South Pontotoc sweeps Hatley hoopsters

HATLEY – Shooting woes troubled host Hatley as the Lady Tigers missed all nine of their three-point attempts in a 52-38 loss to South Pontotoc on Friday.
“We didn’t make a three all night, and we didn’t make anything outside the lane. We weren’t shooting the ball well tonight,” Hatley coach Terry Walters said.

Melissa Meador/Monroe JournalHatley's Mollie Comer goes up for a two-point shot after pulling down an offensive rebound. Comer led the Lady Tigers with 12 points and six rebounds.

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Hatley’s Mollie Comer goes up for a two-point shot after pulling down an offensive rebound. Comer led the Lady Tigers with 12 points and six rebounds.

Mollie Comer and Brianna Dobbs each found success shooting inside the paint early, each making two baskets in the first quarter and keeping Hatley only down by two, despite a pair of three-pointers in the period from South Pontotoc.
Lachelle Vance knocked down a two-point shot to give Hatley a 14-13 lead midway through the second, but South Pontotoc would counter with six unanswered points before the break.
A two-pointer and a free throw from Jamelle Vance to open the third would get the Lady Tigers back within two, and a pair of Comer free throws tied things up at 19-all.
South Pontotoc answered with another 11 points to close the quarter, including two three-pointers.
“We didn’t help rotate right. We have to help rotate and learn how to help each other out,” Walters said of the Lady Cougars’ success shooting threes on Friday. “They’ve got a good three-point shooter in No. 14, and early No. 32 hit some threes that we weren’t expecting.”
Foul trouble also hurt Hatley in the loss with South Pontotoc going to the line 12 times in the first half and 17 times in the second half.
“We played hard and fouled them a lot. They called it a lot, and we just didn’t make our shots tonight,” Walters said.
Comer and Dobbs each finished in double-digits with 12 and 10 points respectively and also had six rebounds each, despite both having four fouls in the game. Jamelle and Lachelle Vance finished with 8 points, two steals and three assists each.

Melissa Meador/Monroe JournalHatley's Deion Hampton goes in to scoop up a loose ball against South Pontotoc as teammate Austin Howell looks on.

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Hatley’s Deion Hampton goes in to scoop up a loose ball against South Pontotoc as teammate Austin Howell looks on.

(B) South Pontotoc 63, Hatley 55
Hatley grabbed a 39-37 lead on an Austin Howell basket midway through the third quarter, but South Pontotoc finished the game on a 23-16 run for the win.
Kolten Ferguson gave the Cougars the 52-50 lead with a two-point shot and a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter. Austin Moore’s bucket after a South Pontotoc free throw brought the Tigers to within one, but the Cougars would follow with three-straight baskets.
Dewayne Word scored 20 points, and Deion Hampton added 17 more, despite each spending time on the bench in foul trouble. Houston Woodman led on the boards with nine rebounds, while Howell had eight boards.
Struggles at the free-throw line hurt Hatley as the Tigers made just 8 of their 21 attempts on the night.