low for Bishop (5-1) to make the score 4-2

Minter then scored in the paint while being fouled, and after he made the free throw, Lincoln led 7-2 with 5:19 left to play in the first quarter. Kaijian Scott then sank a three-pointer for Bishop to make the score 7-5 before Lincoln went on a 14-3 run to end the first quarter.

The run included two baskets and two nice passes by Clayton. He threw one of the passes the length of the court to Minter who made an easy layup to give the Terriers a 14-5 lead with 1:29 left in the first quarter.

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