Saltillo girls successfully defend their ranking; Miller Grove boys open district with victory

From Staff Reports

Dec. 12, 2007 - The No. 1 ranked team in the state, the Saltillo Lady Lions, opened district play with a big win over Savoy on Tuesday, while Miller Grove and North Hopkins lost their games.

On the boys side, Yantis defeated Greenville Phoenix, while Cumby lost to Fruitvale, and Miller Grove opened district with a big win over Campbell.

Girls

No. 1 Saltillo 50, Savoy 28

The No. 1 team in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches opened up District 22-A with a big win Tuesday night.

Winter Johnson led Saltillo with 25 points, while Stephanie Methe added eight points.

The Lady Lions are now 14-2 overall and 1-0 in district.

Saltillo 15 20 7 8 -50

Savoy 3 10 9 6 -28

Saltillo - Stephanie Methe 8, Winter Johnson 25, Sarah Clover 2, Brooke Lane 7, Jessica Gilbreath 6, Kimber Thompson 2.

Savoy - Bigbee 2, Hall 2, Metcalf 1, Foster 4, Curry 19.

Celeste 56, North Hopkins 36

North Hopkins (3-11) was led by Megan Lehr with 10 points while teammate Tana Hall scored nine points Tuesday night.

Celeste held a 30-14 lead at the half and a 43-23 lead after three quarters.

North Hopkins 8 6 9 13 -26

Celeste 21 9 13 15 -58

North Hopkins - Cayla Newkirk 4, Megan Lehr 10, Tana Hall 9, Chrissy Hall 2, Courtney Loper 4, Chastin Smiddy 6.

Celeste - Team 17, Frasier 1, Fitzgerald 8, Claxton 8, Burden 2, Brooks 13, Giles 4, Davis 2.

Campbell 53, Miller Grove 42

Campbell was led by Kelly and Katie Ross with 23 and 13 points, respectively, in their win over Miller Grove in the District 22-A opener.

The Lady Hornets (6-8, 0-1) were outscored 37-26 in the second half as both teams were tied 16-16 going into the locker room.

"The girls played well," said MG head coach Gary Billingsley. "We just need to do the little things to win games like this one."

Ina Jensen led Miller Grove with 16 points.

Campbell 6 10 13 24 -53

Miller Grove 2 14 11 15 -42

Campbell - Kelly Ross 23, Katie Ross 13, Brittany Haas 7, Williams 6, Jaro 3, Reynolds 1.

Miller Grove - Ina Jensen 16, Mari Del Castillo 9, Rebecca George 7, Adrian Estrada 5, Haley Potts 3, Jamie Hayes 2.

Boys

Yantis 67, Greenville Phoenix 18

YANTIS - After suffering two tough losses to Bloomburg and Detroit in the Sulphur Bluff tournament, the Yantis Owls got back on the winning track with a lopsided win over Greenville Phoenix Charter School.

The Owls were led by Daniel Cerretani with 17, Jordan Davis 12, Cord Burnett and Carl Jordan 10 each, Allen Rose nine and Tony Garcia seven.

The Owls raised their season record to 11-4 and play a tough road game at No. 11 Trenton on Friday.

Fruitvale 54, Cumby 50

Kris Stanford had a double-double for Cumby (2-5) with 10 points and 14 rebounds to go along with three assists and four steals Tuesday.

Brixx Hawthorne led the team in scoring with 13 points, six assists, two rebounds and three steals. Teammate Timmy Cook scored 12 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists and eight steals.

Cumby held a 27-24 lead at the half and both teams were tied at 35-35 heading into the final quarter of play.

Cumby 13 14 8 15 -50

Fruitvale 10 14 11 19 -54

Cumby - Kris Stanford 10, Timmy Cook 12, Brixx Hawthorne 13, Michael Morris 2, Brian Clem 4, Michael Cross 9.

Fruitvale - Individual stats not available.

Saltillo 70, Savoy 24

A 18-0 run by Saltillo in the second quarter put the game out of reach on Tuesday.

Jocsan Gamez and Kenneth Poor scored 18 points each for the Lions, while Steven Mobley scored 16 points and Derek McClure added 10.

The Lions are now 1-0 in District 22-A.

Saltillo 20 18 14 18 -70

Savoy 8 0 10 4 -24

Saltillo - Jocsan Gamez 18, Steven Mobley 16, Maikel Groenewold 2, Chris Richey 2, Derek McClure 10, Nolan Garmon 4, Kenneth Poor 18.

Savoy - Douglas 2, Lewis 2, Malone 5, Moore 7, Leyser 4, Camp 4.

Miller Grove 72, Campbell 62

Yan Heijligers led Miller Grove with a game-high 30 points, while Andrew Steele had 14 points and Aaron Baylus scored 11.

"Our intensity was not at the level it need to be at the start of the game," said MGHS coach Gary Billingsley. " We did a better job defensively in the second half."

The Hornets are now 10-4 overall and 1-0 in District 22-A. MG travels to Ladonia Fannindel on Friday.

Miller Grove - Yan Heijligers 30, Andrew Steele 14, Aaron Baylus 11, Seth Roberts 6, Cayle Watson 6, Joey Hegseth 3, Mason Kerby 1, Kenny Robbins 1.

Campbell - Scole 27, Dawson 21, Team 5, Higginbotham 4, Smith 3, Price 2.

North Hopkins 47, Celeste 37

CELESTE - The North Hopkins Panthers held Celeste to 19 points in the second half to pull away to victory.

The Panthers didn't allow a Blue Devil field goal in the third quarter while increasing their 22-18 halftime lead to 26-20.

Sophomore Jy'Darius Hawkins scored 17 points, including going 9-for-10 from the free throw line, to lead NH. Roger Sancho added 13 points and Canyone Cockrum scored seven.

Celeste was led by Sherman and Daugherty with seven points each.

North Hopkins

Celeste 11 7 2 17 -37

North Hopkins - Canyon Cockrum 7, Jy'Darius Hawkins 17, Lorenzo Rivera 4, Paco Castro 3, Robert White 1, Roger Sancho 13, Kody Williams 2.

Celeste - Sephus 3, Wright 3, Zachary 5, Sherman 7, Daugherty 7, Vale 6, Amaro 4.

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