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Panthers double up on title game spots

Panthers double up on title game spots

Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:00 pm

Martin will get two shots at championships.
Both Panther junior high basketball teams are in the TMSAA Area 5 Tournament title games following the boys’ 64-43 win over Ridgemont Monday night at the MMS gymnasium.
Both Panther teams will take on Paris Inman in the finals on Thursday, the girls playing at 6 p.m. and the boys following Paris at 7:30.
While the Panther boys, seeded No. 1, played for the first time in the tournament on Monday, the Martin’s girls needed two wins to reach the title game.
Martin knocked off Ridgemont 40-20 on Thursday night and then upset top-seeded Lake Road 39-29 on Saturday.
BOYS
Martin 64, R’mont 43
Garrett Sams scored 10 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers, and Parker Beal added six in the second quarter as the Panthers exploded to blow past the Mustangs.
Ridgemont led 8-6 after the first quarter, but Martin’s 26-point outburst led the Panthers to a 32-16 halftime advantage.
Martin led 45-30 after three periods, and then Dallas Callins popped for 10 points and Beal added eight in the fourth period.
Beal finished with 16 points, Callins added 15, Sams scored 13 and Justin Johnson finished with 11 points for the Panthers.
Nathan King scored 19 points, nine in the third quarter, and Klayton Hagan added 13 points for Ridgemont.
GIRLS
Martin 40, R’mont 20
The Lady Panthers pitched a shutout in the opening quarter, jumping out to  an 11-0 lead and cruising to the first-round win.
Atitiana Vincent scored seven of her game-best 14 points in that decisive opening period, while Erica Batchelor finished with 13 points.
Martin was up 20-7 at the half and widened that to 31-11 at the end of three periods.
Martin 39, LR 29
Vincent scored eight of her game-high 13 points in the fourth period as the Lady Panthers outscored Lake Road 16-7 down the stretch. Batchelor added 10 points for Martin.
The Lady Generals held a 5-4 lead at the end of the first period, but Martin came back to take a 17-15 halftime advantage. Martin then led 23-22 after three periods.
Avery Partin had eight points, and Hannah Cavness scored six for LR. Published in The WCP 1.24.12

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