February 14, 2007 Edition

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Jr. Lady Mustangs
are district runners-up

Junior Lady Mustang Courtney Jones shoots a free throw during the finals of the district tournament. Hoxie players on the line for a possible rebound are Kelsey Lewis (foreground) and Brittany Hembrey. Hoxie earned runners-up honors, falling to Hughes 41-37.
Submitted Photo ~ Melynda Lawson

Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

The Hoxie boys and girls junior high basketball teams competed in the 3A-3 District Tournament last week at Corning.

Girls

The junior Lady Mustangs advanced to the championship game before falling to the Hughes junior Lady Blue Devils 41-37 on Saturday.

Hughes slipped by Hoxie with an 8-7 lead at the close of the first quarter of action. Despite Hoxie's relentless defense, they trailed by one point at halftime 19-18.

Hughes led 30-26, heading into the final quarter of play. Hoxie was unable to halt the Blue Devis, falling 41-37.

Alyssa McConnell led the Mustangs with 12 points. Brittany Hembrey contributed 10 points, and Kelsey Lewis pitched in seven. Chasity Becker and Courtney Jones each closed with three points, and Amy Galbreath added two.

"The girls worked extremely hard all year long and finished the season with a 14-9 overall record. They were the Lawrence County Champs and the 3A-3 District Tourney runners-up. I am very proud of this talented group of players," said head coach Larry Forrester.

Semifinals

The Lady Mustangs took on once-defeated Corning on the Lady Bobcats' home court in the semifinals.

Corning slipped into a 4-2 lead heading into the second quarter. The Lady Mustangs turned up the heat in the second quarter and closed the first half with a 13-12 lead.

Back on the hardwood, the battle was only just beginning, as Corning regained a 22-20 lead as the fourth quarter approached. Hoxie recovered in the final quarter, and Becker sank a three-pointer to seal the 31-30 victory and send the Lady Mustangs to the finals.

First round

Hoxie opened the tournament on Feb. 6 against the Manila junior Lady Lions.

Manila lead 7-3 at the close of the first quarter, but Hoxie began to hammer the boards in the second period and took a 12-7 lead at halftime.

The struggle continued in the third quarter, as Hoxie held a 20-16 lead heading in to the final period and went on to put away a hard-fought 25-23 win to advance to the next round.

McConnell led the Lady Mustangs with 11 points. Galbreath contributed six points. Hembrey and Becker recorded four points each.

Boys

The Hoxie boys won their first game of the tournament, defeating Piggott 45-25 on Feb. 3.

The Mustangs took an early 15-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Mohawks began to rebound and reduced the point spread to 26-14 at halftime.

Hoxie kept up their tempo in the second half and increased their lead to 38-19. The junior Mustangs owned the boards in the final period, as they secured the win to advance to the next round.

Cade Crisler led the Mustangs with 12 points. Jake Hitt added eight points. Jeremy Anglin and Jonathan Quesada tossed in six points each. Joseph Richardson and Blake Snow closed with four points each.

Second round

Hoxie made their way back to Corning on Feb. 5 to take on Harrisburg in the second round.

The junior Hornets defeated the Mustangs 49-28.

Crisler led Hoxie with 14 points.

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