Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 17, 2012

SMHS grounds Silverdale Academy Seahawks

By Ed Greif
Sports editor

CROSSVILLE — Before a small Saturday evening crowd, the Stone Memorial basketball teams swept a pair of games from Silverdale Baptist Academy to complete a day of hoop action in the Panther gym.

After Livingston swept a pair of games from Alcoa, the Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Seahawks 82-54, while the Panthers beat the Seahawks 67-36.

SMHS 82, Silverdale Academy 54: On the strength of a school-record 15 three-point baskets, the Lady Panthers (3-8) to posted the victory over  the private school from Chattanooga.

Jacki Livesay led the away with 24 points, including, six three pointers, two rebounds, one assist and three steals followed by Faith VanRuden, 17 points with four three-pointers, one rebound, two assists and one steal.

Also contributing were Tiffany Cokkinias (six points, four rebounds, five assists, four steals), Lacey Melton, Riley Hunt (one point), Jordan Thompson (eight points, six rebounds, one steal), Emily Bryant (two points), Kirsten Potter (three points, six rebounds, two assists), Kerigan Smith, Abby Griffin (five points, three rebounds, one steal), Bailey Rutledge (five points), Courtney White (four points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals), Sydney Early and Makayla Kington six points, three rebounds).

Mariah Massengill and Sunnie Noobafb each had 17 points for the Lady Seahawks.

The Lady Panthers came out on fire, hitting eight of 14 shots in the first quarter, including seven of 11 from three-point range. Livesay tallied 14 of her 26 points in first eight minutes, helping the Lady Panthers take a 26-18 lead by quarters end.

Griffin, Van Ruden and Thompson each buried a trey.

SMHS scoring spree continued into the second quarter, as they built a 19-point advantage at 45-26 with under two minutes left in the half; however, the Lady Seahawks finished the half with a 7-2 run to slice the lead to 47-33 at the break.

Van Ruden had 10 points for the Lady Panthers, who were eight of 16 from the field, while SDA was four of 17 from the field.

SMHS outscored Silverdale Academy 19-18 in the third quarter for a 66-51 lead, and finished the game with a 16-3 run to take the victory. The Lady Panthers finished game, hitting 11 of 23 from the field with eight turnovers, while holding the Lady Seahawks nine of 27 with seven turnovers.

SMHS 67, Siverdale Academy 36: The Panthers came out as hot as their Lady Panther counterparts, opening their game with a 13-0 run, and then finished the quarter with a 12-9 run to take a 25-9 advantage.

Coach Neil Capps' squad was 10 of 18 from the field, including three of eight from long-range, as seven Panthers dented the scoreboard in the first quarter. Brock Rowan led with six points.

Silverdale Academy was four for 17 from the field with four turnovers.

The scoring tempo slowed in the second quarter; however, the Panthers still extended the lead to 39-19 at the half with a 14-10 burst in the second eight minutes. Gage Spence and Mitch Ball each had three points in the second quarter for the Panthers, who were six of 15 from the field, while holding the Seahawks to three of 10 with five miscues.

The Panthers opened the second half with an 8-0 run to take a 47-19 lead, but finished the quarter with a 7-5 run to take a 54-24 advantage. Justin Simmons had six points for the Panthers, who were three of five from long range.

Silverdale Academy opened the final quarter with a 12-1 run to slice the lead to 55-36, but Ball buried a jumper to trigger a 12-0 run to give the Panthers a 67-36 victory.

Leading away for the Panthers were Gage Spence (seven points), Brock Rowan (nine points), Taylor Orme (two points), Brad Smith, Tyler Yoder (12 points), Matt Troino (eight points), Frank Heilmeir, Brandon Thomas (two points), Mitch Ball (eight points), Justin Simmons (12 points), Luke Matthews (two points), Parker Hill and Collin Russell (five points).

SMHS at Livingston

Livingston 74, SMHS 61: The Lady Panthers trailed 15-0 to start the game, but finished the first quarter with a 13-6 spurt to slice the lead to 21-13, and then outscored the hosts 15-13 in the secord quarter to make the score 34-26 at the half.

Livingston outscored SMHS 40-35 in the second half to take the victory.

Leading the way for the Lady Panthers were Tiffany Cokkinias (nine points, one rebound, three assists, five steals), Jordan Thompson (two steals), Emily Bryant (four points, three rebounds, two assists), Jacki Livesay (11 points, two rebounds, five steals), Kirsten Potter (eight points, one rebound), Faith Van Ruden (17 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal), Abby Griffin (three points, one assist), Courtney White (five points, one rebound, one steal) and Sydney Early.

Livingston 70, SMHS 57: No statistical information was received.