Hillcrest hit five 3-pointers in the third quarter to extend the Cougar advantage to 46-37 heading into the final period. Chris Prather and Preston Haynes each had two 3-pointers and Josh Rogers hit one at the buzzer.
Prather opened the final quarter with a 3-pointer to start a Hillcrest 11-0 run that gave the Cougars their biggest lead of the game at 57-37. Trinity trimmed the deficit to 57-47 on a Kent King basket plus one with 1:59 remaining but that would be as close as the Saints would get. Hillcrest finished the game scoring the final six points to take the 63-47 win and advance to play Bowling Green today at 5:15.
Austin Hartzog led all scorers with 18 points, Josh Rogers and Chris Prather each added 14, Preston Haynes had 6, Christian Miller 3, Timothy Knowles, Caleb Baucum, Zach Ball and Garrett Jones all had 2 each.
Trinity was led by RJ Fleming with 16 points, Brandon Daggs added 14, Givonni Dent had 9, Kent King 6 and LJ Tremble 2.
Hillcrest upped their record to 14-1 with the win.
The 3rd ranked Bowling Green Buccaneers improved to 13-3 with a solid 75-49 thumping of East Rankin. Holding a slim 13-12 lead after the opening quarter, Bowling Green put together a 22-11 second quarter to take a 35-24 halftime lead. In that second period five different Buccaneers scored led by freshman Mack McElveen’s 8 points.
Bowling Green extended their lead to 58-38 after three quarters. East Rankin could get no closer than 14 points in the second half as Bowling Green took a 75-49 win.
Bowling Green was led by Jaron Edwards who had a game high 25 points, Colton Owens added 16, Shod Fortenberry 12, Mack McElveen 10, Kevin Perry 6, Russell Perry and Dylan Varnado each had 3 points.
East Rankin was led by Dylan Cross with 9 points and Tyler Rhodes with 8.
East Rankin fell to 8-5 and will take on Oak Forest this afternoon.
(Above) East Rankin's Brain Boyles being guarded by Shod Fortenberry of Bowling Green(Above) Simpson's Justin Griffin (#11) looks for an opening
Parklane raced out to a 21-10 first quarter lead over Simpson but as halftime rolled around the Pioneer’s lead had been trimmed to 37-32. That lead was extended to 49-42 after three quarters but Simpson nailed four 3-pointers in the final eight minutes to edge Parklane 59-58. Corey Herrington’s 3-pointer with 2:07 left in the game would prove to be the game winner as Parklane couldn’t convert the final two minutes.
Corey Herrington hit two 3-pointers and Austin Herrington and Andy Maddox each added one of their own in the fourth quarter.
Simpson, who were playing without the services of junior forward Mark Herrin, will take on Brookhaven this evening at 7:15.
*Game stats were not available
Late boy’s game……
Brookhaven improved to 9-4 with a sound 65-33 win over Copiah in the late game. Jake Reed led all scorers with 17 points, Brock Smith added 14 and Bubba Keene had 13.
Copiah was led by Reece Hankins with 10 points and Drew Grainger chipped in with 8.
Brookhaven will play Simpson this evening at 7:15.
Trinity will take on Oak Forest at 1:30 in the loser’s bracket.
(Above) Trinity's Madelyn Cross helps avoid a trap from East Rankin's Brooke Rhodes (#23) and Brianna May (#24)
Hillcrest and Oak Forest entered the final quarter tied at 22-22 but the 4th ranked Lady Cougars put together a 16-6 final quarter to win 38-28 and advance in the winner’s bracket. Hillcrest improved to 10-4 while Oak Forest slipped to 11-6.
*Scoring leaders not available
Bowling Green won their second game of the day as the Lady Bucs defeated Copiah 44-30. Beth Reedy led Bowling Green with 13 points, Mackayla Dykes added 12, Caroline Haik 9 and Whitney Crowe and Brittany Cooper each had 5.
Copiah’s Madelon Cline had a game high 15 points, Camry Mitchell added 6 and Rachel Straight 4 points.
With the win Bowling Green improved to 14-3 while Copiah fell to 7-6.
Brookhaven over Simpson 67-31
*Stats not available
Trinity's fourth quarter surge lifted the Saints to a 62-59 win over Oak Forest. The Jackets enjoyed a 43-39 lead after three quarters but couldn't hang on. Trinity's RJ Fleming converted on a basket plus one with 17 seconds left in the game in what proved to be the final margin.
(Above) Trinity's Givonni Dent blocks an attempt from Drew Misita of Oak Forest
Bowling Green girls over Parklane
Bowling Green overcame a sluggish first quarter that produced just one basket to edge Parklane 35-31 in the Brookhaven Holiday Tournament. Parklane took a 7-2 lead after the opening quarter but freshman point guard Mackayla Dykes scored 10 of her game high 13 points in the second quarter to propel the Lady Bucs to a 17-17 tie at the half.
Morgan Hembry’s basket at the buzzer capped a 9-4 third quarter for Bowling Green and gave them a 26-21 lead heading into the final period. Parklane outscored the Lady Bucs 10-9 in the final quarter but it wasn't enough. Bowling Green took a 35-31 win and improved to 13-3 on the season.
Caroline Haik added 8 points for Bowling Green.
Kellen Choate led Parklane (6-5) with 10 points.