By Ed Greif
After playing on the road for two weeks, the Stone Memorial basketball teams returned home Tuesday night to face the Livingston Academy Wildcats in the 2012-'13 regular season home opener.
Coach Neil Capps Panthers defeated the Wildcats 67-59, while the Lady Panthers lost to the Lady Wildcats 66-59.
SMHS 67, Livingston 59: Brock Rowan, Gage Spence, Tyler Yoder and Luke Matthews led the Panthers with 21, 16, 14 and 10 markers, respectively.
Three Wildcats — Bubba Jolley, Wade Eldridge and Mason Ramsey — scored in double figures, 16,13 and 11 markers, respectively.
Two Yoder treys staked the Panthers to a 7-2 lead, but Livingston tied the game at 7-7 with 4:51 left in the first quarter; however, a Spence trifactor sparked a 9-0 run to give the Panthers a 16-7 advantage by quarter's end.
SMHS stretched the lead to 23-9 with 6:07 left in the half on a Matthews' layup, but the Panthers finished the half with a 15-9 run for a 38-18 lead at the break. Rowan and Yoder combined for 18 points in the quarter.
The Wildcats opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run to slice the lead to 38-28 behind Ramsey's five points; however, the Panthers finished the stanza with an 11-10 spurt to swell the lead to 49-38 by quarter's end. Rowan had seven of his team's 11 points.
SMHS built the lead to 57-46 with 4:36 left in the game, but Livingston had an 11-10 run to make the final scored 67-59.
The difference in the game was at the charity stripe, as the Panthers were 17 of 22 with 12 turnovers, while LAHS was 12 of 16 with 17 turnovers. SMHS was 20 of 54 from the floor, while the Wildcats were 20 of 53.
Livingston (59): Hayes 5, Jolley 17, Ramsey 11, Nivens 5, Qualls 6, Eldridge 13, Craig 2.
SMHS (67): Spence 14, Rowan 21, Yoder 14, Troino, Thomas 1, Simmons 4, Matthews 10, Hill, Russell 2.
Three point baskets: SMHS 9 (Spence 2, Rowan 4, Yoder 2, Matthews 1); Livingston 7 (Jolley 3, Moore 1, Qualls 2).
Livingston 66, SMHS 59: The Lady Panthers opened the game with a 6-0 lead, but the Lady Wildcats used an 8-4 run to slice the lead to 12-8 with some two minutes left in the first quarter. A trey by Jacki Livesay helped SMHS end the quarter with an 8-0 run to take a 20-8 lead.
Courtney White led the Lady Jets with six points and three steals, while Faith VanRuden chipped in four points and one theft and Sydney Early added four points and one steal. Tiffany Cokkinias and Kirsten Potter each had a steal.
Free throw shooting was critical — SMHS, three for three, and Livingston, one for six. The Lady Panthers forced seven Livingston turnovers.
The Lady Panthers stretched the lead to 24-14 on a Potter layup midway in the second quarter, but Livingston hit four of eight free throws to key an 8-4 spurt to slice the lead to 28-22 at the break.
SMHS was four of six from the free throw line and two of nine from the floor with five turnovers, while forcing just three miscues by the visitors, who were five of 10 from the field.
SMHS swelled the lead to 35-27 early in the third quarter on a trey by Livesay and two buckets by Potter; however, the Lady Wildcats went on a 11-2 run to take a 37-38 with three minutes left in the stanza.
Two point baskets by Emily Bryant and Sydney Early, and a trey by Abby Griffin helped the Lady Panthers outscore LAHS 7-3 in the final 2:11 for a 44-41 lead. SMHS failed to convert on two steals by White and one by Cokkinias in the final moments of the quarter.
A three point play Kailey Winningham with 7:30 left in the final quarter sent the Lady Wildcats on a 6-0 run for a 47-44 advantage, but a layup by Cokkinias sliced the lead to 47-46.
Marlee Sells converted the first of two free throws with 5:10 left to spark a 18-13 run to finish the game to take the 66-59 victory.
SMHS was five of 13 from the field and three of five from the free throw line with five turnovers in the final quarter, while Livingston was six of six from the field and 12 of 15 from the charity stripe with five turnovers.
For the game, Livingston was 22 of 37 from the field and 18 of 36 from the free throw line, while SMHS was 22 of 54 from the field and nine for 14 from the charity stripe.
Leading the way for the Lady Panthers were Cokkinias (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, four steals), Jordan Thompson (two rebounds), Emily Bryant (four points, two rebounds), Livesay (nine points, one assist, one steal), Potter (10 markers, three rebounds, one steal), Van Ruden (10 points, three rebounds, three assists, four steals), Griffin (three points, one rebound), White (nine points, six rebounds, one assist, five steals) and Early (six points, one rebound, one assist, one steal).
Livingston (66): Witt 2, Robbins 4, Staggs 15, Sells 23, Looper, Winningham 10, Reeder 10, Dailey 2.
SMHS (59): Cokkinias 8, Thompsonn, Bryant 4, Livesay 9, Potter 10, Van Ruden 10, Griffin 3, White 9, Early 6.
Three point baskets: SMHS 5 (Cokkinias 2, Livesay 2, Van Ruden 1, Girffin 1); Livingston 4 (Staggs 2, Reeder 2).
Nov. 23 at Siegel
SMHS (66): Gage Spence 10, Brock Rowan 17, Tyler Yoder 9, Matt Troino 6. Brandon Thomas, Justin Simmons 11, Luke Matthews 13.
Tyner (57): Sadik Spence 17, Jemicah Bowman 9, DeMarcus Rollins 2, Bristen Bridgeman 12, Alex Watson 2, Rodney Watson 4, DeQuan Hardwick 11.
Free point baskets - SMHS, 8 (Spence 1, Rowan 2, Yoder 1, Troino 1, Simmons 1, Matthews 2); Tyner, 4 (S. Spence 2, Bowman 2).
Nov. 24 at Siegel
SMHS (43): Gage Spence 10, Brock Rowan 14, Tyler Yoder 12, Justin Simmons 6, Luke Matthews 1.
Maplewood (53): Donald Clendening 16, Jarrod Stafford, Ladarius Wimberly 2, Kenny Doverton 5, Jason Stone 16, Dante Hall 7, Ladarius Malone 3, Eric Darrett 4.
Three point baskets - Maplewood 1 (Doverton 1); SMHS 3 (Rowan 2, Yoder 1).
Schedule: SMHS will host White County tonight and will return to the court Dec. 11 at White County for a girls junior varsity and two varsity games, beginning at 4:15 p.m.
After traveling to Livingston Dec. 14, they will host Livingston, Alcoa and Silverdale Dec. 15. Livingston will play Alcoa at 2 and 3:30 p.m., followed by the Silverdale and SMHS games at 5 and 6:30 p.m.