By Ed Greif
The basketball teams from both SMHS and CCHS wrapped up after Christmas tournaments this weekend and will resume regular season play Jan. 4, as SMHS hosts Loudon and CCHS hosts Cookeville.
Jon Loden Holiday Classic: The Lady Panther basketball team advanced into the semi-finals at Midway High School Friday afternoon with a 58-43 victory over Oakdale in the tournament opener Thursday.
The Lady Panthers trailed 10-4 after the first quarter, but outscored the Lady Eagles 16-7 to take a 20-17 lead at the break. A 38-26 second half propelled SMHS to the victory and a berth into the semi-finals against Monterey, 49-32 winners over Coalfield. SMHS played either Happy Valley or Midway Saturday at 4 p.m. EST (third place) or 7 p.m. EST (championship).
Jacki Livesay led the Lady Panthers with 14 points, two rebounds, one assist and five steals, while Courtney White added 10 points with eight boards, two assists and five steals. Rounding out the statistics were Tiffany Cokkinias (three points, six rebounds, three assists, four steals), Jordan Thompson (two points, one rebound, one assist), Emily Bryant (two points, one rebound, one steal), Kirsten Potter (six points, two rebounds, one assist), Kerigan Smith, Faith VanRuden (four points, two rebounds, two assists), Abby Griffin (three points, four rebounds, two steals), Bailey Rutledge (one rebound), Sydney Early (four points, one rebound, two assists, three steals), Mikayla Kington (eight points, six rebounds, two steals), Riley Hunt (two points, one rebound) and Lacy Melton.
Renasant Bank Boys Tournament: The Panthers dropped a 60-52 decision to the Sevier County Smoky Bears in the tournament quarterfinals Thursday night.
The Smoky Bears led 19-18 after one quarter, but used a 13-3 second quarter to take a 32-21 lead at the break, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. SMHS outscored Sevier County 31-28 in the second half to make the final margin 60-52.
Leading the Panthers were Gage Spence (one point), Brock Rowan (21 points), Tyler Yoder (12 points), Matt Troino (two points), Justin Simmons (10 points) and Luke Matthews (six points).
•The Cumberland County High School basketball teams received belated Christmas gifts, two wins in holiday tournaments last Thursday afternoon.
Macon County Nera White Tournament: Coach Will Foster's Jets (8-8) defeated Jackson County 54-47 in the opening round of the tournament Thursday in LaFayette, earning a berth in the tournament semi-finals Friday against Lancaster Christian. The Jets played either Obion County or host Macon County Saturday.
Coach Radhika Miller's Lady Jets (4-10) defeated Clarksville NW 83-50 in the opening round of the Stewart County Classic in Dover, TN. CCHS played South Fulton Friday afternoon and Clarksville Saturday.
"We played not so great in the first half," said Foster.
The Jets led 17-12 after the first quarter, but a 19-2 second quarter gave Jackson County a 31-19 lead at the break.
CCHS came out on fire in the second half, outscoring Jackson County 35-16 to take the victory.
Leading the way for the Jets were Tayler Houston (21 points, three rebounds, three assists), Logan Parsons (13 points, four rebounds, two steals, three assists), Diego Poore (nine points, two rebounds, one steal, four assists), J.J. Miller (six points, five rebounds, one assist), Cade Smith (seven rebounds, three assists), Cameron O'Rourke (six rebounds), Austin Brown (three points, two rebounds), Ty Tabor, Tanner Christopher (one assist) and Alex Dixon.
Stewart County Christmas Classic: Makenzie Iles pumped in 34 points, including four three-point baskets, to lead the Lady Jets to a 83-50 victory over Clarksville Northwest in the opening round Thursday.
Rounding out the scoring were Alli Hyder (eight points), Rebekah Teeple (eight points), Kelzie Eldridge (seven points), Sloane VanWinkle (seven points), Gina Dick (six points), Maddi Potter (four points), Courtney Smith (four points), Kassidy Sommer (three points) and Skylar VanWinkle (two points), according to the Nashville Tennessean.
Sloane VanWinkle had two three pointers, and Eldridge had one.
Northwest took a 15-11 lead after one quarter, but the Lady Jets roared back with a 22-5 second quarter for a 33-20 advantage at the break. CCHS outscored Northwest 50-30 in the second half for the victory.