Yantis wins two games; Saltillo tops NH boys

From Staff Reports

Nov. 20, 2007 - In basketball action Monday night, the Yantis Owls and Yantis Owls were both victorious as they prepare for their Thanksgiving Day break.


Yantis 51, Fruitvale 21 

YANTIS - The Yantis Lady Owls crushed Fruitvale Monday night 51-21 for their first win. Yantis streaked to a 23-4 first quarter lead and never looked back.

"It was great to get the win. The girls really played hard and I am proud of them," Yantis coach Jennifer Payne said. "We have improved each game we have played."

Junior Amanda McKinney had a big game on the boards with nine rebounds and she also chipped in eight points. Junior Stephanie Hogg led the Lady Owls with 12 points. Sophomore Shelby Allen added eight points, six steals, six rebounds and three assists.

Another sophomore, Marissa Lennon, also put up eight points and six rebounds. Junior Amanda Collins hit for seven points and hauled in six rebounds, freshman Teresa Ortiz and sophomore Bailey Hunt each had three points and Rachel Spurgeon added a bucket.

The Lady Owls (1-2) will host Dodd City at 6 p.m. today.

Avery 47, Miller Grove 33

AVERY - Avery built its lead by outscoring Miller Grove by a few points each period.

Avery took a 13-8 first quarter advantage and a 25-16 lead at halftime.

Miller Grove (1-2) was led in scoring by Haley Potts with 14 points and Rebecca George with 10.

The Lady Hornets host Mineola at 6 p.m. today.

Miller Grove 8 8 8 9 -33

Avery 13 12 11 11 -47

Miller Grove - Haley Potts 14, Rebecca George 10, Ina Jenson 5, Adrian Estrada 2, Jamie Hayes 2.

Avery - Brittany Singleton 17, Tyranie Ricks 14, Tasha McCarty 12, Kelly Flowers 4.


Yantis 62, Fruitvale 33

YANTIS - The Yantis Owls took a 30-12 lead at the half and flew to a 62-33 win over Fruitvale Monday night to raise their season slate to 4-1.

"Our defense was the key to this game. We did a good job of shutting down their three-point shooters," Yantis coach Larry Tucker said. "Houston Tibbs came up big for us on the boards and he also drew two charging fouls for the second game in a row."

Tibbs had 13 rebounds, two points and dominated the boards in the contest. Daniel Cerretani led Owl scorers with 23 points followed by Tony Garcia with 10. Jordan Davis, Bryan Green and Zach Leatherwood each had eight points. Leatherwood also had 10 rebounds and four assists, with Davis grabbing six rebounds and three steals. Allen Rose added three points and four assists. Cord Burnett had five assists and three steals.

The Owls will host Dodd City at 7:30 p.m. today.

Avery 80, Miller Grove 68

AVERY - The Miller Grove Hornets played No. 10-ranked Avery a tough game on the road, but were unable to pull out a victory.

Andrew Steele led the Hornets in scoring with 23 points and Yan Heijligers added 15 . They both hit two 3-pointers. Aaron Baylus chipped in seven.

Miller Grove held a 34-27 lead at halftime, but were outscored 33-13 in the third period. That proved to be their undoing, said head coach Gary Billingsley.

"Our effort was great," Billingsley said. "We just had a three-minute span in the third quarter when we couldn't do anything right. But, that is to Avery's credit - they are a good team."

The Hornets host Mineola at 7:30 p.m. today.

Miller Grove 19 15 13 21 -68

Avery 10 19 33 20 -80

Miller Grove - Andrew Steele 23, Yan Heijligers 15, Aaron Baylus 10, Mason Kerby 7, Cayle Wetson 7, Kenny Robbins 2, Seth Roberts 2, Joey Hegseth 2.

Avery - Taylor Price 24, Matthew Stanley 18, Shawn Hall 13, Seth Peacock 10, Jordan Varlay 6, Jaymar Baty 6, Chaz McCoy 2, Eric Posey 1.

Saltillo 42, North Hopkins 39 (OT)

BIRTHRIGHT - Saltillo's Kenneth Poor scored five of his team-high 18 points in overtime to lead the Lions to a victory in the match-up between Hopkins County schools.

North Hopkins sophomore point guard Jy'Darius Hawkins hit a shot at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime. He finished with a game-high 23 points and teammate Roger Sancho scored nine.

"I am proud of the team for playing a great second half and battling late in the game to send it to overtime," said NH head coach Matt Rager. "We are a young team and as of now, we are having our growing pains and have lost two games by three points and another by six points."

Steven Mobley added 10 points for Saltillo and Jocsan Gamez scored six.

Saltillo 5 8 9 12 8 -42

N. Hopkins 2 9 8 15 2 -34

Saltillo - Jocsan Gamez 6, Steven Mobley 10, Derek McClure 4, Nolan Garmon 4, Kenneth Poor 18.

North Hopkins - Canyon Cockrum 5, Jy'Darius Hawkins 23, Paco Castro 2, Roger Sancho 9.

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