Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 2, 2013

SMHS opens home season this week with two games


CROSSVILLE — The Stone Memorial Panther basketball teams will open their home season this week with two games after competing in Thanksgiving tournaments last week.

SMHS will host Lighthouse Christian tonight for girls and boys varsity games beginning at 5:30 and Cookeville to open District 6AAA play Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m. with a girls junior varsity game, followed by the boys JV and varsity games.

The Lady Panthers improved to 4-3, by finishing 2-1 in the Bobcat Thanksgiving Tournament at Oliver Springs last weekend, while the Panthers improved to 5-1 with two wins at Siegel High School over the weekend.

Meigs County 63, SMHS 62: The Lady Panthers opened the Bobcat Thanksgiving Tournament with a 63-62 loss last Tuesday evening to the Meigs County Lady Tigers.

SMHS led 50-38 after three quarters, but the Tigers used a 25-12 fourth-quarter run to take the one-point win Friday night.

Leading scorers for SMHS were Tiffany Cokkinias (two points), Jordan Thompson (four points), Kirsten Potter (14 points), Jackie Livesay (15 points), Lacey Melton (one point), Abby Griffin (six points), Riley Hunt (two points), Bailey Rutledge (14 points), Courtney White (four points) and Sydney Early (two points).

SMHS buried seven three-point baskets — Livesay (3), Griffin (2) and Rutledge (2).

SMHS 65, Campbell County 46: The Lady Panthers outscored Campbell County 37-18 in the first half, but the two teams matched points 28-28 to make the final score 65-46.

Leading scorers for SMHS were Cokkinias (four points), Brittany Brun (two points), Thompson (five points), Potter (nine points), Livesay (12 points), Melton (four points), Hunt (eight points), Griffin (10 points), Rutledge (four points), White (four points) and Early (three points).

SMHS had five three-point baskets — two by Griffin and one each by Thompson, Livesay and Rutledge.

SMHS 68, Oliver Springs 65: The Lady Panthers outscored the hosts 8-5 in overtime to take the victory Saturday evening.

The Lady Panthers trailed 19-18 after one quarter, but took a 37-28 lead at the break after a 19-9 second-quarter run. Oliver Springs outscored SMHS 32-23 in the second half to tie the game at 60-60 at the end of regulation.

Potter led SMHS with 19 points, followed by Livesay (15), Melton (8), Hunt (2), Griffin (4), Rutledge (8), White (4) and Early (8).

SMHS 62, Union City 57: Tennessee Wesleyan signee Justin Simmons pumped in 18 points to lead the Panthers over Union City Friday afternoon at Siegel High School. Rounding out the scoring were Gage Spence (7), Mason Baucum (5), Tyler  Yoder (16), Brandon Thomas (5), Luke Matthews (9) and Parker Hill (2).

SMHS 58, Clarksville Northeast 46: Simmons pumped in 18 points to lead the Panthers over Clarksville NE. Rounding out the scoring for SMHS was Spence (8), Yoder (9), Taylor Orme (1), Thomas (2), Matthews (8), Hill (4), Collin Russell (6) and Shade Foster (2).

Also playing were Baucum, Tristan Norman, Nathaniel Sexton, Chandler VanNatter and Frank Heilmeier.