The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

January 18, 2014

Lucas Lovejoy sweeps Greenville; Lone Oak stays in first place


Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE —   A slow start hurt the Greenville Lady Lions in a 56-26 District 13-4A loss to Lucas Lovejoy on Friday night in the Lions Den.

  Lovejoy led 18-4 after one quarter and 29-15 at halftime.

  “We made too many turnovers,” said Lady Lions coach Lesa Darst. “We need to handle the ball better.”

  Darst said the Lady Lions ran their offense well at times and made some plays.

However, only four Lady Lions scored, led by Savanna Himes with 16 points. Monica Johnson and Cortney Luna both scored six points and Brittni Gilstrap added two.

  Paige Eberhart led Lovejoy and all scorers with 24 points and teammate Shani Rainey added 14 as Lovejoy improved to 9-1 in district play.

  Greenville dropped to 2-7 in district play.

                            District 13-4A girls

Lucas Lovejoy    18    11    15    12    —56

Greenville            4     11      5      6    —26

  LL: Paige Eberhart 24, Rachel Hise 3, Emilie Brochu 4, Hubble 2, Shani Rainey 14, Samantha Odom 4, Lindy Leggett 4.

  G: Monica Johnson 6, Cortney Luna 6, Brittani Gilstrap 2, Savannah Himes 16.

  Records: G 5-16, 2-7.

  Next game: Greenville at Wylie, Tuesday.

Lucas Lovejoy 68,

Greenville 44

By Steve Shwarts

Herald-Banner Staff

  The Lucas Lovejoy Leopards upped their District 13-4A record to 6-1 with a 68-44 win over the Greenville Lions at the Lions Den on Friday night.

  Quinn Havens pumped in 16 points, Sam Victor added 15 and Greg Watson and Jordan Reed added 12 each for Lovejoy, which improved to 18-4 for the season.

  Justin Wade fired in 12 for Greenville, while Brady Mulkey added 10 as the Lions fell to 11-8 overall and 3-4 in district.

  “Tonight’s game we had a lack of execution on both ends of the floor,” said Greenville coach Marcus Smith. “Lovejoy took advantage of it all night. We did a better job of executing in the second half, but we dug too big a hole in the first half. We have to learn from this game and be prepared for Wylie on Tuesday.”

  Greenville went almost seven minutes without scoring in the second quarter as the Leopards stretched a 16-10 lead into a 33-10 advantage.

  Marlon Mack’s 3-point basket with 1:26 left broke Greenville’s dry spell but the Leopards went into halftime leading 40-16.

  Greenville matched Lovejoy point for point in the second half but couldn’t dent the final margin.

                            District 13-4A boys

Lucas Lovejoy    16    24    18    10    —68

Greenville           10      6    13    15    —44

  LL: Jordan Reed 12, Grant Fate 2, Eli Traweek 2, Greg Watson 12, Stephen Prudhomme 7, Joe Whitman 2, Quinn Havens 16, Sam Victor 15.

  G: Collen Wilburn 3, Byron Redmon 6, Layton Prado 2, Marlon Mack 3, Justin Wade 12, Brady Mulkey 10, Jerry Dickeson 8.

  Records: LL 18-4, 6-1; G 11-8, 3-4.

  Next game: Greenville at Wylie, 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

Lone Oak 42,

Edgewood 39

By Cliff Gibson

Herald-Banner Staff

  LONE OAK — Through the first half of district play, Lone Oak and Edgewood had been neck and neck and stayed that way through the duration of Friday’s huge 14-2A matchup.

  A late surge by the Buffaloes (16-3, 7-0) gave them all the separation they needed to capture a 42-39 win over the 20th-ranked Bulldogs (15-4, 5-2) and some extra space atop the district standings.

  Lone Oak coach Matt McLaughlin praised the hustle of his team, especially when things got a bit tense at the end.

  “I think our effort was outstanding the whole night. We had a little lull in the third quarter when they took the lead but we fought and fought and made more hustle plays down the stretch,” he said. “We got several deflections that disrupted their offense and grabbed some clutch rebounds at the end.”

  Lone Oak senior Sawyer Zachary pumped in a team-high 15 points, with 13 coming in the second half. Trailing by three points with just a few minutes to play, Zachary converted a layup and nailed a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to erase Edgewood’s last lead of the night. Ethan Fite assisted on both plays.

  Fite tossed in eight points to go with six rebounds and two steals, Clint Mahand dropped in 11 points and pulled down four rebounds and Trevor Hemphill played big minutes in the paint, ripping down seven boards and blocking three Edgewood shots.

  Edgewood’s Tyler Germany led all scorers with 17 points.

  Lone Oak struggled to find the bottom of the net in the opening period, missing several close range shots while Edgewood opened up a 12-4 lead on the strength of two deep balls from Germany.

But Mahand connected from long range and Zachary converted a layup in transition to close the gap to 12-9 after one period.

  The Buffaloes not only found their shot in the second period, but clamped down defensively as well, holding Edgewood to just two points in the frame while Lone Oak turned the tables for a 20-14 advantage at the break.

  Zachary’s speed paid huge dividends for the Buffaloes in the third, as the senior used his quick first step to blow by defenders for easy drives to the cup on four occasions. However, the Bulldogs kept it close with some timely buckets and trailed by just a point (30-29) entering the final period.

  Edgewood held a 35-32 lead with just 3:37 to play when Zachary and Fite teamed up for the two crucial shots to put Lone Oak back in front. Fite later scored on a putback for a 39-37 lead and Hemphill converted his only field goal at the most opportune time, giving the Buffaloes a four-point lead with less than a minute to play.

  Edgewood was only able to muster a pair of free throws down the stretch.

  The Buffaloes hold a two-game lead over Edgewood heading into the second half of district play, which begins Tuesday when Lone Oak travels to Alba-Golden for an 8 p.m. tipoff.

  “I just erased the records on the board in the locker room and told the guys everybody is 0-0 now,” McLaughlin said. “What we’ve done so far is good but our goal is not to be good. Our goal is to get better every day.”

                     District 14-2A boys

Edgewood    12    2    15    10    —39

Lone Oak      9    11    10    12    —42

  E: Tyler Germany 17, Carlos Bolton 10, Justin Bundy 7, Jackson Tyner 3, Christian Davison 2.

LO: Sawyer Zachary 15, Clint Mahand 11, Ethan Fite 8, Trevor Hemphill 4, Jack Nichol 2, Coleton Lasseter 2.

  Records: LO 16-3, 7-0; E 15-4, 5-2.

  Next game: Lone Oak at Alba-Golden, 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Garland Christian 78,

GCS (girls) 41

  GARLAND — Garland Christian jumped out to a 25-9 lead in the first quarter and then rolled to a 78-41 district victory over the Greenville Christian School Lady Eagles on Friday.

Holliann Burnett led the victors with 22 points.

  Sophie Wimberley topped GCS with 17 points and five steals. Meaghan Brown finished with 16 points and Shelby Hauser pulled down seven rebounds.

                                    TAPPS 2-2A girls

Greenville Christian    9    11     11    10    —41

Garland Christian      25    17    13    23    —78

  GCS: Lynsie Brown 2, Sophie Wimberley 17, Shelby Hauser 6, Meaghan Brown 16.

  GC: Holliann Burnett 22, Cora Holomnshelz 16, Haileo Burnett 16.

  Record: GCS 1-3, 1-2.

  Next game: Longview Christian Heritage at GCS, Tuesday.

Van Alstyne (girls) 37,

Caddo Mills 21

  VAN ALSTYNE — Van Alstyne limited the Caddo Mills Lady Foxes to single digits in all four quarters on the way to a 37-21 District 12-2A victory on Friday.

  Lauren Hopkins topped Caddo Mills with eight points.

                       District 12-2A girls

Caddo Mills    4      6    6      5    —21

Van Alstyne    9    11    5    12    —37

  CM: Lauren Hopkins 8, Jaylynn Gracy 7, Dre Hill 2.

  VA: Horn 19.

  Record: CM 2-12, 0-8.

  Next game: Pilot Point at Caddo Mills, Friday.

Wolfe City 68,

Celeste 27

  WOLFE CITY — Wolfe City upped its District 15-A record to 4-3 with a 68-27 win over Celeste on Friday.

  Colton Quirl and Malik Gaffney both pumped in 16 points to lead the victorious Wolves and Justin Wilkinson added 12 points.

  Austin Shatto paced Celeste with nine points.

                    District 15-A boys

Celeste         9       6      8    4    —27

Wolfe City    21    19    21    7    —68

  C: Austin Shatto 9, Tim Herman 8, Trenton Daugherty 5, Austin Gilliam 2, Colton Smith 2, Micah McCaslin 1.

  WC: Colton Quirl 16, Malik Gaffney 16, Justin Wilkinson 12, Hunter Bostick 9, Tim Lloyd 8, Cameron Dawson 4, Chase Reed 2, Deven Williams 1.

  Records: WC 8-8, 4-3; C 0-6.

  Next game: Wolfe City at Boles, Tuesday; Celeste at Trenton, Saturday.

Bland (girls) 43,

Boles 28

  QUINLAN — Bland outscored Boles in three of the four quarters on the way to a 43-28 District 15-A victory over the Lady Hornets on Friday.

Sara Waidelich led the victors with 11 points.

               District 15-A girls

Bland    14    11    9     9    —43

Boles      8     7    10    3    —28

  Bl: Sara Waidelich 11, Mackenzie Morquecho 8, Bailey Robichaux 7, Savannah Brixey 6, Morgen   Gann 4, Ashleigh Evans 3, Nelly Ramirez 2, Baylee Powell 2.

  Bo: Susanga 15, Helmberger 8.

Yantis 44,

Campbell 40

  YANTIS — Yantis outscored Campbell 8-4 in the fourth quarter to secure a 44-40 District 23-A victory on Friday.

  Kegan Malone led Campbell with 13 points.

                    District 23-A boys

Campbell    15      8    13    4    —40

Yantis          11    10    15    8    —44

  C: Kegan Malone 13, Dallas DeGarso 9, Tevin Truesdale 6, Diego Romero 2, Chris Wilson 2, Bailey Ferguson 2, Jacob Camp 2.

Yantis (girls) 42,

Campbell 16

  YANTIS — No. 14 state-ranked Campbell couldn’t muster much offense without the injured Haley Davidson and lost 42-16 in District 23-A play to Yantis on Friday.

  The loss was the first in district play for the Lady Indians, who are now 19-4 overall and 3-1.

  Davidson is out with an ankle injury.

  Kaylin Stigall was Campbell’s leading scorer with six points.

  Josie Wetzel led Yantis and all scorers with 18 points.

                   District 23-A girls

Campbell    6     0      6    4    —16

Yantis         5    17    14    6    —42

  C: Kaylin Stigall 6, Rebecca Bible 2, Sarah Taylor 2, Taylor Looney 2, Emily Ashmore 2, Caitlyn Branton 2.

  Y: Josie Wetzel 18.

  Records: C 19-4, 3-1.

  Next game: Celeste at Fruitvale, 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Celeste (girls) 43,

Wolfe City 37

  WOLFE CITY — The Celeste Lady Blue Devils nipped Wolfe City 43-37 Friday night in District 15-A play.

  Jalisa Phillips fired in 17 to lead Celeste.

  Cheyanne Lake tallied 10 for Wolfe City.

                      District 15-A girls

Celeste          8    12    13      9    —43

Wolfe City    11      8      6    10    —37

  C: Paige Stark 6, Devon Jackson 3, Tiffany Crossland 8, Rachel Myers 2, Sarah Myers 6, Jalisa Phillips 17.

  WC: Cheyanne Lake 10, Sara Andrews 9, Raven Armstrong 7.

  Record: C 11-8, 6-2.

  Next game: Celeste at Trenton, 4 p.m. today.

Bland 65,

Boles 54

  QUINLAN — The Bland Tigers won 65-54 over the Boles Hornets Friday to improve to 15-2 overall and 6-1 in district.

  Thomas Sourber fired in 26 points, while Cameron Turner pumped in 22 for Bland. Glen Quezada added 13.

  Austin Morgan tallied 18 for Boles, while Bailey Isom added 17.

              District 15-A boys

Bland    15    19    13    18    —65

Boles    14    14    15    11    —54

  Bl: Thomas Sourber 26, Cameron Turner 22, Glen Quezada 13, Juan Aviles 3, Chris Brown 1.

  Bo:  Austin Morgan 18, Bailey Isom 17, CameronWalker 8, Josh Monroe 2, Ross Bostick 5.

  Records: B 15-2, 6-1.

  Next game: Bland at Trenton, Tuesday.