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Cave City owns Lyon Tournament

Thursday, December 13, 2001

Becknell Gymnasium in Batesville was turned into Cave City South this past weekend.A packed house watched as the Cave City boys and girls made it a clean sweep of the Lyon College High School Tournament Finals.The championship games closed a week of exciting basketball action featuring some of the top high school teams in the region.QUARTERFINALS GIRLSGreers Ferry-Westside 54Mt. Pleasant 40The Lady Eagles from Greers Ferry-Westside jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in their contest with the Mt. Pleasant Lady Bluebirds.The Lady Eagles got 21 points from Rachel Smith and 12 from Ashley Cothran.Katie Caraway led the Lady Bluebirds with 27.QUARTERFINALSBOYSViola 78 2OTHeber Springs 74After two overtime periods, the Viola Longhorns emerged victorious over the scrappy Panthers from Heber Springs.Justin Batterton, after scoring 33 points in a first round win over Southside, knocked in 31 against the Panthers.Dustin Jones (13), John Mark Montgomery (12), and Kyle Baumunk (10) also had big games.The Panthers were led by Preston Cranford (21), Chance Tharp (14) and Mark Slavik (10).Calico Rock 69Evening Shade 55The Calico Rock Pirates managed to keep the Evening Shade Tigers' main offensive weapon, Chris Johnson, in check.After logging 37 points in a first round win over Midland, Johnson was held to 19 in their loss to the Pirates.Calico Rock got another big effort from Scottie Sanders with 24. Buster Branscum added 13.Melbourne 90Highland 48Patrick Davidson tossed in 22 points as the Melbourne Bearkatz ran away with an easy victory over the Highland Rebels.Also for the Bearkatz; Jordan Davidson (18), Andrew McFarland (15), and Chad Milligan (10).Senior Tim Hansen led the Rebels with 14 points.SEMIFINALSBOYSMelbourne 65Viola 54Entering their semifinal matchup with the Melbourne Bearkatz, the question for the Viola Longhorns was, how much gas is left in the tank?The Longhorns had used their starters deep into a tightly contested quarterfinal win over Heber Springs that went into double overtime.By contrast, the Bearkatz had rested their starters in the second half of an easy 42-point win over Highland in round two.Melbourne got off to a fast start behind the inside play of Jeremy Russell.Jordan Davidson added a couple of free throws early to put the Bearkatz in front 10-5.The Longhorns' Kyle Baumunk came on strong toward the end of the first period.Baumunk notched 6 points in the lane to keep Viola close.A pair of free throws from Justin Batterton found Viola down by one, 16-15, to end the period.The Longhorns seemed to get a second wind to start the next period.In rapid order, Derek Winter canned a jumper and Justin Batterton had back-to-back steals and layins. Batterton then fed Kyle Baumunk for a nice fast break hoop.When things calmed down just a little, Viola had turned the tables on the Bearkatz and led 25-17.Sensing his team might be in trouble, Patrick Davidson went on a spree of his own for Melbourne.On three consecutive trips down the court, Davidson snaked under the basket for a trio of spinning layups to pull the Bearkatz to within 1, at 25-24.By the time Davidson made 3 points the hard way, at the 2:10 mark, the Bearkatz had scratched back out front 30-27.An inside score by Longhorn Dustin Jones, plus a free throw from Justin Batterton, saw Viola trail 35-30 at the half.The third period saw a volley of scores from both teams early, and when Dustin Jones split two Bearkat defenders for a layup, the score was tied at 37-all.At the 3:07 point, Patrick Davidson broke away for a 3-pointer and a 40-37 Bearkat advantage.On the next trip down court for Viola, Davidson was whistled for goaltending to ease the Longhorns back to a 40-39 deficit.That would be erased when Justin Batterton tossed in a point from the charity stripe to tangle things at 40-all to end the third period.Patrick Davidson started the final frame on the prowl for Melbourne.Davidson netted 6 points on a variety of jumpers to dart the Bearkatz out to a 46-42 margin.The Longhorns hit a wall at this point and found themselves on the wrong end of a 15-4 run by the Bearkatz.Melbourne spread the court and worked the ball around to take time off the clock and earned a trip to the finals with a 65-54 win.The Bearkatz were led by Patrick Davidson with 31 and with Chad Milligan (12).For the Longhorns; Justin Batterton (19), Dustin Jones (16), and Kyle Baumunk (10).SEMIFINALS BOYSCave City 67Calico Rock 47As was the case in their first three games of the tournament, the Cave City Cavemen stormed out to a big lead and then cruised home with an easy win over the Calico Rock Pirates.The Cavemen started out with back-to-back jumpers in the lane from Jimmy Hodges.When the Pirates tried to shut down the inside, Matt Snyder nailed a long trey from outside.The Pirates had trouble finding their shooting stroke and trailed 22-8 at the first periods end.D.J. McFarlin joined in on the Caveman swarm in the second period with a bookend of inside moves for a 29-12 cushion.A 3-pointer from Pirate Scottie Sanders at the 2:15 mark momentarily stemmed the Cave City tide.Halftime found the Pirates looking up from a 38-20 hole.In the second half, the Cavemen turned up their full-court pressure another notch and constantly flustered the Pirates until the end of the 56-32 victory.Leading the Caveman charge were Jimmy Hodges with 15, D.J. McFarlin with 13 and Brandon Treat with 10.For the Pirates; Scottie Sanders (12), and Buster Branscum (10).FINALSGIRLSCave City 47Highland 42In order for the Cave City Cavewomen to hand the Highland Lady Rebels their first loss of the year, the Cavewomen needed to play an almost flawless game.They did.The Cavewomen used a ball control offense that ran 30-40 seconds of time off the clock on their end of the floor.This technique limited the number of times the powerful Lady Rebels touched the ball on their offensive end.The Lady Rebels missed their first four shots to fall behind early, and the first period ended with the Cavewomen on top, 10-6. It was a lead they did not relinquish.A corner 3-pointer from Deanna Polston and three points the old fashioned way by Kayla Barr put the Cavewomen up 16-6 just inside the second period .The Lady Rebels were not about to go down without swinging back.Allyson Sample started the Highland charge with a corner trey.Ginger Murphy tacked on a tipin, then hit a short jumper off an inbounds play.By the time Andrea Sublett converted a steal into a fast break bucket, the Lady Rebels had ripped off 9 unanswered points, to climb back into contention at 16-15.The Cavewomen used a pair of 3-pointers to counter the Lady Rebel uprising, and closed the half with 6 unanswered points of their own, leading 22-15.In the third period, the Lady Rebels looked to their post players for help.Kristin Byler and Ginger Murphy worked in the paint and used their size advantage to pull the Lady Rebels to within 4, 29-25, with 34 seconds left in the period.The Cavewomen got a big boost when Heather Jones nailed a 3-pointer off the glass as the buzzer sounded.The Cave City lead swelled to 11 points at 4:45 of the final period when Deanna Polston canned a 3-pointer from the baseline.In an effort to prolong the game, the Lady Rebels fouled to stop the clock on each Cavewoman possession.Kayla Barr calmly went 12 of 14 from the charity stripe in the final frame to cap the upset of the Lady Rebels.Leading scorers for Cave City were Kayla Barr and Deanna Polston with 17 each and Heather Jones with 10.Highland was led by Ginger Murphy's 25 and Kristin Byler with with 9.GIRLS DIVISON ALL-TOURNAMENTKayla Barr, Cave City; Deanna Polston, Cave City; Ginger Murphy, Highland; Rachel Smith, Greers Ferry; April Moody, Sulphur RockFINALS BOYSCave City 78Melbourne 72It was a matchup of speed on speed when the Cave City Cavemen squared off with the Melbourne Bearkatz in the boys' final.Both teams had advanced through the tournament field by playing full-court defense and pushing the ball hard on offense. This game was no exception.The Bearkatz started out quickly, but the Cavemen were not far behind.Melbourne big man Jermey Russell hit a baseline jumper for a 15-10 late in the first period.Caveman Jimmy Hodges responded with a jumper of his own to bring Cave City within four at 17-13.Russell again went to work down low for the Bearkatz and pushed the lead to 21-15 at the end of one.The Cavemen looked to Brandon Treat to spark them in the second frame.Treat slipped inside to tip in a couple of missed shots and give the Cavemen a 28-25 lead.Patrick Davidson broke loose for a pair of full-court layups to keep the Bearkatz in the hunt.A shot block by D.J. McFarlin turned into a fast break for Brandon Treat and a 41-33 Caveman lead.The Bearkatz finished the second period strong by scoring 7 straight points, to pull within three, 43-40, at the half.Patrick Davidson knotted the game at 43-all on the first Bearkat possession of the second half with a top of the key trey.The Cavemen began to assert their outside shooting at this point of the game.A 14-2 run keyed by the deft touch of Brandon Treat placed the Cavemen in control at 59-47 with 1:50 left in the third.A pair of inside hoops by Cave City had Melbourne facing their biggest deficit of the tournament, 62-50, to start the final frame.The Bearkatz opened the fourth by trying to speed the game up even more.The Cavemen were up for the challenge and kept the margin at 8 points midway into the period.Patrick Davidson spearheaded a late rally from the Bearkatz.Davidson nailed a pair of mid -range jumpers and then bombed a long trey to narrow the Cave City lead to 71-68 with 1:10 showing on the clock.The Cavemen refused to let this charge rattle them and held on for the hard fought 78-72 tournament title win.Leading the way for Cave City were Jimmy Hodges with 16, Brandon Treat with 15, and Matt Snyder with 13.For Melbourne Patrick Davidson logged 27, and Jordan Davidson had 17.BOYS DIVISIONALL-TOURNAMENT Jimmy Hodges, Cave City; Brandon Treat, Cave City; Justin Batterton, Viola; Scottie Sanders, Calico Rock; Pat Davidson, Melbourne.

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