By MacKenzie Bates
For the Forsyth County News
At the beginning of the season, Pinecrest junior forward Hank Lynch admittedly lived outside the 3-point line. After a talk with an assistant coach, Lynch was persuaded to start getting inside the paint.
“I was able to find people and started getting open looks for me,” Lynch said.
Lynch was part of a big effort underneath the basket in the Paladin’s 92-47 win over Fellowship Christian School Tuesday night. The junior scored 18 points, one of four Pinecrest players in double figures, helping create offensive touches for his team.
“When we start clicking, that’s the most amazing feeling,” Lynch said. “When your teammate is open and you hit him with a nice little pass and the shot falls, that’s when this thing really takes off.”
Whether it was Josh Boeye and Caleb Bohn knocking down long-range jumpers or whether it was Lynch’s brother Oscar making the extra move to the basket, Hank and the rest of the Paladins put on an offensive onslaught against FCS.
“When you create turnovers, you can free yourself up to get open looks and we did that,” Pinecrest head coach John Bauersfeld said. “What got Hank (Lynch) going was those two layups at the end of the second quarter. He starts feeling better and starts knocking down some jump shots.”
Pinecrest (13-6, 5-5 Region 6B-1A Private) used a combination of stellar defense and second-chance opportunities to earn their second-straight win after losing four straight games. Eleven of the Paladins' 19 first quarter points came on the offensive glass.
“It’s just an effort thing,” Bauersfeld said. “Putting yourself in good position offensively that you’re not chucking threes under the basket. They willed a couple of those rebounds to themselves.”
They also forced 23 turnovers that led to several transition baskets.
Pinecrest led 30-16 midway through the second quarter. They would end the half on an 18-3 run help capped off by Hank Lynch’s layups.
“They got to the ball quicker than us,” FCS head coach Marvin Williams said. “They battled on the boards and that’s where we fell down. They got more confident as the game progressed.”
Pinecrest would continue the run scoring the first 13 points of the second half. The lead ballooned to 42 points at 74-32 by the end of the third quarter. Boeye led all scorers with 23 points, while Bohn chipped in with 16 points and Oscar Lynch added 13 points.
“These juniors have had some struggles the past few years,” Bauersfeld said. “A game like this when you see the ball go in, the game gets a lot easier.”
Fellowship’s Braden Webb scored 17 points.
Pinecrest and Lynch are eager to build off this win as they take on Walker in Marietta on Friday.
“We’re flying so high right now,” Lynch said. “I think we’re just going to keep going up and it’s so much fun.”
Pinecrest girls 42, Fellowship Christian 33
Pinecrest sophomore Meghan Sullivan scored 19 points as the Paladins closed out a 42-33 win over Fellowship on Tuesday night.
“We’re really proud with the way a lot of our girls stepped up,” Paladins head coach Jonathan Oshinski said. “We came close (vs. Fellowship, a 37-35 loss on Dec. 15, 2018) but came up a little short. We knew we were going to have to work to get this one.”
The Paladins (4-14, 3-6) jumped out to an eight-point lead midway through the fourth quarter before Fellowship cut it in half at 35-31.
Pinecrest junior Sarah Brown had the biggest play of the game, gliding through the lane to extend the lead back to six points to curb the Fellowship momentum to get the win.
“That was huge,” Oshinski said. “I’m really proud how Sarah has come along. She’s come a long way from the beginning. She knows herself to be a defensive player but she’s taking it upon herself to score.”
Oshinski was proud of his team and Sullivan for their performance.
“Meghan is playing great,” Oshinski said. “We’ve challenged her in a way to have to step up in to a new role this year than from last year. In the last few games, she’s really been setting the tone for our team on both sides of the ball.”
Aryn Spain scored nine points. Brown finished with eight points.
Pinecrest’s girls will hit the road to Marietta Friday night to take on Walker.