by LAVONTE YOUNG
LINCOLN- In sports the terms ‘it is going to be a war’ or ‘it was a shootout’ are often used. Tonight the Lincoln Golden Bears are honoring veterans who have experienced those terms personally. The Lady Golden Bears face the Munford Lady Lions.

“Today, Dec. 7 is the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor back in 1941,” Lincoln head basketball coach Chad Bynum said. “We wanted to take the night to recognize our veterans and all the sacrifice they have made. Coach Moore and I talked about it. If they present a military ID then they get in free. At halftime of the boys’ game we are going recognize all the veterans. We are going to have them to stand up. It is going to be a good night. I have talked to the Munford coaches, they are excited about this and they are all for it. I think it is going to be a good night. It is a big rivalry game for us and it should be a big crowd. We just wanted to have a little bit of ceremony to go along with the rivalry.”

The Lady Golden Bears are off to a 4-1 start and receiving votes in the ASWA Class 4A poll. Lincoln hasn’t seen action since their 50-27 win over Weaver on Nov.27. Their game against Winterboro on Thursday had to be rescheduled due to the illness going around Winterboro.

“It is one of those things were we started off with our Thanksgiving tournament,” Bynum said. “We started out pretty well. We beat B.B.Comer and played pretty well against them. We played TC and we were able to squeak one out against them. Coach (Robert) Duncan has a heck of a team; they are doing a good job. Then we ran into the brick wall that is Winterboro. Coach (Sheroderick) Smith and I are real good friends. We have a lot of respect for each other. He doesn’t like to lose to me and I don’t like to lose to him. We rebounded against Sacred Heart and beat them. Then we played Weaver and we were able to handle them.”

Sophomore Kierra Groce transferred from Munford this past summer and she is making a huge impact for the Lady Golden Bears.

“The girls have come together really well,” Bynum said. “We got the transfer in from Munford in Kierra Groce. She has been a difference maker. She brings a level of energy to the floor that the other girls just feed on. We have a point guard now, we have a shooting guard with Ty Sillmon. We have to two good post players; Leia (Brown) is one of the better defenders that I have. We have Raven Fomby coming in off the bench that is as quick as a cat. Tara Smith coming off and she gives us a lot of good energy of the bench. We have a lot of young ones that I think is going to help in Kelsi (Hardy) and Savannah (Barrentine). It has been a good season so far. We have a long way to go to where we want to be, but 4-1 is a good way to start.”

Last season, Lincoln went 0-3 against Munford. Bynum believes a lot of things have chance since the last time they squared off last February.

“Last year doesn’t have any barrening on this year,” he said. “Munford has a whole new team and we have a new team. No matter what when we hit the floor with them, they are going to bring their game ready to play. We are going to bring our game ready to play. Coach Hopkins does a good job with Munford. It is going to be fun basketball. Munford has Ra’aunna Caldwell and Kendra Carter. I don’t know if any one person can guard them. They are just quick as cats. We have to pay attention to them. We are going to put some of our better defenders on them and see if we can slow them up. If we can slow them up and contain those two I like our chances. But that is easier said than done.”

Tip off is set for 5:30 tonight.
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