Prep roundup

Boys Basketball

Quitman 57 Cedar Creek 36: (Friday) The Wolverines didn’t allow Cedar Creek to score until early in the second quarter and when the Cougars tried to put Quitman on the line, Eli Walker and Logan Ponder combined to make 19 of 22 to lift QHS to their third straight win and 7th in the last 8 games. Not only did the Wolverines play outstanding defense offensively they were a well-balanced unit. Four players scored in double figures led by 16 from Walker and 15 by Ponder, who also contributed 7 rebounds, four assists, and five steals, all team-leading stats. Brayden Smith and Blake Carter added ten apiece, while Grant Williams scored four and Noah Leach made two. QHS improved to 11-5 on the year while Cedar Creek fell to 3-6 with their fourth straight loss.
QHS (11-5) 13 11 17 16 – 57
CCHS (3-6) 0 11 18 7 – 36

QHS Scoring: Walker 16, Ponder 15, Smith 10, Carter 10, Williams 4, Leach 2

Quitman 77 Dodson 43: (Thursday) Quitman broke open a close game with a 24-6 second-quarter run to post the highest scoring total of the season other than the first time they played the Panthers to open the season. The Wolverines shot over 50% from the field for the first time this season paced by Eli Walker, who made 9 of 11 field goals for 21 points, including a 3 of 4 performance from behind the arc. Logan Ponder added 13 and Gavyn Caskey scored 9. Abel and Noah Leach both tallied 7 on the night with Riley Duck scoring four and Blake Carter finishing with 4 each. Grant Williams made three and both Mason Delaney and Tyler Lay scored two. Asher Shultz also got into the books with a free throw as a season-best 11 players scored.
QHS (10-5) 18 24 17 18 – 57
DHS (1-12) 13 6 6 11 – 43

QHS scoring: Walker 21, Ponder 13, Caskey 9, A. Leach 7, N. Leach 7, Duck 4, Carter 4, Williams 3, Delaney 2, Lay 2, Shultz 1

Southwood 64 JHHS 37: (Friday) Another slow start proved costly for the Tigers as the Class 5A Cowboys raced to a 20-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back, saddling JHHS with their worst loss of the year. The second loss in two nights at the tourney dropped JHHS below the .500 mark for the first time all year at 3-4 while Southwood evened their slate at 6-6.
Ajay Tew led JHHS in scoring with 10 on the night the Tigers equaled their low point total of the season. Savantez Phillips added eight and Zion Grey seven while Cameron “Smoke” Leonard and Samuel Combs finished with four each. Edward Beard rounded out the scoring with a pair of free throws.
JHHS (3-4) 4 11 9 13 – 37
SHS (6-6) 20 15 14 15 – 64

JHHS scoring: Tew 10, Phillips 8, Grey 7, Leonard 4, Combs 4, Beard 2
SHS scoring: Evans 21, Thomas 10, Bell 8, Anderson 7, Marshall 5, Green 4, Brooks 3, 3 with 2

Sterlington 53 JHHS 45: (Thursday) Allen Tew made five three-pointers and Savantez Phillips scored a career-high 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the second-ranked team among Division III schools in the first round of the Remington Butler Tournament hosted by Ruston High School. With the victory on Thursday, Sterlington ran their season-opening winning streak to 13 in a row while the Tigers dropped to 3-3 on the year.
Both teams struggled to find the range in the first quarter that ended with Sterlington holding a 6-5 advantage but on the strength of 10 points from Phillips and three treys from Tew, the Tigers took a 24-22 lead into the break.
Edward Beard scored all five of his points in the third period, but Sterlington held JHHS to just 10 points in the frame to go up 38-34 heading into the fourth. Tew tallied 8 points on the strength of two more three-pointers, but the Panthers secured the win by outscoring the Tigers 15-11 in the final frame. Zion Grey would chip in with five points for JHHS in the contest that saw only four players on each team score.
JHHS (3-3) 5 19 10 11 – 45
SHS (13-0) 6 16 16 15 – 53

JHHS scoring: Tew 19 Phillips 16, Grey 5, Beard 5
SHS scoring: Norman 19, Smith 17, Nelson 10, Bonner 7

Weston 62 Atlanta 50: (Friday) Tait Henderson poured in a season-high 22 points and Bryce Zehr added 16 as Weston continued their midseason climb by winning their fourth out of the last five played to improve to 7-10 on the year after losing six of their first seven. Mitchel Mathews also reached double digits in scoring with 11 as the Wolves jumped out to a 40-27 halftime lead.
“I am proud of the way the guys have held together after the horrible start we had,” said head coach Jacob Otwell, now in his fourth year at the helm. “They are playing hard and learning how to lean on each other which is all a coach can ask for.”
Braden Theriot scored five and both La’Javion Harris and Nathan Wages made a three-pointer. Jude Otwell also hit a fourth-quarter basket to round out the scoring for Weston. Brandon Smith and Kelton Perry scored 17 and 16 respectively for Atlanta who dropped their 8th in a row and 15th out of the last 16 played to fall to a dismal 3-15 for the year.
WHS (7-10) 21 19 12 10 – 62
AHS (3-15) 14 13 10 13 – 50

WHS scoring: Henderson 22, Zehr 16, Mathews 11, Theriot 5, Harris 3, Wages 3, Otwell 2
AHS scoring: Smith 17, Perry 16, Slayter 6, Washington 5, Benjamin 3, Smith 2, Nash 1

Calvin 52 Weston 49: (Thursday) A furious 4th quarter Weston rally came up just short as the defending Class C state runner-up won for just the second time in the last six games after opening the season by winning nine of their first ten. Braden Theriot and Bryce Zehr led the final frame frenzy with seven points apiece and Mitchel Mathews chipped in with a pair of baskets as the Wolves came from being down 42-29 after three periods of play to be only a three-pointer away from tying the game at the end.
Zehr and Theriot led Weston with 13 and 12 points respectively on the night with Mathews adding 10. Jude Otwell scored six, Tait Henderson finished with 4, Ja’Michael Fourd totaled 3 and Juan Gonzalez made a basket. Caleb Bevill scored a game-high 25 points to pace Calvin and John Bradley chipped in with 18 as the pair scored all but 9 of Calvin’s points.
WHS (6-10) 9 10 10 20 – 49
CHS (11-5) 17 8 17 10 – 52

WHS scoring: Zehr 13, Theriot 12, Mathews 10, Otwell 6, Henderson 4, Fourd 3, Gonzalez 2
CHS scoring: Bevill 25, Bradley 18, Browning 4, Franks 3, Yocum 2

Choudrant 58 Saline 42: (Friday) The Bobcat’s five-game winning streak came to a screeching halt, but there was a silver lining to the turmoil as Gaven Dailey turned in his best performance of his varsity career. The 8th grader has been earning more playing time each game and against the Aggies led Saline with 18 points, including scoring all six of Saline’s points in the first quarter. Kenton Lee Crawford also stepped up with 10 points. Shawn Staggs had five, Will Dison 4 and both D.J. Rager Radley and Maddox Williams had two each. Jay Nash also will remember the game as he scored his first career point.
SHS (6-10) 6 17 11 8 – 42
CHS (11-14) 10 11 12 15 – 58

SHS scoring: Dailey 18, Crawford 10, Staggs 5, Dison 4, Rager-Radley 2, Williams 2, Nash 1
CHS scoring: Jones 23, Stevens14, Thompson 7, Callendar 6, Batterton 5, Carrie 3

Girls Basketball

Weston 64 Atlanta 25: (Friday) Seven players scored in the first quarter alone as the Lady Wolves unleashed a tremendously well-balanced attack to swamp Atlanta. Assistant coach Jennifer Tolar ran her record to 3-0 while standing in for Stacy Tucker whose whole family is fighting against the COVID virus as Weston won their third straight to up their record to an area-best 16-4. Atlanta dropped their ninth straight and 15th of their first 17 games.
Jessica Newton did the most damage of the eight who got on the books with 16. Briley Peterson had nine, while Emma Kate McBride, Lainee Trosclair, and Faith Beamesderfer made 8 each. Nadia Siadek finished with 6, Ansley May had five and Jacie Ledford finished with four points. Weston led 24-2 after the first quarter.
WHS (16-4) 24 17 14 9 – 64
AHS (2-15) 2 10 9 4 – 25

WHS scoring: Newton 16, Peterson 9, McBride 8, Trosclair 8, Beamesderfer 8, Siadek 6, May 5, Ledford 4
AHS scoring: Syke 9, Pennywell 6, Starks 5, Mitchell 3, Peters 2

Weston 54 Calvin 47: (Thursday) It is said that it is hard to beat a team three times in a row. There is a lot of truth to that, but Weston still did it. It wasn’t easy though. It took an impressive performance by the starting five, who played most of the game and scored all but three of the total points. What was truly eye-catching was the cohesiveness and teamwork demonstrated as each scored between 8 and 13 points, including Emma Kate McBride, Lexi Millien, and Jessica Newton who scored ten. Lainee Trosclair was the one who finished with 8 while Briley Peterson led the way with 13. Jacie Ledford was the only other player to score, hitting a three-pointer. As a team the Lady Wolves were consistent as well, scoring 13 in the first and third periods and 14 in the second and fourth. The victory improved Weston’s record to 15-4 while Calvin fell to 5-11.
WHS (15-4) 13 14 13 14 – 54
CHS (5-11) 11 15 11 10 0 47

WHS scoring: Peterson 13, Newton 10, Millien 10, McBride 10, Trosclair 8, Ledford 3
CHS scoring: Womack 18, Peters 11, Fernandez 8, Lang 6, Barnes 3, Smith 2, Barnes 2

Saline 37 Choudrant 17: (Thursday) By not allowing woeful Choudrant more than five points in any quarter, the Lady Bobcats won their second straight and first at home this year. Choudrant dropped to 3-14 on the year and now has been victimized for two of the three Lady Bobcats wins on the season against 11 losses. Alaya Gray scored 15 for Saline followed by 13 from Kasidy Sims. Alana Gray added five and both X Lard and Sydney Thomas finished with a basket each.
SHS (3-11) 6 10 9 12 – 37
CHS (3-14) 2 5 5 5 – 17

SHS scoring: Alaya Gray 15, Sims 13, Alana Gray 5, Lard 2, Thomas 2
CHS scoring: Johnson 6, Brown 6, Pyle 3, Frazier 2

Quitman 56 Cedar Creek 36: (Friday) Bethany Leach made 5 of 11 three-point attempts in route to 23 points, Cali Deal posted a “double-double” with 16 points and 10 boards and Brayli Stewart added ten to lead Quitman to the easy victory. Emma Carter added four and Summer Grillette scored three. The victory improved the Lady Wolverines’ season record to 12-4 after a fifth win in the last six games.
QHS (12-4) 11 16 15 14 – 56
CCHS (8-4) 8 8 7 13 – 36

QHS scoring: Leach 23, Deal 16, Stewart 10, Carter 4, Grillette 3

Quitman 50 Dodson 20: (Thursday) In the case of the “have’s” vs the “have not’s” a 23-2 lead after the first period became 39- 4 at the half as the Lady Wolverines dispatched of the woe-begotten neighbors to the south with ease. The loss was the tenth straight this season and 47th in a row dating back to January 2021 for the Lady Panthers. Ten players scored for Quitman although ironically no one scored in double digits as head coach Kyle Leach emptied his bench early. Bethany Leach led the way with 9 points while Cali Deal and Summer Grillette made 8 each. For Grillette it was the second-best scoring game of the season behind the nine she scored earlier in the year against, you guessed it, Dodson the first time the two schools met. Ansley Folks and Brayle Stewart scored six apiece, Taylor Harvey and A.J. Gray both had four and Emma Carter and Anna Leach tallied two. Ava Caskey also made a free throw.
QHS (11-4) 23 16 7 4 – 50
DHS (0-10) 2 2 7 9 -20

QHS scoring: B. Leach 9 Grillette 8, Deal 8, Folks 6, Folks 6, Harvey 4, Gray 4, Carter 2, A. Leach 2, Caskey 1


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