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LawCo teams earn titlesDebbie Richey
Two Lawrence County teams were crowned champions of the 2A-2 Junior High District Basketball Tournament on Saturday night at Walnut Ridge. The Walnut Ridge junior Lady Bobcats defeated Tuckerman for the girls title, and Sloan-Hendrix prevailed in a double-overtime thriller to claim the boys title.
Walnut Ridge kept Tuckerman off the scoreboard in the first quarter, taking a 6-0 lead. The Lady Bulldogs got their offense on track in the second period and cut the Lady Cats' advantage to 9-8 at halftime.
Walnut Ridge continued to crash the boards in the second half and extended their lead to 20-14 heading into the final quarter of play. Tuckerman was unable to gain any ground in the fourth period, as the Lady Bobcats took the championship with a 28-22 win.
Daniel Vaughn led the Lady Cats in scoring with seven points and had two rebounds. Ashley Baker notched six points, four rebounds and three steals. Amanda Emison recorded five points and five rebounds.
Katie Lewis chipped in four points, seven rebounds and two steals. Megan Osbahr totaled two points, three rebounds and three steals, and Ashley Roacho added four points.
In the boys final, Sloan-Hendrix grabbed a 14-10 lead in the first quarter. Cedar Ridge answered with a strong second period and edged into a 22-21 lead at the end of the first half.
The game remained close throughout the second half, with the Timberwolves holding onto a 33-31 lead after three quarters. The teams continued to battle in the fourth quarter and were tied 40-40 when the period ended.
The Greyhounds outscored the Timberwolves 17-14 over two overtime periods to earn a 57-54 victory and the district championship.
Coy Yasler led Sloan-Hendrix with 21 points, and Zach Brown had 15. Daniel Rowsey chipped in seven points, and Tyler Gillean added five. Stetson Walls scored four points, and Chase DeJournett had three.
Four Lawrence County teams were still alive as the 2A-2 Junior High District Tournament reached the semifinal round on Thursday.
The Cedar Ridge and Hillcrest boys tipped off Thursday's action, with the Timberwolves taking a 12-8 first-quarter lead. The Timberwolves continued to hold an advantage, taking a 32-22 halftime lead to the locker room.
Cedar Ridge continued to drain baskets in the second half, increasing their lead to 45-28 at the close of the third quarter and advancing to the finals with a 62-33 win.
Trevor Morgan and Dylan Wooten led Hillcrest with 10 points each. Zach Doyle notched nine points, and Tyler Parker closed with four.
The Cedar Ridge and Walnut Ridge girls hit the court next.
The match was tied 8-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Bobcats began to take over in the second quarter and held a 16-8 second-quarter lead.
Walnut Ridge continued to own their home hardwood, holding a 25-10 third-quarter lead. The Lady Cats advanced to the finals with a 37-14 victory.
Baker led Walnut Ridge with 15 points. Osbahr contributed eight points, and Lewis notched five. Roacho closed with four points. Vaughn added three points, and Ashton Volner recorded two.
Tuckerman grabbed an 11-4 first-quarter lead over the Lady Screamin' Eagles. Hillcrest's momentum picked up in the second period, but they still trailed 17-13 closing the second quarter.
The Lady Eagles fought back to tie the match 20-20 after three quarters, but a strong fourth quarter by Tuckerman lifted the Lady Bulldogs to a 33-24 win and a spot in the finals.
The Lady Eagles were led by Chelsea Sneed with seven points. Kelsea Sneed contributed six points, and Samantha Blevins notched five. Morgan Penn closed with three points. Mackenzie Nunnally added two points, and Kellie Beasley added a free throw.
Sloan-Hendrix's Coy Yasler and Tyler Gillean combined for 41 points as the Greyhounds put on a fourth-quarter surge to defeat Tuckerman 57-50 and advance to Saturday's final.
The junior Bulldogs slipped out a 20-14 first-quarter lead and pulled further away from the Greyhounds with a 38-23 halftime lead.
Sloan-Hendrix began cutting into Tuckerman's lead in the third period, but still trailed 47-40 heading into the final quarter.
Sloan-Hendrix tied the match 49-49 with 3:37 left. Yasler was sent to the charity stripe and gave the Greyhounds a 53-50 lead with 1:32 to play and Sloan-Hendrix held on to earn the comeback win.
Yasler led the Hounds with 22 points, Gillean added 19. Dejournett and Wells closed with eight points each.
WR ~ Quitman girls
The Walnut Ridge junior Lady Bobcats saw their first action in the tournament on Wednesday against the Quitman Lady Bulldogs.
The Lady Bobcats took an early 13-6 lead and remained in front 24-16 after the second quarter.
Quitman continued to struggle with the Lady Cats and trailed 32-23 heading into the final quarter. Walnut Ridge advanced to the semifinals with a 44-27 victory.
Osbahr led Walnut Ridge with 14 points. Baker notched nine points, and Lewis added seven. Ashton Lawson, Emison and Vaughn had four points each, and Roacho added two points.
The Hillcrest and Midland boys were up next, with the Screamin' Eagles taking a 10-8 first-quarter lead. Midland overpowered Hillcrest in the second quarter to move into a 20-19 lead at halftime.
The skirmish continued in the third quarter with Midland holding onto a one-point lead, 28-27, with the final quarter approaching.
With the fourth quarter underway, the Eagles tied the game 30-30 with 3:36 on the clock. Midland eased into a 34-30 lead with only 1:52 left to play. Hillcrest was trailing 37-33 with 51.7 seconds when Zach Doyle drilled a three-pointer to bring Hillcrest to within one at 37-36. After Hillcrest's defense forced a Midland turnover, the Eagles' Billy Brannon hit a short jumper to give Hillcrest a 38-37 win.
Dylan Wooten led Hillcrest with 18 points. Trevor Morgan added seven points. Tyler Parker and Brannon chipped in four points each. Zach Doyle closed with a three-pointer, and Hunter Nunnally recorded two points.
In other Wednesday games, the Tuckerman girls defeated Midland 37-18 and the Tuckerman boys defeated White County Central 49-32.
S-H ~ WR boys
The Sloan-Hendrix and Walnut Ridge boys met in a first-round game on Feb. 4.
The junior Greyhounds held a slim 14-11 first-quarter lead and increased their lead to 32-19 at the end of the first half.
The Greyhounds continued to hammer the boards, leading 46-32 with the final quarter approaching and went on to defeat the host Bobcats 52-38.
Yasler led the Hounds with 34 points. Dejournett added 10 points, and Wells notched four. Gillean and Rowsey closed with two points each.
Chris Dickson led the Bobcats with 21 points. Cody Brady added seven points, and Kyle Johnson notched six. Clay Hufstedler and Teague Phillips closed with two points each.
The Hillcrest Lady Eagles soared to a 13-3 first-quarter lead over White County Central and continued to tame the Lady Bears, holding an 26-5 second-quarter lead.
The Lady Bears were no match for Hillcrest and trailed 40-14 heading into the final quarter. Hillcrest put this game away 42-26 to advance to the semifinals.
Kellie Beasley led the Lady Eagles with eight points. Chelsea Sneed, Mackenzie Nunnally and Kelsea Sneed tossed in seven points each. Chelsey Howard contributed five points, and Sarah Saffell closed with four. Samantha Blevins and Lindsey Crews had two points each.
The Cedar Ridge and Sloan-Hendrix girls took to the court next with Cedar Ridge taking a 13-7 lead after one quarter. The Lady Greyhounds were unable to gain any ground on the Lady Wolves and trailed 20-9 at halftime.
The Lady Timberwolves continued to dominate the game in the second half, taking a 27-18 lead to close the third quarter. Cedar Ridge advanced to the semifinals with a 40-25 victory.
Haley Slusser led the Lady Hounds with 14 points. Gennifer Simpson and Demi Stephens added three points each. Morgan Smith and Madicyn Huddleston closed with two points each.
In other Feb. 4 action, the Cedar Ridge junior boys advanced with a win over Quitman.
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