Miller Grove and Yantis boys win; Yantis and North Hopkins girls lose
From Staff Reports

Nov. 29, 2006 - The Miller Grove boys won on Tuesday, while the girls suffered a loss as both team head into the tournaments they are hosting this weekend.

Play in the 16-team brackets starts tomorrow with Yantis, Cumby and the host teams among the entries. See the accompanying box for all of the first-day schedule.

In other area games on Tuesday, the Yantis boys beat Roxton, while the Yantis and North Hopkins girls each lost.

GIRLS

Honey Grove 52, North Hopkins 29

BIRTHRIGHT - North Hopkins guard Jessi Mannis hit three 3-pointers on her way to 22 points, but the Lady Panthers couldn't match the scoring pace of Honey Grove.

Mannis was the only Lady Panther to score in double figures. Sabra Thomas was the next highest scorer with four points.

For Honey Grove, Ryan Rickman bucketed a game-high 23 points, including 17 in the second half when the Lady Warriors outscored North Hopkins 30-14 to break open a game in which they led 22-15 at the half.

Honey Grove 11 11 14 16 -52

North Hopkins 6 9 8 6 -29

Honey Grove - Katie Williams 10, Neeley Lane 2, Brittany Finney 8, Raven Finney 7, Ryan Rickman 23, Karrissa Green 2.

North Hopkins - Ebbonye Johnson 1, Jessi Mannis 22, Cayla Newkirk 2, Sabra Thomas 4.

Honey Grove JV 54, North Hopkins JV 15

BIRTHRIGHT - Honey Grove outscored the Lady Panther JV in every quarter.

Adesha Bisenius led NH with five points, while Steve McCreary and Courtney Loper had four points each.

Honey Grove 21 10 10 13 -54

North Hopkins 2 3 6 4 -15

Honey Grove - Edwards 6, Wilson 2, Wishard 6, Daniels 4, Reece 6, Martin 7, Mackey 13, Kirby 4, Harris 6.

North Hopkins - Tori Huffman 2, Steva McCreary 4, Adesha Bisenius 5, Courtney Loper 4.

Greenville Christian 64, Miller Grove 32

MILLER GROVE - Greenville Christian took a double-digit lead in the first period and maintained it throughout the game.

Leslie Wagley led Miller Grove (2-5) with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Jamie Hayes scored eight points and Dianne Sparks seven.

"They were just more athletic than we were," said MG head coach Gary Billingsley. "Our girls played hard, but we just need to be more consistent."

Greenville Chr. 22 7 17 18 -64

Miller Grove 2 11 6 8 -32

Greenville Christian - Draughn 17, Flint 15, McDaniel 12, Shadell 7, Howell 6, Stuart 6, Nelson 1.

Miller Grove - Leslie Wagley 10, Jamie Hayes 8, Dianne Sparks 7, Adrian Estrada 5, Mari Delcastillo 2.

Roxton 48, Yantis 41

YANTIS - A 25-19 second half advantage gave the Roxton Lady Lions thewin over the Yantis Lady Owls.

Jamie Snider led all scorers with 26 points for Yantis. Jayna Bevill added nine while Amanda Collins scored three, Shelby Allen and Jamie Gilliland scored two each and Amanda McKinney had one point.

Yantis JV 33, Roxton 18

Yantis girls JV received 14 points from Blanca Reyna. Stephanie Hogg and Bailey Hunt finished with eight points each, and Tracy Glenn had three. 


BOYS

Miller Grove 48, Greenville Christian 31

MILLER GROVE - Jan Heijligers sunk 18 points to lead Miller Grove to their second win of the year.

Reece Evans added eight points for the Hornets (2-3).

"We played hard. We are just inexperienced," said MG head coach Gary Billingsley. "Over the next 14 days, we play nine games, so we will have to grow up fast."

Greenville Chr. 6 6 6 13 -31

Miller Grove 9 14 12 13 -48

Greenville Christian - May 10, Moncrief 8, Nelson 4, Stroud 4, Ducec 3, Lowry 2.

Miller Grove - Yan Heijligers 18, Reece Evans 8, Brady Harmon 6, Seth Roberts 5, Jordan Lennon 4, James Lambert 3, Chance Lee 2, Aaron Baylus 2.

Yantis 70, Roxton 39

YANTIS - A big second half and the hot hand of sophomore Terry Thompson led the Yantis Owls (5-2) to their win over Roxton.

The game started slow with the Owls taking a 11-5 lead after the first quarter and extending that to 26-10 by intermission. A 44-29 second half advantage led to the win.

"I was really proud of the defense. Eleven kids played hard as a team and it paid off," said Yantis coach Larry Tucker. "Terry Thompson has really matured on the floor in a short time and played a great game. We had 10 guys score points and that's what it is going take for us to be successful."

Thompson led Yantis with 16 points while Jordan Davis had 11, Cord Burnett and Jesus Olayo scored eight each, Tony Garcia and Jordan Thompson finished with seven apiece, Randy Smith and Zach Leatherwood had four each, Daniel Cerretani had three and Justin Boren finished with two.

JordanThompson had eight rebounds and a block. Cerretani and Burnett each had four assists, with Leatherwood getting four steals for Yantis.

Roxton JV 29, Yantis JV 20

YANTIS - Cory Thompson had six points, Jereme Smith four, Chase Phillips, Michael Hogg and Eddie Herrerawith three each and Justin Hunt with one for Yantis.

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