Andrew Childers scored 16 points in the second half for the Eagles on Tuesday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.
HICKORY FLAT – West Union staged a major second half comeback and won their opening round game in the Division 2-1A Tournament against Blue Mountain 60-52. The Eagles got 16 points from Andrew Childers to help rally the Eagles from a five point deficit at the half.
The fourth quarter saw seven lead changes and West Union took the lead for good at 53-52 with about three minutes remaining.
Childers, Dillon Clayton and Adam Grubbs scored critical points, most of them coming from the free throw line for the Eagles in the closing minute to seal the win.
Hayden Basil and Bobby High provided the offense during the first half as they combined for 15 of the Eagles 23 points.
Basil led the Eagles with his 20 points. Childers had 18 and High finished with 11 points.
West Union advances to face the number one seed, Ashland on Thursday night at 7:45.
Hayden Basil had a big night for the Eagles with his 20 points.
Amber Cook connects on the three for the Lady Hawks in the first half. Photo by Dennis Clayton.
HICKORY FLAT – The Lady Hawks of Myrtle blew open their game with Falkner with a 17-0 run during the first 4:05 of the second period and went on to win big in the Division 2-1A Tournament opener by a score of 74 to 48.
Faulkner tried to close the huge gap after the Lady Hawks went up 35-11, but could get no closer than 15 points down at 39-24 in the third quarter before the Lady Hawks stretched the lead back to a comfortable 56-34 margin after three.
Ivory Montgomery had a game high 24 points to lead the Lady Hawks. Jessica Floyd hit for 18 and Geniesha Montgomery scored 16 points.
Myrtle advances to play number two seed Ashland on Thursday at 4:00.
Ivory Montgomery scores on the layup for Myrtle as teammate Jessica Floyd trails the play.
Savannah Shirley drives past the North Pontotoc defender in West Union’s opening game at Myrtle on Monday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.
Myrtle launched their girls summer league basketball on Monday with three Union County teams seeing early action. Myrtle, Ingomar and West Union hit the hardwood in the afternoon sessions. Games consisted of 15 minute running halves.
Ingomar 29, Myrtle 9
The Lady Falcons relied on their defense to hold the Lady Hawks to only two points in the first half and take a 9-2 lead. Both teams had to overcome numerous mistakes and missed opportunities during the half.
Ingomar began to find the range in the second half, scoring 20 points. Myrtle continued to struggle offensively and could only manage seven points.
Mallory Russell led all scorers with 10 points and Gara Beth Self added six. Ivory Montgomery led Myrtle with seven points.
West Union 24, North Pontotoc 16
The Lady Eagles squared off against North Pontotoc in the next contest and came away with a 24-16 victory.
West Union took the early lead and went into the half up 15-11. Both offenses had issues scoring in the second half, but the Lady Eagles hung on to gain the win.
Gracen Conlee had a game high 10 points to lead the Lady Eagles and Kylie Massengill scored seven. Amelia Merritt had nine points for the Lady Vikings.
Kallie Roberts brings the ball up for the Lady Urchins. Photo by Dennis Clayton.
Amber Cook passes to a Myrtle teammate in the corner. Photo by Dennis Clayton.
Lauren Wooley connects on a three during the second quarter. Photo by Dennis Clayton
INGOMAR – Ingomar fell behind early in their game against Wheeler as the Lady Eagles took an early 2-0 lead on Saturday. The Lady Falcons proceeded to score 22 unanswered points for the remainder of the quarter and put the game out of reach at 22-2. The Lady Falcons won going away by the score of 87-27.
Ingomar’s offense was clicking all day as the Lady Falcons had five players in double figures.
“We talk a lot about it, trying to start fast, especially when you’ve got a home court advantage because that gets your home crowd into it and it can have an adverse effect on the other team,” Ingomar coach Trent Adair said. “We did have a good start.”
Lauren Wooley came off the Lady Falcon bench to score three 3-pointers in the second quarter to keep the offense rolling for Ingomar.
“She was hot,” Adair said. “She played as well as she has all year and shot it well, that’s for sure.”
Ingomar went up 49-17 at the half and stretched it to 76-23 after three quarters.
Mallory Russell led the Lady Falcons in scoring with 19 points while Wooley finished with 13. Lindsay Hall and Carson Grisham had 12 points apiece and Lauren Thompson scored 11.
Marley Long is surrounded by Lady Pirates. Photo by Dennis Clayton.
BY DENNIS CLAYTON
COFFEEVILLE – West Union took their game on the road and took wins over Coffeeville and Shelby Broad Street on consecutive nights to stay alive in the 1A Girls State tournament. With the wins, the Lady Eagles advance to play Bogue Chitto at noon on Wednesday in Jackson.
West Union 71, Coffeeville 59
The Lady Eagles sank the playoff hopes of the Lady Pirates with their 20-12 scoring advantage in the third quarter. The Lady Eagles went on a 6-0 run early in the half to stretch their lead to 38-30 and followed with another run of eight points to extend the lead to 48-32.
“We talked about it at halftime about how many opportunities that we just blew, we had so many easy looks, layups and stuff off their press in the first half and we just missed them,” West Union coach Matt Thompson said. “It was great to see us come out and make a couple of threes and get a little rhythm and go on those runs. That provided us a little cushion and in the fourth quarter, Coffeeville wasn’t going to go away or lay down, they scrapped, scrapped and scrapped. We made the necessary free throws that we needed to, I would have liked to have seen us make more.
The first half was tightly contested, West Union held the biggest lead at seven points, but Coffeeville came back to tie the game midway through the period. There were eight lead changes during the first half which ended with the Lady Eagles holding a narrow 30-27 lead.
“We knew what we had to do down the stretch to win in a tough environment,” Thompson said. “Marley Long was attacking and whenever she is under control and attacking, she’s a good ball player. We figured that out the last three games, so maybe she will continue to do that.
Four Lady Eagles scored in double figures led by Long’s 22 points. Gracen Conlee had 17, Savannah Shirley scored 14 and Kylie Massengill hit for 10 points.
The Lady Eagles are making their first trip to Jackson since 2005.
West Union improved to 21-10 on the season.
West Union 70, Broad Street 48
The Lady Eagles rolled out to a 21-6 lead after a quarter and never allowed Broad Street to get any closer than 12 points for the rest of the contest. West Union led 39-23 at the half.
Gracen Conlee had a huge game for the Lady Eagles as she led all scorers with 30 points. Marley Long scored 23 and Savannah Shirley had 10 points.
Gracen Conlee led all scorers with 30 points on Friday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.