Lee, Whitehouse advance to boys Hoop Heaven final

Published on Saturday, 1 December 2012 00:18 - Written by Chris Parry

LINDALE — Robert E. Lee is giving new meaning to the term “defense” at this weekend’s Hoop Heaven Tournament.

A day after limiting North Forney to 32 points in their Thursday victory, the Red Raiders turned their attention to host Lindale on Friday. Lee forced 24 turnovers in a 48-31 win.

The victory moved Lee (7-0) into the championship of the Hoop Heaven against Whitehouse, which survived a late rally from Spring Hill to win 62-55. The final is slated for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Gymnasium.

The Wildcats are the defending Hoop Heaven champs after knocking off Lindale in the final last year, 65-52.

“All the teams that came out there, their goal was to get in the ‘bright light’ game on Saturday night,” Lee coach Alan Johnston said. “We now have to show up and play (the way we know we can play).”

On the girls side of things, host Lindale beat Athens in emphatic fashion. The Lady Eagles built a 22-8 lead at the end of the first quarter en route to a 74-45 victory.

The defending Hoop Heaven girls champs will now meet Pine Tree, which defeated Brownsboro 48-27, in the girls championship game at 6 p.m.

 

Lee 48, Lindale 31

Points were hard to come by in the opening quarter and both teams’ defenses were up the challenge, but REL blew the game open in the second period, using a 13-0 run to put itself in commanding position the rest of the way.

Leading 12-10 with seven minutes remaining in the half, the Red Raiders’ three-quarter trap defense began frustrating Lindale. It led to baskets the other way with senior Taylor Tankersley providing a breakaway, one-handed stuff, along with baskets inside by Justin DeSalvo and a 3-point play from Jared Williams.

“We had very good ball movement and we weren’t rushing at all,” Tankersley said about the Red Raiders’ play during the surge. “Everything just opened up for us.”

Tankersley finished with 22 points and five steals with all five REL starters grabbing at least one rebound and an assist.

Lindale (3-4) went nearly five minutes without a point before a 3-pointer from Mason Terry made the score 25-13 with 2:07 left in the half. Terry led the Eagles with 15 points while grabbing six rebounds.

Tankersley answered with one of his team-high four 3-pointers to help REL lead 29-16 at halftime.

The Red Raiders pushed out to a 38-21 lead in the third quarter when Tucker Boyd was fouled on a layup and converted the 3-point play.

REL’s offense went cold after that, but its defense did not allow Lindale to climb back into the contest with the Red Raiders in front 38-25 entering the fourth.

Lindale pulled to within 10 points, 38-28, on a free throw by Garrett Sir Louis with 4:43 left.

Lee ended its scoring drought with Tankersley and Jack Calhoun draining back-to-back 3-pointers to put its victory on ice.

 

Whitehouse 62, Spring Hill 55

Whitehouse looked in position to run away with this semifinal game early with the Wildcats (2-2) outscoring the Panthers (5-2) 21-10 in the first quarter and leading 39-25 at halftime.

Missed free throws by the Wildcats coupled with Spring Hill fighting back in the third period turned the game into a tight contest down the stretch. Spring Hill cut its deficit to two points in the closing minutes when Whitehouse’s Jake Parker helped provide two plays to seal the Wildcats win.

First was a twisting layup through a stunned Spring Hill defense. Parker then denied the Panthers a fast break the other way when he raced back to thwart Spring Hill after a steal.

Pat Mahomes did the rest, scoring five of his game-high 19 points in the fourth period to put Whitehouse back in the final. Parker finished with 15 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Spring Hill was led by 13 points from Ben Brundrett and 10 by Clay Lattier, who also had six boards.


Lindale Hoop Heaven

Girls Bracket

Friday Scores

Bullard 40, Kilgore 20

Pine Tree 48, Brownsboro 27

Henderson 48, Chapel Hill 43

Lindale 74, Athens 45

Saturday’s Schedule

Game 9: Kilgore vs. Chapel Hill, 9 a.m.

Consolation Final: Henderson vs. Bullard, noon

Third Place: Brownsboro vs. Athens, 3 p.m.

Championship: Pine Tree vs. Lindale, 6 p.m.

 

Bullard 40, Kilgore 20

Bullard 6 7 18 9 – 40

Kilgore 4 6 8 2 – 20

BULLARD – Frederick, 2; Hinton, 4; Taylor, 9; Abercombie, 6; Slayter, 10; Kirgan, 9.

KILGORE – Burks, 12; Rossum, 4; Williams. 2; Thomas, 2.

THREE-POINT GOALS – BUL: None. KIL: None.

 

Pine Tree 48, Brownsboro 27

Brownsboro 5 6 3 13 – 27

Pine Tree 15 14 7 12 – 48

BROWNSBORO – Devin Carver, 6; Reagan Allen, 2; Shelbie Bagby, 1; Victoria Walker, 2; Sidney Hightower, 5; M.J. Alexander, 3; Madison Montgomery, 2; Briana Warren, 3.

PINE TREE – Daneisha Patterson, 4; Sheondra Clayton, 1; Sky-Lynn Holmes, 26; Abby Mitchell, 12; McKaylla Baylor, 2; Alyssa Jones, 2; Abi Skeeler, 1.

THREE-POINT GOALS – B: Carver, Hightower. PT: Mitchell (4).

 

Henderson 48, Chapel Hill 43

Chapel Hill 4 15 11 13 – 43

Henderson 10 6 15 17 – 48

CHAPEL HILL – Warfield, 10; Maddox, 3; Campbell, 13; Hawk, 2; Brooks, 10; Gouldthorpe, 5.

HENDERSON – Jackson, 18; Stewart, 7; Smith, 2; McElhanon, 2; Partin, 14; Lee, 5.

THREE-POINT GOALS – CH: Campbell. LIN: None.

 

Lindale 74, Athens 45

Athens 8 12 18 7 – 45

Lindale 22 19 17 16 – 74

ATHENS – Barker, 4; Aguilera, 6; Cumby, 19; Lawrence, 5; Kalawe, 6; Sims, 5.

LINDALE – Paige Murphy, 5; Hannah Malone, 15; Natasha Malona, 23; Symonne Brookins, 2; Neeley Doss, 13; Ashley Lacey, 3; Zhanelle Geathers, 11; Hannah Brown, 2.

THREE-POINT GOALS – A: Barker, Cumby (2). L: Murphy, Malone, Doss (2), Lacey.

RECORDS – Lindale 6-1.

 

Boys Bracket

Friday Scores

North Forney 78, Bishop Gorman 42

Pine Tree 52, Lufkin Hudson 49 (OT)

Whitehouse 62, Spring Hill 55

Robert E. Lee 48, Lindale 31

Saturday’s Schedule

Game 9: Bishop Gorman vs. Lufkin Hudson, 10:30 a.m.

Consolation Final: North Forney vs. Pine Tree, 1:30 p.m.

Third Place: Spring Hill vs. Lindale, 4:30 p.m.

Championship: Whitehouse vs. Lee, 7:30 p.m.


North Forney 78, Bishop Gorman 42

North Forney 19 23 24 12 – 78

Gorman 15 12 6 9 — 42

NORTH FORNEY – Jordan, 5; Choice, 2; Watts, 20; Harris, 12; Neugent, 4; Woods, 14; Jones, 6; Hartley, 5; Ottun, 8; Tarrant, 2.

BISHOP GORMAN – Drader, 2; Goforth, 13; McKinley, 2; Lackner, 4; Ashworth, 21.

THREE-POINT GOALS – NF: Jordan, Watts (3), Woods, Hartley. BG: Ashworth (3).

 

Pine Tree 52, Lufkin Hudson 49 (OT)

Lufkin Hudson 8 15 6 12 8 – 49

Pine Tree 7 8 14 12 11 – 52

LUFKIN HUDSON – Bernius, 10; Carrell, 3; Bufkin, 2; Fenley, 5; Glass, 3; England, 6; Simmons, 12; Berry, 6; Zaher, 2.

PINE TREE – Hawkins, 4; Hays, 6; Lucy, 3; Rayburn, 6; Chumley, 25; Norman, 5; Hines, 5.

THREE-POINT GOALS – H: None. PT: Hays.


Whitehouse 62, Spring Hill 55

Whitehouse 21 18 8 15 – 62

Spring Hill 10 15 17 13 – 55

WHITEHOUSE – Pat Mahomes, 19; Jaylon Dews, 3; Jake Parker, 15; Chris Kunzman, 4; Dylan Cantrell, 6; Spencer Shaw, 12.

SPRING HILL – Adam Lattier, 4; Kendon Womack, 9; Matt Williams, 9; Clay Lattier, 10; Jordan Phelan, 8; Layne Patterson, 2; Ben Brundrett, 13.

THREE-POINT GOALS – W: Kunzman, Shaw. SH: Phelan.

RECORDS – Whitehouse (2-2); Spring Hill 5-2.


Robert E. Lee 48, Lindale 31

Robert E. Lee 9 20 9 10 – 48

Lindale 6 10 9 6 – 31

ROBERT E. LEE – Jack Calhoun, 3; Austin Fleet, 0; Sean Matthews, 0; Luke Derfus, 0; Darriun Smallwood, 0; Christian Boone, 0; Taylor Tankersley, 22; Jared Williams, 3; Will Dougherty, 6; Caleb Johnston, 0; Tucker Boyd, 6; John Brattlof, 0; Justin DeSalvo, 8; James Barron, 0. FG: 15-42. FT: 13-20.

LINDALE – Mason Terry, 15; Dakota Heinaman, 2; Kolton Pierce, 0; Garrett Sir Louis, 3; Connor Lind, 0; Austin Drawbond, 0; Ryan Dudley, 0; Dietrick Fry, 3; Court Brown, 2; Dee Jackson, 0; Zach Huseth, 0; Brian Boaz, 6; Jacob Capo, 0. FG: 12-31. FT: 3-4.

THREE-POINT GOALS – REL (5-14) – Tankersley (4), Calhoun. LIN (4-10): Terry (3), Fry.

RECORDS – Robert E. Lee 7-0; Lindale 3-4.