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Hawks’ rally falls short in season-opening loss at home

By Maurice Patton

HAMPSHIRE — Sometimes you’d rather be wrong.

For Jon Paul Jones, that moment came with about three minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Hampshire boys basketball team’s season opener Monday night against visiting Collinwood.

“Before the game, I’d told their coach (Jacob Gobble), ‘we’ve got two boys that’ll play tonight that are just balls of energy; one of ‘em is going to score for you tonight’,” Jones recalled.

“I jinxed myself.”

Indeed. With his team trying to cut into an eight-point deficit that had been as much as 12 earlier in the period, Hawks freshman Peyton Morton grabbed a defensive rebound – then went back up and scored.

The basket was credited to Collinwood’s Joe Houston Thompson, who officially finished with a game-high 22 points as the Trojans held Hampshire off down the stretch for a 55-49 win.

Morton saw significant time Monday as the Hawks were without Kendell Morton and Blake Morrow for disciplinary reasons – the same reason that Cameryn Bass was limited to only playing in the second half of the contest, during which he scored a team-high 17 points.

“We were shorthanded because of some issues,” Jones said. “It is what it is. (Hopefully we) get it out of the way now so we don’t have to deal with it.”

Despite their personnel shortcomings, the Hawks – whose 45-game losing streak dates to Nov. 27, 2018 – were tied with the visitors 10-10 a minute into the second quarter after a Payden Seamen free throw and were only down 20-15 at intermission. But Collinwood broke the game open with seven straight points to start the second half, went up 31-21 on the Morton miscue and led by as many as 14 when Thompson converted a three-point play with 36.8 seconds left in the third period.

Collinwood’s free throw woes nearly let the hosts back into the contest, though. The Trojans, who went 21-for-37 from the line for the night, hit 12 of 24 in the final eight minutes – while Bass scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. His second 3-pointer in as many possessions pulled Hampshire within 50-45 with 2:25 remaining, and Errette Delk’s baseline drive made it a three-point game 27 seconds later.

Although Collinwood went just 5-for-10 from the stripe the rest of the way, Hampshire was unable to take advantage.

“When we get down 10 (points), that’s usually when it turns bad,” Jones said. “These kids are a little different, though. They’ve got some heart about them.

“We’ve got something to build on here.”

Though the coach didn’t second-guess his decision to sit three key contributors – all will be available for Tuesday’s trip to Zion Christian – he admitted to a ‘what-if’ thought after Bass’s second-half surge.

“He’s a great kid,” Jones said of the junior. “He’s going to do some great things. We’ve got to get a leader out there, and he’s trying to be it.”

Opening-night jitters, 10 3s tough combo: In the girls clash, Hampshire couldn’t keep pace with the visiting Trojanettes – trailing by eight in the first seven minutes and hardly denting that margin in an eventual 58-45 loss.

“Collinwood played like we thought they would,” said Lady Hawks assistant Darah Owens, pressed into head coaching duties with Ronnie Brewer in quarantine as his wife, Lisa, recently tested positive for COVID-19. “They got up in our face, played aggressive defense, and No. 13 and No. 20 shot the lights out. And we didn’t respond.”

Sophie Gobbell (No. 20) hit five 3-pointers, including two of her team’s five in the opening quarter, and A.C. Whitehead (No. 13) matched that initial long-distance performance to spark the visitors early. Gobbell scored a game-high 21 points and Whitehead added 17.

“We had a lot of mental mistakes,” Owens said. “We had 27 turnovers, we gave up 12 offensive rebounds. That alone will beat a team. We had a lot of mental mistakes we have to regroup and recover from. We don’t have a lot of time to waste thinking about this one.”

In addition to Brewer – who is not expected to return until this weekend – the Lady Hawks have a couple of players in quarantine as well.

“We obviously miss him not being here,” Owens said. “We’ve got Zion Tuesday, Bruceton Friday, and he comes back Saturday.

“We’ve not had a practice yet with our full team. Coming off the (Thanksgiving) break, that put us behind a little. We definitely had first-game jitters. But the girls played hard.”

Karlee Rowland scored a team-high 11 points, with Kadence Stoner coming off the bench for another 10.

Collinwood boys 55, Hampshire 49

C 10 10 17 18 – 55
H 9 6 12 22 – 49

Collinwood (55) – Dayton Scott 4, Peyton Ward 13, Noah Haddock 8, Joe Houston Thompson 22, Aidan Baskins 5, Benson Blalock 3

Hampshire (49) – Payden Seamen 6, Cameryn Bass 17, Errette Delk 7, Ethan Bowden 4, Tucker Ford 9, Jed Page 6

3-pointers – Collinwood 0, Hampshire 5 (Bass 2, Delk, Bowden, Ford)

Collinwood girls 58, Hampshire 45

C 17 15 13 13 – 58
H 12 12 10 11 – 45

Collinwood (58) – Harlee Haddock 6, Rhianna McWilliams 8, A.C. Whitehead 17, Sophie Gobbell 21, Asia Kelly 6

Hampshire (45) – Hailey Potts 5, Kortney Rowland 2, Ansley Stoner 6, Kayla Stephens 7, Kadence Stoner 10, Madison Cagle 4, Karlee Rowland 11

3-pointers – Collinwood 10 (Haddock 2, Whitehead 3, Gobbell 5), Hampshire 1 (Stephens)  

All photos by Vanessa Beach / SM-Tn Sports

Winter sports upcoming

Area basketball schedule

6 p.m. starts unless otherwise noted
*district game

Monday

Athens (Ala.) Bible School at Columbia Acad.
Collinwood at Hampshire

Tuesday

Columbia Acad. at Fayetteville
Dickson Co. at Spring Hill*
East Hickman at Santa Fe
Forrest at Columbia Central
Hampshire at Zion Chr.
Ravenwood at Independence*
Richland at Cornersville
Rockvale girls at Summit
Tullahoma at Summertown
Wayne Co. at Mt. Pleasant
Nolensville boys at Summit, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday

Columbia Central at Ensworth
Providence Chr. at Columbia Acad.*

Friday

Hollow Rock-Bruceton at Hampshire
Page at Independence*
Richland at Wayne Co.
Shelbyville at Summertown

Saturday

Mt. Pleasant boys at Summertown

Area wrestling schedule

Tuesday

Independence at Fairview, 5:30 p.m.
Dickson Co., Spring Hill, Summit at Franklin, 6 p.m.

Wednesday

Independence at Father Ryan, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday

Ravenwood at Independence, 5:30 p.m.
Spring Hill at Cascade, 5:30 p.m.

Friday

Independence at Huntsville (Ala.) Tournament

Saturday

Independence at Huntsville (Ala.) Tournament
Spring Hill at Brentwood Duals
Summit at Centennial Tournament
Summit at Mt. Juliet Duals

schedules subject to change without prior notice

Hoops upcoming

Monday

Summit girls vs. Harpeth at Creek Wood Classic, 4 p.m.
Centennial at Columbia Central

Tuesday

Summit boys vs. Smyrna at Centennial, 2 p.m.
Columbia Central at Marshall Co.
Houston Co. at Richland
Independence at Father Ryan
Middle Tenn. Chr. at Columbia Acad.*
Page at Summertown
Santa Fe at Grace Chr.
Summit girls vs. Creek Wood at Creek Wood Classic, 7 p.m.

Friday

Independence boys vs. Mt. Juliet at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 2:30 p.m.
Independence girls vs. Mt. Juliet at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 4 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant boys vs. Loretto at Cannon Co. Thanksgiving Classic, 3 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant girls vs. Cannon Co. at Cannon Co. Thanksgiving Classic, 4:30 p.m.
Summertown girls vs. Stewarts Creek at Stewarts Creek Thanksgiving Classic, 6 p.m.

Saturday

Independence girls vs. Sycamore at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 10 a.m.
Independence boys vs. Stewarts Creek at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 8:30 p.m.
Summertown girls vs. LaVergne at Stewarts Creek Thanksgiving Classic, 2 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant at Jackson Co.

*region game

all doubleheaders 6 p.m. start unless otherwise specified

schedule subject to change without prior notice

Basketball season openers delayed for Zion Christian

By Maurice Patton

Zion Christian Academy officials announced Sunday night that middle school and high school athletic activities will be suspended for the next two weeks for COVID-related reasons.

The high school boys and girls basketball teams were scheduled to open their seasons Tuesday with a doubleheader at Mt. Pleasant, followed by a twinbill Friday at Hampshire. Both games have been postponed indefinitely, as has the Nov. 24 home opener against Culleoka.

“Our board meets with our head of school (Rick Jarvis), and our medical board meets with him as well,” Zion Christian athletics director and high school boys basketball coach Derek Boyd said. “We’re being a little precautionary. We’ve had some teachers out, we’ve had some kids out with contact tracing, which has taken some of our basketball players out.

“We felt this was best for us at this time. I’m in full support of what our board has decided.”

Classes will continue to be conducted in person for Zion Christian high school students.

Amy Odom and her Mt. Pleasant girls team had been scheduled to host Zion Christian in Tuesday’s season opener for both squads. Zion Christian officials announced Sunday night that athletic activities at the school have been suspended two weeks for pandemic-related reasons. (Photo by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports)

Boyd said both high school basketball teams would have gone into this week with limited numbers had activities not been suspended.

“We were down to five girls (players) and nine boys going into the upcoming week,” he said. “I love basketball as much as anybody, and we were looking forward to going Tuesday night to Mt. Pleasant, to opening up the season. But now just wasn’t the time.”

Mt. Pleasant girls coach Amy Odom expressed mixed emotions on learning of the decision.

“I understand the reason. I just hate it for our teams,” she said. “My girls were excited for Tuesday, but now it gives us an extra day to prepare for Cornersville (on Thursday).”

Boyd pointed to the pivot by Maury County Public Schools to remote learning for most of its high schools as a factor in Zion Christian’s decision.

“Most of the schools we’d be playing are (MCPS) schools, and cases have risen within the county,” he said. “We can only control what goes on in our gym. Athletically, with the travel to other places, it may not be the best thing.

“This is new territory for everybody. We’re just trying to keep our kids safe.”

Boyd said school officials will re-evaluate the situation after Thanksgiving, with hopes of resuming athletic activities on Nov. 30.

Maurice Patton is the editor for Southern Middle Tennessee Sports. E-mail: mopattonsports@gmail.com; Twitter: @mopatton_sports.

Hoops upcoming

Tuesday

Columbia Central at Smyrna
Cornersville at Culleoka
Fairview at Santa Fe
Lewis Co. at Hampshire
Summertown at Eagleville
Summit girls at Harpeth

Thursday

Columbia Acad. at Riverside Chr.
Cornersville at Mt. Pleasant
Lawrence Co. boys at Culleoka
Livingston Acad. at Independence
Moore Co. girls at Culleoka
Richland at Eagleville

Friday

Columbia Central at Forrest
Jackson Co. at Columbia Acad.

Saturday

McCallie boys at Independence, 1 p.m.
Huntingdon at Summertown, 2 p.m.
Summit girls vs. Northwest at Gallatin, 3 p.m.
Summit girls at Gallatin, 6 p.m.

Richland Play Day

Spring Hill girls at Richland, 10:30 a.m.
Harriman boys at Richland, 12 noon
Giles Co. girls vs. Spring Hill, 1:30 p.m.
Fayetteville boys vs. Harriman, 3 p.m.
Giles Co. girls at Richland, 4:30 p.m.
Fayetteville boys at Richland, 6 p.m.

Santa Fe boys claim second straight berth in state XC meet

SM-Tn Sports

With one exception, Maury County runners came up just short – literally, in one case – of qualifying for state cross country competition with their performances at Friday’s Region 6-Small Class meet at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill.

Mt. Pleasant’s Ben Hirsch, a state qualifier a year ago, finished 11th Friday with a time of 19 minutes, 20 seconds over the 5K course. The top 10 individuals and top three teams advance. Hirsch crossed the line a second behind East Hickman’s Eduardo Moreno for the final spot.

Fairview’s Ryan Keeton (16:38), Matthew Andrea (17:17) and Dylan Hammond (18:27) swept the top three places individually, pacing the Yellow Jackets to the team championship.

Santa Fe, led by Ryan Seltz’s 19th-place individual finish (20:08) tied Forrest for second, with both teams set to run Friday at the state small-class meet at Hendersonville’s Sanders Ferry Park. Josh Martin (20:10) placed 20th for Santa Fe.

Jackson Gary ran a 19:33 to place 13th for Mt. Pleasant, followed by Summertown’s Skyler Trousdale (19:36). Errette Delk ran a 20:00 for Hampshire, good for 17th individually.

Alyssa Andrea of Fairview won the girls individual title with a 19:59. Summertown’s Alivia Riggs (22:55) and Claire Woods (23:25) placed sixth and 10th, respectively. Santa Fe’s Lillian Trout (24:10) was the county’s top finisher, coming in at No. 17.

Moore County, Forrest and Huntland were the top three team finishers.

The state championships are set for Thursday and Friday, with Division I competition on Thursday and DII on Friday at Sanders Ferry. The full schedule is as follows:

Thursday: 10 a.m. — Division I Large Class Girls; 10:40 a.m. — Division I Large Class Boys; 2 p.m. — Division I Small Class Girls; 2:40 p.m. — Division I Small Class Boys

Friday: 10 a.m. — Division II Class AA Girls; 10:40 a.m. — Division II Class AA Boys; 2 p.m. — Division II Class A Girls; 2:40 p.m. — Division II Class A Boys