Yantis takes boys championship at MGHS tournament

From Staff Reports

Dec. 3, 2007 - MILLER GROVE - Yantis had three players land on the All-Tournament team at the Miller Grove Tournament, leading the Owls to a one-point, overtime victory over Lone Oak in the championship game on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Lone Oak Lady Buffs made it back-to-back tournament titles by beating Miller Grove in the girls championship.

Two Miller Grove players and one from Cumby made the girls All-Tournament team.


Championship Game

Yantis 62, Lone Oak 61 (OT)

Yantis junior Zach Leatherwood hit a 12-foot jump shot with two seconds left in overtime to give the Yantis Owls an exciting win over previously undefeated Lone Oak.

Daniel Cerretani was named the tournament's MVP after scoring 24 points in the championship game. Leatherwood, who scored 12 points, and Jordan Davis, who had eight points, were also All-Tournament selections for Yantis (9-1).

The Owls fell behind early and were down 19-7 before hitting a shot to make it a 19-9 Lone Oak lead at the end of one quarter. The Owls fought back to bring the score at intermission to within 29-25. The Owls were still down 45-39 facing the final eight minutes.

The Owls. 2-3 zone defense shut down Lone Oak (3-1) in the final quarter and Yantis actually had a 56-53 lead when T. Harvey of hit a 3-pointer with five seconds to go in regulation and knot the score at 56-56.

The teams traded buckets back and forth in the overtime, but a Lone Oak free throw put the Buffaloes up 61-60 with 10.5 seconds to go, setting the stage for Leatherwood's dramatic heroics.

The ball was inbounded to the 5-11 Leatherwood who dribbled to middle of the lane and hit a soft jumper over two defenders and the celebration began.

"I can't say enough about all my kids. I had nine of them play and each one contributed tonight. They showed a lot of character in coming back and then again in overtime to get into position to win the game," Yantis head coach Larry Tucker said. "That's the first tournament championship we have won in a while. A different player kept stepping up when we needed a play."

Randy Smith had eight points and eight boards with Davis and Green each hitting for seven. Davis had nine rebounds and Green had seven.

Yantis travels to Cross Roads Tuesday.

Lone Oak 19 10 16 11 5 -61

Yantis 9 14 14 17 6 -62

Lone Oak - Harvey 12, Stokes 9, Overly 2, Tiguer 17, Jones 19, Kizer 2.

Yantis - Smith 8, Garcia 2, Burnett 2, Leatherwood 12, Green 7, Cerretani 24, Davis 8.


Miller Grove 52, Celeste 41

Three players scored in double figures for the Hornets, who broke open a close game by outscoring Celeste 18-10 in the fourth quarter.

Aaron Baylus scored 15, Andrew Steele had 13, and Yan Heijligers bucketed 12 for the Hornets (6-3).

"The boys are playing with tremendous effort," said MG head coach Gary Billingsley. "This team is getting better each week."

Celeste 8 6 17 10 -41

Miller Grove 17 7 10 18 -52

Celeste - Sephus 4, Wright 6, Zachary 6, Sherman 6, Daugherty 7, Vale 12.

Miller Grove - Kenny Robbins 4, Andrew Steele 13, Seth Roberts 1, Yan Heijligers 12, Cayle Watson 7, Aaron Baylus 15.


Wolfe City 54, Mineola 41

Ackers scored 24 points for Wolfe City, while Jones had 10 for Mineola.

Mineola 5 10 14 12 -41

Wolfe City 18 7 20 9 -54

Mineola - Jones 10, Stubblefield 8, Watkins 9, Mankins 9, Rivera 2, Griffin 2.

Wolfe City - Johnson 4, Fuller 2, Brown 2, King 10, Ackers 24, Mabry 2, Wilkerson 9, Woodruff 1.


Championship Game

Lone Oak 54, Miller Grove 35

Miller Grove fell behind by double digits in the opening quarter and weren't able to catch up, though they did play the Lady Buffs evenly over the final three periods.

Rebecca George led the Lady Hornets with 11 points and Mari Del Castillo bucketed eight. Del Castillo and Ina Jensen both were named All-Tournament for Miller Grove (4-5).

"This is a big step for our girls program," said Coach Billingsley. "The girls competed at a high level this week."

Lone Oak's Marissa Maiwelmal, who scored 10 points in the championship game, was the tournament's MVP. Savanah Brookins (14 points) and Chelsey Lyday (seven points) were also All-Tournament.

Miller Grove's next home game is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against Dallas A+ Academy.

Lone Oak 21 7 12 12 -54

Miller Grove 7 9 10 9 -35

Lone Oak - Brookins 14, Hodges 4, Hammons 2, Moore 6, Brannon 8, Garner 3, Lyday 7, Maiwelmal 10.

Miller Grove - Haley Potts 6, Adrian Estrada 5, Ima Jensen 2, Rebecca George 11, Mari Del Castillo 8, Dianne Sparks 3.

Third Place

Cumby 42, Boles 29

Cumby freshman Savannah Neal scored 22 points against Boles to continue her outstanding tournament and earing an All-Tournament nod.

Cumby outscored Boles in every period, breaking away from a four-point halftime lead to extend the winning margin by 18 points in the second half.

Scarlett Tarno added nine points for the Lady Trojans.

Boles was led by Benton with 13.

Boles 7 11 4 2 -29

Cumby 9 9 12 12 -42

Boles - Gibson 5, Duran 5, Mossman 4, Benton 13, Landers 2.

Cumby - Neal 22, Seely 3, Sartin 2, Tarno 9, Oviedo 6.

Fifth Place

Celeste 44, Yantis 25

Celeste outscored Yantis in every period, holding the Lady Owls to no more than eight points in any quarter.

Stephanie Hogg led Yantis with 10 points, while Celeste was led by Lyday's 14.

Celeste 16 6 7 15 -44

Yantis 7 4 6 8 -25

Celeste - Lyday 14, Frasier 2, Thompson 4, Burden 6, Brooks 4, Giles 8, Shelton 6.

Yantis - Amanda McKinney 2, Amanda Collins 7, Stephanie Hogg 10, Isy Reyna 6.

Bland Tournament


Honey Grove 48, North Hopkins 47

MERIT - The North Hopkins Panthers had a chance to win their second-round game, but were unable to knock down an open shot with seven seconds left.

Coach Matt Rager said Honey Grove's pressure exploited the Panthers' youthful inexperience, leading to 22 turnovers.

"Even with the turnovers, we still had a chance to win the game," he said. "Our age showed tonight. They did a good job pressuring and trapping out of their 1-3-1."

North Hopkins (3-6) was led by sophomore Jy'Darius Hawkins with 14 points, senior Roger Sancho with 13 and junior Canyon Cockrum with 10. Robert White added eight.

North Hopkins 12 9 15 11 -47

Honey Grove 10 16 11 11 -48

North Hopkins - Canyon Cockrum 10, Jy'Darius Hawkins 14, Robert White 8, Roger Sancho 13, Calvin Brey 2.

Honey Grove - Battle 10, Milford 3, Pevey 2, Patt 19, Ramsey 4, Russell 10.

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