Lady Cardinals empty bench to get win

By Blake Long/Special to the Journal

ECRU – Belmont had three players miss Saturday’s game against Pontotoc with injuries, four players foul out, and committed 29 turnovers.
Despite these adversities, the Daily Journal’s 5th ranked team defeated No. 7 Pontotoc 66-63 in afternoon action at the By His Grace Girls Classic at North Pontotoc.
“We had nobody else on the bench,” Belmont coach Chris Higginbottom said, “We were already down to 12 on the roster due to injury.”
It was one of those last players that converted what would give Belmont (17-2) its go ahead points.
With 32 seconds remaining, sophomore Katlin Powell stole the ball and drove the length of the court for a layup – her only points of the game – to put Belmont ahead 63-61.
Angelia Allen scored a game high 33 points and added 10 boards to lead the Belmont, which starting Tuesday will play seven games in nine days. Ebony Brinker led the Lady Warriors (15-3), recording a double double with 30 points and 13 rebounds.
Bruce 54, Ripley 48: Bruce (11-6) took advantage of its post in taking down the No. 2 Ripley.
Jasmine Hampton anchored the inside for the Lady Trojans and recorded 20 points and gave the Lady Tigers fits on defense as well, recording 11 boards and forcing bad shots.
Bruce also took advantage of the absence of Becca Ruckes, who spent all but 47 seconds of the first half on the bench with foul trouble. Ripley’s leading scorer, Ruckes recorded only two points and two rebounds in the contest.
Jayla Chills was the only player to hit double digits for Ripley (16-2), scoring 13 points.
North Pontotoc 52, Amory 45: Andrea Davis scored 24 points to lead the host Lady Vikings (6-13) to victory. Amory (4-14) had only four players score in the contest, led by Destiny Devauld, Alexandria Thompson, and Kerina Harris, who all scored 12 points apiece.
South Pontotoc 62, Houston 59: Michelle Gregory’s steal and finish at the opposite end with 28 seconds left put the Lady Cougars on top for good. Emily Henson led South Pontotoc with 18 points, while Houston’s Jasmine Pierce scored 23 points for a game high.
Mantachie 62, Hamilton 29: Mantachie held Hamilton scoreless in the second quarter on their way to a blowout over the Lady Lions. Chelsey Lawhon led the Lady Mustangs with 14 points. Hamilton did not have a player reach double figures.
North Panola 49, Potts Camp 45: Jenesha Woods scored a game-high 19 to lead North Panola, while Candace Mottley scored 14 to lead Potts Camp.
Walnut 45, Houlka 40: In a low-scoring affair, Presley Pulse led Walnut with 19 points. Ranesha Townsend led Houlka with 16 of her own.