Time is Getting Short

Only a few weeks remain as teams jockey for playoff position

From Staff Reports

Jan. 19, 2008 - Several Hopkins County teams are making strong pushes for the playoffs with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

North Hopkins, Yantis, Saltillo and Miller Grove girls and boys along with the Cumby boys are all in position to reach the postseason. Yantis and Saltillo were both double winners on Friday.

GIRLS

Yantis 63, Cumby 43

CUMBY - The Yantis Lady Owls finished the first half of District 18-A with a perfect 4-0 record after a 63-43 win over Cumby Friday night.

The Lady Owls, who have no seniors on the team, defeated North Hopkins 52-38 on Tuesday for their first win over the Lady Panthers in over a decade.

The Lady Owls got off to a poor start and fell behind 5-2 after the first quarter. After that, it was all Yantis and the Lady Owls took a 22-15 lead at intermission and a 40-33 advantage into the final eight minutes.

"These girls just don't have any quit in them. They play injured and they play hard," Yantis head coach Jennifer Payne said. "Blanca Reyna and Amanda Collins really stepped up tonight and did a great job, but it was really a team win. Our defense just got after them." 

Reyna and Collins each hit for 18 points while Shelby Allen added nine, with Amanda McKinney and Stephanie Hogg each hitting seven and Rachel Spurgeon five.

Savanah Neal had 18 for Cumby, followed by Scarlett Tarno with 12.

The Lady Owls evened their season slate to 10-10 and stand alone at the top of the district race with the 4-0 record. Boles is 3-1, North Hopkins 2-2, Cumby 1-3 and Union Hill 0-4.

Saltillo 46, Dodd City 30

DODD CITY - Winter Johnson led No. 1-ranked Saltillo with 21 points, scoring 15 of those in the first half, to keep the Lady Lions' District 22-A record spotless at 9-0 with a double-digit win.

Teammate Stephanie Methe added 11 points, all in the first half, as Saltillo led 30-15 at halftime.

The Lady Lions are now 23-2 on the season

Saltillo219106-46

Dodd City31296-30

Saltillo - Stephanie Methe 11, Winter Johnson 21, Emily White 4, Brooke Lane 4, Kimber Thompson 6.

Dodd City - Maxwell 4, Rogers 2, Darwin 10, Herpache 12, Anderson 2.

Miller Grove 38, Fannindel 36

MILLER GROVE - The Lady Hornets (11-14, 4-5 in district) held on to fifth place in the district standings with a two-point win over Fannindel Friday night.

"We were very sluggish tonight," said MGHS coach Gary Billingsley. "We did not play with any intensity, but somehow managed to get the win."

The Lady Hornets held a 19-14 lead at the half and a 27-25 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Adrian Estrada led the Lady Hornets with 10 points.

Miller Grove travels to Sulphur Bluff Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

Fannindel681111-36

Miller Grove910811-38

Fannindel - Roselynn McGee 9, Burnett 8, R. McGee 7, Aubrey 6, Sims 4, Wilburn 2.

Miller Grove - Adrian Estrada 10, Rebecca George 8, Jamie Hayes 8, Ina Jensen 5, Haley Potts 4, Mari Del Castillo 3.

BOYS

Yantis 78, Cumby 52

CUMBY - After falling behind 10-0, the Yantis Owls came alive to take a 20-15 first quarter lead at Cumby and finally outran the Trojans in a 78-52 District 18-A win.

The win gave the Owls a 3-1 first half finish, and they are now 15-10 overall.

"It took a few minutes to get our press to start creating some problems for Cumby and they came out firing. We felt like we would be all right if we could just get going on offense," Yantis head coach Larry Tucker said. "It was good to see Cord Burnett have such a good game. It was really a great team effort."

The Owls took a 37-28 lead at the half and used a big third quarter to post a 61-39 advantage going into the final frame.

Zach Leatherwood led the Owls with 18 points with Daniel Cerretani and Burnett each hitting 17, Houston Tibbs nine, Randy Smith seven, Jordan Davis five, Tony Garcia added four and Carl Jordan had one point.

Cumby's Kris Stanford led all scorers with 26 and Brixx Hawthorne added 10. Michael Morris, Gary Luna and Brian Clem each hit four apiece for the Trojans.

The Owls travel to Union Hill Tuesday and are off next Friday. The Owls final three games are at home.

The first half of district play had North Hopkins at 4-0; Yantis 3-1; Cumby 2-2; Boles 1-3; and Union Hill 0-4.

North Hopkins 57, Union Hill 32

BIRTHRIGHT - The Panthers improved to 4-0 on the district season with a strong second quarter as they outscored Union Hill, 17-5, to keep Union Hill winless in district play.

North Hopkins held a 14-9 lead after the first quarter, a 31-14 lead at the half and a 47-25 lead after three quarters.

Roger Sancho had a game-high 12 points for the Panthers while Canyon Cockrum added 12 points and Kody Williams scored 10.

Union Hill95117-32

North Hopkins14171610-57

Union Hill - Jimmy Nash 2, Matt Caffey 8, Blake Sanders 3, Nick Lawton 8, Josh DeMoss 6, Cory Thompson 5.

North Hopkins - Canyon Cockrum 12, Jy'Darius Hawkins 6, Bradley Ball 5, Jesus Delgado 2, Lorenzo Rivera 5, Robert White 4, Roger Sancho 13, Kody Williams 10.

Saltillo 42, Dodd City 24

DODD CITY - No. 20-ranked Saltillo held Dodd City to under 10 points in all four quarters to remain undefeated on the District 22-A season.

The Lions (22-3, 8-0) held a 12-6 lead after one quarter, a 28-12 lead at the half and a 36-17 lead after three quarters.

Derek McClure led the Lions with a game-high 11 points.

Saltillo121686-42

Dodd City6657-24

Saltillo - Jocsan Gamez 6, Steven Mobley 2, Derek McClure 11, Nolan Garmon 4, Kenneth Poor 17, Jeff Chandler 2.

Dodd City - Stephens 8, Herndon 4, Peeler 2, Sadler 3, Taylor 4, Renfro 3.

Miller Grove 59, Fannindel 55

MILLER GROVE - The Hornets (19-6, 8-1) held on to second place in District 22-A with a four-point win over Fannindel Tuesday night.

"This was a good win for us," said MGHS coach Gary Billingsley. "Joey Hegseth was a spark plug tonight. He came in and did a great job on both ends of the floor.

"We had a 19-point lead with 4:30 left and they did a good job of creating turnovers and scoring. We need to get better in the fourth quarter."

Yan Heijligers scored 16 points for the Hornets, while Seth Roberts had 15 points, Andrew Steele scored nine, and Hegseth added six points.

Miller Grove travels to Sulphur Bluff at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night

Fannindel1413820-55

Miller Grove13131815-59

Fannindel - Champion 14, Lewis 13, C. Brown 13, Trujillo 7, Sims 6. X. Brown 2.

Miller Grove - Yan Heijligers 16, Seth Roberts 15, Andrew Steele 9, Joey Hegseth 6, Kenny Robbins 4, Tim Heijligers 3, Mason Kerby 2, Cayle Watson 2, Aaron Baylus 2.

Junior Varsity

Yantis 42, Cumby 41 

CUMBY - The Yantis Owl JV boys team stayed undefeated in district at 3-0 .

Chase Phillips had 16 points for Yantis (15-6 overall), followed by Matthew Crayton with nine, Cody Stephens and Gerry Hernandez with five apiece, Eddie Herrera three, and Jereme Smith and Justin Sherill scored two each.

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