January 16, 2008 Edition

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Junior high tourney
underway at Hillcrest



Sloan-Hendrix's Adam Gann goes up for a shot against Walnut Ridge junior Bobcat Chris Dickson during the Hillcrest Junior Invitational Tournament. The junior Greyhounds won the game 45-22.
TD Photos ~ Debbie Richey


Hoxie's Zach Crisler jumps while guarding a Maynard player as teammate Tyler Hall moves toward the action. The Mustangs were eliminated from the tournament with a 46-38 loss.


Black Rock's Sarah Penn moves the ball down the court during a game with Mammoth Spring. The Lady Zebras came up short, losing the game 37-14.
Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

The annual Hillcrest Junior High Invitational Basketball Tournament tipped off Saturday. Seven games were played Saturday, with action continuing on Monday. The semifinal games are scheduled for Thursday, with the finals set for Saturday.

Hillcrest ~ Twin Rivers boys

Hillcrest seized a 19-6 first-quarter lead over the Panthers. Hillcrest hammered the boards in the second period, taking a 30-13 halftime lead.

The Eagles continued to soar over Twin Rivers with a 49-17 lead at the end of the third quarter. The final quarter was shortened by the mercy rule, as Hillcrest advanced with a 49-26 win.

Dylan Wooten led Hillcrest with 15 points. Trevor Morgan followed with 13 points, and Zach Bilbrey had eight. Zach Doyle added six points, and Tyler Parker notched three. Tyler Durham and Billy Brannon each recorded two points.

Sloan-Hendrix ~ Maynard girls

The Maynard and Sloan-Hendrix girls faced off next, with the Lady Greyhounds taking a 9-5 first-quarter lead. The Lady Greyhounds continued to own the court in the second quarter, leading 21-10 over Maynard at halftime.

Sloan-Hendrix continued to lead 26-18 heading into the final quarter, but Maynard unleashed a furious fourth-quarter rally to overtake the Lady Hounds and earn the win by a score of 36-32.

Gennifer Simpson led the Lady Greyhounds with 13 points, and Haley Slusser contributed 12. Demi Stephens notched three points, while Sara Childers and Madicyn Huddleston closed with two points each.

Hoxie ~ Maynard boys

The Tigers took a 10-7 lead over the Mustangs at the end of the first quarter. Hoxie began to find their game in the second quarter, but still trailed 21-18 at halftime.

Maynard continued to fight off the determined Mustangs and held a 29-22 lead going into the fourth quarter. Despite the Mustangs' efforts, they fell to Maynard 46-38.

Sebastian Irvin led Hoxie with 13 points, and Zach Crisler notched 11. Michael King and Brad Harp had three points each, while Garrett Hart, Drake Bullard and Devin Roberts all chipped in two points apiece. Tyler Hall and Broady VanWinkle each added a free throw.

Black Rock ~ Mammoth Spring girls

The Black Rock and Mammoth Spring girls took to the hardwood next. Mammoth Spring owned a 9-4 first-quarter lead and continued to lead the Lady Zebras at halftime 15-10.

After the break, Mammoth Spring ran away from the Lady Zebras, taking a 31-14 lead heading into the final quarter and going on to defeat Black Rock by a score of 37-14.

Megan Jones led the Lady Zebras with eight points. Sara Roby, Teri Aden and Ranie Robinette each contributed two points.

Sloan-Hendrix ~ Walnut Ridge boys

The Walnut Ridge and Sloan-Hendrix boys faced off in the final game of the night, with the Greyhounds taking a 13-6 first-quarter lead. Walnut Ridge's comeback attempt failed in the second quarter, and they trailed the Greyhounds 22-12 at the half.

The Greyhounds continued to extend their advantage throughout the second half, leading 34-16 after three quarters and defeating the Bobcats by a 45-22 score.

Coy Yasler led Sloan-Hendrix with 14 points, and Chase Dejournett added 11. Stetson Wells notched six points, and Lucas Conrad chipped in four. Tyler Gilliam contributed three points. Daniel Rowsey, Andrew Smith and Zach Brown closed with two points each, and Chris Taylor recorded a free throw.

Cody Brady led the Bobcats with 10 points. Clay Hufstedler contributed eight points. Chris Dickinson recorded six points, and Teague Phillips notched two.

In other action on Saturday, the Tuckerman junior boys defeated Weiner 45-38, and the Weiner junior girls defeated Twin Rivers 39-17.

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