Tyler Junior College faced little stress in the men’s game against Panola, but the women’s matchup ended in dramatic fashion.
The Apaches dominated from the beginning to roll past the Ponies 86-37, while the Apache Ladies missed a last-second shot to fall 59-56 to the Phillies in Region XIV basketball Saturday at Wagstaff Gymnasium.
The third-place TJC men improved to 19-6 overall and 10-5 in conference, while the women dropped to 10-16 and 3-10. Both teams return to action Wednesday on the road against Paris.
TJC used a 20-0 run to race out to a 39-16 halftime lead and never looked back against Panola, which dressed out only seven players and fell to 8-18 overall and 0-16 in conference. The Apaches got scoring from just about every player on the team to sweep this season’s series with the Ponies, having beaten them 82-62 last month in Carthage.
The victory snapped a two-game losing skid for the Apaches, who had won nine consecutive before falling to Kilgore and Trinity Valley.
Anthony Odunsi, a 6-4 sophomore from Houston, led TJC with a game-high 20 points — his final basket giving the Apaches a 40-point lead at 77-33 late in the contest. The 49-point win was TJC’s third-biggest of the season, falling short only to non-conference victories 52 and 66 points.
The Apaches, who have four regular-season games remaining before next month’s conference tournament at UT Tyler, also got double figures performances from sophomore guard Ta’Jon Welcome (16 points), freshman guard DeAndre Harris (11 points), sophomore post Sharife Sargeant (11 points) and sophomore post Daniel Edozie (10 points).
Their combined performances highlighted a game in which Gilbert Carter led Panola with 16 points, finishing the afternoon as the only Ponies player in double figures.
TJC, which fell behind 5-2 three minutes into the opening half, took over from there and went on a 20-0 run to take command at 26-6 with 6:26 left in the half. The Apaches then outscored the Ponies 47-21 in the second half to pile on more.
The Apache Ladies and Fillies went back and forth throughout the afternoon, as the road team prevailed with a three-point win after TJC’s Blayke Hemmitt missed a 3-pointer with no time remaining in a matchup of the conference’s sixth- and seventh-place teams.
Despite the loss Apache Ladies freshman sensation Shernise Robertson, a Houston Cy Falls graduate, had another big outing with a game-high 26 points. The 5-6 guard scored 16 points in the first half alone, including the half’s final seven points which helped turn a 12-point TJC deficit into a 31-31 game at the break.
Her 20th point tied things once more at 39-39 with 12:45 left in the second half, before teammate Adrienne Phillips made the back end of a 1-and-1 to give the Apache Ladies their first lead, 40-39. Robertson was forced to foul a Panola player in the final moments to make it a free-throws game, which fouled her out and disabled her from being available on the final possession.
Region XIV Basketball
Tyler Junior College 86, Panola 37
PANOLA — Ben Merritt, 5; Joe Williams, 6; Gilbert Carter, 16; Marquis Yates, 6; Josh Brannon, 4.
TJC — Sharife Sargeant, 11; Todd Eaglin, 2; John Alexander, 2; DeAndre Harris, 11; Ta’Jon Welcome, 16; Anthony Odunsi, 20; Trevor Berkeley, 6; Daniel Edozie, 10; Dale Jones, 5; Todd Eaglin, 1; Winslo Barry, 2.
THREE POINT GOALS — P: Yates (2), Carter (3). TJC: Welcome, Odunsi, Harris (3), Berkeley (2), Jones.
HALFTIME SCORE — TJC 39, Pnola 16.
RECORDS — Panola 8-18 (0-16); TJC 19-6 (10-5).
NEXT UP — Trinity Valley at Panola, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; TJC at Paris, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Panola 59, TJC 65
PANOLA — Electra Roberts, 15; Atoe Jackson, 12; Lanese Bough, 6; Rebeca Kolawole, 10; Dannisha Jackson, 2; Catarina Jones, 4; Shanica Baker, 2; Paula Tarnhachowicz, 4; Ashley Barry, 4.
TJC — Bria Emanuel, 2; Shernise Robertson, 26; Zhane Anderson, 2; Adrienne Phillips, 9; Blayke Hemmitt, 4; Sierra Henry, 9; Carolina Lopez, 4.
THREE POINT GOALS — P: Kolawole (2). TJC; Robertson (2).
HALFTIME SCORE — TJC 31, Panola 31.
RECORDS — Panola 13-14 (5-8); TJC 10-16 (3-10).
NEXT UP — Panola at Angelina, 4 p.m. Saturday; TJC at Paris, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.