Area Basketball: Martins Mill beats North Hopkins
From Staff Reports

Dec. 7, 2005 - With both their boys and girls teams ranked in the top two in the state, Martins Mill got the best of North Hopkins Tuesday night by winning both games.

In other action, Yantis swept Fruitvale, and Saltillo took a pair of varsity games from Como-Pickton. The Cumby girls also won their match-up with Union Hill.


Martins Mill 60, North Hopkins 46

BIRTHRIGHT - Martins Mill, ranked No. 2 in Class A, stayed undefeated by pulling away from North Hopkins in the second half.

Martins Mill held a 30-27 lead at halftime, then outscored the Panthers by six points in the third quarter and five in the fourth.

North Hopkins got 19 points, including two 3-pointers, from CoryJohnson and 12 points and six assists from Jake Cockrum, but they were missing sixth man Dustin Clements, who was sick.

"We needed his scoring," said NHHS head coach Steve Drummond. 'Our kids really played hard. Martins Mill is as good as anyone."

It didn't help that the Panthers (7-4) attempted just four free throws, while Martins Mill (11-0) went 15-for-21 from the line.

Martins Mill had four players in double figures, led by Brant Ethredge with 21 points.

Martins Mill 17 13 15 15 -60

North Hopkins 14 13 9 10 -46

Martins Mill - Brant Ethredge 21, Arron Mewborne 13, Drew Flowers 11, Dayell Johnson 10.

North Hopkins - Cory Johnson 19, Jake Cockrum 12, Roger Sancho 9, J.P. Whittle 4, Spencer McQueen 2.

Yantis 45, Fruitvale 42

YANTIS - Jeremy Hurley put up a double-double and the Yantis Owls pulled out their third straight victory.

Hurley finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and five assists to lead Yantis (7-4). T.J. Moreland added 11 points and six rebounds, while Chris Thompson contributed eight points and six boards.

"This was our third straight close win in the final minute of play," said Yantis coach Harold Gilbreath. "We did a great job defensively in the second half and at the end of the game."

Will Hayden had 14 points to pace Fruitvale.

The Owls host East Texas Christian Academy on Friday for homecoming.

Fruitvale 16 13 7 6 -42

Yantis 16 9 8 12 -45

Fruitvale - Will Hayden 14, Ben Cox 10, Grier 6, Milbauer 4, Lansford 4, Alviso 2, Partin 2.

Yantis - Jeremy Hurley 15, T.J. Moreland 11, Chris Thompson 8, Colton Glenn 6, Jordan Davis 3, Jonathan Cook 2.

Saltillo 37, Como-Pickton 32

COMO - Saltillo outlasted Como-Pickton behind a balanced scoring attack.

Miles Payne and B.J. Hankins led Saltillo with six points each, while Jocsan Gamez scored five.

The Eagles got 16 points from Clayton Humphrey and eight from Bo Baxter.

Saltillo - Miles Payne 6, B.J. Hankins 6, Jocsan Gamez 5.

Como-Pickton - Clayton Humphrey 16, Bo Baxter 8, Reece Caddell 7.

Yantis JV 46, Fruitvale JV 18

YANTIS - Jesus Olayo scored 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Zach Leatherwood added 11 for Yantis (8-3), and the Owls allowed Fruitvale to score just two points in the second half.

Jordan Thompson led the team in rebounds (10) and blocks (six), and Houston Tibbs contributed eight points and eight boards.

Fruitvale 8 8 0 2 -18

Yantis 8 14 10 14 -46

Fruitvale - Williams 8, Johnson 8, Cameron 2.

Yantis - Jesus Olayo 14, Zach Leatherwood 11, Houston Tibbs 8, Randi Smith 4, Jordan Thompson 4, Terry Thompson 3, Justin Boren 2.

Saltillo JV 53, Como-Pickton 17

COMO - Methe scored 12 points to lead Saltillo to the non-district victory.

Contributing eight points each for the Lions were Poor, Mobley and Parris.


Martins Mill 66, North Hopkins 47

BIRTHRIGHT - The No. 1 and No. 3-ranked teams in Class A met Tuesday, and the top-ranked squad won out.

North Hopkins senior Katy Williams and Martins Mill sophomore Jordan Barncastle, a transfer from Princeton, hooked up in a low-post duel, and it was a draw. Williams finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal, while Barncastle had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

Martins Mill held a 30-27 lead at halftime and kept edging away in the second half.

"The difference was, they hit the outside shots in the second half that they didn't hit in the first half," said NH head coach Tim Menke. "We had to help out on their big girl, and that left some of their shooters open."

Martins Mill had three other players beside Barncastle score in double figures.

North Hopkins junior Ebbonye Johnson added 11 points and seven rebounds, and senior Nancy Castro contributed eight points and five rebounds.

Martins Mill 20 10 21 15 -66

North Hopkins 15 12 15 5 -47

Martins Mill - Barncastle 20, Daniel 15, L. Williams 10, Tindle 8, Wilson 3, C. Williams 10, Chaney 2.

North Hopkins - Ebbonye Johnson 11, Nancy Castro 8, Cayla Newkirk 1, Katy Williams 22, Jessi Mannis 5.

Saltillo 49, Como-Pickton 35

Chloe Roberts, Winter Stevens and Jessica Gilbreath all scored in double figures to lead Saltillo past Como-Pickton.

Roberts led all scorers with 24 points, while Stevens added 11 and Gilbreath 10.

Como-Pickton was paced with eight points apiece by freshmen Delandria Lewis and Maci Kight, who was an All-Tournament selection last weekend at the Prairiland Tournament, and Mollye Lay.

Saltillo - Chloe Roberts 24, Winter Stevens 11, Jessica Gilbreath 10.

Como-Pickton - Mollye Lay 8, Maci Kight 8, Delandria Lewis 8,  Kaycee Thomas 7.

Yantis 45, Fruitvale 14

YANTIS - Sarah Collins and Jayna Bevill both scored in double figures, and the Yantis Lady Owls received excellent defensive play in notching the win.

Collins spearheaded the team's scoring with 18 points to go with seven boards and six assists. Bevill added 12 points and five rebounds, and Stacy Ponder added seven rebounds and three steals. Christina Bean contributed six points and five boards.

"Not showing up in the stat sheet, though, was the impressive defensive performance by Esther Fernandez, backup senior guard," said Yantis head coach Randy Phillips. "Freshmen guards Amanda Collins and Amanda McKinney also played well off the bench."

Fruitvale 6 4 2 2 -14

Yantis 16 9 10 10 -45

Fruitvale - B. Hodges 7, B. Yates 4, A. Edwards 3.

Yantis - Sarah Collins 18, Jayna Bevill 12, Christina Bean 6, Stacy Ponder 2, Jamie Snider 4, Starla Burchfield 3.

Cumby 40, Union Hill 26

CUMBY - Karen Lacey produced a double-double and Mary Ugalde also scored in double figures to pace the Cumby Lady Trojans (4-7).

Lacey finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Ugalde added 11 points, four rebounds and four steals. Scarlett Tarno contributed seven rebounds and four steals, while Lindsey Lemon, Morgan Lott and Courtney Steward each had at least three rebounds and three points.

"In the first half, we couldn't find the basket," said Cumby head coach Renee' Morris. "We did come out and play a good second half."

Cumby plays in the Rockwall Christian tournament at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow against Cambridge.

Union Hill 4 7 6 9 -26

Cumby 8 11 11 10 -40

Union Hill - Prince 13, Johnson 8, Jones 2, Start 2, McDonald 1.

Cumby - Mary Ugalde 11, Karen Lacey 13, Scarlett Tarno 3, Lindsey Lemon 4, Morgan Lott 3, Courtney Steward 4, Kasidy Huddleston 2.

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