MMS takes twin titles
Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:46 am
Martin thrilled with a pair of victories in the championship games of the Area 5 Tournament Thursday night in South Fulton.
The MMS Lady Panthers (14-5) rallied for a 29-28 win over the top-seeded South Fulton Lady Devils.
In the finale, the No. 1 MMS boys held off the Inman Bulldogs for a 38-33 win.
The victories advanced Martin to the TMSAA Small Sectionals held at Bellevue in Memphis. Martin’s girls won their quarterfinal game, downing Corry 45-33, on Saturday night. Tiffany Rechis scorched the nets for 32 MMS points, including an 11-of-15 outing at the free-throw line. The Panthers are scheduled to play their opening game at 7 tonight (Tuesday).
Against South Fulton, the Lady Panthers were forced to play most of the first half without Rechis due to foul trouble. Erin Bell, Katie Vincent, Alexis Taylor and Kaycie Moultrie were among those who filled the void.
“We’ve had occasions lately where Tiffany got in foul trouble. Our other girls stepped up. The girls came together tonight when we needed them too,” Lady Panther head coach Bethany Palmer said.
MMS led 8-6 after a frame, but trailed 17-12 at the half.
Rechis hit a trey and a layup, part of her game-high 16 points, late in the third to cut the SF lead to 23-19 heading into the fourth.
Martin cranked up the defense and created points off turnovers. Rechis’ jumper was followed by two Vincent free throws with 1:42 left to put MMS up 29-25.
Both teams struggled at the line in the final minute. Martin missed two chances, while SF hit only 1-of-4 attempts to leave the Lady Panthers as champs, 29-28.
In the boys game, early misses and fouls allowed Inman to stay close. The game was even at 5-all after a quarter.
In the second frame, the Panthers’ 18 points nearly quadrupled their early output. Four different Panthers had at least four points in the quarter to propel Martin to a 23-14 halftime lead. B.J. White hit a big trey in the Panthers’ outburst.
Inman cut into its deficit in the third, but Martin built the gap back to double digits to lead 32-22 after three.
Inman whittled it down to three with a minute left to play, but White hit two free throws with 16 ticks left to ice the 38-33 win.