|Avinger spoils Senior Night against Yantis|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Feb. 9, 2005 - YANTIS - The District 20-A playoff picture is still cloudy after the regular season finales for Avinger and Yantis Tuesday night.
The Avinger Lady Indians and Saltillo Lady Lions both won Tuesday night, necessitating a playoff for the district championship Friday night at Hart's Bluff. Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
On the boys side, Avinger pulled off a 62-53 win over Yantis, and forced a playoff with the Owls with a site, date and time to be determined. The last playoff appearance for the Owls was during the 1986-87 season.
Avinger 46, Yantis 29
On Senior Night at Yantis, the Avinger Lady Indians spoiled the evening for Yantis behind a double-double from Avinger's Shay Dowell with 13 points and 10 boards in the double-figure win.
Avinger finished out the regular season 23-2 overall and 9-1 in district 20-A, Div. II play, while Yantis finished at 2-8 in district play.
Yantis' only lead of the game was at 4-3 when Sarah Collins nailed a jumper with 1:15 remaining in the first quarter as she finished with 13 points for the Lady Owls.
Yantis got to within 10 points at 28-18 when Collins went coast to coast on a fast-break layup with 1:24 remaining in the third period.
Lady Owl Falon Honea scored six points on two-of-seven shooting with two rebounds and one steal. Collins also had six rebounds, six steals and one assist in the game.
Avinger 9 11 14 12 -46
Yantis 5 3 12 9 -29
Avinger - Dominike Moody 6, Whitney Samples 5, Amber Hatten 7, Amy Stroman 6, Shay Dowell 13, Anna McNeil 9.
Yantis - Christina Bean 3, Kristen Crabtree 2, Falon Honea 6, Sarah Collins 13, Jamie Snider 2, Robbin Allen.
Avinger 62, Yantis 53
Senior Night did not go as well as coach Harold Gilbreath and the No. 12-ranked Yantis Owls would have liked Tuesday night.
Yantis ends the regular season at 20-8 overall and 6-4 in district play, and Gilbreath said the road this year has not been easy for the Yantis Owls.
"We haven't done anything easy all year and we lost two district ball games that were really tough losses, and then we won two games that were big wins," the coach said.
Behind a triple-double from junior Tyrus Dowell with 31 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, the Indians held on to their playoff lives with the victory.
"We knew that Tyrus was going to get his points tonight," Gilbreath said. "I thought Cordero Epps shot the ball extremely well for them, and I thought he was the difference in the ball game tonight."
Epps certainly did his part, coming out in the second half going three-of-four from behind the arc for 11 points and four steals for the Indians.
Avinger jumped out to an early 7-0 lead behind four points from Joseph Young, before Yantis stormed back with a 9-2 run to tie the game on a 3-pointer by Lupe Garcia with 4:40 remaining in the first quarter.
Yantis stormed out in the second quarter, outscoring Avinger 17-11 and put together a 12-0 run over the first four minutes of the quarter for a 26-19 lead.
During the run, Jarrett Russell, Jeremy Hurley,and Colby Ogle scored all of the points for the Owls with Russell hit six points during that stretch.
After taking a 30-28 lead into the locker room, the tide turned on the Owls as the Indians reversed the second quarter score and outscored Yantis 18-11 to take a five-point lead into the fourth quarter.
"Avinger came in a did a really good job tonight and now we have got to come back in a couple of days and do it all over again," Gilbreath said.
As time was winding down in the third quarter, Epps put the dagger in the heart of the Owls with a 3-pointer for the 46-41 lead.
Avinger jumped out once again in the final quarter on an 8-0 run for a 15-point lead at 56-41 with 4:40 remaining. During that stretch, Dowell drained a jumper on an assist from Young with five minutes left in the game.
Russell was able to cut the lead to 60-51 with 1:35 remaining in the game, before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
Russell led the way for Yantis with 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals and two assists, and teammate Cory Elliott chipped in 10 points, two rebounds and one steal.
Young chipped in 12 points for Avinger on six-of-10 shooting to go along with three boards, one steal and one assist.
Avinger 17 11 18 16 -62
Yantis 13 17 11 12 -53
Avinger - William Campbell 4, Cordero Epps 11, Jeremy Lloyd 2, Tyrus Dowell 31, Joseph Young 12, Tony Joubert 2.
Yantis - Corey Elliott 10, Lupe Garcia 8, Patrick McKinney 4, Jarrett Russell 16, Jeremy Hurley 6, Colby Ogle 9.