Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 11, 2013

SMHS splits with Clarkrange on homecoming

By Ed Greif
Sports editor

CROSSVILLE — After sweeping District 4AA foe Scott County Thursday night, the Stone Memorial basketball teams celebrated homecoming Friday night by splitting with Clarkrange.

The Panthers defeated the Buffaloes 92-42, while the Lady Buffaloes defeated the Lady Panthers 62-58.

SMHS 92, Clarkrange 42: Brock Rowan poured in 34 points, including seven three-pointers, to lead the Panthers over the Buffaloes Friday night to cap homecoming activities.

The senior recorded 87 points, with 18 three-pointers, in his team's three wins last week, to earn a PrepXtra Player of the Week nomination.

Rounding out the scoring against Clarkrange were Gage Spence (two points), Taylor Orme (four points),  Brad Smith, Tyler Yoder (12 points), Matt Troino (nine points), Frank Heilmeier, Brandon Thomas (six points), Mitch Ball (five points), Justin Simmons (15 points), Luke Matthews (five points) and Parker Hill.

The Panthers led 22-8 after one quarter, and stretched the lead to 50-21 at the break. Rowan had 20 points at the half, while Simmons had 13.

Rowan's 14 points in the third quarter helped the Panthers stretch the lead to 75-35, while Troino's two treys helped SMHS finish the game with a 17-7 run for the final margin.

SMHS had 13 treys for the game.

Clarkrange 62, SMHS 58: The Lady Panthers trailed 33-27 after one half and 45-38 after three quarters; however, they rallied for a 20-17 fourth quarter to make the final score 62-58.

Leading the way for the Lady Panthers were Tiffany Cokkinias (three points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals), Jordan Thompson, Emily Bryant, Jacki Livesay (10 points), Kirsten Potter (eight points), Faith VanRuden (18 points, three rebounds, five assists, one steal), Courtney White (six points, three rebounds, four steals), Sidney Early (11 points, one assist, one steal) ad Makayla Kington (two points, two rebounds).

The Lady Panthers were 21 of 52 from the field and nine of 11 from free throw line with 13 rebounds, 12 assists, eight steals and eight turnovers.

Feb. 7 games

Scott County at SMHS

The Panther basketball teams swept a pair of make-up games from Scott County Thursday night, as the Panthers outscored the Highlanders 100-62, while the Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Highlanders 75-62.

SMHS 75, Scott County 62: The win snapped the Lady Panthers' eight-game losing streak and put them into fifth-place in the league at 2-7, with their final District 4AA game scheduled Monday night against Kingston.

The Alcoa girls lead the league at 8-1, followed by CAK (8-2), Loudon (5-5), Kingston (4-5), SMHS (2-7) and Scott County (1-8).

The Lady Panthers led 14-12 after one quarter and stretched the lead to 37-29 at the break with a 23-17 second quarter. A 17-15 third quarter put the Lady Panthers ahead 54-46, and a 21-18 fourth quarter made the final score 75-62.

Leading the way for the Lady Panthers were Tiffany Cokkinias (seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal), Jordan Thompson (one point, two rebounds, one assist), Emily Bryant (four points, two rebounds), Jacki Livesay (21 points, two rebounds, three assists, seven steals), Kirsten Potter (11 points, one rebound, one assist), Faith Van Ruden (12 points, seven rebounds, six assists, five steals), Abby Griffin (10 points, one board, three steals). Bailey Rutledge (one point), Courtney White (five points, six rebounds, one assist, three steals), Sidney Early (one rebound), Makayla Kington (three points, three rebounds), Riley Hunt and Lacey Melton.

SMHS 100, Scott County 62: The Panthers extended their winning streak to two games and assured themselves of the top seed in the upcoming District 4AA tournament at Kingston next week.

Brock Rowan led the way with 35 points, including nine three-point baskets, followed by Brandon Thomas (13 points), Justin Simmons (13 points), Tyler Yoder (nine points), Gage Spence (eight points), Mitchell Ball (eight points), Luke Matthews (six points), Matt Troino (five points) and Parker Hill (three points).

The Panthers, who hit 16 three-point buckets, led 33-13 after one quarter on Rowan's seven three-pointers, and then outscored Highlanders 19-17 in the second quarter for a

53-30 lead at the half. They outscored the Highlanders 47-32 in the second half to take the victory.

The Panthers were also 18 of 22 from the free throw line.

Coach Neil Capps' team took an 8-1 league mark into Monday's make-up game with Kingston (3-6), as they have a one-game lead over Alcoa (7-2) and a two-game advantage over CAK (7-3). Loudon lost to CAK Saturday night to fall to 3-7, while Scott County is 0-9.

Notes: Tim Cokkinias supplied the scoring information for the Lady Panthers. The District 4AA Tournament schedule will be determined today at a meeting in Kingston.