January 24, 2007 Edition

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The Hillcrest junior Screamin' Eagles won the championship game of the Hillcrest Junior High Invitational Tournament. Team members are (front, from left): managers, Casey Huskey and Michael Zarnetski; (middle) Trevor Morgan, Zach Bilbrey, Tyler Durham, Dylan Brady, Ethan Holder, Austin Harris, Tyler Parker, Cray Howard, Logan Pickle, Josh Mayland, Dylan Wooten; (back) Cody Doyle, Jacob Clifton, Chris Jones, Ryan Anderson, Tyler Crews, Hunter Durham, Coty Richey, Kyle Bristow, Derek Wooten, Billy Brannon, Tye Hines and Coach Shawn Rose.
TD Photos ~ Debbie Richey

Hillcrest junior boys win tourney

A Melbourne player meets Screamin' Eagle resistance as he goes up for a shot against Hillcrest during the junior high tournament semifinals. Chris Jones (#21) and Jacob Clifton (right) jump to block the shot as Dylan Wooten (#4) and Derek Wooten (#3) move in behind him. The Screamin' Eagles won the game 40-26 and moved on to the finals, where they defeated Cave City 37-29 to claim the tournament title.

Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

The host Hillcrest junior Screamin' Eagles defeated Cave City 37-29 in the championship game of the boys bracket of the Hillcrest Junior Invitational Basketball Tournament on Saturday at Lynn.

Cave City led 9-7 at the close of the first quarter, the junior Eagles gained momentum and they trailed by only one at the close of the first half, 13-12.

Back to the court, the Eagles began to dominate the game, as they took a 25-21 lead heading into the final quarter and held on for the win.

Jacob Clifton led Hillcrest with 13 points, and Derek Wooten contributed nine. Chris Jones added seven points, and Dylan Wooten chipped in five. Tye Hines closed with two points, and Hunter Durham added a free throw.

Cave City ~ Melbourne Girls

Cave City defeated Melbourne 45-34 in the girls championship game.

Semifinals
Hillcrest ~ Melbourne boys

Hillcrest advanced to the finals with a 40-26 win over Melbourne in the semifinals on Thursday.

The junior Eagles took an early lead of 13-5 to close the first quarter. Hillcrest continued their relentless defense, increasing their lead to 24-10 at halftime.

Despite the Bearkatz' efforts, Hillcrest still led 30-21, heading into the final quarter.

Derek Wooten led the Screamin' Eagles with 17 points. Jones followed with seven points, and Hines contributed five. Durham contributed four points, and Dylan Wooten closed with three. Clifton and Trevor Morgan recorded two points each.

Cave City ~ Cedar Ridge boys

Cave City slipped by Cedar Ridge 49-43 in the other boys semifinal on Thursday.

Hillcrest ~ Cave City girls

Hillcrest faced Cave City in the first girls semifinal game on Thursday.

Hillcrest eased into a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Cave City upped their game in the second period and took a halftime lead of 11-8.

With numerous turnovers and jump balls, the Cavewomen continued to lead 29-20 heading into the final quarter, and went on to claim a 42-29 win to advance to the finals.

Natalie Johnson led the Eagles with 11 points, and Miranda Doyle added eight. Tamara Evans, and Morgan Penn contributed three points each. Katelyn Hammock and Kelsea Sneed closed with two points each, and Stevie Howard recorded a free throw.

Melbourne ~ Cedar Ridge girls

Melbourne overpowered Cedar Ridge 46-36 in the second girls semifinal matchup.

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