|Caddo Mills sweeps Como-Pickton in district action|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 7, 2006 - COMO - The Como-Pickton Eagles and Lady Eagles were swept by Caddo Mills Friday night during District 17-2A basketball action and will now prepare for the Lone Oak Buffaloes Tuesday night looking for their first district wins.
Caddo Mills 41, Como-Pickton 32
The Lady Eagles (3-14, 0-3 in district) cut the Lady Foxes lead to six points on numerous occasions in the fourth quarter but Caddo Mills answered back on every possession and extended the lead to as much as 11 in the fourth quarter.
Caddo Mills' Kacie Wade nailed a jumper off an assist from Jackie McKamy to take a 40-29 lead with 1:29 remaining in the quarter to thwart any comeback attempt by the Lady Eagles.
Wade scored a team-high 13 points with five rebounds, three steals and one assist for Caddo Mills.
Como-Pickton first-year coach Devin Gabbard said the team is right where he wants them to be in terms of finding ways to try and win ballgames.
"That is exactly what I told them. When you look back at the scores from last year, they didn't compete and there was a lack of focus," he said. "I don't care if we win or lose, I just want to see who wants to go out and compete.
"The last two games have been exactly like this, where we have been on top of that hump and it just takes a little extra push to get over it."
Como-Pickton came out in the first quarter with a very competitive game as Caddo Mills took a 10-9 lead in the quarter.
C-P freshman Maci Kight had seven of the team's nine points in the quarter and gave them a 9-8 lead on a basket off a Rebecca Humphrey assist with under a minute remaining.
After a Humphrey basket to open the second quarter, the Lady Eagles were held scoreless as Caddo Mills went on an 11-0 run and took a 21-11 lead into the intermission.
Como-Pickton came out in the third quarter and received back-to-back 3-pointers from Mollye Lay and Liz Melton to cut the deficit to five points at 23-17.
Lay ended the game with eight points, one steal and one assist, while Melton had five points, three boards, two assists and one steal for the Lady Eagles.
Gabbard said mental mistakes played a part in the outcome of the game as they had 17 turnovers compared to 30 turnovers for the Lady Foxes and were out-rebounded 42-40 in the game.
"There were about four possessions where we had one or two girls that were in the wrong defense or aren't matched up, and in a game like that those four possessions cost us the game," the coach said. "Free throw shooting has been a big nemesis also because last game we went 11-of-19 and I haven't seen the book for this game but I know that we struggled again."
The Lady Eagles shot 11-of-24 from the charity stripe for 45.9 percent and Gabbard said the team needs to shoot 70 percent from the line to be successful.
Kight led the way for Como-Pickton with 15 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one assist.
McKamy pitched in 11 points, three steals and two assists for Caddo Mills while classmate Nichole Finch had six points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Caddo Mills - Barbara Zernick 4, Chelsea Blair 3, Jackie McKamy 11, Kacie Wade 13, Nichole Finch 6, Katrina Nolan 2, Kaylee Thornton 2.
Como-Pickton - Liz Melton 5, Maci Kight 15, Katie Moss 3, Mollye Lay 8, Delandria Pryor 1.
Caddo Mills 67, Como-Pickton 37
A slow start by the Como-Pickton Eagles (9-11, 0-2) found them in a 37-12 deficit heading into the locker room against the Caddo Mills Foxes (17-1, 2-1 in district) Friday night.
Caddo Mills post Selin Turner scored a game-high 24 points to go along with five boards and two steals, while teammates Desmond Brigham and Corey McGregor scored 10 points each. McGregor also had seven rebounds, one steal and three assists.
Caddo Mills jumped out to a 19-4 first quarter lead as Turner scored eight of his 12 first-half points in the quarter.
The Eagles were able to get on the board with 5:35 remaining in the first quarter on a lay-up by senior Clayton Humphrey for an 8-2 deficit.
The pressure defense of the Foxes caused 19 first-half turnovers for the Eagles and Caddo Mills held a 29-7 lead midway through the second quarter on a basket by Brigham off a McGregor assist.
Como-Pickton senior post Bo Baxter scored 13 of the team's 25 points in the second half and finished with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Humphrey had seven points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist. Senior Brian Hicks scored seven points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist.
The Foxes shot 18-of-23 from the free-throw line for 78.3 percent compared to 7-of-19 (36.8 percent) for the Eagles in the game and the Eagles had more turnovers (34-12) and fewer steals (15-4).
Caddo Mills - Desmond Brigham 10, Selin Turner 24, Corey McGregor 10, Casey McGregor 3, Eric Jeffery 8, Ryan Cooper 4, Daniel Crisp 6, Derek Jeffery 2.
Como-Pickton - Brian Hicks 7, Reece Caddell 4, Josh Telfer 4, Clayton Humphrey 7, Bo Baxter 15.