By Ed Greif
The Stone Memorial basketball teams concluded their final regular season in District 4AA Monday night by splitting with Kingston in make-up games for senior night.
Coach Neil Capps' Panthers (9-1, 18-8) captured the regular season championship with a 68-53 win over the Yellow Jackets, while Coach John Walker's Lady Panthers (2-8, 8-19) were beaten 67-60 by the Lady Jackets.
SMHS 68, Kingston 53: The Panthers led 19-10 after the first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets outscored SMHS 21-15 in the second stanza to slice the lead to 34-31 at the break. The second half belonged the Panthers, who outscored Kingston 34-22 to take the victory.
Tyler Yoder poured in 32 points to lead the Panthers, followed by Brock Rowan (14 points), Matt Troino (three points), Justin Simmons (11 points) and Gage Spence (six points).
Alcoa (8-2) was second, followed by CAK (7-3), Loudon (3-7), Kingston (3-7) and Scott County (0-10). SMHS and Alcoa will be the top seeds in the district tournament this week at Kingston.
Kingston 67, SMHS 60: Kingston took a 16-9 first-quarter lead and stretched the lead to 30-20 at the break. A 26-18 third quarter gave the Lady Jets a 56-38 advantage; however, SMHS finished the game with a 22-11 fourth quarter for the final margin of 67-60.
Leading the way for SMHS were Tiffany Cokkinias (two points, one rebound, three assists, three steals); Jordan Thompson (five points, one rebound), Emily Bryant (two rebounds, one steal), Jacki Livesay (seven points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals), Kirsten Potter (three points, three rebounds, one steal), Kerigan Smith (one rebound, two assists, one steal), Faith Van Ruden (nine points, one rebound, one assist, one steal), Abby Griffin (five points, one rebound, two assists, one steal), Bailey Rutledge (three points), Courtney White (11 points, two rebounds, one steal), Sidney Early (four points, one assist, one steal), Makayla Kington (11 points, three rebounds, one steal), Riley Hunt (one rebound) and Lacey Melton (one rebound, one assist).
Tim Cokkinias supplied the statistics.