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Warriors stall on road, end season with region semi loss

By Ian Kayanja

CEDAR HILL — The final buzzer may have ended Tuesday’s game, but a crippling second- and third-quarter offensive onslaught by Jo Byrns ended Culleoka’s season much earlier. 

“I guess it was just one of those nights where the shots weren’t falling,” Warriors coach Mike Lovett said following a 65-39 defeat in the Region 5-A semifinal contest. “We got more layups in the first and fourth quarter, and we just couldn’t get in the same looks in the second and third quarter.” 

The hosts used a blistering 19-6 second quarter to virtually put a previously close game away by halftime. 

“The first quarter was slow for us because shots weren’t falling,” Jo Byrns coach Jojo Northington said. “In the second and third quarter our shots started falling and the box-and-one they were running (defensively) didn’t affect us too much. And that is what basketball is about. You just got to keep playing, and things will fall in place like they did for us.” 

The game opened up with a methodical first quarter. Neither team managed to grab the momentum from the other, and there were visible nerves as each team made early mistakes. By the end of one, Culleoka held a 9-7 advantage. 

“In the first quarter we outscored them and we were just knocking down shots,” Lovett said. “We got more post feeds, we attacked, and got layups in that first quarter.” 

At the four-minute mark of the second quarter, Culleoka led by one 15-14. The Warriors were playing their brand of basketball — slow, drawn-out and focused. Lovett described it as “sticking to the gameplan.” 

However, that would not last as Jo Byrns held Culleoka scoreless for the final three minutes of the quarter. The Red Devils put together a 12-0 run that sent their crowd into a frenzy. By the half, the Culleoka lead flipped to an 11-point deficit, 26-15. 

The rest of the game felt like a mere formality as the Warriors were outscored 21-14 in the third quarter and 18-10 in the fourth quarter.

Culleoka senior forward Cooper Parks finished with a game-high 18 points. Parks was the Warriors’ only double-digit scorer on the night.

Jayden Caira, the focal point of Culleoka’s defensive effort, scored 17 points — 11 during the hosts’ second- and third-quarter offensive blitz — to lead Jo Byrns. 

“My focus was to get on the break and steal a few buckets,” Caira said. “They were box-and-oneing me, so it made it hard to run our regular offense.”

For Lovett and his team, the loss is bittersweet. He is losing a group of four seniors — Parks, Landon Andrews (held scoreless for the game), Blake Delk and Chris Hutcherson — that have helped him rebuild the program during their time at Culleoka, going from a three-win team to a regional semifinal over the course of four years. 

“I have four seniors who will never play here again, so I made sure they knew what they accomplished here,” Lovett said. “To the rest of the team, this is a hump that we haven’t been able to get over the last two years, so coming into next year we have to get over this hump.” 

In Jo Byrns’ case, the team and coach Northington just want one more win as they move on to Thursday’s region final against visiting Richland, a 62-27 winner Tuesday over Houston County. 

“One more, that is our mentality,” he said. “We want to show everyone that we are better, so we are going to continue to compete.” 

Jo Byrns boys 65, Culleoka 39

C 9 6 14 10 — 39
J 7 19 21 18 — 65

Culleoka (39) — Cooper Parks 18, Tavon Bagsby 9, Erik Mick 4, Hunter Harris 4, Chris Hutcherson 4
Jo Byrns (65) — Jayden Caira 17, Ryan Dowlen 14, Bryce Cox 10, Taylor Head 9, Logan Head 7, Kenny Tolliver 5, Dylan Dotson 3
3-pointers — Culleoka 1 (Bagsby), Jo Byrns 8 (Caira, Dowlen 4, T. Head, L. Head, Dotson)

2020-21 Hardwood leaders

Boys scoring
(games, total points, points per game)

Andy Slaughter, Santa Fe1533522.3
Gavin Burleson, Summertown2344319.3
Daniel Nicholson, Richland2442517.7
Kai’Seanne Brashear, Spring Hill1526217.5
Destin Wade, Summit1320816.0
Q Martin, Columbia Central2844515.9
Trey Luna, Richland2438015.8
Cameryn Bass, Hampshire1929215.4
Landon Andrews, Culleoka1725815.2
Logan Helton, Richland2131014.8
Tanner Ham, Columbia Acad.2739714.7
Kentra Frierson, Mt. Pleasant2637714.5
Skyler Trousdale, Summertown2533013.2
Cameron Bell, Independence2024612.3
Jett Montgomery, Independence2024212.1

Boys 3-pointers
(games, total 3-pointers)

Trey Luna, Richland2471
Cam Johnson, Columbia Central2864
Tanner Ham, Columbia Acad.2757
Kentra Frierson, Mt. Pleasant2655
Gavin Burleson, Summertown2341
Will Jackson, Columbia Acad.     2541
Andy Slaughter, Santa Fe1537
Logan Helton, Richland2137
Skyler Trousdale, Summertown2537
Omari Franklin, Columbia Central2636

Girls scoring
(games, total points, points per game)

Jesse Jennings, Richland2354223.6
Sierra Stedman, Spring Hill2843715.6
Josie Parks, Columbia Central1742215.6
Madi Lewis, Columbia Acad.2233315.1
Prairie Stedman, Spring Hill2634513.3
Delaney Noe, Summit2329913.0
Janiyha Riley, Columbia Central2228412.9
Karlee Rowland, Hampshire2125212.0
Hailey Jones, Summertown2630611.8
Ellie Colson, Summit2629611.4
Kortney Rowland, Hampshire2122710.8
Ricole Alderson, Spring Hill2324210.5
Kaley Campbell, Summertown2626010.0
Rylee Long, Summertown2626010.0
Breanna Dickson, Culleoka2222010.0

Girls 3-pointers
(games, total 3-pointers)

Delaney Noe, Summit2354
Ansley Burleson, Summertown2652
Josie Parks, Columbia Central2750
Sierra Stedman, Spring Hill2843
Ryleigh Hamm, Columbia Central2943
Bergen Allee, Summit2839
Madi Lewis, Columbia Acad.2238
Averi Slaughter, Columbia Acad.2238
Kristen Garner, Richland1836
Kielee Bradley, Mt. Pleasant2432
Rylee Long, Summertown2632

*Statistical compilations based on submissions from area coaches or their designees

Culleoka advances in region tourney with homecourt win

By Andrew Moore

CULLEOKA — In a Region 5-A quarterfinal that was close from the start, Culleoka pulled away to a 69-58 win Saturday over visiting McEwen.

The victory sets up a Tuesday semifinal trip for the Warriors to District 9-A titlist Jo Byrns.

Trailing 32-29 at the half, Culleoka swung the momentum coming out of the locker room and outscored McEwen 40-26 over the final 16 minutes.

“Give the guys credit,” coach Mike Lovett said. “McEwen did go up on us … but we didn’t panic.”

Though outrebounded through the first half, Culleoka identified Marcus Carter as McEwen’s ‘difference maker’ and focused on him defensively over the final two periods.

“(Carter) had 10 points heading into halftime and we knew he might be the difference maker,” Lovett said. “So I had the guys trail him the rest of the game to make sure he wasn’t getting open shots.

“Other than that, we just offensively pushed.”

It was that push that allowed Culleoka to take over the game midway through the third quarter.

“The difference was, in the first half we’d pass and take a bunch of big shots, a bunch of quick 3s and those were all one-and-done,” Lovett said. “(In the second half) we got transition stops, we got the ball out, we ran our offense and I think that’s what helped.”

Landon Andrews and Cooper Parks, each of whom were recognized as 1,000-point scorers, were among four double-digit scorers Saturday night. Andrews and Erik Mick finished with 16 points each, while Parks had 13 and Tavon Bagsby 12.

“We haven’t had anyone hit (1,000) since 2006, Demario Williams,” Lovett said. “They’ve both worked hard. I got both those guys my first year hear. That’s special to watch these guys grow, not just as basketball players but as men.

“You have to give it up for these guys. They bought in. They’ve worked with the guys around them and they’ve trusted the guys around them.”

Looming next for Culleoka is a Jo Byrns squad that defeated Santa Fe 61-43 in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Culleoka defeated Santa Fe in two of three matchups this season.

“Jo Byrns is legit,” Lovett said. “We just have to make sure defensively that we are locked in. I think they have some really crucial players. We played them (in the region quarterfinals) last year and I think they got them all back, so we have to make sure we lock in defensively and continue with this wave of momentum moving forward.”

Culleoka boys 69, McEwen 58

M 12 20 11 15 — 58
C 15 14 19 21 — 69

McEwen (58) — Garrett Wright 7, Marcus Carter 17, Joseph Swearinger 10, Caleb Wilson 8, Aaron Mayberry 3, Tommy Willis 13
Culleoka (69) — Tavon Bagsby 12, Landon Andrews 16, Cooper Parks 13, Erik Mick 16, Hunter Harris 7, Chris Hutcherson 2, Ranger Graham 3
3-pointers — McEwen 3 (Carter, Mayberry, Willis), Culleoka 8 (Bagsby 2, Andrews 3, Mick 3)

Photos by Vanessa Beach / SM-Tn Sports

Friday on the hardwood

Richland girls 51, East Robertson 41

ER – 11 6 10 14 — 41
R – 17 8 7 19 — 51

East Robertson (41) — Anna Hornberger 2, Mary Phelps 15, Peyton Lackey 3, Kylie Perry 2, Savannah Hinkle 16, Adrenn Cole 3
Richland (51) —Jesse Jennings 31, Kristen Garner 9, Allie Garner 7, Halle Braden 2, Shelby Higgins 2
3-pointers — East Robertson 1 (Phelps), Richland 2 (K. Garner)

Jo Byrns girls 54, Culleoka 40

C – 11 10 7 12 — 40
J – 12 17 14 11 — 54

Culleoka (40) — Tyler Reischman 6, Alex Skinner 5, Hannah Collins 3, Madison Ingram 1, Breanna Dickson 1, Maci McKennon 20, Kylie Thomas 2, Karlie Jones 2
Jo Byrns (54) — Ashton Bryant 10, Grayson Bryant 5, Brooke Dowlen 29, Emilee Head 2, Reese Payne 4, Milla Putnam 4
3-pointers — Culleoka 4 (McKennon 2, Reischman, Collins), Jo Byrns 4 (Dowlen 4)

Hampshire girls 66, McEwen 59

M 11 20 12 16 — 59
H 10 27 12 17 — 66

McEwen (57) — Dakota Hankins 6, Madison Hankins 14, Faith Coltson 16, Kellie Jo Hankins 3, Amberlee Hankins 13, Abby Harrington 2, Ashton Davidson 5
Hampshire (66) — Hailey Potts 1, Kortney Rowland 8, Ansley Stoner 13, Kayla Stephens 20, Kadence Stoner 10, Madison Cagle 3, Karlee Rowland 11
3-pointers — McEwen 7 (M. Hankins 4, K. Hankins, A. Hankins, Davidson), Hampshire 6 (A. Stoner 2, Stephens 3, Cagle)

Houston Co. girls 62, Santa Fe 33

SF 7 7 9 10 — 33
HC 20 10 18 14 — 62

Santa Fe (33) — Gracie Mills 6, Elise Adkison 5, Emmy Bates 12, Aniston Slaughter 5, Hattie Hedrick 3, Emily Hopkins 2
Houston Co. (62) — Hailey Hibbeler 8, Gracie Eaves 2, Josey Gant 11, Tess Gillespie 5, Karli Stinson 9, Haylie Brooks 4, Hollie Elliott 4, R’Shonte Kizer 5, Maddie Ross 2, Kennedy Jones 2, Hannah McDonough 10
3-pointers — Santa Fe 4 (Bates 4), Houston Co. 4 (Gant, Gillespie, Stinson, Brooks)

Summertown girls 99, Big Sandy 19

B 4 7 4 4 — 19
S 41 30 17 11 — 99

Big Sandy (19) — Ashlyn Berry 13, Kaylee Stockdale 3, Kaylyn Jackson 3
Summertown (99) — Kaley Campbell 23, Hailey Jones 12, Ansley Burleson 10, Mia Dinwiddie 9, Reese Wilson 9, Emily Brazier 8, Braley Burleson 6, Katie Burdette 6, Karlie Campbell 6, Rylee Long 5, Alivia Riggs 3, Carlee Emerson 2
3-pointers — Big Sandy 1 (Jackson), Summertown 11 (Kl. Campbell 4, Jones 2, A. Burleson 2, B. Burleson 2, Riggs)

Loretto girls 81, West Carroll 25

W 4 6 8 7 — 25
L 24 24 21 12 — 81

West Carroll (25) — Amaya Thompson 9, Skylar Jones 2, Mia Jones 5, Kelsey Jones 3, Kymbrianna Ross 2, Erin Norman 4
Loretto (81) — Jenny Clifton 5, Katelyn Robertson 2, Julie Clifton 1, Madelyn Tidwell 6, Autumn Buttrum 8, Karly Weathers 28, Carlee Urban 2, Kensey Weathers 12, Shelby Fisher 13, Emily Cozart 4
3-pointers — West Carroll 1 (Jones), Loretto 9 (Je. Clifton, Tidwell 2, Buttrum 2, Ka. Weathers 4)

Host Richland hangs on for 10-A championship game win

By Maurice Patton

LYNNVILLE – Culleoka cut a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to one with two minutes to play, but third-ranked host Richland regrouped down the stretch and went 9-for-10 from the foul line Thursday to clinch a 56-47 victory in the finals of the District 10-A Tournament.

The win sends the Raiders (22-1) into a Region 5-A tourney quarterfinal matchup Saturday against visiting East Robertson, while Culleoka will entertain McEwen.

Despite never leading, Culleoka (12-10) managed to make Richland uncomfortable at times over the course of the contest.

“It was exactly what I expected,” Raiders coach Jason Loveless said. “A championship game shouldn’t be easy, and it wasn’t. We expected them to do the things they did.

“Some of our wounds were self-inflicted; some they inflicted. But we played well enough on offense, we played well enough on the boards and we made free throws.”

After defeating the Warriors 75-47 and 68-50 while posting a perfect mark in district play, it looked early on as if Richland was headed for a third double-digit victory. The Raiders led 17-9 after one period and 24-16 with 2:47 remaining in the half, before Culleoka got a pair of low-post baskets from Cooper Parks in a 6-3 mini-run before intermission.

“They have, possibly, the three best players in the district (Trey Luna, Daniel Nicholson and Logan Helton),” Culleoka coach Mike Lovett said. “We threw a little ‘junk’ at them. I think it worked well.

“We had to play two halves. We played a good first half each of the first two times we played, but we collapsed in the second half twice.”

Richland went on an 11-0 run early in the third quarter and took a 47-35 lead with 6:26 left on a Tyrell Randolph 3-pointer, but a Parks putback was sandwiched by a pair of Tavon Bagsby 3s as Culleoka closed to within 47-43 with 4:44 to play.

Following a timeout, Richland ran more than 2½ minutes off the clock before a turnover set up a Landon Andrews trey with 1:56 remaining.

Trying to keep the game in reach, Culleoka missed five 3-point attempts the rest of the way.

“We had to start fouling, they hit free throws and we couldn’t hit shots,” Parks said after scoring a game-high 18 points. “We rushed a lot, took a lot of quick shots. We’ve got to move the ball better. I think we played well. They’re a great team. You’ve got to give it to them.”

Andrews, Culleoka’s leading scorer, finished with 14 points.

“We knew if we had it within five (points) with two minutes to play, we’d have a really good shot of finishing the game,” Lovett said. “We missed some open opportunities to score, and 15 turnovers didn’t help.”

Nicholson scored 17 to lead Richland, with Luna adding 13 and Randolph 10.

“We got a little stale on offense,” Loveless said. “We didn’t want to take our foot off the pedal. They made some shots. (But) when they cut it to one, our guys stepped up and answered.

“I think we needed it.”

Tigers stun Santa Fe: In the consolation contest, Kentra Frierson scored a game-high 32 points and freshman Bennett Hughes hit a pair of free throws with 7.9 seconds remaining Thursday as Mt. Pleasant defeated host Santa Fe 67-66.

For the Tigers (9-16), it was their first win over an opponent other than Hampshire since their Dec. 15 victory against Zion Christian. They will travel for a region quarterfinal Saturday against Houston County.

Santa Fe (8-9), which got 21 points from Will Monhollen in the loss, will travel to District 9-A tourney titlist Jo Byrns to open Region 5-A tourney play Saturday.

Richland boys 56, Culleoka 47

C 9 13 13 12 – 47
R 17 10 15 14 – 56

Culleoka (47) – Tavon Bagsby 8, Landon Andrews 14, Erik Mick 5, Cooper Parks 18, Hunter Harris 2
Richland (56) – Tyrell Randolph 10, Logan Helton 8, Daniel Nicholson 17, Trey Luna 13, Jace Derryberry 8
3-pointers – Culleoka 5 (Bagsby 2, Andrews 2, Parks), Richland 6 (Randolph 2, Nicholson, Luna, Derryberry 2)

Mt. Pleasant boys 67, Santa Fe 66

MP 12 17 16 22 — 67
SF 16 21 19 10 — 66

Mt. Pleasant (67) – Keevan Cooper 4, Kentra Frierson 32, Tip Marlow 4, Chris Andrews 4, Demarkus Brown 5, Bennett Hughes 11, Hardin Hughes 7
Santa Fe (66) – Colton Steward 2, Auden Slaughter 12, Josh Martin 13, Will Monhollen 21, Andy Slaughter 18
3-pointers – Mt. Pleasant 7 (Frierson 3, Brown, B. Hughes 2, H. Hughes), Santa Fe 8 (Au. Slaughter 2, Monhollen 6)

Photos by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports

Wednesday on the hardwood

Summit girls 60, Spring Hill 45

Su 8 22 20 10 — 60
SH 13 9 9 14 — 45

Summit (60) — Myah Kratzig 4, Delaney Noe 11, Kayla Northrup 2, Bergen Allee 12, Claudette Runk 10, Ellie Colson 14, Nicole Rizane 7
Spring Hill (45) — Kat Carter 8, Prairie Stedman 10, Belle Brashear 8, Sierra Stedman 9, Jayce Brashear 8, Keyivory Scales 2
3-pointers — Summit 7 (Noe 3, Allee 3, Runk), Spring Hill 4 (B. Brashear 2, S. Stedman, J. Brashear)

Culleoka girls 51, Santa Fe 29

S 7 9 2 11 — 29
C 12 11 12 16 — 51

Santa Fe (29) — Elise Adkison 10, Emmy Bates 5, Aniston Slaughter 10, Hattie Hedrick 4
Culleoka (51) — Tyler Reischman 16, Alex Skinner 9, Hannah Collins 5, Breanna Dickson 7, Maci McKennon 8, Kylie Thomas 2, Karlie Jones 4
3-pointers — Santa Fe 3 (Bates, Slaughter 2), Culleoka 4 (Reischman, Skinner, Collins, Dickson)

Richland girls 55, Hampshire 38

H 9 7 8 14 — 38
R 16 14 10 15 — 55

Hampshire (38) — Kortney Rowland 7, Ansley Stoner 6, Kayla Stephens 3, Kadence Stoner 6, Karlee Rowland 16
Richland (55) — Gracie Braden 10, Katie Garner 5, Jesse Jennings 26, Kristen Garner 5, Allie Garner 6, Danica Bridgers 1, Halle Braden 1, Shelby Higgins 1
3-pointers — Hampshire 3 (A. Stoner 2, Stephens), Richland 5 (G. Braden 2, Ka. Garner, Jennings, Kr. Garner)

Coffee Co. girls 74, Columbia Central 23

Col 4 12 2 5 — 23
Cof 20 19 22 13 — 74

Columbia Central (23) — Maddie Davis 3, Jenice Bailey 7, Emma Hughes 1, Josie Parks 12
Coffee Co. (74) — Miranda Medley 3, Jalie Ruehling 15, Emma Fulks 4, Alivia Reel 2, Bella Vinson 20, Elli Chumley 5, Chloe Gannon 25
3-pointers — Columbia Central 3 (Davis, Parks 2), Coffee Co. 5 (Medley, Ruehling 4)