Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 5, 2013

SMHS, Lighthouse Christian split games Tuesday

By Ed Greif
Sports editor

CROSSVILLE — The Stone Memorial Panther basketball teams hosted Lighthouse Christian School of Antioch in non-distrct action before a small crowd Tuesday evening.

The Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Lions 60-28, while the Lions edged the Panthers 60-57.

Lady Panthers 60, Lighthouse Christian School 28: "We played really good defense tonight," said Lady Panther Coach John Walker, whose team held the much quicker Lady Lions to 13 of 43 shots from the field with 26 turnovers.

Kirsten Potter led the Lady Panthers with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals, followed by Tiffany Cokkinias (one point, four rebounds, one assist, four steals), Jordan Thompson (seven points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals), Jacki Livesay (nine points, three assists, two steals), Lacey Melton (five points, four rebounds, one steal), Riley Hunt (seven rebounds, three assists, one steal), Abby Griffin (nine points, one rebound), Bailey Rutledge (three points, two rebounds, four steals); Courtney White (six points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals), Sidney Early (two points, two rebounds), Brittany Brun (one rebound), Sam Gray (two points). and Hailey Coudriet (two points).

Mariam Kirk led the Lady Lions with 17 points.

Livesay scored five first-quarter points to stake the Panthers to a 12-4 lead, hitting five of 21 shots from the field, while holding the Lady Lions to two of nine from the field with seven turnovers.

SMHS continued their torrid play in the second quarter, hitting nine of 20 shots from the field to outscore Lighthouse Christian 24-6 to build a 36-10 halftime lead. Potter led SMHS with six markers, while Melton added five.

Kirk converted a jumper to open the third quarter for the visitors; however, a trey by Griffin sent the Lady Panthers on a 12-0 run to stretch the lead to 48-12. SMHS  finished the quarter with an 8-4 spurt for a 54-16 lead.

With the TSSAA mercy rule in effect, the Lady Lions outscored SMHS 12-6 in the final quarter for the final margin of 60-28.

The Lady Panthers open District 6AAA play against Cookeville tonight at 6 p.m. There will be a girls junior varsity game at 3:30 p.m.

SMHS travels to Lighthouse Christian Tuesday night.

"Cookeville is a well-coached, well-disciplined team," added Walker.

Lighthouse Christian 60, Panthers 57: The Lions used a 21-9 fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Panthers 60-57.

"We played pretty well through three quarters. We let their pressure affect us and we didn't finish strong," said Panther Coach Capps. "We knew they were a good team at 9-0. We knew they would be athletic."

The Panthers started out like a house was on fire, hitting nine of 14 shots from the field, including five of seven from long range, to take a 23-13 advantage. Tyler Yoder tallied 10 first-quarter points, while Justin Simmons and Gage Spence added five points each.

Will Smith led the Lions with eight points.

The pace of play slowed in the second quarter, as the Lions outscored the Panthers 13-12 to slice the deficit to 35-26 at the break. SMHS was five of nine from the field with two turnovers while the Lions were four of 11 from the field with two turnovers.

SMHS hit five of 10 shots from the field with six turnovers in the third quarter, as each team tallied 13 points for a 48-39 margin.

Tripp Davis scored 10 markers in a 12-0 third-quarter run to take a 51-48 advantage; however, Simmons scored back-to-back buckets to give the Panthers a 52-51 lead with 4:05 left in the contest.

Lighthouse Christian used a 7-4 run to slice the SMHS lead to 58-56 with 1:19 left in the contest; however, Bryan College signee Luke Matthews converted the second of two free throws with 34.4 seconds left to cut the gap to 58-56.

Over the next few seconds, both teams made turnovers, leading to one-plus-one situation by the Lions Braxton Nappier, who missed the first, giving the ball back to the Panthers, who failed to convert on their end of the floor.

A jump ball situation gave the ball back to the Lions with 4.1 seconds left. Chase Nappier converted two free throws with 0.1 seconds left for a 60-57 lead, but a disparation shot at the buzzer by the Panthers just missed, giving the victory to the Lions.

Leading scorers for the Panthers were Simmons (18), Yoder (15), Gage Spence (9), Brandon Thomas (7), Luke Matthews (5, Mitchell Ball (0) and Collin Russell (4).

Lighthouse Christian had three players in double figures — Tripp Davis (17), Chase Nappier (15) and Will Smith (15).

The Panthers host Cookeville in the District 6AAA opener tonight at 7:30. There will be a boys JV game at 4:30 p.m.

SMHS travels to Lighthouse Christian Tuesday night.

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The Lady Panther freshme/sophomore team defeated Cookeville Nov. 25 55-19. Leading scorers were Lexi Hinch (15), Sammie Jo Wyatt (3), Abigail Stone (5), Hailey Coudriet (11), Allison Padgett (1), Sam Gray (10), Jenna Beaty (8) and Morgan Cox (0).

SMHS had five three-point baskets — Hinch (3), Wyatt (1) and Coudriet (1).

On Dec. 2, the Lady Panthers defeated Rhea County 49-38. Leading scorers were Hinch (6), Wyatt 98), Stone (3), Brittany Brun (9), Coudriet (5), Padgett (1), Gray (10) and Beaty (7).

SMHS canned seven three-point baskets — Hinch (2), Wyatt (2), Coudriet (1), Gray (1) and Beaty (1).

The Panther freshmen/sophomore team defeated Rhea County 72-44. Leading scorers for the Panthers were Nathaniel Sexton (16), Shade Foster (14), Austin Helton (11), Tristan Norman (5), Gage Cox (9), Chandler VanNatter (5), Tanner Vincent (0), Mason Baucum (7), Jamie Nichols (0) and Andrew Wright (5).