The Stone Memorial basketball teams traveled to Knox County Tuesday night to face Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) and returned home with a split in the District 4AA battle. The Panthers defeated the Warriors 54-45, while the Lady Warriors beat the Lady Panthers 73-40.
SMHS 54, CAK 45: "It was a hard fought win tonight," said Panther coach Neil Capps, after his team improved to 10-7 overall and 2-0 in the district.
The Panthers are tied with Alcoa for first place in the district at 2-0, followed by CAK (1-1), Kingston (1-1), Loudon (0-2) and Scott County (0-2).
"We rebounded wello and played solid defense. Any road district win is a good win," Capps added.
The Panthers led 18-7 after one quarter, but the Warriors outscored the Panthers 18-8 in the second quarter to slice the lead to 26-25 at the break. SMHS outscored CAK 28-20 in the second half to take the victory.
Scoring leaders for the Panthers were Gage Spence (two points), Brock Rowan (12 points with two three-pointers), Tyler Yoder (10 points), Brandon Thomas (two points), Mitch Ball (two points), Justin Simmons (20 points with three treys) and Luke Matthews (six points).
CAK 73, SMHS 40: The Lady Warriors placed three players in double figures in route to the victory. Anna Hamaker pumped in 30 points, including two three-point baskets, to lead the Lady Warriors, followed by Kaycee Heitzman (21 points with two treys) and Tayler Dodson (10 points).
Faith Van Ruden led SMHS with 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and three steals. Rounding out the scoring were Tiffany Cokkinias (two points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals), Jordan Thompson (three points, two rebounds, one assist), Emily Bryant (three points, one rebound), Jacki Livesay (nine points, one rebound, one steal); Kirsten Potter (four points, four rebounds), Kerigan Smith, Abby Griffin (two points, one assist, one steal), Bailey Rutledge, Courtney White (two points, four rebounds, one assist), Sidney Early (three rebounds), Mikayla Kington (four points, five rebounds), Riley Hunt and Lacey Melton.
The Lady Panthers were 14 of 53 from the field (26.4 percent), including eight of 27 from three-point range (29.6 percent) and four of four from the charity stripe with 32 turnovers, 27 rebounds, eight assists and 27 steals.
The Lady Warriors outscored SMHS 21-16 after one quarter and extended the lead to 45-24 at the half. After both teams scored 10 points in the third quarter, CAK finished the game with a 19-6 run for the final margin of victory.
The Lady Panthers are tied with Kingston for third place in the district at 1-1, behind CAK (2-0) and Alcoa (2-0). Loudon and Scott County are both 0-2.
(Tim Cokkinias supplied the Lady Panther statistics.)
Schedule: SMHS will host Alcoa tonight in the Play for the Cure game, beginning at 4:15 p.m. with the junior varsity game. The teams travel to Scott County on Tuesday.