LEPANTO-The Barton Bears (2-0, 2-0) pulled away in the third quarter and held on to defeat the East Poinsett County Warriors 62-53 Friday night on the road.

To counteract the scoring of Terran Williams, the Warriors hit the Bears with a box and one defense and slowed down Barton in the first quarter. The Bears turned to Hykeem Hancock and took an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Continuing to change their looks on defense, the Warriors went to a triangle and two look later in the first half, but the Bears began to pull away with full court man-to-man pressure allowing for some baskets in transition. By the intermission, Barton had quieted the Lepanto crowd with a 34-21 lead.

East Poinsett County tried to make a run early in the third, but the Barton pressure wore them down and the Bears answered the challenge and led 51-35 at the end of the third and held on in the fourth for the nine point victory.

Bear Coach Greg Poole was happy with the team’s performance saying, “We forced them to go up tempo as responded well to their defensive adjustments. We played hard and are off to a good start.”

The Lady Bears (0-2, 0-2) hung tough but fell to the Lady Warriors 40-31. The game was close throughout. Barton trailed 16-10 at the end of the first and by seven at halftime with the score 26-19.

Led by Astyn Ingram, the Lady Bears made a run in the third quarter and closed the deficit to 35-32 at the end of the third period. But Barton, with only nine players on the roster and one of those injured, ran out of gas as depth played a role down the stretch and the Lady Warriors were able to get the victory. Ingram led BHS with 11 points.

Barton will be on the road the rest of the week with a game at Cross County tonight and at Marked Tree on Friday.