Myrtle picks up first loss of the season

Ingomar 79 North Pont. 68

Zach Carnell and Matt Purvis combine to score 37 points to lead the Falcons past the North Pontotoc Vikings 79-68 on Tuesday night while Tyler McCay scored 15 points off the bench — ten coming in the fourth quarter on a crucial ten of twelve performance from the free throw line.

The Falcons, who were up 16-14 at the end of the first quarter, struggled from the free throw line missing eleven of nineteen first-half attempts and saw North Pontotoc score twelve points on second shot opportunities in the second quarter to take a 37-35 lead at the break.

“They got eight offensive rebounds and stuck six of them back in. Number four (Rickey Gray) had thirteen points at halftime and most of them came on second shots,” Coach Norris Ashley said. “We were making them miss the first shot and then relaxing while they were fighting for the rebounds. Finally we started doing a better job at blocking out and started to turn things around for us.”

A Steven Foster three-pointer midway through the third helped turn the tide the way of the Falcons as Ingomar battled back to take a 53-51 lead behind nine points in the quarter from Carnell.

Ingomar worked their way out to a 60-55 lead with 5:52 left in the final frame and went to their stall offense to work one-minute and eleven-seconds off the clock before North Pontotoc committed a foul to stop the clock.

McCay hustled down a loose ball after a missed free throw on the front end of a one-plus-one opportunity to keep the ball on the Falcons’ side of the floor before another quick foul sent McCay to the line where he hit a pair of free throws to take a 62-53 lead with 4:07 left.

North Pontotoc turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and Coach Chris Pettit was whistled for a tech on what he felt was a missed call at mid-court. Pettit was hit with a quick second tech that allowed Ingomar to take a 66-53 lead when McCay connected on four free throws after an irate Pettit was escorted from the floor.

Purvis hit a pair of free throws to give the Falcons a 68-53 advantage before Weston Mounce banked in a NBA-range three and later made one-of-two from the charity stripe to make it a 68-57 game with 3:14 left — that would be as close as it would get for the rest of the game.

Kensey Stout and Clay Kidd hit back-to-back lay ups to put the game away as Ingomar struggled from the stripe in the final minute of the game shooting a shaky four-of-eight from the line on their way to a 79-68 victory.

Hickory Flat 67 Myrtle 61

Jimel Judon had 23 points on the night, but his effort was not enough as the Hawks picked up their first loss of the year at the hands of Hickory Flat, 67-61.

The game remained close throughout, as neither team outscored the other by more than four points in a quarter.

Down 49-45 going into the final quarter, the Rebels outscored the Hawks, as they were unable to answer and complete the comeback.

Tyler Reed led the Rebels with 19 on the night, while Terry Lee added 17 and Caleb Van Tassell scored 13 for Hickory Flat, who improve to 9-1 with the win.

Behind Judon’s 23, J.J. Jordan had another good game, scoring 17 in the losing effort.

Myrtle will look to rebound at East Union this Friday.

NAHS 45 Lafayette 42

New Albany improved to 3-3 on the year, as won over Lafayette 45-42 Tuesday.

After trailing 21-16 at the half, The Bulldogs came back in the second half, scoring 17 to the Commodores 11, and outscored Lafayette 29-21 to earn the three-point win.

Demarius Midkins led all scorers with 18 for the Commodores, while Jarvis Shaw added 14.

For the Bulldogs, Allen Ball and Kareem Brown each contributed to the win with 14 a piece.

New Albany will travel to Corinth next Tuesday in their final contest before the holidays.

Pine Grove 68 East Union 37

A 40-point half by Pine Grove was the difference, as they handed the Urchins a 68-37 loss Monday.

Leading 28-21 at the half, Pine Grove poured on 20 points in each of the last two quarters, giving them their eighth win of the year.

Jeremy Mauney led all scorers with 20 for Pine Grove, followed by Dylan Hill with 15 and Jordan Hopper with 12.

For East Union, Gareth Pannell had 13, with Clay Armstrong adding 10.

The Urchins will be back in action this Friday, hosting Myrtle for homecoming.

Hatley 45 West Union 42

Chris Tartt had 26 on the night as Hatley handed West Union their fourth straight loss Tuesday night.

The Eagles managed to keep the deficit to only one point after the first frame, but 17 by the Tigers in the second gave them the 29-22 advantage.

West Union outscored Hatley in the second half, but it was not enough as the Eagles fall to 2-9 on the year.

Wesley Jumper led West Union with 20 points, followed by Hunter McQuary with 10.

The Eagles will be at Ingomar on Friday.

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