Yantis boys and girls win opening round matchups
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 30, 2006 - MILLER GROVE - The Yantis boys and girls started off with nice wins Thursday morning to open the Miller Grove Tournament, but no one had a better day than Jamie Snider.

Snider, senior guard for the Lady Owls, poured in a game-high 37 points as Yantis beat Rivercrest JV 58-47 in the opening round.

The Yantis girls pulled away in the second half of the contest as Snider had at least six points in every period. Jayna Bevill added nine points for the Lady Owls.

Yantis advances to play the winner between Celeste and Mineola at 2 p.m. today.

The Yantis boys, meanwhile, started strong and routed Rivercrest's junior varsity 81-48.

All 11 Owls who played scored points, led by Jordan Davis with 13 points, seven rebounds and a team-high four steals, Cord Burnett with 12 points and five rebounds, and Daniel Cerretani and Zach Leatherwood with nine points each. Terry Thompson, Jordan Thompson and Randy Smith all bucketed eight points.

Davis and Burnett helped Yantis get off to an 8-0 start by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to open the first period. Smith converted a Leatherwood steal into another bucket before Rivercrest could answer.

The first-quarter lead eventually reached 23-7 and Terry Thompson helped break a 5-2 Rivercrest run by hitting a jumper with 50 seconds left.

The Owls forced 31 Rivercrest turnovers, led by Davis' four steals and three take-aways each by Leatherwood and Tony Garcia. Leatherwood also led the team in assists with five, Terry Thompson had four and Garcia three.

In the second quarter, Terry Thompson helped get the Owls rolling with a pair of assists and a conventional 3-point play coming off a midcourt steal.

Yantis finished the quarter on a 12-3 run to take a 43-15 halftime lead. the run was spurred by a one-handed tip-in by Jordan Thompson and a Burnett putback right before the buzzer.

In the third period, it was Leatherwood and Davis who combined to score 13 of the Owls' 18 points. Each player hit a 3-pointer and added an assist to their effort.

In the fourth quarter, coach Larry Tucker did not use any starters, and Cerretani responded with six points in the period and Jesus Olaya added five points with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws.

For Rivercrest JV, Kennedy had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. But, the Rebels made just 18-of-56 shots from the field (32 percent) and 9-of-18 from the free throw line.

Yantis, meanwhile, shot a high percentage. The Owls made 25-of-53 from 2-point land (47 percent) and 7-of-13 (54 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc.

Yantis will play the winner between Celeste and North Lamar JV at 3:15 today in Miller Grove's new gym.

GIRLS

Yantis 9 18 18 13 -58

Rivercrest JV 10 13 16 8 -47

Yantis - Amanda McKinney 5, Shelby Allen 2, Jamie Gilliland 3, Jamie Snider 37, Rachel Spurgeon 2, Jayna Bevill 9.

Rivercrest JV - Lewis 2, Matter 14, Whitaker 2, White 1, Jesse 12, Rivera 2, Birchfield 15.

BOYS

Yantis 23 20 18 20 -81

Rivercrest JV 7 8 10 23 -48

Yantis - Randy Smith 8, Cord Burnett 12, Zach Leatherwood 9, Jordan Davis 13, Jordan Thompson 8, Tony Garcia 2, Justin Boren 1, Bryan Green 6, Daniel Cerretani 9, Jesus Olaya 5, Terry Thompson 8.

Rivercrest JV - Haynes 3, Davidson 7, Brown 9, Cannon 7, Kennedy 11, Hollingsworth 3, Moore 2, Via 1, Hawkins 5.

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