Area Basketball: North Hopkins Lady Panthers playing for title
From Staff Reports

Dec. 10, 2005 - The North Hopkins Lady Panthers will be playing in the finals of the Freeman Parish Tournament today after posting a pair of wins on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Yantis boys and girls made a clean sweep of East Texas Christian Academy on Friday in their homecoming contests.

GIRLS

North Hopkins 55, Como-Pickton 25

BIRTHRIGHT - Senior guard Nancy Castro hit five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points to lead the Lady Panthers to a first-round victory in  Freeman Parish Tournament.

Castro also had a team-high five steals, as did sophomore Jessi Mannis, who finished with four points and seven assists.

NHHS senior Katy Williams just missed a double-double with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Junior Ebbonye Johnson added even points, and Sabra Thomas finished with six points and five boards.

For Como-Pickton, Katie Moss had nine points to pace the Lady Eagles' offense. Ashley Mowat added six points. Jill Sturgill led the team in rebounds with six.

Como-Pickton 4 4 9 8 -25

North Hopkins 19 11 15 10 -55

Como-Pickton - Katie Moss 9, Spaid 3, Ashley Mowat 6, Harrison 3, Humphrey 4.

North Hopkins - Nancy Castro 23, Sabra Thomas 6, Katy Williams 10, Ebbonye Johnson 7, Jessi Mannis 4, Cayla Newkirk 5.

North Hopkins 43, Bland 29

BIRTHRIGHT - Jessi Mannis scored a game-high 16 points, including three 3-pointers, as North Hopkins won the second-round game at the tournament to advance to the championship game.

The Lady Panthers will take on Honey Grove at 1 p.m. today for the tournament title.

Against Bland, Katy Williams put up another double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Sabra Thomas added four points and seven boards and Cayla Newkirk chipped in three points, rebounds, two steals and two assists.

Bland took a 10-2 lead after the first period, but the Lady Panthers outscored them in every quarter after that, holding a 20-17 lead at halftime.

Bland 10 7 8 4 -29

North Hopkins 2 8 9 14 -43

Bland - Poe 2, Clark 13, Twiss 4, Johnson 4, McKee 6.

North Hopkins - Cayla Newkirk 3, Sabra Thomas 4, Katy Williams 14, Ebbonye Johnson 4, Jessi Mannis 16, Nancy Castro 2.

Yantis 43, ETCA 22

YANTIS - After a slow start, the Lady Owls had no problems over the final 2 1/2 quarters to win their homecoming contest over East Texas Christian Academy.

Jamie Snider led the team offensively with 11 points, four steals and two assists, while Sarah Collins provided 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Lady Owls were down 14-10 in the second quarter before they made a turn-around on defense and went on a 28-4 run that ended late in the third quarter. ETCA scored almost half of its points in the first quarter.

Jayna Bevill added six points, three rebounds and three steals, and Christina Bean had four boards and four points for Yantis.

ETCA 10 6 2 4 -22

Yantis 10 13 15 5 -43

ETCA - M. Munoz 14, H. Craft 4, S. Stidham 2, K. Pierce 2.

Yantis - Jamie Snider 11, Sarah Collins 10, Jayna Bevill 6, Jamie Gilliland 5, Stacy Ponder 4, Christina Bean 4, Rachel Spurgeon 2, Amanda Collins 1.

BOYS

Yantis 76, ETCA 33

YANTIS - The Owls went up 27-5 in the first period and cruised to a 43-point win over East Texas Christian Academy in their homecoming.

"It was a good homecoming win for us," said coach Harold Gilbreath. "Jordan Davis, a sophomore, had his best game to date. We had five players in double figures and another with nine. It was a great team effort.

Davis registered a double-double with a game-high 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and 10 assists to go with six rebounds and three steals. Jeremy Hurley added 13 points and nine rebounds, Jarred Brown recorded 11 points and seven boards, T.J. Moreland had 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals, and Chris Thompson scored nine points. Jonathan Cook added nine points and nine rebounds.

The Owls improved to 8-4 and will travel to Dodd City on Tuesday for their next action.

ETCA 5 11 6 11 -33

Yantis 27 11 22 16 -76

ETCA - Andrew Deville 8, Jamey Hubbard 5, Samuel Sears 5, Rhet Wylie 5, Greg Parker 4, Taylor Ellis 2.

Yantis - Jordan Davis 19, Jeremy Hurley 15, Jarred Brown 11, T.J. Moreland 10, Chris Thompson 10, Jonathan Cook 9, Colten Glenn 2, Alfonso Vargas 2.

Yantis JV 70, ETCA JV 9

YANTIS - ETCA managed just two points over the first three periods as Yantis improved to 8-3 on the season.

Daniel Cerrentani led the Owls with 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and Cord Burnett added 11 points on three 3-pointers. Houston Tibbs contributed 14 points.

ETCA JV 2 0 0 7 -9

Yantis JV 26 10 15 19 -70

ETCA JV - Burkett 6, Danforth 2, Williamson 1.

Yantis JV - Daniel Cerrentani 19, Houston Tibbs 14, Cord Burnett 11, Justin Boren 8, Randi Smith 6, Jesus Olayo 4, Zach Leatherwood 4, Zack Wester 4.

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