Lady Hawks rout Falkner in division tournament opener

Amber Cook connects on the three for the Lady Hawks in the first half. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

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.

Ivory Montgomery scores on the layup for Myrtle as teammate Jessica Floyd trails the play.

Myrtle Summer League Results

Savannah Shirley drives past the North Pontotoc defender in West Union's opening game at Myrtle on Monday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

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. 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.

Amber Cook passes to a Myrtle teammate in the corner. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Wintry weather forces postponement of Union County/New Albany girls basketball

Savannah Shirley drives in for the shot on Saturday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Savannah Shirley drives in for the shot on Saturday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


The blast of winter weather forced the postponement of the Girls North playoffs scheduled on Monday for four Union County area teams. All of the contests are rescheduled for Wednesday, weather permitting. Here is a listing of the games and the rescheduled dates and times:
Wednesday, February 25
6:00 – Mound Bayou JFK at Ingomar
6:00 – New Albany at Cleveland
6:00 – West Union at Shelby Broad Street
6:00 – Myrtle at Ray Brooks

Division 2-1A consolation game capsules

Gracen Conlee drives to the basket during the first half. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Gracen Conlee drives to the basket during the first half. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
(G) West Union 63, Myrtle 29
West Union took the first quarter lead 18-7, and then stretched it to 38-20 at the half to win the girls consolation game on Saturday. Myrtle took an early 3-0 lead only to see the Lady Eagles go on a 15-4 run to take a comfortable lead.
Leading the Lady Eagles in scoring were Gracen Conlee with 18, Marley Long had 16 and Kylie Massengill scored 11.
Jessica Floyd and Ivory Montgomery had nine points apiece for the Lady Hawks.
Marley Long shoots the short jumper for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Marley Long shoots the short jumper for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

(B) Hickory Flat 58, Myrtle 56
Myrtle ran into scoring issues in the third quarter and fell to Hickory Flat in the boys consolation game. The Hawks held the lead for most of the first half before going cold from the field in the second half.
Myrtle led 26-24 at the half.
Myrtle was led in scoring by Jonathan Scales with 12 while Chris Hill and Lavon Kiddy had 10 apiece.

Anthony Lipsey shoots the three pointer for the Hawks. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Anthony Lipsey shoots the three pointer for the Hawks. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

2-1A Results for Union County teams

Lauren Thompson scores in the lane for the Lady Falcons. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Lauren Thompson scores in the lane for the Lady Falcons. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
ASHLAND – Union County was well-represented in the semifinals with five teams playing. All five teams do qualify to play next week
(G) Ingomar 81, Myrtle 25
The Lady Falcons jumped our to an early 7-0 lead, stretched it to 16-2 after a quarter and rolled to the big win. Ingomar went on a 21-9 tear in the second period to lead 37-11 at the half.
The second half was more of the same as the Lady Falcons outscored the Lady Hawks 42-14.
Lauren Thompson of Ingomar led all scorers with 17 points. Lindsay Hall had 15 and Mallory Russell finished with 14.
Ivory Montgomery was the leading scorer for Myrtle with nine points.
Ingomar moves on to the championship game on Friday to face Ashland at 7:00. Myrtle will play county rival West Union in the consolation game at 4:00.
Tanner Cox scores on the layup for Myrtle. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Tanner Cox scores on the layup for Myrtle. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


(B) Ingomar 80, Myrtle 75
Ingomar rallied in the second half from as many as 13 down to snatch the win from the Hawks. Myrtle appeared poised to run away with the game early as they took a 20-4 lead just past the midway point of the first quarter, but the Falcons slowly fought their way back to close the gap to 35-26 at the half.
Myrtle had a lead at 49-37 with under three minutes to play in the third quarter, but the Falcons went on a 13-1 run to tie the game 50-50 after three quarters of play.
The fourth period belonged to the Falcons as they outscored the Hawks 30-25 to advance to the championship game on Friday.
Laquain Foster scored 31 to lead the Falcons to the win. Kelton Hall added 22 and Joseph Broom chipped in 11 points.
Myrtle was led by Jonathan Scales’ 19 points. Abiram Frazier hit for 14, Anthony Lipsey added 13 and Lavon Kiddy scored 11 points.
Ingomar will play Ashland at 8:30 Friday while Myrtle will play Hickory Flat in the consolation game at 5:30.
Gracen Conlee drives in against the Ashland defense. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Gracen Conlee drives in against the Ashland defense. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


(G) Ashland 61, West Union 50
The Lady Eagles struggled all night against the full-court defensive pressure by the Lady Blue Devils. The Lady Eagles only managed two leads in the game and both of those came in the first quarter.
Ashland would make a run and the Lady Eagles would chip away at the lead, but they could never pull even or ahead after early in the second quarter.
West Union got as close as 52-46 during the fourth quarter before Ashland closed on a 9-4 run to seal the win.
Gracen Conlee led the Lady Eagles with 20 points, Kylie Massengill had 16 and Marley Long scored 10.
West Union will play Myrtle at 4:00 in the girls consolation game on Friday.

Hawks split with Cardinals

Anthony Lipsey scores on this layup during the third quarter. Photo By Dennis Clayton.

Anthony Lipsey scores on this layup during the third quarter. Photo By Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
MYRTLE – Myrtle had an answer for every run that Jumpertown made and held on to defeat the Cardinals 60-55 on Tuesday. The Lady Hawks fell 52-45 to Jumpertown in the opening game.
“We did not have the effort that we have been having, but a quick turn-around from last night’s road game at Falkner,” Myrtle coach Rob Browning said. “A win is a win at this time of the year and maybe we can keep it going on Thursday. I’m proud of the way that they (Myrtle) hung on to the lead, I felt like we let Jumpertown cut it as much as anything with mistakes.”
Myrtle took the early lead at 18-8 after a quarter and the Hawks went to half up 31-24 behind Dee Johnson’s 12 first half points.
The second half was back and forth as Myrtle would make a run in scoring only to see Jumpertown come back with a run of their own to erase the deficit. The Hawks were able to prevent the Cardinals from getting any closer than five points during the second half.
“Friday night and last night was the best effort that I’ve seen in my two years here,” Browning said. “We’ve got to continue to progress and bring that every night, no matter who we are playing, no matter if it’s back to back or three night in a row, you’ve got to be able to bring effort all the time. That’s something that should never waver.”
Johnson led the Myrtle scoring with 16 points while Abiram Frazier added 10.
Myrtle improved to 19-10 with the win.
Myrtle girls jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but Jumpertown fought back and held a lead of 14-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The middle periods of play decided the contest in Jumpertown’s favor as they outscored the Lady Hawks 23-19 and were leading 37-30 after three quarters.
“We went through a little spell in the third quarter where we gave up some easy baskets and turned the ball over,” Browning said. ‘We went from a three point game to a 12 point game I think. I was proud of them for cutting it and giving us a chance, but we’ve got to fond a way to not go through dry spells where we can’t score and are giving up easy baskets.
Jessica Floyd scored 18 for Myrtle and Ivory Montgomery had 11.
Myrtle is now 10-18 on the season.
Presley Goolsby with the three point attempt in the first half for Myrtle. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Presley Goolsby with the three point attempt in the first half for Myrtle. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Ashland clips Myrtle in division action

Chris Hill scores for the Hawks in the opening quarter on Friday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Chris Hill scores for the Hawks in the opening quarter on Friday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
MYRTLE – Ashland traveled to Myrtle for a Division 2-1A meeting and came away with a pair of victories, winning the girls contest 68-51 and also taking the boys matchup in the nightcap 62-55.
“I thought that we let them (Ashland) make us uncomfortable,” Myrtle coach Rob Browning said. “They’re very good and they’re really good defensively, but we did not ever get into rhythm offensively. We never ran what we were supposed to be running, we fought and we fought and I told our guys that I was very proud of their effort, we just didn’t execute.”
Ashland bolted out to the first half lead at 33-24 and held off the Hawks to secure the win. Myrtle closed to with 48-43 with 5:03 left, but Ashland went on an 8-0 run to put the Blue Devils up 56-43 at the 2:36 mark following a timeout.
“We would cut it to six or five and then we would have two turnovers and then the lead would go back to nine,” Browning said.
Chris Hill picked up 19 points for Myrtle. Jonathan Scales had 11 and Tanner Cox scored 10.
Deathony Tipler had 22 For Ashland while Juwan Martin added 11 and Travagus Ferguson hit for 10.
Myrtle is now 14-8 overall and 4-2 in division play.
Ashland used the same recipe in their win in the girls’ contest, getting the lead early and adding to it by the half as they took a 35-23 lead into the dressing room.
“The girls’ effort was great,” Browning said. “Ever since the county tournament, we have gotten after people and I told the girls that our effort was good, we just ran out of steam. We came out in the third quarter and cut the lead to five or six points. We missed some outside shots and if they fall, we might be talking about a different story plus we got in foul trouble and that hurts.”
Jessica Floyd led all scorers with 25 points and Geniesha Montgomery scored 10 for Myrtle.
Ashland was led by Demetris Anderson’s 22 points, J’Niya Tallie and Camee Faulkner had 12 points apiece.
Jessica Floyd hits the shot from the lane against Ashland in the first half. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Jessica Floyd hits the shot from the lane against Ashland in the first half. Photo by Dennis Clayton.