By Melissa Meador
SMITHVILLE – Smithville has made a habit of come-from-behind wins in the 2014 postseason.
The Seminoles overcame a 13-point halftime deficit on Tuesday to defeat Shelby Broad Street 51-44 in the first round of the Class 1A North Mississippi Tournament.
“That’s what we’ve been doing lately. I told them at halftime that I didn’t think the game was over,” said Smithville coach Greg Haynes, whose team also came from behind against Hamilton and Houlka in last week’s Division 4-1A Tournament. “There was something about this game versus some of the other games that I felt we could come back. We have been a fourth-quarter team, and we were tonight. We just kind of shut them down in the second half.”
Smithville (18-10) held Broad Street (11-14) to just 15 points in the second half after a turnover-plagued first half.
Keenen Hogan’s layup late in the third quarter cut the lead to one after the Seminoles started the period on an 18-4 run.
Three free throws from Jared Henderson at the start of the fourth tied things up for the ‘Noles for the first time, and they never trailed by more than four in the quarter.
Back-to-back baskets from Henderson gave the ’Noles the lead for good at 44-43, and they made 6 of 10 at the line to end the game.
Henderson scored a game-high 24 points for while Dayon Moore added 10 points. Michael Williams led Broad Street with 18 points.
Smithville is making its third North tourney appearance of the year, after making it in both football and slow pitch softball.
“It’s really special. I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” said senior Drew Lann, who was also the quarterback of the North champion football team. “We have a freshman point guard (Heath Noe), and it’s great to see kids like him step up and give you this opportunity to extend your senior season as long as you can.”