No. 4 Lynn stays on course
by Johnathan Bentley
Feb 08, 2013 | 1162 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lynn’s Reagan Tittle (22) steals the ball from Sumiton Christian’s Collin Bowen during their game in the 1A, Area 13 Tournament on Thursday at Lynn High School. Tittle had 26 points in the Bears’ 73-24 victory. Lynn plays Marion County in the area championship game on Saturday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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LYNN — Lynn is in a familiar spot — playing for another area tournament championship.

The Bears dominated Sumiton Christian from start to finish for a 73-24 win on Thursday to earn a spot in the Class 1A, Area 13 Tournament championship game.

Lynn hosts Marion County at 5 p.m. Saturday looking for its third straight area tournament crown.

Lynn’s Reagan Tittle made sure the Bears didn’t have a letdown against an overmatched Sumiton Christian team. The junior guard scored 26 points and added six assists, five rebounds and four steals.

“She was very aggressive tonight,” Lynn coach Adam Gray said. “I had been talking with her about her intensity level. The whole team played with intensity. That was something we had been lacking. I was very happy to see that.”

Both Jackee Dodd and Lindsey Tompkin had double-doubles for Lynn. Dodd had 16 points and 11 rebounds while Tompkin had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Fourth-ranked Lynn (27-1) made quick work of the Eagles. Lynn scored its first basket just 10 seconds into the game and the points kept coming.

Against Sumiton Christian, Lynn used a pair of runs — 8-0 and 22-0 — to put the Eagles away by the end of the second quarter.

Tittle put Lynn on top 2-0 seconds into the game. Lindsey Tompkin and Jackee Dodd followed with baskets and a Tompkin putback made the score 8-0 at the 5:08 mark.

The Eagles broke through with a basket from Alyssa Taylor at the 3:21 mark.

From there, Lynn scored the next 22 points.

The Bears scored in bunches, putting nine points on the board during a torrid 56-second streak in the second quarter.

During the run, Tittle hit a layup, Brooke Harris made a shot, Tittle drained a 3-pointer from the wing and Tompkin made another putback for a 27-2 lead. Tittle closed the run with a 3-point play. Lynn led 33-3 at the break.

The Bears, who have won 18 straight games, beat Marion County twice during the regular season, winning 48-18 at Lynn and 53-17 on the road.

Saturday’s winner will host a sub-regional game next week while the loser will travel in the sub-regional round.

Sumiton Christian closes the season 12-13.