|Both North Hopkins teams win playoff warm-up games|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Feb. 12, 2005- QUINLAN - The No. 4-ranked North Hopkins Lady Panthers are riding into the bi-district round of the playoffs on a 10-game winning streak after a 75-47 victory over the Scurry-Rosser Lady Cats Friday night in a warm-up game.
NH senior Sara Weir scored a game-high 33 points along with three rebounds, eight steals and three assists, while teammate Katy Williams chipped in 23 points and 10 boards along with three steals and three assists.
"We haven't won a warm-up game in like the past five trips to the playoffs so I was real happy with the win," NH head coach Tim Menke said. "I felt like we needed to win today, and we are on a 10-game winning streak which is good for us because I think coming out of non-district are confidence was low."
The Lady Panthers are now 21-8 and will play Maud in the bi-district round of the playoffs with site, date and time to be determined.
The first quarter resembled a playoff atmosphere for both teams as North Hopkins held a 15-14 lead going into the second quarter of play.
Weir and Williams led the way in the first half and during the first quarter combined for 12 of the team's 15 points.
The Lady Cats held a 6-2 lead when Kara Norman nailed a jumper off an assist from Meagan Dover with 5:28 remaining as both teams went back-and-forth during the opening quarter of play.
North Hopkins opened up the second quarter on a 12-0 run behind Weir and Williams for a 29-17 lead with 6:13 remaining in the half.
"I thought we had a good second quarter and I thought our pressure hurt them in the game," Menke said. "We gave up quite a bit of points on their inbound plays tonight and we might need to change some things on those plays before the playoffs roll around."
Menke said Ebbonye Johnson, Chancey Harber, Elizabeth McPherson and Kara Mannis played well during the game as they combined for nine points.
In the second half, the Lady Panthers took control, outscoring Scurry-Rosser 34-21 and held them under 10 points in the fourth quarter of play.
Scurry Rosser had three players with eight points in the game as team high honors - Lindsey Johnson, Norman and Alyson Shavers.
North Hopkins 65, Trenton 61 (OT)
TRENTON - In their first warm-up game before the start of the bi-district playoffs, the North Hopkins Panthers went into overtime against the Trenton Tigers Friday night.
The Panthers (17-10) have one more warm-up game scheduled for Monday night at Ore City against Karnack. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Cory Johnson scored 11 points in the fourth quarter against Trenton, but none bigger than his rebound basket with seven seconds remaining to tie the game at 54-54 and send it into overtime. Johnson finished the game with 13 points and four rebounds.
Zack Horne scored 22 points five rebounds, four assists and two steals to lead the Panthers with game-high honors, while teammate Brandon Glosup had a double-double with 18 points, 14 boards and five blocks.
Trenton had four players in double figures led by Craig Barnes with 18 points, Brian Dockery with 13, Michael Foreman with 12 and Ryan McTee with 11 points.
North Hopkins 10 16 11 17 11 -65
Trenton 10 19 16 9 7 -61
North Hopkins - Zack Horne 22, Kevin Campbell 8, Cory Johnson 13, Jake Cockrum 2, Stevie Crocker 2, Brandon Glosup 18.
Trenton - Ryan McTee 11, Michael Foreman 12, Erik Medrano 7, Craig Barnes 18, Brian Dockery 13.