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Bears win first region games

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mountain View basketball coaches Jackie Lindquist and Bob Perryman can point out bunches of youthful mistakes most every game.

Friday night was no different, but at least the veteran coaches left the gym with smiles.

The Bears won the first region games in school history, defeating fellow newcomer Archer 58-48 in girls and 64-51 in boys. It was the first meeting between the two schools' girls teams and it marked the second time the Mountain View boys had defeated Archer -- the first was in the finals of Archer's holiday tournament.

Lindquist's girls team can thank guard Emery Buckner for its Region 8-AAA victory. The junior had a career-high 26 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Bailey Holmes (11 points, three steals) and Ivey Franklin (eight points, 10 rebounds) also played well for the Bears (5-9).

"It was a big win, a really big win," Lindquist said. "It was exciting to win it in front of our home crowd. We played very, very well. I'm very proud of our girls. They came out and played hard."

Archer (4-12) hung close for three quarters, building off the hot-shooting start of Sammy Healy (15 points on five 3-pointers). The Tigers, who also got 11 points and 10 rebounds from Janetta Felton, had seven first-half field goals and six were from long range.

Mountain View eventually pulled away in the final three minutes, but Perryman's boys team didn't wait that long.

The Bears (8-5) opened the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run, building a cushion that lasted the remainder of the game. The Tigers (7-9) led just once, midway through the first quarter.

Jestin Joseph had 18 points and five rebounds, Drew Bollier had 13 points and Troy Taylor had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead the victors. Chaz Grant added nine points and Craig Bartlett had seven points and 10 rebounds.

After some tough losses to physical 8-AAA teams, Mountain View got a much different result Friday night.

"We haven't peaked yet," Perryman said. "I hope to make the playoffs. How far we go depends on the kids."

Archer was led by Randall Smith (13 points), Dinesh Brown (13 points, six rebounds) and Nafis Floyd (11 points).