Martin picks up one area title
Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
The Martin boys won big while the girls came up short in the TMSAA Area 5 Tournament title games Thursday night.
The Panthers used their up-tempo style of play to beat Paris Inman 60-26 and now will play at 5:40 Feb. 7 against the loser of the Area 6 tournament in the sections at Geeter Middle School in Memphis.
The Lady Panthers lost their first home game of the season against Inman 31-22 in the girls’ title game. Martin will play the winner of Area 6 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the sectionals, also at Geeter Middle School.
Martin 60, Inman 26 (B)
The Panthers used their speed and quickness to create fast-break points off of turnovers to easily beat the Bulldogs and remain undefeated on the season with a 14-0 record.
The Bulldogs fall to 11-4 but will also advance to the sectionals as the Area 5 runner-up.
Nine Martin players got the ball through the hoop with Garrett Sams leading the way with a game-high 14 points. B.J. White and Parker Beal each scored nine points for the Panthers. Tedrick Hughes came off the bench in the second half and led Inman in scoring with seven points.
Martin jumped out to an 8-0 lead before the Bulldogs scored their first basket with 1:40 to play in the first period and led 12-4 at the end of the period. From that point on, the Panthers were in cruise control with their defense creating turnovers and pushing the ball down the court on the fast-break.
“Defense creates offense for us,” Martin head coach Andy Sliger said. “The only concern I have is getting into foul trouble. It is hard to do anything when they are standing at the line shooting. Our defense is aggressive and we get after them.”
Last year when the Panthers played East Middle School in the sectionals, they did not fair too well as they could not get the ball to go through the hoop. Sliger is very optimistic about the Panthers and their chances this time around as they are more experienced heading into the sectionals.
“We went down there and did not play well,” Sliger said. “We hit about three shots out of about 20 something. They were normal shots; we just did not make any of them when we went down there last year. East is in the semifinals down at Middleton in Area 6 and we play the winner of them. So we may face East again and, hopefully, get some payback.”
Inman 31, Martin 22 (G)
Murphy’s Law seemed to come into play for the Lady Panthers with turnovers, bad rebounding on both ends of the court and poor shooting as they finished as the Area 5 runners-up.
The Lady Panthers were in trouble from the beginning of the game all the way to the end as Inman jumped out to a 7-2 lead before Martin got some shots to fall.
Regan Rushing and Atitiana Vincent each hit 3-pointers to tie the game at nine all after the first period. But after that, it was a combination of turnovers and not making the shots that haunted the Lady Panthers.
Inman outscored Martin 8-2 in the second period, but the Lady Panthers used their defense to try to keep the game close in the second half.
However, the Lady Panthers could not overcome the six-point deficit from the end of the first half. Inman’s shooting was just good enough to outscore Martin 14-13 in the second half.
“It was obviously not the best game we could have played,” Lady Panthers’ head coach Bethany Palmer said. “Turnovers killed us, and rebounding killed us. We did not attack the offense like we should have. That is what got us. We have yet to be beat on our home court and I think they got wind of that; they out-played us.”
Martin was led in scoring by Vincent’s 12 points followed by Erica Batchelor’s six. Shamiah Williams led Inman in scoring with 12 points. Published in The WCP 1.31.12