The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

February 13, 2013

Lucas Lovejoy spoils Lions season finale

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

By STEVE SHWARTS
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE —   District champion Lucas Lovejoy rallied from an early deficit to beat Greenville 63-55 in the Lions’ season finale on Tuesday in the Lions Den.

  Jordan Reed fired in 21 points to lead the Leopards, who also picked up 13 points each from Trever Eckard and Chris Ford as they wrapped up District 13-4A play with a 13-1 record.

  Marquis Taylor fired in 12 for Greenville, while Dartannon Wilson pumped in 11 for the Lions, who finished at 15-18 overall and 4-10 in district.

  “Even though we didn’t make it to the playoffs, the kids worked hard,” said Lions coach Marcus Smith. “They never gave up. They never quit. A couple of games it was just a couple of possessions here and there that kept us out of the playoffs. I’m proud of my team. I want to thank the community for all their support.”

  Greenville got off to a fast start as Wilson’s 3-pointer and Taylor’s bucket gave the Lions the 5-0 advantage on their first two shots.

  Jake Flaggert got the visitors on the scoreboard with 6:45 left in the opening quarter. Flaggert nailed a jump shot and hit a free throw to get Lucas Lovejoy within 14-12 after one.

  Lovejoy grabbed its first lead with 34 seconds left before halftime as Reed nailed a 3-pointer to put the Leopards up 34-33.

  The Leopards stretched their lead to 52-41 with 6:38 left, only to have Greenville rally with back to back 3-pointers by Marlon Mack to cut the lead to 52-47 with 5:31 left.

  Greenville got to within 56-53 on Darion Neal’s two free throws with remaining but Lovejoy outscored the Lions 7-2 in the final two minutes to seal the win.

  Lovejoy, now 22-10 for the season, advances to the playoffs.

                           District 13-4A boys

Lucas Lovejoy    12     22    13    16    —63

Greenville           14    19      6     16    —55

  LL: Adam McDaniel 3, Jordan Reed 21, Cameron Knight 2, Trever Eckard 13, Sam Victor 2, Chris Ford 13, Jake Flaggert 8.

  G: Collen Wilburn 8, Jason Thomas 2, Marquis Taylor 12, Marlon Mack 6, Darion Neal 7, Dartannon Wilson 11, Brady Mulkey 6.

  Records: LL 22-10, 13-1; G 15-18, 4-10.

                           Junior varsity boys

Lucas Lovejoy    9    16    21    17    —63

Greenville         12    11    10      7    —40

  LL: Sam Meaders 23, Bowman Seilers 14.

  G: Derren Wilson 16, Shaquille Anderson 8.

                           Freshman boys

Lucas Lovejoy    19    11    17    17    —64

Greenville           13     7    16    21    —57

  LL: Aaron Fuller 14.

  G: Trevon Heard 17, Spencer Gilbert 17, Tyren Nelson 10.



Wolfe City 53,

Celeste 40

  WOLFE CITY — Wolfe City built a 28-13 halftime lead and then hung on for a 53-40 District 15-A win over the Celeste Blue Devils on Tuesday.

  Malik Gaffney led the Wolves with 11 points, while Hunter Bostick and Cody Harbin both tossed in 10 points.

  Justin Heuber topped Celeste with 12 points and Braden Morrow added 11.

                       District 15-A boys

Celeste          8      5    17    10    —40

Wolfe City    14    14    14    11    —53

  C: Justin Heuber 12, Braden Morrow 11, Austin Shatto 7, Tim Herman 4, Blake Garcia 2, Cody Evans 2, Dalton Edge 2.

  WC: Malik Gaffney 11, Hunter Bostick 10, Cody Harbin 10, Colton Quirl 9, Justin Wilkinson 8, Marston 2, Andre Brown 2, Tim Lloyd 1.

                     Junior varsity boys

Celeste        8    7    10      8    —33

Wolfe City    3    4    12    11    —30

  C: Jordan Wright 11, Gavin Corley 9.

  WC: Blassingame 10.



Edgewood 43,

Lone Oak 32

  LONE OAK — Edgewood handed Lone Oak a 43-32 loss in the Buffaloes’ season finale on Tuesday.

Sawyer Zachary fired in 12 points as Lone Oak finished at 14-17 for the season and 6-8 in district play.

  Edgewood, now 11-3 in district, will advance to the playoffs.

                      District 14-2A boys

Edgewood    18    11    7      7    —43

Lone Oak       4      8    9    11    —32

  E: Sharff 13, Tyner 9, Davidson 6, Beckham 5, Sharff 4, Bundy 3, Dillard 3.

  LO: Sawyer Zachary 12, Coleton Lasseter 8, Clint Mahand 6, Ethan Fite 4, Keegan Willson 2.

  Record: LO 14-17, 6-8; E 11-3.



Campbell (girls) 64,

Bloomburg 28

  MOUNT VERNON — Haley Davidson hit 36 points to spark the Campbell Lady Indians to a 64-28 Class A Division II bi-district win over Bloomburg on Tuesday.

  Davidson scored 30 of her points in the first half while leading the Lady Indians to a 49-19 halftime advantage. She sank a career-high eight 3-pointers.

  Breanna Ashmore also chipped in 10 points for the Lady Indians, who improved to 21-9 for the season.

  “It’s a great start to the playoffs,” said Campbell coach Steve Guffey. “They’ve come a long ways. At one time this year we were 2-6.”

  The Lady Indians will advance to the area round to play No. 3 state-ranked Dodd City on Friday at Bland High School in Merit. The time has not been determined.                             

                    Class A bi-district

Campbell    24    25    5    10    —64

Bloomburg    8      9    5      6    —28

  C: Haley Davidson 36, Breanna Ashmore 10, Jordan Davidson 6, Kaylin Stigall 6, Emily Ashmore 2, Sarah Taylor 2, Beca Christensen 2.

  B: Stephenson 11.

  Record: C 21-9.

  Next game: Celeste vs. Dodd City, Friday, Bland.



Rockwall Heritage 34,

GCS 31

  Rockwall Heritage spoiled Greenville Christian School’s season finale on Tuesday, downing the Eagles 34-31.

  Eric Tamez led the victors with 11 points.

  Will Martens topped GCS with eight points, while David Chandler and Morgan Henry both added seven points.

                                  TAPPS District 3-2A boys

Rockwall Heritage    15      9    4    6    —34

Greenville Christian  12    11    6    2    —31           

  HCA: Zach Clarke 7, Nathan Mateer 7, Garrett Blankenship 5, Josh Edge 2, Preston Smalley 2, Eric Tamez 11.

  GCS: Andy Henderson 2, Will Martens 8, Luke Johnson 3, David Chandler 7, Morgan Henry 7, Nathan Weaks 2.

                                   Junior varsity boys

Rockwall Heritage        5    7    12    11    —35

Greenville Christian     7    8      6      7    —28   

  RCA: Migneault 13.

  GCS: Austin Bratton 12.

       

GCS (girls) 36,

East Texas Christian 33

  Greenville Christian’s Lady Eagles secured a 36-33 home win over East Texas Christian of Tyler on Monday in the Eagles Nest.

  Sophie Wimberley paced GCS with 10 points and Meaghan Brown added nine.