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MMS boys ousted, Lady Panthers advance to final

MMS boys ousted, Lady Panthers advance to final
MMS boys ousted, Lady Panthers advance to final | Martin Middle School Panthers, Tyquis Johnson, Ty Brown, Inman Bulldogs, Terrance Lyons, Area 5 TMSAA tourney, Tiffany Rechis, Leeanna Coleman, Leyhue

Scramble — Martin Panthers (from left) Tyquis Johnson and Ty Brown try to beat Inman Bulldog Terrance Lyons to the basketball during semifinal action in the Area 5 TMSAA tourney Wednesday night. Inman held off Martin, 49-35. Photo by Stephanie Sturg
Martin Middle School fans had something to cheer about at the end of the semifinals of the TMSAA Area 5 tourney Wednesday night.
The MMS girls earned a shot at the title and a berth in the upcoming Sectional tourney with a hard-fought 43-34 win over Hillcrest’s Lady Cougars.  Martin takes on Black Oak in the final at 6 on Thursday night.
Unfortunately, Panther fans didn’t get to celebrate twice, as the Inman Bulldogs rallied into the lead and held off the Martin boys, 49-35, in their semifinal. The loss ends the Panthers’ season.
The MMS boys, who advanced to the semifinals with a 47-6 win over Hillcrest in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night, gave the bigger Inman team fits with hard work on the backboards on both ends in the first half. The Panthers used six first-quarter points from Tyquis Johnson to build a 10-5 lead after a quarter.
Martin twice stretched the lead to seven points in the second frame and held a 19-13 halftime lead.
Inman took the Panthers out of their offensive flow for big stretches in the third and regained the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter, but Martin refused to fold. The Panthers used a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Johnson to carry a 28-25 lead into the fourth quarter.
Martin added a Matthew Castleman free throw early in the fourth for a 29-25 lead but was held scoreless over the next four minutes. In that span, Inman built a 40-29 lead, mostly with free throws, on the way to the 49-35 win.
Johnson’s 15 points led Martin, while Zavier Goode topped Inman with 16.
In the girls game, Martin used the offensive and defensive rebounding of Kendall Leyhue and Leanna Coleman to go with the punch provided by Tiffany Rechis’ 3-point shooting to take a 43-34 win.
Martin could not pull away from Hillcrest. MMS got six early points from Kaley Leyhue, but foul trouble slowed her. Martin led 10-8 after a quarter and 20-17 at halftime.
Rechis hit a pair of treys in both the third and fourth frames for part of her team-high 15 points. MMS also got a boost from Katie Vincent off the bench.

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