February 11, 2009 Edition

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The Hoxie Mustangs are champions in the senior boys division of the Lawrence County Tournament. Team members are (kneeling, from left): Cade Crisler, Marcus Hinkle, Justin Bruce, Garrett Hart, Morgan Puckett; (back) Blaine Middlecoff, coach Darrel Crisler, Brad Harp, Joseph Richardson, Coy Yasler, Justin Weitkamp, Beau Sisco, Nathan Ragsdell, Michael King and assistant coach Braden Watson.

The Black Rock Zebras are county runners-up. Team members include (front, from left): Trent Morledge, Ben Walker, Tadd Fore, Garrett Maronde, Joe Carey; (back) Cager Ridge, JJ Nunally, Hunter Horton, Tyler Roby, Khris Foster, Les Foster and coach Jeff Womack.

Senior Mustangs are
county champs

Black Rock's Les Foster considers taking a shot as Mustang defenders Morgan Puckett (#22) and Cade Crisler (#12) move in and fellow Zebra Tadd Fore (#4) looks on. Hoxie won the championship game by a score of 67-59.
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Hoxie Mustangs defeated Black Rock 67-59 in the championship game of the senior boys division of the 2009 Lawrence County Basketball Tournament Saturday night at Lynn.

The Mustangs started strong in the first half, leading 17-12 after one quarter and 38-25 at halftime.

Black Rock climbed back into the contest, outscoring the Mustangs 16-6 in the third quarter to cut Hoxie's lead to 44-41 heading into the final period. Black Rock had closed to within 55-53 when Hoxie's Cade Crisler drained three consecutive three-pointers to dash the Zebras comeback hopes.

Crisler finished with a game-high 17 points, including five three-pointers, to lead Hoxie in scoring. Two Mustangs recorded double-doubles. Beau Sisco scored 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Justin Weitkamp had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Morgan Puckett scored 13 points, and Coy Yasler added 12 for Hoxie.

For Black Rock, Les Foster had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tadd Fore and Ben Walker also scored 13 points apiece for the Zebras. Tyler Roby had seven points, and J.J. Nunally added six. Garrett Maronde finished with five points, and Joe Paul Carey scored two.

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