Both the Stonewall and Vanoss boys teams found themselves in dogfights at halftime of their first-round contests Tuesday night at the 2010 Pontotoc Conference Tournament in Allen.
Wes Moreland and Jason Fulks must have delivered good halftime speeches.
The Longhorns scored the first nine points of the third quarter to finally pull away from Asher 59-35.
Meanwhile, the Wolves trailed by three early in the third quarter but went on an impressive 22-2 run to soar past Tupelo 48-29.
Tuesday’s girls games were polar opposites.
The Stonewall Lady Longhorns (No. 12 in Class A), limited Wanette to three total field goals in a 75-20 first-round blowout.
In the other girl’s contest, the Vanoss Lady Wolves got clutch play from sophomore sub Katie Perschbacher and turned back upset-minded Roff 44-35.
Tonight’s consolation schedule includes: Asher versus Wanette girls at 5 p.m.; Tupelo vs. Wanette boys at 6:20; Roff vs. Calvin girls at 7:40 p.m.; Asher vs. Calvin boys at 9 p.m.
The Longhorns were clinging to a 23-22 halftime lead when John Clemmons and Trent Lackey combined for nine quick points to open the third quarter and stretch the SHS advantage to 32-22. Clemons cashed in on a three-point play and added a steal and layup while Lackey, who didn’t score in the first half, got a pair of easy buckets in the paint.
“For the past six games, our first quarter hasn’t been very good,” Moreland said. “I told them we need more intensity in the second half and let our defense lead to our offense and that’s kind of what happened.”
After a free throw by Asher’s C.J. Sisco—who hit a trio of first-half 3-pointers to keep the Indians close) early in the fourth quarter got the Indians with 11 at 43-32, Stonewall put the game away by reeling off 12 unanswered points. Clemmons scored four in the decisice stretch while the other eight points were split between four players.
David Hamilton scored 12 of his game-high 15 points before the break and led the Stonewall offense while Clemmons finished 5-of-6 from the field and 3-of-3 fronm the line for 14 points. The Longhorns hit 18-of-24 free throws in the game compared to 8-of-13 for Asher.
Sisco led Asher with 12 points while Zach Fowler also hit double figures with 10.
Vanoss 48, Tupelo 29
After H.D. Bullard hit two free throws at the 5:25 mark of the third quarter, the Tigers were clinging to an 18-15 lead.
But Vanoss shut down Tupelo over the next eight minutes, outscoring the Tigers 21-2 to take control of the game at 38-22. Michael Hays started the surge with a 3-point basket and Chris Drumgo’s short jumper with 6:48 capped the streak.
Ethan Low led Vanoss with 12 points while Ali Gonzalez added 10 for the Wolves.
Matt Benedict’s eight points paced the Tupelo offense.
Vanoss 44, Roff 35
The Lady Tigers trailed 28-21 at the break, but outscored Vanoss, 9-2, to open the third quarter and when NaTosha Logsdon scored on a tough move in the paint at the 3:15 mark, it knotted the score at 9-9.
Vanoss freshman Vanessa Cothren—starting in the place of injured Layni Cantwell—used a steal and layup to give the Lady Wolves the lead heading into the final eight minutes. She finished with 10 points for the winners.
Monica Miller hit a 3-pointer to get Roff within 34-33 with 4:11 to play, but Vanoss finished the game on a 10-2 run.
Pershbacher scored her four points during the late Vanoss run and had four of her eight rebounds during the key stretch.
“She stepped up big-time,” Fulks said. “And I’m also proud of Vanessa Cothren. She’s playing well for a freshman.”
Katie Priest led Vanoss (5-3) with 15 points, nine rebonds and three steals. Gage Parker, the team’s leading scorer, got into early foul trouble, picked up her fourth with 2:49 left in the third quarter before fouling out with eight points.
Logsdon had a solid all-around game for Roff, finishing with nine points, 13 rebounds and six steals. Sophomore Sarah Gross scored nine points off the bench for Scott Roe’s club.
The Lady Longhorns built a 22-4 lead after one quarter and extended it to 45-6 at the break.
Four Stonewall players reached double digits, led by Brettney Brady’s 18-point outing. Kim Helms followed with 11 while Savannah Burwell and Breann Gipson added 10 each.
Wanette scored 14 of its 20 points from the free throw line with Tessa Perkins leading the way with seven.