By Ed Greif
The Stone Memorial basketball teams will capitalize on their success in after Christmas tournaments, when they open District 4AA play Friday night as they host Loudon.
Coach John Walker's Lady Panthers (6-9) won the Jon Loden Christmas Tournament at Midway High School, beating Happy Valley 68-66 in the championship game last Saturday and Monterey 55-25 in the tournament semi-finals last Friday.
Coach Neil Capps Panthers (8-7) finished the Renasant Bank Boys Christmas Tournament 2-2, after beating Bradley Central 60-55 last Friday and losing 58-45 to Knox Webb last Saturday.
Lady Panthers 68, Happy Valley 66: The Lady Panthers rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit (33-23) to take the victory. After each team scored 15 points in the third quarter, SMHS outscored the Lady Warriors 30-18 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
Leading the way for the Lady Panthers were Tiffany Cokkinias (two points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals), Jordan Thompson (eight points, two rebounds), Jacki Livesay (22 points, two rebounds, one steal), Kirsten Potter (nine markers, two rebounds, one assist, one steal), Faith Van Ruden (eight points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals), Abby Griffin (one rebound, two assists, one steal), Bailey Rutledge (three rebounds), Courtney White (eight points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals), Sidney Early (seven rebounds, three rebounds), and Mikayla Kington (four points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals).
Lady Panthers 55, Monterey 25: The Lady Panthers led 19-9 after one quarter, and never looked back. A 14-0 second-quarter gave SMHS a 33-9 lead at the break. SMHS outscored Monterey 22-16 in the second half for the win and a berth in the tournament championship.
Leading the way for the Lady Panthers were Tiffany Cokkinias (six points, four rebounds, three assists, four steals), Jordan Thompson (three points, two rebounds, three assists), Emily Bryant, Jacki Livesay (two points), Kirsten Potter (two points, one rebound, two steals), Kerigan Smith (three points, two steals), Faith Van Ruden (14 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal), Abby Griffin (six points, one rebound, five steals), Bailey Rutledge (two rebounds, one assist), Courtney White (nine points, four rebounds, two steals), Sidney Early (three points, one rebound), Mikayla Kington (seven rebounds, two steals), Riley Hunt (seven points, two rebounds) and Lacey Melton (one rebound, one assist).
SMHS 60, Bradley Central 55: The Bears jumped out to a 23-20 first half lead, but the Panthers outscored the Bears 40-22 in the second half to take the victory.
Leading the Panthers were Gage Spence (two points), Brock Rowan (21 points), Tyler Yoder (eight points), Matt Troino (two points), Brandon Thomas (three points), Justin Simmons (18 points) and Luke Matthews (six points).
SMHS buried seven three-point baskets — Rowan (four), Simmons (one) and Matthews (two).
Knox Webb 58, SMHS 45: The Panthers took a 14-12 lead after one quarter, but the Spartan outscored the Panthers 18-7 in the second stanza for a 30-21 lead at the break.
SMHS outscored Webb 13-12 in the third quarter, but the Spartans finished the game with a 16-11 fourth quarter for the victory.
Leading scorers for SMHS were Gage Spence (four points), Brock Rowan (four points), Tyler Yoder (14 points), Justin Simmons (13 points) and Luke Matthews (nine points).
Schedule: After hosting Loudon Friday, SMHS will travel to Christian Academy of Knoxville Tuesday and host Alcoa Jan. 11 for the annual "Play for the Cure" game.