The Tuesday evening contest turned out to be a night of “first’s” as Saline won their first of the year by storming past Quitman in the final quarter to saddle the Wolverines with their first loss of the season. With the 50-47 victory, Saline improved to 1-4 on the year while Quitman fell to 3-1. Two more games were played before the climatic final beginning with the Saline JV boys winning a thrilling 26-25 contest followed by the Quitman girls evening their record at 2-2 by doubling up Saline by a 56-28 score.
Stephen Brown led Saline with 14 points but it was his six in the fourth quarter, along with five each by Titus Jackson and Will Dison, who scored six and nine respectively, that lifted home standing Saline to a 21-12 advantage in the pivotal final frame that erased a 35-29 deficit after three. Shawn Staggs chipped in with nine and made several keys defensive stops and Ethan Roberts scored seven first half points before turning his ankle in the third quarter. Jacob Jones hit a big three pointer in the fourth quarter and Kenton Lee Crawford made a pair of free throws to round out the Saline scoring.
L.D. Manning, hit a pair of trey’s and John Pabaya added another to help Quitman to an 11-5 first quarter lead. Both would finish with three trey’s each to lead Quitman with 13 and 12 points on the night. Eli Walker would also can three bombs and Logan Ponder would add anotheras they scored nine apiece. Shane Rowe and Ty Simonelli scored two each on a night when Quitman would make twice as many three pointers (10) than two point field goals.
Lady Wolverines 56 Saline 28: Cali Deal scored 8 of her game high 16 points in the first quarter to help Quitman run away from the winless Lady Bobcats Bethany Leach added 15 and Brayli Stewart chipped in with seven. Summer Grillette scored five and both Emma Carter and Ansley Folks finished with four. A.J. Gray and Jaleigh Burns added two each as Quitman had eight in all score.
Saline 26 Quitman 25 (JV): Trent Ledbetter fired in 21 points including a pair of clutch free throws down the stretch to help Saline erase a 3 points deficit over the last 30 seconds. Only two other players scored for the Bobcats but they were both big baskets. TreyVon Colvin nailed a three to pull Saline within one late in the fourth period and Jacob Jones added a pair of free throws with one being the one that gave Saline the final advantage with just a few seconds to go in the very competitive game. Gavyn Caskey scored ten and Jamall Johnson added eight to pace Quitman. Eli Walker scored three and both Grant Williams and Brayden Smith added two to round out the Quitman scoring.
Weston’s girls dominate Doyline
Weston scored just two points less in the final two quarters than Doyline did all game to take the 70-46 victory. After starting slowly and spotting Doyline to a 14-11 first quarter lead, the Lady Wolves started to catch fire. Fifteen points in the second was followed by 18 in the third and then with Emma Kate McBride, Mary Catherine Hay and Lainee Trosclair hitting threes to go with ten points by Briley Peterson Weston exploded for a season best 26 points in the final frame to win going away. Trosclair would make three trey’s on the night to lead Weston with 17 points followed closely by McBride’s 16 and 15 from Peterson. Hay and Jessica Newton finished with six with Lexie Millien making five.
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