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Spartans claw past Bluefield girls by 3
Bluefield (55) Vs. Greenbrier East (58)
Dec 29, 2015
Staff reports
FAIRLEA — Bluefield gave Greenbrier East a scare in its home tournament, leading by as many as nine in the first half, but the Spartans hung on to remain undefeated with a 58-55 win in the girls championship of the Jerry Bradley Memorial Tournament Tuesday.
The Beavers (6-3) jumped out fast on the Spartans, taking a nine-point lead a little more than three minutes into the game, but the home team settled down, trimming that margin to just three by the end of the first quarter and then taking a 25-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The game remained close throughout as East (7-0) led 41-37 after three and 43-37, its largest lead of the contest, in the opening minutes of the final quarter.
But the Beavers wouldn't go away, taking the game down to the closing seconds with a chance to win before falling short.
Lexi Tincher led the Spartans with 29 points, including four 3-point strikes. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Katie Wilmer was the only other East player in double figures, finishing with 10 points.
Bluefield, which won the battle in the paint 40-24, was led by 13 points from Jia Coppola and 12 from Dani Janutolo.
The big difference was the Spartans' long range shooting. East knocked down six 3s, while Bluefield was 0 for 4 from downtown.
East will look to remain undefeated when it travels to Elkins on Saturday. Bluefield will host James Monroe today at 4 p.m.

at Greenbrier East High School
BLUEFIELD (6-3)
Autumn Spangler 3 3-4 9, Alyssa Lester 4 2-2 10, Jia Coppola 4 5-11 13, Dani Janutolo 6 0-2 12, Emaleigh Gallinger 3 0-0 6, Abigail Atwell 2 0-0 4, Emillee Boggs 0 1-2 1. Totals: 22 11-21 55.
GREENBRIER EAST (7-0)
Katie Wilmer 5 0-0 10, Piper Nunley 1 1-3 1, Kiara Smith 1 0-2 2, Kat Walton 2 0-0 6, Lexi Tincher 7 11-14 29, Skylar Blevins 2 0-0 4, Lauren Lindsey 2 0-0 4. Totals: 20 12-19 58.
Bluefield........................14 9 14 18 — 55
Greenbrier East............11 14 16 17 — 58
3-point goals: B: None; GE: 6 (Tincher 4, Walton 2). Fouled out: B: Coppola.
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Bluefield 14 9 14 18 0 55
Greenbrier East 11 14 16 17 0 58
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