boosts Sulphur against Latta
SULPHUR — A sluggish start by the Class 2A second-ranked Latta Panthers was a little too much to overcome in a 59-51 loss at Class 3A 11th-ranked Sulphur on Saturday.
Latta, which fell to 19-4 o the season, was outscored by a 17-9 margin in the first quarter and trailed at the half, 33-17, after the Bulldogs went on a 16-8 run in the second period. The Panthers outscored Sulphur, 20-11, in the third, but couldnít get over the hump as the Bulldogs had a 15-14 edge in the fourth.
“We played very poorly and got down by 16 at the half. We didnít play with a sense or urgency. Youíve got to put four good quarters against people like this,” said Latta head coach Donnie Husband.
Treston Tully registered a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a losing cause. He also handed out four assists and one of his shots went for three points. Kade Hayes followed with 10 points, including a pair of treys before fouling out.
Also for the Panthers, Brady Johnson and Derek Epperly chipped in eight points each. Epperly also pulled down six rebounds.
Ryan Beauchamp led Sulphur with 15 points.
Latta plays at Washington on Tuesday night to close out the 2013-14 regular season.
McCollum leads Tupelo to district crown
TUPELO — Corey McCollum registered a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Tupelo Tigers knocked off Sasakwa, 64-47, on Saturday to a Class B district championship.
Chisum Henry followed with 19 points for the winners and John Umsted knocked down a pair of treys and finished with 10 points as Tupelo improved to 14-10 on the season.
The Tigers opened the game with a 21-8 lead after one quarter, but Sasakwa rallied to pull within 29-27 at halftime. Tupelo then posted a 19-8 third quarter and a 16-12 fourth to pull away.
“We played well in the first quarter. I thought we did what we needed to do for the most part, other than the second quarter,î said Tupelo head coach Clay Weller. ìIím proud of the kids and hopefully weíll make some noise in regionals.”
The Tigers will face third-ranked Lookeba-Sickles on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Dale High School in a Class B regional winnersí bracket contest.
Allen girls rally past Roff for district title
ROFF — The Allen Lady Mustangs overcame a 28-11 halftime deficit to outscore the Class A 12th-ranked Roff Lady Tigers by a 31-10 margin in the second half and claim a 42-38 district championship on Saturday.
Sandra Howshar tossed in 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Miranda Raney ended up with 11 points and two treys as well.
Hannah Heck was next on the scoring chart with seven points for the winners. Charlea Leonard followed with five points and seven rebounds and Faith Caldwell registered four blocked shots.
“It was a physical game. I was proud of our girls. We got down by 17 at the half and kept fighting,” said Allen head coach Jeremy Strong. “In the first half, we really couldn’t get anything going offensively or defensively. In the third quarter, we got after them defensively.”
Lauren Trimmer connected on two treys and finished with 11 points to lead Roff and Amy Crawford hit one 3-pointer and finished with nine points. Breecia Crawford followed with seven points in a losing effort.
It was the first time that Allen beat Roff in four attempts this season.
“We played pretty well the first half, but the second half they outplayed us. Their guards worked hard on defense after halftime, and our guard play simply did not respond to it,” said Roff head coach Blake Crawford.
The Lady Mustangs, 14-8 on the season, advance to play Boswell on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Quinton for a regional winners’ bracket clash. Roff will play at 1:30 p.m. in Quinton in an elimination game.
Asher rolls past Cement in Class B
ASHER — All 10 Asher players got into the scoring column as the Class B 14th-ranked Lady Indians hammered Cement, 66-18, to capture a district championship on Saturday.
Shelby Fleming had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to spark Asher to a 21-5 record on the season.
Joining Fleming in double figures were Tarin Dubler with 13, Tristan Milburn with 11 and Haley Odell with 10. Dubler nailed two 3-pointers and recorded seven steals for the Lady Indians. Milburn also had a double-double as she dished out 10 assists and knocked down a game-leading three treys.
“It was a good night. All 10 players on the roster scored,” said Asher head coach Tari Dubler. “We’re looking forward to the regional tournament next week.”
The Lady Indians flourished early with a 22-2 run through the first quarter and a 42-4 halftime advantage. Asher then coasted in the second half, outscoring Cement, 16-7, in the third period and 8-7 in the fourth.
Asher advances to the Class B regionals in the winnersí bracket by facing the Springer-Temple winner on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Marlow.
Latta Lady Panthers sink Sulphur
SULPHUR — Krisha Young and Laramie Edens produced big offensive games as the Class 2A ninth-ranked Latta Lady Panthers crushed host Sulphur, 49-26, on Saturday.
Young led the way with 17 points, including four 3-point jumpers, and Edens followed with 16 points and snatched four rebounds. Shelbey Parnacher and Sydney Brinlee chipped in six points apiece. Parnacher had one trey and grabbed six boards and Brinlee ended up with four rebounds.
Taryn Wood dished out five assists to go with her two points and Maria Priest finished with two points and recorded four steals.
“It was a good win. Sulphur has a good team. We played like I kind of expected. We played well together,” said Latta head coach David Tinkler. “We found the open man. It was really a great team effort. To hold a Sulphur team to 26 points is a good effort. We had a couple of players (Young and Edens) step up and had what I think we career highs.”
The Lady Panthers, who hit 19-of-39 field goal tries in the game, jumped out to a 12-2 advantage after one quarter and went on to a 23-13 halftime lead. It was 39-26 after three quarters and Latta held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless in the fourth while tallying 10 points.
Reilly Williams and Bailee Eldred paced Sulphur with nine points each.
Latta plays at Class 3A and unbeaten Washington on Tuesday night to close out the 2013-14 regular season.