January 17, 2007 Edition

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h1>Hillcrest splits with Tuckerman Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

Hillcrest fell behind early and never recovered in an 82-55 loss to the Tuckerman Bulldogs on Jan. 9 at Lynn.

Tuckerman jumped to a 23-6 first-quarter lead and led 39-20 at halftime.

The Eagles matched the Bulldogs in scoring in the third quarter, with 20 points each; however, they still trailed 59-40. The Screamin' Eagles did not surrender in the final quarter of play as they outscored the Bulldogs 22-21, but the Bulldogs still owned the match.

Jared Parker led Hillcrest with 16 points, and Jordan Hunter added 13. Chris Blevins closed with nine points, and Dillion Simpson recorded five. Dustin Durham and Patrick Corder made four points each, and Donnie Fowler added two.

In junior high action, Hillcrest won a 47-45 barnburner.

Hillcrest took a small lead of 11-9, closing the first quarter. With the battle underway; the junior Eagles continued their relentless defense, resulting in several Bulldog turnovers, as Hillcrest held a 21-17 halftime lead.

Back on the court, Hillcrest eased into a 36-26 lead as the teams headed into the final quarter.

Hillcrest began to stumble in the fourth quarter, allowing the Bulldogs to close the gap. Tuckerman tied the game 45-45 with 39 seconds left to play. Tuckerman attempted to gain possession of the ball, resulting in a foul with only seconds to play, sending Hillcrest's Dylan Wooten to the charity stripe. Wooten aced both free throws to give the Eagles the victory.

Derek Wooten led the Eagles with 16 points. Chris Jones added 12 points, and Dylan Wooten closed with 10. Hunter Durham notched four points, Trevor Morgan contributed three points and Tye Hines aced a free throw.

White County Central

The Hillcrest senior boys were defeated by White County Central 51-42 on Friday at Judsonia.

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