Asher’s girls and boys squads both scored easy victories Wednesday to advance to tonight’s consolation championship games at the Pontotoc Conference Tournament in Allen.
In Wednesday’s opener, the Lady Indians — whose team manager, Leah Hanson, was one of three fatalities in a two-car accident near Asher Tuesday night — exploded for 42 second-half points and beat Wanette, 52-37. Asher will face Roff — a 52-33 winner over Calvin Wednesday — at 5 p.m. for the girls consolation tiatle.
On the boys side, Asher had no trouble with winless Calvin, beating the bulldogs, 59-21, and will meet old rival Wanette at 6:20 for the boys consolation crown. Wanette eased past Tupelo, 36-33, in Wednesday’s only close game.
Both girls semifinals will also be played tonight, with top seed Allen taking on No. 4 Vanoss at 7:40 and unbeaten Stonewall (ranked No. 12 in Class A and the tournament’s second seed) facing No. 3 seed Tupelo at 9 p.m.
Asher 52, Wanette 37
Asher (2-8) trailed 17-10 after a listless first half, but the Lady Indians outscored Wanette, 52-20 after the break and cruised to the easy win — despite getting points from only four players.
Center Erin Casey scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in the second half, and Jamee McDonald had all 15 of her points over the final two periods. Tristan Milburn, who had four of Asher’s 10 first-half points, added eight in the second half, and Kasadi Reimers scored eight after the break.
Tana Middleton scored 15 points and Dakota Brown added 10 for Wanette in the loss.
“We just started making shots in the second half,” Asher coach Jason Schroeder said. “We only gave up 17 in the first half, so we played pretty well defensively. We didn’t do anything differently in the second half, except our shots started going in.”
Roff 52, Calvin 33
Freshman Lauren Trimmer poured in a career-high 21 points, and Roff (4-6) broke open a close game in the second half to beat Calvin.
Trimmer’s big game helped make up for the absence of junior center NaTosha Logsdon, who broke her collarbone during Tuesday’s opening-round loss to Vanoss. Logsdon, Roff’s leading scorer and rebounder, is expected to miss two months.
Monica Miller added eight points and Jordan Grinstead had seven for the Lady Tigers, who outscored Calvin, 31-16, after the break.
Courtney Nolen scored 12 points and Katy Rogers added eight for the Lady Bulldogs.
“We were just glad to get the win,” Roff coach Scott Roe said. “Lauren had a big game. She had to step into that role NaTosha was filling for us, and she responded pretty well.
“We probably didn’t shoot 20 percent, but we got a lot of shots off tonight,” he added. “We didn’t look like we showed up until the third quarter, but once we did show up we played well.”
Asher 59, Calvin 21
C. J. Sisco and Damian Dosher scored 12 points apiece for Asher, which raced to a 40-10 halftime lead.
“We just came out and took care of business and did what we needed to do,” Schroeder said after seeing his boys squad improve to 6-4.
Zac Fowler was also in double figures with 10 points, and Trent Boles added seven for the Indians, who got scoring from eight different players.
Robert Atkisson scored nine points to lead Calvin.
Wanette 36, Tupelo 33
Wanette rallied from an 18-15 halftime deficit and went on to beat Tupelo for the second time this season.
Tupelo’s Jake Sanders had a chance to tie the score after he was fouled on a long 3-point attempt with less than a second left in the game, but he missed all three charity shots. The two teams combined to hit just 13-of-31 free throws, with Wanette connecting on only 7-of-18.
Justin Himes scored a game-high 12 points and Bo Starks added nine for Wanette. Matt Benedict hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points, while Sanders and Jake Frazier had nine points apiece in the loss.
“It was just another one of those games where we felt like we were in position for a win and we just didn’t play well in the second half,” Tupelo coach Clay Weller said after seeing his club lose for the sixth time in seven games to fall to 4-6 on the season. “We have to figure out a way to come out after halftime and play well enough to win. I felt like our inability to keep them off the offensive boards in the second half was a key.”
Tupelo returns to action Tuesday at Pittsburg.