Jumper, Eagles soar past Hatley
West Union 69 Hatley 57
The Eagles snapped an eight game losing streak by avenging an early season loss, as West Union defeated Hatley 69-37 Friday night.
West Union traveled to Hatley three weeks earlier and lost to the Tigers by three. Like the first match-up, the game was close, as the score was tied at 15 after one. Keeping the Eagles in the game early on was Wesley Jumper, who had three three pointers in the first frame, four in the first half to lead the Eagles with 18 at the break.
Hatley took the lead in the second, as Grant Hawkins’ free throws gave the Tigers a five point lead.
A technical foul on West Union coach Kevin Williams sparked the Eagles, as Jumper had three straight steals to cut Hatley’s lead to two.
After Thad Moody’s basket tied the game, Hatley regained the lead once more on a jumper by Chris Tartt.
Jumper’s fourth three came after that, giving the Eagles the 26-25 advantage, but Hatley would regain the lead once more before the half on free throws by Phillip Falkner gave Hatley the one point lead at the half.
Hatley took a three point lead in the third, 37-34, before Jumper was fouled on a basket down low. The three-point play tied the game once more at the 4:53 mark.
Back-to-back three’s by Jumper and Matthew Gordon pushed West Union ahead by 10 with less than a minute to go in the quarter.
Jordan Standifer scored four straight points for the Tigers, cutting the Eagles’ lead to four before Jumper and Gordon again hit two straight three’s, making it 55-48.
Tartt hit a three to cut West Union’s lead to 8, but the Eagles held the ball and forced Hatley to foul to hold on for the win.
Jumper led all scorers on the night with 37, while Gordon added 14.
For Hatley, Tartt had 16, followed by Standifer’s 12.
West Union will host Myrtle this week.
Ingomar 75 Hickory Flat 60
The Falcons got back on the winning side, as they defeated Hickory Flat 75-60 Friday night.
Ingomar held a two-point advantage after the first quarter, before scoring 23 in the second to take a 37-28 lead to the half.
The Falcons maintained a comfortable lead after three, as their advantage was in double digits.
Zach Carnell led all scorers on the night with 24, while Matt Purvis had 21, Clay Kidd 11 and Tyler McCay had 10 for Ingomar, who is now 9-7.
For the Rebels, Caleb VanTassell scored 20, followed by Tyler Reed and Travis Bell with 10 a piece.
Ingomar will host East Union this week, and will be on the road Friday night at South Pontotoc.
East Union 54 Baldwyn 53
The Urchins picked up a big win Friday night, as they held on for the 54-53 win at Baldwyn Friday night.
Despite a strong second half by the Bearcats, the Urchins were able to hold on after leading 25-22 at the half.
Ethan Roaten led East Union with 13, while C.J. Armstrong added 12 and clay Armstrong and Gareth Pannell each had 10.
For Baldwyn, Andrew Shelton led all scorers on the night with19, while Dorian Berry had 11 and Cameron Mohammed added 10.
East Union will host Ingomar and Potts Camp this week.
Oxford 90 Myrtle 73
Myrtle picked up only their third loss of the year as they fell on the road to the 4A Chargers of Oxford Friday night.
The Hawks stayed in the game throughout the first half, as the score was knotted at 24 after the first. Oxford took a three point lead to the break, before scoring 42 in the second half,to the Hawks’ 28.
Justin Jordan led Myrtle with 25, while Jimel Judon had 23 and David Wilson 17.
For the Chargers, Dan Hicks led with 23, while Keith Searcy had 19 and Brandon Blake added 11.
The Hawks fall to 11-3 on the year and will look to avenge their first loss of the year as they will host Hickory Flat on Monday before traveling to West Union on Friday.
Tishomingo County 51 New Albany 48
After tying the game going into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs could not hold on for the win, as they lost at home in their division opener, 51-48 versus Tishomingo County.
The Braves held a 21-20 advantage at the half, the the Bulldogs came out in the third and evened the score at 30. Tishomingo outscored New Albany 21-18 to secure the win.
Kareem Brown led the ‘Dawgs with 16,followed by Adrian Gamble with 10. For the Braves, Tyler Pritchard scored 30, with Alex Smith adding 10.
New Albany falls to 4-6 on the year and will host North Pontotoc Friday night.
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