With two New Summerfield starters forced to the bench due to early foul trouble, White Oak took full advantage of the situation and came away with a 40-36 come-from-behind win over the Lady Hornets in the closing game of the Troup Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Tiger Gymnasium.
NS (8-4) started the game off strong and led 17-7 after one quarter of action before taking a 27-21 lead into the halftime break.
The Lady Hornets, who dropped from No. 8 to No. 16 in this week's TABC/Texas Prep basketball Magazine poll, shot 63.6-percent (7-of-11) from the field in the first period.
From that point on, with a pair of key Lady Hornets forced to the sidelines midway of the second stanza due to excessive fouls, the Lady 'Necks were able to close ground in a hurry, however.
“It's hard to win when you have two starters on the bench, including our starting point guard (Maritzza Melendez),” NS head coach Josh Faucett said. “But that situation forced us to go to several of our younger girls and they got extensive minutes and experience and I think that that will help them and our team down the road.”
White Oak took its first lead since early in the opening period when Morgan Baldwin swished a trey to forge the Lady 'Necks in front, 32-29, with 2:07 left to play in the third period.
With 1:55 left in the stanza, the Lady Hornets' Karli McCown made good on a triple to tie the game up once again.
The Lady 'Necks then got what turned out to be the game-winning shot when Baldwin drained a short-range shot following a NS turnover that put White Oak in front 34-32 with 19 ticks to go in the third frame — the Lady 'Necks never relinquished that advantage, except for one brief time when NS tied things up at 36 with just under three minutes to play in the game.
The Lady 'Necks held the Lady Hornets scoreless from that point on.
NS's Simone Derrett led all players in scoring with 11 points.
Melendez chipped in eight and McCown knocked in seven.
Lady Hornet Cindy Medellin was the game's top rebounder with 16.
Dorothy Swanson's 10 points led White Oak, with Whitney Simmons adding eight.
The NS girls will return to the court at 5:30 p.m. this evening when they travel to No. 7-ranked LaPoyner (8-3).
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Region XIV Men's Hoops: Tyler rallies in final half to clip Jacksonville 73-70
Tyler Junior College rallied in the second half to beat Jacksonville College, 73-70, in a Region XIV contest that took place at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.
The Jaguars (4-8, 0-3 Region XIV) led 35-31 at halftime, but TJC took the lead for good at the 15:24 mark of the second half when Todd Eaglin drained an uncontested trey from straight away that made the score 42-39 in favor of the Apaches (8-2, 2-1).
BH-Tommy Young Classic: Bullard downs Troup; Guard upset by Grace
Day 2 of of the Tommy Young Boys Varsity Classic at Brook Hill Friday produced a pair of entertaining contests.
Jacksonville goes 4-0 in Madisonville Tournament
The Jacksonville Indians not only only posted a 4-0 record in the Madisonville Tournament on Thursday and Friday, but they won in a convincing manner as the Tribe had an average margin of victory of 22 points.
Coach Mark Alexander's Tribesmen will carry a 6-2 record into Tuesday's game at Athens. Varsity tipoff should take place around 7:30 p.m., following junior varsity and freshman games.
Fightin' Maidens double up Hawkins
Jacksonville unleashed some nasty defense on the Hawkins Lady Hawks Friday afternoon and as a result the Fightin' Maidens were able to dish out a 51-26 defeat to Hawkins in Jacksonville's final game of the Hawkins Tournament.
GONE FISHING WITH JERRY MILLER
Frank Lusk is one of the most patient and thorough worm fishermen I have fished with. We live in a time when everybody is in a hurry. You’ve probably heard the statement, “Hurry up, I don’t have all minute!” That’s how a lot of fishermen fish – in a hurry.
Personally I like to chunk and wind, throw and go, and burn up the water with my lures. I’m in a hurry to catch bass. When bass are active these methods work. But what do you do when you are in an area that is known for holding good size bass but they are reluctant to bite? Simply put, you slow down and then slow down some more.
Prep Hoops Roundup: Jacksonville, Bullard girls perform well in tourney play; Guard rout Tigers
Her's a quick look at the high school basketball action from Thursday that involved local and area teams.
Old Man Winter alters Jacksonville athletic schedules
Several alterations to the Friday-Saturday Jacksonville High School basketball schedules have been made due to the possibilty of hazerdous travel conditions this weekend due to a winter storm event.
Region XIV Men: Jaguars to entertain Apaches in Sat. matinee
The Jacksonville College men's basketball team will be playing its final home game of 2013 at 4 p.m. this afternoon when the Jaguars take on Tyler Junior College at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.
The Jags will enter the matchup looking for their first Region XIV win of the season. The JC men are 4-7 overall, 0-2 in conference, and are coming off of a 76-54 loss to No.3-ranked Kilgore College on Tuesday.
New Summerfield homecoming festivities postponed
New Summerfield High School's basketball doubleheader scheduled for this evening has been postponed due to travel concerns later this evening.
McCown on track to start for Chicago Monday vs. Dallas
Josh McCown took reps with the first string offense on Thursday as the Chicago Bears said that starting quarterback Jay Cutler will not be available for duty on Monday night when the Bears host the Dallas Cowboys at 7:30 p.m.local time.
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