Behind a hot start from senior Lashawn Reed, Mountain Pine extended its winning streak to six games Friday, cruising past Magnet Cove, 67-36.
"All year long, we've been working to mark teams off of our list [that beat us last year]," Reed said. "Magnet Cove mercy-ruled us last year and we owed them a loss for that."
Out of the gate, Reed ignited the Red Devils (10-1, 3-0 Class 7-2A) early, amassing seven first quarter points, including four from the free throw line, en route to a 19-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Taking advantage of multiple turnovers and missed shots from the Panthers (2-6, 1-3 Class 7-2A), Mountain Pine outscored Magnet Cove 18-9 in the second quarter, leading 37-20 at halftime.
Following a 20-point third quarter, Mountain Pine activated the mercy rule early in the fourth quarter, sealing the team's 10th win of the season.
"We're continuing to take steps toward our ultimate goal--winning a state championship," head coach LaMont Page said. "In the first half, we were like a pot of water and we were just simmering. In the third quarter, we turned the heat up to boiling and that's when we started playing Mountain Pine-brand basketball."
Nine of Mountain Pine's 12 players scored in the win. One of five Red Devils to score in double figures, Reed led all scorers with 12 points. Senior Matt Snow scored 11 points and seniors Dafavioun Haywood, Josh Walpole and Tyler Zander added 10 points apiece.
"It was far from a perfect game for us," Page said. "Our team is such a good team, overall, that we can have a bad game and still win by 30 points. We had turnovers, missed free throws and there were times where I feel that we lost our focus. We're going to work on those things this week to prepare us for Mount Ida next week."
Magnet Cove senior Justin McKim led the Panthers with 11 points in the loss.
Mountain Pine plays at Brinkley Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.