Panthers Take Campbell, and
Lady Panthers Fall, in Tuesday Night Action
From Coach Larry Tucker
Photos by Cathy Lumsden Bryan
Birthright - The North Hopkins Lady Panthers fell to district champion Campbell 72-42 last night. The Lady Indians hit nine three pointers on the way to the win.
Campbell wins district with a 9-1 slate followed by Yantis at 8-2 and Fruitvale at 6-4. North Hopkins ended with a 2-8 district slate and 5-20 for the year.
"We just never got untracked and we lost several games this year by less than eight points," Coach Larry Tucker said. "Injuries really did hurt us, but you still have to play the game. Coming close is one thing, but it is still not winning. We have a great nucleus coming back and I expect big things from them next year in our new district."
Senior Haley Flanagan led the Lady Panthers with 13 points in her final game for the red and white. Ten of 11 players scored for North Hopkins. Campbell countered with 24 from Raydena Skepenski and 20 from Haley Davidson. Davidson poured in four of seven from beyond the arc.
NH Flanagan 13, Kelsey Buchanan 8, Kelley Rumsey 4, Macy Griner 4, Amanda Bisenious 3, Brittney Flanagan 3, Melony Huffman 2, Alexus Garcia 2, Briana Weigel 2,
Jordin McQueen 1
Campbell 21 20 15 17 = 72
NH 15 11 7 10 = 42
The North Hopkins Panthers powered their way into a three-way tie for second place in District 18A with a 73-43 pounding of Campbell. After a slow first quarter with the Panthers leading 12-10, a second quarter explosion with and 11-0 run in the final minutes of the half led to a 30-17 advantage. The Panthers went into the final quarter leading 56-29.
Sophomores Silas Whaley and Jessie Williams had 15 and 12 points respectively. Blake Adams, Tarence Berry, Kevin Meza and Jose Osorio each had eight points. The Panthers hit 16-28 free throws with Campbell only making 5-25 from the line.
"I am proud that our kids just keep coming at our opponents and are relentless in how they pursue on defense," Coach Clay Pirtle said. "We have two big games left to see how we stand in the playoff situation."
Yantis has clinched the top spot and are 8-0 in district with the Panthers, Fruitvale and Boles all in second at 5-3.
The Panthers take on Fruitvale Friday at home and travel to Boles for the finale next Tuesday.
Campbell 10 7 13 13 = 43
NH 12 18 26 17 = 73
NH Whaley 15, J. Williams 12, Berry 8, Osorio 8, Adams 8, Meza 8 Cody Nix 6, Scott Caviness 4, Dillon Williams 2