Myrtle got back on track after two losses in last week’s division tournament, easily moving on to north half with a 77-50 win at Tremont on Monday.
“We had a bad week last week, but our goal is to win a state championship,” coach Chris Greer said. “I told these girls, in order to do that, we’ve just got to take care of business, one game at a time.”
Behind 18 first quarter points from Halle Knowles, the Lady Hawks went on a 19-0 run to lead 29-6 after the opening frame. With Aspriona Gilbert scoring 13 of her 26 points in the second, Myrtle pulled away to advance to the north half tournament, which the school will host later this week.
Knowles finished with a game-high 38 points, followed by Gilbert’s 26 points, while Tori Melson led Tremont with 12 points, followed by 10 from Kim Ford.
“First game we’ve played in a while. Halle Knowles was like a different player, just driving, penetrating and taking good shots,” Greer said.
The Lady Hawks dropped two games in the Divison 2-1A tournament last week to H.W. Byers and Ashland to take the fourth seed into Monday. Greer knows the competition will only get tougher for his team, but is grateful they will face the difficult slate at home.
“We have them at Myrtle, and that’s all we can ask for,” he said. “I hope it’s a big advantage and that we have a great crowd on hand to support us.”
Also from the Division 2-1A tournament, Ingomar wrapped up the third seed, beating Myrtle, 66-49, last Friday. The Falcons will travel to West Oktibbeha on Tuesday, while Myrtle will play at Houlka.