The 2001 edition of the Lyon College High School Tournament tipped off at Becknell Gymnasium in Batesville.This annual event is one of the largest in season tournaments in the state.The 17 area teams involved are taking a break from conference play to compete for the tournament title.Outstanding individual play was the highlight of the opening round. Big games by Cave City Cavewoman Deanna Polston and Calico Rock Pirate Scottie Sanders led to first round wins for their teams.
GIRLSCave City 55Salem 29The Cave City Cavewomen had their long distance firepower on display against the Lady Greyhounds from Salem.Deanna Polston popped three from downtown, and Kayla Barr added two, as the Cavewomen closed the first period with just one basket inside the arc, and a 17-10 lead.The Cavewomen switched gears offensively in the second period.Kayla Barr worked in the low post for a couple of quick scores and a 23-14 Cave City lead.As the Lady Greyhound defense tried to contain Barr, she picked up her scoring via the charity stripe.Barr tallied seven free throws into a 35-14 Cave City lead at intermission.As good as the Cavewomen offense was in the first half, their defense was just as strong in the second half.During a stretch of 14:10 the Lady Greyhounds managed just 6 points. The third period ended with the Cavewomen up big at 44-20.Cave City did not let up in the final period; and finished with a 55-29 victory.Leading scorers for Cave City; Deanna Polston (17), Kayla Barr (16).Newark 59Calico Rock 46The Calico Rock Lady Pirates and the Lady Kangaroos of Newark matched up in a battle of size vs. quickness.Newark's speed was evident early as they hopped out to a 7-0 lead.A couple of buckets by Lady Pirate Mindy Kovalaske got Calico on the board.Martha Wright broke away for a solo fast break for the Lady Pirates to knot the score at 7- all.The pace was up and down as Newark relied on perimeter scoring to end the first period on top 19-14.The Lady Kangaroos used 5 fast points from Holly Fick to leap out to a 26-18 advantage halfway into the second period.The Lady Pirates rallied behind a trey from Martha Wright and 5 inside points courtesy of Mindy Kovalaske to tie things up at 26- all.This was part of a 10 - 3 run that saw the Lady Pirates down by 1 at the half, 27-26.A 3-pointer to start the third from Lady Pirate Kasey Moser gave Calico Rock their first lead since early in the game.The Lady Kangaroos responded to the challenge by finding soft spots in the Lady Pirate defense. Drives by Holly Fick packed the lane with Lady Pirate defenders, and Courtney Magness stood out at the arc and busted a pair of corner treys for a 41-32 Newark lead.Kasey Moser answered for Calico Rock with a trey of her own to close the gap to 43-37 at the end of three.The Lady Kangaroos jumped out to a 10- point lead to start the final frame and held the Lady Pirates without a basket the last 2:50 of the contest to log a 59-46 victory.High scorers for Newark; Jessica Beeler (22), Courtney Magness (18).For Calico Rock; Kasey Moser (22).
BOYSCalico Rock 67Mammoth Spring 57The Mammoth Spring Bears and Calico Rock Pirates squared off in a close contest that featured seven lead changes in the first half alone.Seth Risner got things going with a slashing drive and hoop for the Bears.A baseline jumper by Scottie Sanders evened the score for the Pirates.The Bears took a 10-7 lead on a steal and layup by Seth Wooldridge.With 5 seconds on the clock, Kyle Moody busted a 15-footer for the Pirates to end the first period down 12-9.Scottie Sanders struck again for the Pirates with a deep 3-pointer from the corner to cut the Bears margin to 16-14 midway into the second period.Calico Rock nosed out in front on a slicing drive by Buster Branscum, and another corner trey from Sanders.Seth Wooldridge responded for the Bears with a deuce just inside the arc.The Pirates went to the locker room at halftime with their biggest lead of the game, at 28-25, thanks to a buzzer beater by Scottie Sanders.Sanders kept the Pirates out front with another trey to open the third.Calico Rock continued to push the ball down the floor and get behind the Mammoth Spring defense for easy scores.Matt Newman launched a long range 3-pointer at the buzzer to leave the Bears within striking distance at 45-38.Seth Wooldridge helped stop the Pirate surge with a pair of turnaround jumpers in the lane to start the fourth.A coast-to-coast fast break by Pirate Daniel King tipped the scales back in favor of Calico Rock with a 54-46 lead at the 3:30 mark.The Bears pulled to within 3 on a jumper by Derek Todd with 1:58 left in the game.The Bears comeback stalled at this point as the Pirates nailed 5 of 6 free throws in the final 2 minutes to hold on for a 67-57 win. Melbourne 71Salem 38Meeting for the second time in four days, the Bearkatz and Greyhounds renewed their rivalry, this time on a neutral court.The first half was a tale of two tempos.Greyhound Jamie Sisk knocked in a couple of short jumpers to allow Salem to start out in good shape.The Greyhounds worked the ball patiently, and used a deliberate offense to keep the high octane Bearkatz in check.Morgan Mills tossed in two free throws to open the second period with an 11-10 Greyhound lead.The Bearkatz were about to come out of their slumber at this time.Levi Taylor sneaked loose for a backdoor layup, and Patrick Davidson nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to start the Bearkatz charge.By the time the smoke cleared, Salem had been outscored 17-3, to go to the half down 30-14.The Bearkatz continued to push the ball in the final half and ended up with their second easy win over the Greyhounds in less than a week, 71-37.The Bearkatz victory earlier in the week took place at Melbourne. Jordan Davidson scored 13 for the Bearkatz, and Chad Milligan added 11.