WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Castle leads Pikeville past Georgetown

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PIKEVILLE - Magoffin County High School graduate Jamie Castle poured in 19 points, Emily Baker added 18 points and Elisabeth Latham finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the University of Pikeville women's basketball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 75-69 win over visiting Georgetown College on Saturday.

After falling behind briefly at 3-0 to start the game, UPIKE (9-11, 1-4 MSC) responded with an 8-0 run and held on to the advantage for the next 22 minutes. It led by as many as 13 points in that span after two Rachel Lee free throws in the second quarter and continued to lead 38-32 at halftime even with the Tigers outscoring it 13-6 over the final 3:27 of the half.

The lead did eventually flip with 4:29 left in the third when Martina Lytle's layup made it 48-46. Georgetown (7-13, 1-4 MSC) would go on to lead by as many as seven points in the fourth quarter, and was still on top as late as the 5:30 mark at 61-60 thanks to a Kennedy Flynn runner in the paint.

Some back-and-forth trips followed, but once it was tied 65-65, the Bears took control for good. It started with a 7-0 run, including an and-1 layup by Latham and free throws from Castle, and ended with UPIKE going 4-of-6 from the charity stripe while the Tigers struggled from the field in the final minute.

UPIKE outshot Georgetown 53-45 percent from the field and tallied one of the largest free-throw advantages you'll ever see. While the Bears were able to make 21 of 30 freebies, the Tigers were sent to the line just three times and made only one shot.

Georgetown would have been in real trouble without the 3-pointer as it made 10 compared to two for the Bears. But still, the difference at the stripe made all the difference in this one.

Lydia Graves led all scorers with 23 points for Georgetown. Graves made three straight 3s in the third quarter to turn an eight-point deficit into a one-point lead. Flynn added 19 points and made three 3-pointers of her own.

Latham was a big factor in the win, also adding five blocks and two steals to her line. Recent starter Taylor Berger, who tallied career-highs of five points and five rebounds, also made a big impact for the Bears.

The Bears resume Mid-South Conference play on the road at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.