By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
MOOREVILLE – The Baldwyn Bearcats finished a tough road stretch to begin their season unscathed thanks to the heroics of Tevin Lindsey.
With his team trailing by one, Lindsey drained a three-pointer from the corner as the clock expired to lift Baldwyn to a 64-62 victory over Mooreville on Saturday afternoon.
“I was just focused and I knew I was gonna have to have a big shot to win it,” Lindsey said. “I felt good when I shot it.”
Lindsey’s shot capped a perfect 3-0 week for the defending Class 2A state runners up that included wins at New Albany and Biggersville, who won the 1A North championship a year ago.
“I thought without a doubt it was a very, very tough opening part of our schedule,” Baldwyn coach Jason McKay said. “I was very proud of our guys in the way that they showed some resiliency this week.”
Baldwyn, the Daily Journal’s second-ranked team in the preseason, held the ball for nearly three minutes in the final quarter – which saw three lead changes – but trailed late.
No. 5-ranked Mooreville led 60-56 with 52 seconds to play after two Brandon Moore free throws.
Baskets by Lindsey and Romaro Crump put Baldwyn ahead 61-60 before Javon Berry hit two free shots with 5.9 seconds remaining for the Troopers.
Dee Gates brought the ball down the court following a Mooreville (2-2) timeout and set Lindsey up for the buzzer beater.
“To me, this game looked like whoever had the ball last was going to win the game,” Troopers coach Jeff Tally said, “and that’s kinda the way it played out.”
Austin Timms had a game high 18 points for Mooreville, which led 32-29 at halftime. Gates scored 17 to lead four Baldwyn double-digit scorers.
(G) BALDWYN 53, MOOREVILLE 48: The Lady Bearcats (2-1) used a 10-0 run late in the game to pull away.
Ayana Ragin and Kelsey Agnew each had 16 points to lead Baldwyn. Savannah Webb led all scorers with 17 for Mooreville (1-3).