By Zach Adams
BOONEVILLE – Biggersville guard Daniel Simmons didn’t do much in the second half of the Lions’ 88-42 1-1A tournament semifinal victory over Tremont on Thursday, but that’s only because he didn’t need to. The senior notched 25 first half points, 27 total, as Biggersville jumped ahead early and cruised into the finals.
After a nip and tuck first period that saw the Lions grab a 14-6 lead, Simmons exploded in the second hitting three 3-pointers and several shots around the basket including a steal and a dunk on the other end.
“I enjoy watching (Daniel) play,” Biggersville assistant coach Tracy Stafford said. “I think everybody feeds off of him. He pushes the ball hard and gets everybody involved and that makes it really hard for defenses.”
Biggersville (23-5) pulled ahead early on shots by Darian Barnett, 18 points, and Emmanuel Simmons. Tremont (21-10) tried to answer as Walker Adams, who led the Eagles with 16 points, drove the basket and hit from several tough angles.
Tremont lost a big piece of its attack early when big man Daniel Sturdivant left the game with an injury allowing the Lions to take advantage inside and dominate the boards.
Daniel Simmons couldn’t miss early in the second quarter as Biggersville embarked on a 20-4 run, 16 of which came from the hot-shooting guard. The Eagles were reeling and never recovered as the Lions carried a 48-15 lead and all of the momentum into the half.
“All week long we just worked on defense,” Stafford said. “We tried hard to push their guards left and cause turnovers.”
The Eagles tried to make a push in the second half as Cody North got involved, but Barnett went on a hot streak of his own and closed out the 46-point win for the Lions.
(G) Biggersville 41, Tremont 37: The Lady Lions led by a single point with 3:12 remaining, but a big layup by Taylor Durham and free throws by Jada Tubbs, who led Biggersville with 18 points, helped eke out a close win. Kari Lease led Tremont with 15 points, while Taylor Ladewig followed with 11.