February 07, 2007 Edition

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The Walnut Ridge Bobcats are Lawrence County Tournament title holders. Team members are (front, from left): Matt Hibbs, William Wilcoxson, Cody White, Tyler Meadors, Jeremy Wichman; (back) Assistant Coach Jimmy Hodges, Tyler Kennedy, Robert Rider, Chris Logan, Cameron Kelley, Seth Chamblee, Brandon Dawson, Wesley Davis, Jason Martin and Coach Michael Wooldridge.
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Bobcats are county champs

Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

In the final game of the tournament, the Hoxie and Walnut Ridge senior boys hit the court for tip off.

Hoxie took a 14-10 lead over Walnut Ridge at the close of the first quarter.

The game was like a tennis match, with the scoring going back and forth. Hoxie held a 28-24 lead at the end of the half.

The Mustangs held their ground as the third quarter got underway, extending their lead to 41-27 over the Bobcats.

The Bobcats' talent peaked in the final quarter and they closed to within 45-44 with 2:19 left to play. Walnut Ridge took a 46-45 lead with 1:31 on the clock. Hoxie regained the lead 47-46 with 46.8 seconds left to play. The regulation horn sounded with the game tied 48-48.

In overtime, Walnut Ridge notched a 51-50 lead with 2:48 left on the clock. The Bobcats continued to score in overtime, and claimed the championship with a 64-59 win.

Walnut Ridge had three players score in double digits, led by Chris Logan with 18 points, all in the second half. Cameron Kelley added 12 points, and Seth Chamblee closed with 11. Cody White chipped in nine points. Tyler Kennedy and Robert Rider notched five points each and Tyler Meadors closed with four.

Ray Volner led Hoxie with 37 points, including 11 in overtime, 10 rebounds, and five blocks. Tanner Jarrett contributed nine points, and Tyler Thompson added seven. Byron Stocker had five points, and Tyler Wallis added two.

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