February 14, 2007 Edition

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Hillcrest hosts jr. district tourney

Hillcrest's Miranda Doyle plays defense as a Cedar Ridge player advances the ball past the half-court line. The junior Lady Screamin' Eagles lost a hard-fought game to the Lady Timberwolves 34-33.
TD Photos ~ Debbie Richey

Sloan-Hendrix's Jerrod Engel jumps high for the tipoff as his fellow junior Greyhounds, Zach Ogden and Coy Yasler (#25), look on. Sloan-Hendrix dropped the game to Tuckerman 53-41.

Junior Lady Greyhound Haley Slusser moves the ball down the floor as she is guarded by Walnut Ridge's Ashley Baker. Sloan-Hendrix won the game 42-19 to advance to the semifinals.

Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

The semifinals of the 2A-2 Junior High District Basketball Tournament, hosted by Hillcrest School at Lynn, included three Lawrence County teams.

WR ~ Midland boys

The barnburners began as the Walnut Ridge junior Bobcats and the Midland junior Mustangs tipped off.

The Mustangs closed the first quarter with a one-point lead at 8-7. Midland was dealt a courtful of unforgiving defense, but the Bobcats still trailed by one point at halftime.

Walnut Ridge held tight in the third quarter, with Midland leading 27-24 heading into the final quarter. The Bobcats outscored Midland in the last quarter, tying the game 32-32 with 43.2 seconds left to play. The Bobcats' Bennett Dudley made a steal with 38 seconds left and Midland fouled to send him to the charity stripe. Dudley made both free throws to put Walnut Ridge ahead 34-32. Midland dropped a last-second shot to tie the game 34-34 at the end of regulation.

Walnut Ridge delivered an overtime of misery to the Mustangs. John-Scott Kelley put back a rebound, allowing Walnut Ridge to increase their lead.

Curtis Jackson made his way to the foul line for the Bobcats, splitting the shots to seal the win 41-37 and send the Bobcats to the finals.

S-H ~ Tuckerman girls

Tuckerman sprinted out to a 15-2 lead over Sloan-Hendrix at the close of the first quarter. Both teams notched 10 points in the second quarter, as the Lady Bulldogs held a 25-12 lead at halftime.

Sloan-Hendrix outscored Tuckerman, in the third quarter 12-11, but still trailed 36-24. The Lady Greyhounds were not able to overcome the Lady Bulldogs, falling 54-30.

Hannah Rowsey led the Lady Hounds with 13 points. Alivia Hackworth added six points, and Ashley Stallings tossed in five. Kristin Belcher, Kara Morris and Heidi Powers contributed two points each.

Hillcrest ~ Tuckerman boys

As Hillcrest hit the court to take on the Tuckerman junior Bulldogs, the Eagles delivered a 12-4 first quarter lead. Tuckerman tried to overpower the Screamin' Eagles press, but trailed 17-14 at halftime.

The junior Eagles returned to the hardwood, delivering nothing but a defensive nightmare to Tuckerman, as they held a 30-20 lead heading into the final quarter. A fourth-quarter rally by Tuckerman fell short, as Hillcrest held on for the 33-30 win to advance to the finals.

Derek Wooten led Hillcrest with 16 points. Chris Jones added 12 points, and Dylan Wooten tossed in seven. Hunter Durham contributed six points, and Jacob Clifton closed with two.

Cedar Ridge ~ Midland girls

The Cedar Ridge junior Lady Timberwolves advanced to the finals with a 47-35 win over Midland. Feb. 7 games

The tournament offered lots of local action on Feb. 7, with five Lawrence County squads seeing playing time

Hillcrest ~ Cedar Ridge girls

As the first quarter got underway, the junior Lady Screamin' Eagles eased into a 10-7 lead, but Cedar Ridge stepped up and took the lead 17-16 at halftime.

Returning after the break, the game's tempo did not change, with the Timberwolves holding a one-point lead of 27-26 over the Eagles. The fourth quarter consisted of the teams trading the lead as the minutes slipped off the clock. With 46.6 seconds left to play, the game was tied 31-31 following a Hillcrest free throw by Stevie Howard. After the teams traded baskets, a Cedar Ridge player was sent to the charity stripe with 1.9 seconds to play. She sank a free throw to give the Lady Timberwolves a 34-33 win.

Tamara Evans led the Eagles with 15 points. Howard knocked down five free throws. Katelyn Hammock, Miranda Doyle and Natalie Johnson contributed four points each, and Kelsea Sneed recorded a free throw.

WR ~ Cedar Ridge boys

Walnut Ridge grabbed an 11-8 lead closing the first quarter. The battle continued, with the Bobcats taking a 20-19 lead to the dressing room at halftime.

The game was tied 29-29 with 2:38 left to play in the third quarter, but the Bobcats stepped up and took a 32-29 lead heading into the final quarter. Cedar Ridge did not give up, as they trailed by two points 37-35 with 1:32 remaining. The Bobcats were not to be tamed in this round, though, as they held on for a 41-39 win to advance.

Walnut Ridge was led by Bennett Dudley with 15 points. Derek Medlock added 12 points, and John-Scott Kelley contributed eight points. Logan Gaither recorded four free throws, and Heath Kennedy chipped in two points.

S-H ~ WR girls

The Sloan-Hendrix and Walnut Ridge girls took to the hardwood next, as Walnut Ridge took a 5-2 lead in the first quarter. The Lady Greyhounds found their game in the second quarter and surged to a 16-7 lead at the close of the first half.

After the break, the Lady Bobcats were overrun by the Lady Hounds, who led 24-14 heading into the final quarter. Sloan-Hendrix did not ease up, as they defeated Walnut Ridge 42-19.

Kristin Belcher and Alivia Hackworth led the Lady Hounds with 11 points each. Kara Morris contributed six points, and Amanda Holland tossed in five. Ashley Stallings recorded four points, and Hannah Rowsey notched three. Haley Slusser and Maegan Austin closed with two points each.

Ashley Baker led the Lady Cats with six points. Staci Spargo had five points, and Regan Jean notched three free throws. Lexi Harris and Samantha Rouyer closed with two points each, and Ashton Lawson added a free throw.

S-H ~ Tuckerman boys

The Sloan-Hendrix and Tuckerman boys closed the night, as the junior Bulldogs took an early 15-6 lead. The Greyhounds matched the Bulldogs in scoring in the second quarter with 13 points, but the Bulldogs continued to lead 28-19.

After the break, Tuckerman held a 36-29 lead over Sloan-Hendrix at the end of the third quarter and went on to claim the 53-41 win.

Coy Yasler led the Hounds with 18 points. Zack Ogden followed with 11 points, and Colton Simpson closed with five. Chase Dejournett added three points, and Jerrod Engel had two. Dewayne Gann and Josh Collins each tossed in a free throw.

Feb. 5 games

The 2A-2 Junior High District Basketball Tournament got underway on Feb. 5 at Lynn, with Hillcrest as the host team.

Hillcrest ~ White County Central boys

White County Central took a 6-4 lead over Hillcrest as the first quarter came to a close. Hillcrest snapped into action in the second period, as Josh Mayland sank two three-pointers and a two-pointer to propel the Eagles into a 15-10 lead at halftime.

Hillcrest delivered a series of shots in the third quarter to increase their lead to 27-14 at the end of the period. The Screamin' Eagles advanced to the next round with a 37-22 win.

Mayland and Chris Jones led Hillcrest with 10 points each. Derek Wooten had eight points. Jacob Clifton and Tyler Crews added three points each. Trevor Morgan tossed in two points, and Billy Brannon added a free throw.

Other Feb. 5 games:

Midland girls 47, WCC 18;

Midland boys 43, Quitman 34;

Tuckerman girls 46, Quitman 15.

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