Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 3, 2014

SMHS splits with Lancaster Christian for homecoming

By Gary Robbins
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — The Stone Memorial basketball teams took on the Knights of Lancaster Christian Academy Thursday for homecoming and game away with a split in the contests, as the Panthers won 76-57 and Lady Panthers fell to the Lady Knights 85-62.

SMHS 76, Lancaster Christian 57: The Panthers definitely played hard against a team whose record was not indicative of the team and their talent.

Brandon Thomas came out in the zone to score the first 10 points of the for the Panthers, who started off with an 8-0 run.

Collin Russell on an assist from Justin Simmons went to the rim strong and closed out the first period with a bucket to give the Panthers a 15-10 lead.

Mitch Ball came off the bench to hit a three-pointer to start the second period, while Simmons stole the ball for a slam dunk to bring the crowd to their feet. Simmons proved he had to be guarded outside, too, as he hit a trey to push the lead to 29-17.

LCA proved to be a scrappy team, as Keith Moody hit buried a trey himself to slice the deficit to nine.

Simmons had a good first half, as he stole the ball again for another bucket, but Hayden McKee threw up a long shot as time expired to keep the Knights in the game at 35-27 at the break.

Coach Neil Capps challenged his team at the break, to come out strong and play up to their capability. They responded well, starting the third quarter with a 7-0 run, with Gage Spence , Tyler Yoder and Luke Matthews all scoring.

Thomas scored off a nice dish from Yoder, who Yoder got a steal and a big time jam to charge his team and the large homecoming crowd.

Simmons got in on the dunkfest with an ally oop from Gage Spence. Stone had four dunks on the evening, which is always crowd pleasing.

With 4:35 in the third, the Panthers ran out to a big lead at 49-31. A Yoder trey and a Luke Matthews lay-up forced a time out from LCA. That blew the game open at 54-33 with 2:56 left in the third. The Knights didn't lay down and had a run of their own. Collin Russell hit a three pointer as the third ended to stop the run and make the score 57-45.

The SMHS bench saw some playing time, and LCA took adavantage of it, as they got the game to 57-46.

Luke Matthews hit two free throws to put the Panthers back up 61-47. Yoder got another slam off a loose ball, and Spence hit a three to push the lead to 70-51.

SMHS closed out the game with the bench playing some minutes and the final was 76-57.

Stone had some highlights and still showed they have something to improve on as they head down the homestretch of their season. 

Thomas led Stone in scoring with 18, followed by Yoder (17), Simmons (15), Spence (7), Matthews (6), Ball (5), Russell (5), Parker Hill (2) and Taylor Orme (1).

Lancaster Christian 85, Lady Panthers 62: The game was fast-paced, high scoring game, but the Lady Panthers came up on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

LCA controlled the top to get the game off to a quick start with a quick bucket on the transition.

Abby Griffin, who shot well from the three-point line, tied the game with a trey at 8-8 with five minutes left. Lacey Melton knotted the game at 12-12 with four minutes remaining in the first period.

The hot-hitting Griffin buried another trey to give her team the lead at 15-14 with 2:46 left on a nice pass from Courtney White.

Bailey Rutledge buried a trey to give the Lady panthers a 21-18 lead with 40 seconds left in the quarter, but Lady Knight Paris Lawson converted a three-point play to tie the game at 21-21.

Kirsten Potter worked hard  on the boards and got an offensive rebound and a put back, but Lawson answered again as time expired in the first to give LCA a 25-23 edge.

The second quarter proved to be the demise for the Lady Panthers, as LCA came out with a 13-0 run. White picked up her fourth foul and had to sit most of the game.

Stone could not buy a basket and missed three front ends of one-plus-one situations to go six minutes without a point.

Rutledge hit a three free throws and Tiffany Cokkinias scored on a lay-up to pull the Lady Panthers within 16 points.

The Lady Panthers went on a 7-0 run, sparked by a trey from Rutledge, but still found themselves down 47-30 at the break.

LCA did not back off, as they opened the third with a 7-0 run.

Rutledge hit another three, and Riley Hunt scored off an offensive rebound, but the deficit was at 66-47 to end the third quarter.

The Lady Knights closed out the game with a 19-15 fourth quarter for the final score of 85-62.

Statistical leaders were Cokkinias (four points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals), Jordan Thompson (four rebounds, one assist), Potter (six points, five rebounds, four steals), Melton (10 points, four rebounds), Hunt (four points, five rebounds, one assist), Griffin (15 points, one assist, one steal), White (four rebounds, six assists, three steals), Sidney Early (one point, one rebound, one assist), Brittany Brun (four points, two rebounds), Sam Gray (one rebound), Hailey Coudriet (two points) and Jenna Beaty (one steal).