Jonesboro-Hodge won two games to run their record to 3-0 on the young season, highlighted by a 57-50 victory over tournament host Quitman Saturday evening in the finale of the three day affair. The Quitman boys, who now stand at 6-8 this year, put an end to a five game slide by beating OCS in Friday action. On Thursday, the Tigers beat Cedar Creek 59-37.
In girls play, the Lady Wolverines improved to 9-6 on the year by beating D’Arbonne Woods Charter (DWC), Calvin and Jonesboro-Hodge in consecutive nights to run their season best winning streak to four games. It was the JH girl’s second loss in five days to Quitman and fourth straight overall after falling to Cedar Creek on Thursday.
Several streaks remained intact while a few others ended in the 13-game event that featured several of the top boys and girls, small school, teams in north central Louisiana. Class C, Calvin, won both of their games to extend their season long winning streak to 13 games, including a 64-34 victory over Cedar Creek that saddled the Cougars with their second straight loss after five season opening wins. The Cedar Creek girls went to 7-0 on the young season by adding a victory against Summerfield, who entered the tourney with a 10-2 record, to their win over JHHS. Conversely, the DWC girl’s remained winless after seven games as did the Ouachita Christian (OCS) boys who lost their first two games of the season.
QHS Tournament results:
Thursday: Cedar Creek 51 JHHS 15 (girls); JHHS 59 Cedar Creek 37 (boys); Quitman 70 DWC 9 (girls); Calvin 65 DWC 31 (boys)
Friday: Cedar Creek 45 Summerfield 42 (girls); DWC 54 Summerfield 53 (boys); Quitman 52 Calvin 37 (girls); Quitman 70 OCS 37 (boys)
Saturday: Calvin 64 Cedar Creek 34 (boys); Calvin 52 DWC 15 (girls); DWC 62 OCS 36 (boys); Quitman 44 JHHS 37 (girls); JHHS 57 Quitman 50 (boys)
Local school’s recap: (from available information as of press time)
JHHS 59 Cedar Creek 37 (boys) – The Tigers blitzed to a 28-13 halftime lead to win their second of the year in as many attempts and ended Cedar Creek’s five game season opening win streak this past Thursday. Three players, led by Ajay Tew’s game high 21 points, scored in double digits for JHHS including 10 by Jarrius Lumpkin and 16 from Cameron Joe, who also recorded 17 rebounds on the night. Savantez Phillips added six, Tre Beard scored four and Daelen Boston chipped in with two for the Tigers.
Quitman 70 DWC 9 (girls) – The Lady Wolverines held an opponent under 10 points in a game for only the second time in the last decade while at the same time scoring the most points in a game in over a calendar year. The last time QHS allowed less than 10 points was in 2016 when they beat the same DWC team 37-7 and the last time the girls reached the 70 point plateau was a 77 point effort against Castor last November. Eleven players tallied in all as head coach Kyle Leach emptied his bench after a commanding 22-2 lead after one that stretched to 48-4 by the half. Bethany Leach and Brayli Stewart made first quarter three pointers on the way to 13 and 10 points respectively to lead Quitman in scoring. Anna Leach scored 9 in the fourth quarter alone and Emma Carter added 8 in the first half to assist in the onslaught. Additional contributors were A.J. Gray – 7, Summer Grillette – 6, Cali Deal – 6, Lily Kate Odom – 4, Jaleigh Burns – 4, Ansley Folks – 2 and Maggie Guyotte with one.
Quitman 52 Calvin 37 (girls) – A four point lead after three periods of play turned into a 15 point advantage as the Lady Wolverines won the fourth quarter by a 19-8 margin to take the “closer than the score indicated” victory on Friday. Cali Deal scored four points in each quarter to lead QHS with 16 points. Brayli Stewart was next with 13, all but two coming in the first half followed by Emma Carter who scored 8 of her 10 points in the pivotal fourth quarter. Bethany Leach added six second half points, Summer Grillette chipped in with four and Ansley Folks nailed a big three pointer in the final frame to round out the Quitman scoring. Four players tallied for Calvin led by 14 from Becky Peters and 12 by Jeydan Pullig.
Quitman 70 OCS 37 (boys) – The Wolverines throttled OCS 30-7 in the 3rd quarter to run away with the much needed victory as the season best quarter output ended a five game slide. Three trey’s by L.D. Manning in the first half led the way to a game high 19 points. Logan Ponder added 11 and Eli Walker chipped in with ten on the strength of two three pointers in the pivotal third frame. John Pabaya scored 8and both Shane Rowe and Blake Carter had six. Ty Simonelli returned from injury to score four followed by Jamall Johnson, Noah Leach and Brayden Smith who all scored two.
Quitman 44 JHHS 37 (girls) – Brayli Stewart scored 19, including 7 in the third quarter to help erase a two point halftime deficit and give the Lady Wolverines a 34-28 lead heading into the fourth that stood up for their fourth win in a row. Cali Deal also came up big in the second half adding 9 of her 13 points. Bethany Leach added six, and Emma Carter four with Ansley Folks getting a basket to round out the QHS scoring. Xabrianna Jackson led all scorers with 24 and Zymea Hoggro pitched in 9 for the Lady Tigers who dropped their fourth straight and fell to 1-5 on the year.
JHHS 57 Quitman 50 (boys)– Savantez Phillips scored a career high 18 and Cameron Joe added ten as the Tigers, bolstered by the addition of six playing their first game after the football season ended, beat Quitman for the second time in five days. Ajay Tew added nine with Tydre Malone and Justin Calahan scoring seven and six in their first action of the year. Devontae Mozee, Zion Gray and Edward Beard added two each. Quitman was led by 15 from Eli Walker on the strength of three treys and 12 from Blake Carter. John Pabay and Ty Simonelli added eight each and L.D. Manning chipped in seven.
In other area action Ethan Roberts scored 19 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in only three quarters of play to lift Saline to a 68-40 victory over Castor one day before the Bobcats fell to Gibsland-Coleman 76-38 that dropped the Bobcats to 5-10 on the year.
At Winnfield on Thursday, Weston got swept in boys and girls action with the Wolves losing 83-50 to drop to 4-7 on the year and the girls falling 65-45 for their first loss after five straight wins that put the record at 8-5. No individual statistics were available as of press time.
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