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From Staff Reports

Dec. 30, 2007 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats lost their second straight game at the 13th annual Century Bank/Fouke Classic on Friday, while the Yantis Owls broke a three-game losing streak with a 74-51 win over Class 2A Grand Saline.

Meanwhile, in girls action, the Saltillo Lady Lions defeated Harleton, 30-10, in a non-district contest.

Boys

Magnolia, Ark. 46, SSHS 38

FOUKE, Ark. - Sulphur Springs trailed 21-16 heading into intermission Friday night against the Panthers and trailed 29-27 after three quarters of play.

SSHS first-year coach Braughn Curtis said the Wildcats are playing good basketball but still making turnovers at key stretches of the game.

"We had 13 turnovers in the game last night," the coach said. "We had those on key possessions late in the game and then Magnolia would stall the ball in the final three minutes of the game and we would have to foul."

Curtis said Magnolia, which went 14-of-23 from the free throw line, was very disciplined and one of the best teams they have played all year.

Wildcat junior post Jonathan Lee led the team with nine points, while teammate Tyrik Rollison added seven points.

SSHS is now 13-6 on the year and will face Idabel, Okla. at 4:20 p.m. today in their final game of the Classic. The Wildcats will return to Wildcat Gym at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against the Wills Point Tigers.

"The teams during this tournament have been tough for us and we have found ways to stay close in every game," Curtis said. "Our game today will be another tough matchup and we need to come ready to play in order to get a win."

SSHS 7 9 11 11 -38

Magnolia 8 13 8 17 -46

SSHS - Tyrik Rollison 7, Rashad Hall 5, Andrew Panter 2, Colton Nash 6, Bryant Jackson 3, Jonathan Lee 9, Dequalin Evans 3, Anthony Mills 3.

Magnolia - Alexander 16, Lambert 11, Martin 9, Team 10.

Yantis 74, Grand Saline 51

YANTIS - After leading 13-11 on a Jordan Davis shot at the buzzer in the first quarter, the Owls ran off a 24-14 second quarter to take a 37-25 lead at intermission.

The Owls took a 57-45 lead into the final quarter and outscored Grand Saline 17-6 to gain the 74-51 win.

"We played man-to-man the whole game and I thought the guys did real well. We really needed a win and we played a great team game," Yantis head coach Larry Tucker said. "These kids just don't have any quit in them. Cerretani (Daniel) and Davis (Jordan) both did a great job. Randy Smith did good on the boards. Tony Garcia gave us an early spark, and Terry Thompson came off the bench to play a great second half."

The Owls were led by Cerretani's 19 points and six assists. Davis added 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Smith hit for nine points and had nine rebounds.

Garcia and Thompson each hit for eight points, with Zach Leatherwood getting seven, Allen Rose three and Cord Burnett two.

"When guys are doing the little things it leads to more success. Rose did a great job of handling the ball and Leatherwood came up with two key plays when we needed them," Tucker added. "We showed a lot of improvement today over the past three games, especially inside."

The Owls are now 12-7 for the year and will open District 18-A at home against Union Hill Jan. 4. That night will also be homecoming for Yantis.

Girls

Saltillo 30, Harleton 10

HARLETON - After playing to a 6-6 tie heading into the second quarter, the Saltillo Lady Lions defense held Harleton scoreless in the second and fourth quarters and outscored them 24-4 the remainder of the game to take the win Friday afternoon.

Winter Johnson led the way for Saltillo with nine points, while Stephanie Methe added eight points.

The Lady Lions held a 9-6 lead at the half and a 19-10 lead after three quarters.

Saltillo 6 3 10 11 -30

Harleton 6 0 4 0 -10

Saltillo - Stephanie Methe 8, Winter Johnson 9, Emily White 2, Brooke Lane 6, Jessica Gilbreath 3, Kimber Thompson 2.

Harleton - S. Eldridge 2, E. Jackson 4, C. Lyons 2, E. Griffith 2.

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