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Messenger Sports Briefs for Jan. 22

Messenger Sports Briefs for Jan. 22

R’mont girls thumped
from Area 5 tourney

The Ridgemont girls’ had their season ended at the hands of the No. 1 seed and host Martin in the semifinals of the Area 5 jayvee tournament Saturday.
With a berth in the tourney finals on the line, the Lady Mustangs dropped a 50-27 decision to MMS.
Billie Preuett and Paige Hicks paced Ridgemont (11-8) in the season-ending defeat with 10 points each.
The Lady Panthers next play against another Obion County School System opponent.
MMS takes on the winner of a Thursday Lake Road-South Fulton matchup in the tourney’s finals Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

UT Martin’s Hudson
is top OVC newcomer

UT Martin junior Lester Hudson was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s newcomer of the week for his efforts against Austin Peay and Murray State.
This is the third time this season Hudson has claimed the league’s newcomer honors. He has also been named the OVC’s player of the week three times this season.
Hudson finished with 32 points against both Murray State and Austin Peay. Hudson now has 12 games of 30 or more points this season. He also has 72 steals, just three away from the Skyhawks’ single-season record and only 20 games into the campaign.

Nashville native
named SEC’s best

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Mississippi State’s Jamont Gordon was named Southeastern Conference player of the week Monday after leading the Bulldogs to two wins last week and a 4-0 league start.
Gordon scored 24 points each in victories over Kentucky and Alabama, playing both the point guard and power forward positions.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Nashville native averaged 6.5 rebounds, five assists and shot 60 percent from 3-point range, making nine.
He matched his career high with five 3-pointers in a 69-64 win over Kentucky and had a career-high 10 field goals in a 66-56 win over Alabama that marked the team’s eighth straight win.
Gordon is sixth in the SEC with 17.8 points per game and seventh with 4.3 assists per game.
Georgia’s Jeremy Price was the freshman of the week.

Ainge set to play
for South in Sr. Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge and Auburn tight end Cole Bennett have been added to the South roster for the Senior Bowl.
Senior Bowl President Steve Hale said Ainge and Bennett were invited because injury and illness forced Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm and Notre Dame tight end John Carlson to drop out.
He said Brohm had been battling a lower leg injury since the Rutgers game and it hadn’t healed as well as expected.
Carlson fell victim to food poisoning recently, losing 17 pounds in eight days, Hale said.
To fill the vacancy created by Carlson’s loss, Missouri tight end Martin Rucker moved from the South team to the North team, and Bennett was named to the South team.
Ainge, who was 25-of-43 passing for 365 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee’s win over Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl, said he was excited to get invited to Saturday’s game.
The reason: The players get evaluated by NFL personnel.
“Any time you can see a player throw the ball in person, it’s more valuable,” Ainge said. “And showing what I can do is why I’m here.”
Joining Ainge as South team quarterbacks are Hawaii’s Colt Brennan and Kentucky’s Andre Woodson. For the North, the quarterbacks are Michigan’s Chad Henne, Southern Cal’s John David Booty, and Delaware’s Joe Flacco.

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