COMMERCE — The Yantis Lady Owls flew high while the Cumby Lady Trojans were nipped late in Class 1A, Division I doubleheader basketball action Monday night at Commerce High School.
The bi-district games featured a large crowd and spirited competition for the schools involved.
It was Yantis winning the second game of the night 58-49 over Sam Rayburn.
The first game was a 47-46 hard-fought win by Trenton over Cumby.
It was Alix Agan who doomed the Lady Trojans.
Agan scored again and again racking up 27 points in the game, including the game-winner with seven seconds remaining. Agan, a lightning fast point guard, was all over the court and the big difference in the game.
The Lady Trojans tried to counter with Savanah Neal who scored 21 points in a losing cause. "It was No. 12 (Agan) who killed us, she had 27 points, we just had no answer for her," admitted Cumby Lady Trojans head basketball coach Renee Morris."We had a late shot with Neal getting the ball, it did not drop. That's who we want to have the ball, but we came up short tonight. I am proud of the girls... it just hurts losing by one point. I'd rather lose by 50, this kind of loss sticks with you."
The see-saw affair came down to the fourth period. The final stanza opened with Cumby holding a 40-36 lead. Agan popped the net with a 3-pointer to bring the Lady Tigers within one point, 40-39. Kristen Rhoden scored on the inside for Trenton and Cumby was behind 41-40 with 4:41 left in the game.
Agan scored again on a driving runner to the bucket. Neal answered with a bucket while getting fouled, she sank the following free throw to tie the game 43-all with 2:14 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Cumby defense couldn’t halt the slashing drives by Agan to the hole and Trenton went up 45-43 following another Agan score. Lindsey Lemon made one-of-two free throws with less than a second left as Cumby inched closer at 45-44. Neal gave Cumby a 46-45 lead at the 19.48 mark sinking two free throws. But Agan scored on a drive to the bucket to put the Lady Tigers ahead 47-46 as Cumby quickly called time out with 7.02 seconds left.
Cumby got the ball to Neal who had a wide open drive to the goal, her shot missed the mark, teammate Lemon grabbed the rebound, but her off-balanced try was no good as the final horn sounded. The Lady Trojans fell to the court in disappointment while the Trenton squad celebrated.
The first half was dominated by Trenton. The Lady Tigers rolled up a quick lead and cruised to a 29-18 halftime lead.
Then the Cumby girls kicked their offense into high gear. The Lady Trojans went on a 14-2 burst to start the third period. Points fell like rain from the Lady Trojans as Lemon, Neal, Brittany Seely, Laura Oviedo all got into the scoring act. Oviedo has several key rebounds and the defense by the Lady Trojans picked the pockets of Trenton for some cheap buckets. Halfway through the third period, the Lady Trojans went from being down 29-18 to being up 32-31. The blitz of points seemed to wear on Trenton as they saw Cumby break open a 36-all tie and end the third period with points by Neal to go up 40-36 heading into the final period.
Cumby's run left them without much spark in the final period as they were outscored 11-6 in the final period.
Agan led the Trenton team to the comeback 47-46 victory over Cumby The year ends for the Lady Trojans with a 25-6 mark.
Cumby- Courtney Steward 5, Savanah Neal 21, Lindsey Lemon 3, Brittany Seely 8, Demi Newson 1, Laura Olivedo 5, Courtney Compton 2.
Trenton - Casey Beezley 2, Gaby Galvan 9, Joyce Garrison 2, Alix Agan 27, Kristin Rhoden 2, Marla Frazier 5.
Sam Rayburn 49
It was a combination of hitting key free throws and a tough defense that led the Yantis Lady Owls to a bi-district win Monday.
The win was the first playoff win under second year Lady Owls head coach Jennifer Payne who was excited about getting the win and advancing to the area round to meet Waskom.
"We had a great third quarter, we started playing good defense, our press started to work. I'm proud of them," Payne said. "This was the best night for Shelby Allen shooting free throws."
Amanda Collins had 17 points with 12 coming off free throws; Allen scored eight of her 15 points from the free throw line.
Spurgeon and Blanca Reyna had seven rebounds each.
For the night, Yantis hit 26-of-42 free throws (61 percent) while Sam Rayburn made 15-of-21 (71 percent). Top scorer for the Lady Rebels was Kaleigh Titsworth with 12 points.
Yantis bolted out of the blocks quickly with Collins popping the net on a 3-pointer off the wing while inside the lane Reyna scored as the Lady Owls had a 13-8 lead in the first period. Sam Rayburn hit a few shots to make it close and the first period ended with Yantis holding a 15-11 advantage.
Keri Goatswin and Titsworth scored for Sam Rayburn on short jumpers. The Lady Owls answered with Spurgeon converting a three-point play making a free throw after being hacked in the act of scoring. Halfway through the second period the Lady Owls were up 21-15, but had trouble pulling away from the Lady Rebels.
Maddison Foreman pumped in a couple of shots off the glass inside the paint while Chelsie Kavanaugh scored off a steal to reduce the Yantis lead. At the half, Yantis was clinging to a 30-27 lead.
The third period was critical in the game, the Lady Rebels scored to tie the game at 30-all. Then Yantis, sparked by a tight defense, went on a 13-4 scoring burst. During the flurry of points by the Lady Owls, McKinney, Amanda Collins and Stephanie Hogg all hit the mark with close range shots or lay-ups. The third period ended with Yantis possessing all the momentum with a 43-34 lead.
In the final period, the Lady Owls played it smart and took some time off the clock working for easy scores while Sam Rayburn had to overplay the ball and go for steals. The Yantis plan worked and they took the 58-49 win.
Sam Rayburn 10-17-7-15--49
Yantis- Amanda McKinney 2, Shelby Allen 15, Amanda Collins 17, Stephanie Hogg 9, Rachel Spurgeon 7, Blanca Reyna 8.
Sam Rayburn - Stephanie Carrol 9, Kaleigh TItsworth 12, Casey Templer 8, Maddison Foreman 8, Brittany Campbell 2, Keri Goatswin 4, Chelsie Kavanaugh 6.
NEXT UP — Yantis plays Waskom at 8 p.m. Friday at Gladewater High School. Game is part of a doubleheader, first game is at 6:30 p.m. Pittsburg vs. Canton. Admission is $4 adults, $3 students.
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