Myrtle sweeps Lafayette in tournament

Foul trouble could not slow the Lady Hawks down, and a 34-point performance by Aspriona Gilbert led Myrtle to a 61-41 win over Lafayette on Saturday.

“We played lackadaisical and got into bad foul trouble in the first half,” coach Chris Greer said. “Lafayette just out hustled us, but we were able to pick it up in the second half.”
Myrtle watched as Meshay Cox and Halle Knowles picked up three fouls in the first half, Knowles notching her third with thirty seconds remaining in the half. Gilbert and Jenna Jordan also had two fouls each before the break.
Playing tougher in the second half, Gilbert and Knowles accounted for all by six of the Lady Hawks’ points in the half, as Myrtle improves to 15-0 on the year.
Knowles finished with 17 points, eight assists for Myrtle, while Mariah Buford had a double-double, 15 points 13 rebounds, to lead Lafayette.
The Lady Hawks are now on a break for the holidays and will open 2012 with a difficult three-night slate, playing Baldwyn, Calhoun City and Center Hill before opening division play against West Union on Jan. 10. Despite the undefeated record, Greer said there is no pressure on his team as they look ahead on the schedule.
“There’s no pressure on them,” he said. “They’re very care free, and they haven’t thought much about their current record or going undefeated. We know we open back with some very tough opponents, then turn around and play in the county tournament, and then take on Byers and Coldwater after that. It’s going to get more difficult at this point.”
Hawks win two in
Myrtle found themselves down early against Belmont on Friday, but rebounded for an 82-68 win.
Down 25-13 after the first quarter, the Hawks had an 18-point swing in the second to go ahead 42-36 at the break.
The Hawks were led by big scoring performances by Robert Montgomery (36 points, 12 rebounds) and Keon Hampton (30 points), and Hampton connected on four of the team’s seven made three-pointers.
Myrtle improved to 11-5 overall after defeating Lafayette, 72-53, on Saturday.
The Hawks held a two-point advantage at the break, then out scored the Commodores, 20-8, in the third to take control of the game.
Myrtle was again led by Montgomery, who scored 30 points and was 21-of-22 from the free throw line.
The Hawks will next play on Jan. 5 against Baldwyn.