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UTM women fall
to UAB on the road

The UT Martin women dropped their final pre-Christmas basketball game Saturday, losing to Alabama-Birmingham 56-51.
The Skyhawks made just 5-of-29 from 3-point range and were outscored by 11 points at the foul line by the Blazers.
Heather Butler scored a game-high 20 points while Rickiesha Bryant had 10 points and nine rebounds and Shelby Crawford grabbed a team-high 11 boards for the Skyhawks.
With the setback, UTM will open Ohio Valley Conference play against Jacksonville State with a 5-9 worksheet.

Lake Rd. tabs Gargus
to fill softball position

Lake Road Middle School has named John Gargus as its new head softball coach.
Gargus will be a non-faculty coach and will replace Emily McGee, who resigned that position after the end of the season this past fall.
Chris Wilson will serve as Gargus’ assistant.

Murray road streak
over after Ohio loss

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Vee Sanford scored a career-high 23 points and Kevin Dillard had 18 points and 10 assists as Dayton defeated Murray State 77-68 Saturday.
The Flyers (9-3) outscored Murray State 41-27 in the second half to snap a nation’s-best streak of 16 consecutive wins for the Racers (9-2) on opponents’ home courts. Their only other defeat this season came against Colorado in Charleston, S.C.
Dillard, whose status had been doubt after he suffered back spasms in Dayton’s loss to Illinois State on Wednesday, logged a team-high 37 minutes and scored 13 of Dayton’s final 20 points.
A layup by Dillard gave Dayton a 59-57 lead with 6:17 left. Dexter Fields answered with a 3-pointer to give MSU its final lead, but Khari Price’s 3-pointer put the Flyers back on top to stay.
Isaiah Canaan scored 20 points and Ed Daniel 17 for Murray State.
Published in The Messenger 12.24.12