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Turrell tops Cougars in NEA

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

FLOATER: Ryan Walker tosses in a jump-hook against Turrell. Photos/Mullins
It looks like the Turrell Rockets are built for a long ride through the 1A-2A-3A boys' brackets of the annual Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament.

The sixth-seeded Rockets are longå, lean and lightning quick.

And they also have senior shooting guard Terrance Selvy.

Selvy drained six 3-pointers and unloaded for a game-high 26 points, as Turrell opened play in the tourney with a 73-31 victory over the Izard County Cougars Dec. 22 at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Selvy made sure the Rockets got off to a good start by knocking down four treys and recording 19 points in the first half, helping Turrell to a large lead it would enjoy most of the afternoon.

Izard County's game plan against Turrell was a solid one -- spread the Rockets out and attack the basket from the backside. Only, Turrell's closing speed was up to the challenge, and whenever the Cougars would get a good look at the rim, the Rockets were able to get there to contest Izard County's shots.

The Rockets jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Ethan Porter (five points) racked up Izard County's first basket of the game.

Charlie Feher and Gerrick Smith (eight points) each hit a hoop down the stretch for the Cougars, but Selvy tossed in eight points in the first period to help Turrell out in front 18-6 after one.

Selvy kicked in three treys in the second period, including back-to-back numbers midway into the frame.

The Cougs could only scrape together five points in the second and the Rockets took a 41-11 lead at intermission.

Ryan Walker had a productive third period for Izard County by knocking down all eight of his points in the stanza, but Turrell stood firm and held a 62-28 after three, on its way to a 73-31 victory.

J.D. Leis, Gage Wolford and Caleb Cowan finished with two points each for the Cougars, while Robert Dorzbach and Jon Volny tallied one point apiece.

In girls' action, the Lady Cougars fell to Weiner 52-40 on Dec. 20.

Rachel Harmon led Izard County with 17, while Trisha Arnold hit for 11 points.

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