By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
BOONEVILLE – Any momentum Ripley took to the locker room at halftime, Shannon’s Lamarcus Doss made sure it was squashed.
Doss led his Shannon Red Raiders on a 15-0 run to begin the second half to open up a close game and help Shannon to a 73-55 win over the Tigers in the Booneville Kiwanis Classic on Thursday.
After being held scoreless in the first half, the junior scored all nine of his points in the second half. His layup followed by a three-pointer jumped Shannon’s eight-point halftime lead back to double-digits for good.
“I’m a defensive player, I like playing defense,” Doss said, “Coach (Cedric Brim) said to go out, play hard and get in the passing lanes.”
Deion Palmer ended the run with two free throws for Ripley’s first points of the half four minutes into the third after Javonta Ivy’s layup put Shannon up 48-25.
Shannon outscored Ripley 26-7 in the quarter to lead 59-32 heading to the final quarter.
“We had a little slack of intensity at the end of the second quarter,” Brim said. “We picked up the defensive intensity, got a few steals and increased the lead.”
The Red Raiders created points off 21 Ripley turnovers – 14 of those resulting from Shannon steals – and fast breaks off rebounds.
“They’re good enough to beat us without us helping them,” Tigers coach Grant Gardner said. “We turned it over and they played 3-on-1 or 4-on-2. It seemed like they had numbers on us the whole game.”
Shannon (11-1) took advantage of their steals in a 13-2 first-half run. Javon Green’s layup capped the run that put the Red Raiders up 29-13 with 3:22 remaining till halftime.
Three-pointers kept Ripley (11-3) in the game, however. Two by Palmer and one by Maliak Pearson closed Shannon’s lead to 33-25 at the break.
Green scored 21 points and Lakee Westbrook tossed in 19 to lead the Red Raiders, who led the entire game. Pearson was the only double-digit scorer for Ripley with 17.
(G) Ripley 61, Olive Branch 50: After the Lady Conquistadors tied the game at 23-23 in the second quarter, Ripley closed the half on a 9-0 run and didn’t look back.
Jayla Chills had another great game for the Lady Tigers (13-1), scoring 30 points. Ricki Hooker led Olive Branch (5-8) with 21.