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Hillcrest, S-H, WR boys basketball
seasons end with tournament losses



Sloan-Hendrix's Zack Ogden guards a Quitman player in the second round of the tournament. The Greyhounds fell 50-35 to end their season.
TD Photo ~ Debbie Richey


Bobcat Derek Medlock attempts to dribble out of a double-team by Hillcrest's Patrick Corder (left) and Chris Blevins. The Screamin' Eagles defeated Walnut Ridge 54-46 to advance to the second round.
Submitted Photo ~ Shelby Richey
Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

Hillcrest High School hosted the 2A-2 District Basketball Tournament at Lynn Feb. 11-16. In boys action, Sloan-Hendrix and Hillcrest both earned wins on Feb. 11, before being eliminated the following night.

Tuesday, Feb. 12
S-H ~ Quitman

Tuesday night opened with Sloan-Hendrix and Quitman hitting the court in a second-round contest.

The game was tied 11-11 at the end of the first quarter. Quitman edged the Greyhounds in the second period to take a 22-18 lead at halftime.

The Bulldogs took advantage of some Sloan-Hendrix errors in the third quarter and grabbed a 35-27 lead at the close of the period. Quitman went on to post a 50-35 win and advance to the semifinals.

Chad Orrick led the Greyhounds with nine points. John Thomison and Trevor Anderson closed with six points each. Stanley Archer added four points. Royce Pace and Austin Morgan had three points each. Zack Ogden and Coy Yasler each recorded two points.

Hillcrest ~ Tuckerman

Tuckerman's Bulldogs jumped out to a 22-12 lead in the first quarter and maintained a 35-24 advantage heading to the locker room at halftime.

Playing before their home fans, Hillcrest began to rally in the third quarter and narrowed the Bulldogs' lead to 48-42 entering the final period. Despite the Eagles' efforts, Tuckerman was able to hold off Hillcrest for a 68-65 victory.

Aaron Britton led the Eagles with 24 points. Derek Wooten contributed 16 points. Dustin Durham and Dylan Wooten added 10 points each. Chris Blevins closed with three points, and Patrick Corder added two.

Monday, Feb. 11
Hillcrest ~ WR

Walnut Ridge and Hillcrest faced off in the first round of the district tournament on Feb. 11.

The game was close from start to finish, with Hillcrest holding a 12-6 lead after one quarter and a 21-18 advantage at halftime.

Walnut Ridge came out strong in the third period and took a slim 39-37 lead into the fourth quarter.

With the final quarter's minutes ticking away, Hillcrest's Trevor Morgan notched a free throw, pushing the Eagles ahead 45-43 with 3:54 left to play. Walnut Ridge was unable to overcome the Eagles, falling 54-46.

Derek Wooten led the Eagles with 22 points. Durham added 11 points and had six assists. Blevins contributed 10 points, and Corder notched four points. Dylan Wooten and Britton had three points each, and Trevor Morgan added a free throw.

Mitchell Thompson led the Bobcats with 17 points. Wesley Davis added eight points, and Robert Rider contributed six. Curtis Jackson notched five points. Bennett Dudley closed with four points, and Derek Medlock added two.

S-H ~ Midland

The Midland and Sloan Hendrix boys closed the night, with the Greyhounds holding a 13-10 first-quarter lead. Midland came on in the second quarter, outscoring Sloan-Hendrix 16-8, to take a 26-21 lead at halftime.

The Mustangs continued to hold the Hounds at bay in the third quarter, leading 37-28 at the close of the third quarter.

The Greyhounds roared back in the final period, thanks to strong defense and the hot shooting of Archer and Anderson. Sloan-Hendrix was able to tie the game at 48-48 at the end of regulation.

Sloan-Hendrix's momentum carried over into the overtime period. Their defense limited Midland to four points in the extra period, as the Greyhounds advanced to the second round with a 57-52 win.

Anderson led the Hounds with 24 points, and Archer added 19 points, including five three-pointers. Pace contributed 10 points. Ogden had three points, and Yasler closed with a free throw.

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