Appropriately on senior night, the Lady Eagle seniors Maci Kight, Dawnyel Spaid, and Shelby Harrison popped in points to lead their team to a final home court victory pushing their district record to 8-6 tied with Quitman. But that wasn’t the last game of their Lady Eagle career now in position to fight for the final playoff spot against Quitman Friday night at 7 p.m. in Miller Grove.
"The seniors showed up and played an important role in the victory. I am extremely proud of all of the girls, but I am especially proud of the seniors and the fact that they had an opportunity to be successful on what is designated as 'their night'. They are a great group of girls and we will truly miss those ornery seniors," said Linda Rankin, Como-Pickton Lady Eagles head basketball coach.
After suffering a loss to Lone Oak, 51-35, the Lady Eagles sparked their game. Harrison started the night's action swishing two long 3-pointers in the first quarter. The two teams continued to trade baskets ending the first quarter in C-P favor by four points. With 7:40 on the game clock, the basketball started behaving crazy. On a Lady Panther shot the ball rolled along the top of the backboard. C-P regains the ball. Kight (three steals and assists, 10 points) tossed up a jumper only to have the ball wedge itself between the rim and backboard.
Lady Eagle Kadi Baxter got a putback on a missed lay-up by Saxe Daugherty (two steals, seven points) the scoreboard read 18-11 with the Lady Eagles in the lead. As a team C-P completed 65 percent from the foul line.
Alba-Golden was quick on the steal on several occasions throughout the game. Going into fourth on a third quarter lead, Jordon Carlock (one steal, one assist, eight points) drove the lane for two. The Lady Panthers were unable to close the gap. Kight released a buzzer shot at the top-of-the-key to finalize the win for Como-Pickton.
The JV Lady Eagles were led by top scorers Manon Schakel with seven, senior Deanna Garrett scored five, Megan McCoy, Marbelis Rasgado, and senior Lanequia Bryant each netted four. C-P took the early lead and held it for a 27-13 win.
SCORING BOX (varsity girls)
Alba-Golden--Johnson 7, Spanko 4, Miller 7, Driskill 2, Boffy 1.
Como-Pickton--Shelby Harrison 11, Jenna Sturgill 2, Dawynel Spaid 2, Skye Brumley 2, Saxe Daugherty 7, Kadi Baxter 2, Jordan Carlock 8, Maci Kight 10.
3-pointers-Johnson 1, Shelby Harrison 3, Jordan Carlock 1, Maci Kight 1.
SCORING BOX (JV girls)
Como-Pickton--Manon Schakel 7, Deanna Garrett 5, Megan McCoy 4, Marbelis Rasgado 4, Lanequia Bryant 4, Diana Ramirez 2, Violet Perez 1.
SCORING BOX (varsity girls)
Como-Pickton 35, Lone Oak 51
Como-Pickton--Jordan Carlock 3, Shelby Harrison 5 (one 3-pointer), Saxe Daugherty 10, Skye Brumley 6, Maci Kight 9, Jenna Sturgill 2.
Eagles split wins with Panthers
COMO - The Como-Pickton Eagles varsity suffered a 36-25 loss to the Alba-Golden Panthers Tuesday. JV Eagle Merced Ramirez punched in five buckets in the fourth quarter to secure an oppose tilt of 36-25 in favor of C-P.
Just like the turbulant weather, the Panthers stormed the court to take a three point lead while holding the Eagles to single digit scoring.
Seniors for C-P that led in scoring were Ryan Carpenter with seven, Austin Darby and Dylan Mowat each netted four, Cole Boseman added three, and Phillip Cox sank a bucket.
The Eagles rallied in the fourth outscoring the Panthers 11-4, but not enough to break the loss. The JV Eagles prove success in an equally opposite score of 36-25. Merced Ramirez had double figure point scoring with 12. Teammates Julian Ramirez added eight and Zach Carpenter contributed five in the Tuesday night win.
The Eagles will host Cooper on Friday, Feb. 13 with a 4:30 tip off time.
SCORING BOX (varsity boys)
Como-Pickton--Ryan Carpenter 7, Austin Darby 4, Dylan Mowat 4, Cole Boseman 3, Phillip Cox 2, Joseph Thornhill 2, James Carter 2, Hunter Cooksey 1.
SCORING BOX (JV boys)
Alba-Golden--Baxter 7, Mize 4, Schaffer 8. 3-pointers--Price, Creel.
Como-Pickton--Julian Ramirez 8, Merced Ramirez 12, Seth Sturgill 4, Zach Hankins 2, Zach Carpenter 5, Brandt Steele 2, Even Tellez 1, Tanner Brumley 2.
North Hopkins strike down Campbell
NORTH HOPKINS - The North Hopkins were like lightning against the visiting Campbell Indians, securing a 53-47 win.
"If we beat Boles Friday then we will be playing Fruitvale Tuesday for a possible playoff spot. If we beat Fruitvale we would be tied and have to play a tiebreaker game to see who get the third spot for the playoffs," explained North Hopkins Panthers head basketball coach Clay Pirtle.
The Panthers hooped the twine to clinch seven-of-21 3-pointers. The game remained close each team popped double digits, setting the halftime score at 32-27 in North Hopkins favor.
Panther Canyon Cockrum swished the net for 17 total points. Others top scorers contributing were Paco Castro with nine, and Lorenzo Rivera and Juan Delgado each had eight.
North Hopkins 19-13-3-18--53
North Hopkins--Canyon Cockrum 17, Paco Castro 9, Lorenzo Rivera 8, Juan Delgado 8, Brandon Joslin 4, Dillion Horne 3, Carlos Ruiz 3, Jason Leber 1.
Mustangs spur down Owls
YANTIS - The Yantis Owls fought a hard battle to lose against the No. 12 state-ranked Martin's Mill Mustangs Tuesday, 29-25.
The Mustangs remain undefeated in district play. Yantis finished as district runner-up and will have a playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 24 with details to still be determined.
"It was an all out defensive war!" said Yantis Owls head basketball Jack Bowles. "Both teams played very physical. Every pass denied, every shot contested, and there were no trips with multiple offensive boards...we just could not score. Both teams were exhausted after the game."
Owl Tony Garcia got the scoring started tickling the twine with a trey to take their first quarter lead by two. Top Yantis scorer Terry Thompson added a 3-pointer to his other two buckets holding it to anyone's game at one point going into the break.
The Mustangs had two players break into the double figures, turning the game back into their favor. Thompson rallied his team with another trey but was just edged out by four points.
Coach Bowles added, "These types of games are a little new to us, and Martin's Mill has been in many of these. This game will make us a better team and help us be better prepared for the playoffs."
Martin's Mill 9-8-4-8--29
Yantis--Tony Garcia 5, Gerry Hernandez 2, Justin Hunt 2, Matthew Crayton 2, Terry Thompson 10, Cory Thompson 4.
3-pointers--Tony Garcia 1, Terry Thompson 2.
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