By TONY EIERDAM
SANTO – Parker Conaway scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Santo Wildcats to a 46-38 victory over Lake Country Christian School here Thursday in the opening round of the boys’ Santo tournament.
The Wildcats never trailed in the game against their taller opponent.
When the Eagles cut the lead to five points before the final stanza began, Conaway – with help from brilliant passing from guard Cooper Barling – scored 10 points in a three-minute span to help put the game away.
“We sped it up, played good defense and rebounded well,” Wildcats head coach Tony Smith said. “We made shots when we needed them, especially in the fourth quarter when they were trying to come back.
“I think we outworked them on the defensive end, we blocked them out, and they were getting one shot and that was it.
“We were spreading the ball out and driving the gaps, and that gave us the option of driving to the basket or kick it out to our shooters on the perimeter.”
Leading 28-23 as the game moved to the fourth period, Conaway loosened up the Eagles’ defense when he hit a three-pointer from the right perimeter 19 seconds into the quarter.
Lake Country then began to struggle on offense in part because of the big body of post Zarmorris Cannon, who finished with seven rebounds, most on the defensive end.
After a Cannon, rebound, Santo guard Christopher Hoover nailed a short jumper to increase the Wildcats’ lead to 33-23.
After another failed offensive effort by LCCS, Conaway drove in for a layup to extend the lead to 35-23.
LCCS scored its first point of the quarter on a free throw, but Conaway came right back and found an opening down the right side of the lane where he put down another layup for a 37-24 Santo advantage.
After a LCCS turnover, Conaway drained a trey from the right baseline as Santo led 40-24 with 4:44 left to play.
LCCS refused to give up and after a timeout the Eagles went on a 7-0 run to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 40-31 with 3:05 remaining in the contest.
The Eagles countered with consecutive jumpers, but trailing 42-35 with two and a half minutes left to play were forced to foul.
Shane Scott calmly connected on a pair of charity shots to increase the lead to nine points, but the Eagles were unable to score again until the final buzzer as Santo held on for an eight-point win.
“Parker had some big baskets in the fourth quarter when we were struggling offensively,” Smith said. “Also, our big guy, Zee (Cannon), played like a man down low.”
Santo led 12-9 after the first quarter. Conaway and Keith Chalker each scored four points to lead the ‘Cats.
Each team scored 10 points in the second quarter as the ‘Cats took a 22-19 lead into the locker room at the break.
In the third quarter, a nifty hook shot by Cannon off a feed from Barling extended the Santo lead to 24-19.
The ‘Cats continued their brief run with a jumper from the lane by Hoover and a put back from Cannon to increase Santo’s lead to 28-19.
LCCS closed the third period with a 4-0 run as Santo took a five-point lead into the final stanza.
Also scoring for Santo were Cannon with 13 points, Scott and Hoover, each with five, Chalker with four and Zane Mauney with two.
Ladycats 49, Dallas Gateway 23
Taylor Nemeth scored 12 points and Courtney Flanagan added seven to lead the Santo Ladycats to a 49-23 victory over Dallas Gateway here Thursday in the opening round of the girls’ Santo tournament.
With a lot at stake this season for the state-ranked No. 5 Ladycats, head coach Tony Raffaele still does not feel his 9-1 team is where he would like it to be.
“They gave us a little work inside, and we need that,” Raffaele said. “But we need to start making more shots.
“We need to make the easy ones, and we certainly need to start hitting from the perimeter because it is going to get tougher as move along.
“The girls are giving a good effort, our quickness is there, we just have to make better decisions.”
Jumping out to an 8-0 lead, the Ladycats strolled to a 13-4 advantage in the first quarter.
In the second period, Flanagan nailed a pair of jumpers and Kristy Trammell followed with a bucket down low to increase the lead to 19-4.
After Gateway scored on a layup, Sarah Van Remmen drove the middle of the lane for a bucket and Payton Billue swished a jumper from the right perimeter as Santo’s lead grew to 23-6.
Gateway closed the first-half scoring on a layup as the Ladycats led 23-8 at the half.
Gateway matched Santo bucket for bucket early in the third quarter, and halfway through the period managed to cut the Ladycats’ lead to 27-15.
But Santo finished the quarter with a 9-0 run – courtesy of a layups by Nemeth, Van Remmen and Breeana Raffaele and a three-point play from Trammell – to extend the lead to 36-15 as the contest entered the fourth quarter.
Santo outscored Gateway 13-8 in the final period, with the last Ladycats bucket coming on a put back by Callie Wharton.
Also scoring for the Ladycats were Billue with six points, Trammell with five, Raffaele, Chloe McGlaun, Alyssa McKennon and Van Remmen, each with four, and Wharton with three.
By TONY EIERDAM
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KELLER – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins are heading to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation's state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, after an outstanding performance in the Region 4 Championships that saw seven local swimmer qualify.
Mineral Wells summer track sends 11 to state meet after strong regionals
THE COLONY – The future continues to look bright for Mineral Wells track and field, as 11 members of legendary head coach Jackie Harvey's summer track club punched their tickets to the TAAF state meet in College Station – to be held July 31-Aug. 3 – after a dominant showing at the regional meet in The Colony, July 18-19.
FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season
By CLINT FOSTER
Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.
I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.
Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.
The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.
I can think of at least 10.
So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.
Local Bowlers Roundup set for first weekend of August
Mineral Wells Women's Bowling Alliance invites you to join them Aug. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountaineer Lanes for their second annual Bowlers Roundup. The event will feature snacks, tips from the pros, information on league bowling and two hours of great exercise.
Something in the water
Mineral Wells is well known as the home of Crazy Water, and by all accounts the city's swim team went absolutely berserk in their one and only home meet of the summer on Saturday.
Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.
Hooks and Slices 7/11
In the Holiday Hills Country Club Guys and Dolls tournament, locals Denny and Sherry Hall turned in rounds of 77 and 73 to take first place in the opening round and second place on Sunday in the fourth flight. George and Linda Hutton turned in two solid rounds to place both days. The twosome shot 71 and 72 to take first place on Saturday and second place on Sunday in the second flight.
GRAPEVINE – The Mineral Wells High School cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders' Association's cheer camp in Grapevine two weeks ago and proved that spirit will definitely be high at every Rams and Lady Rams sporting event this coming school year.
Millsap selects Lee as new head volleyball coach
MILLSAP – The board of trustees at Millsap ISD recently announced their hire of Denise Lee as the new head volleyball coach for Millsap High School.
Waldrum leads the way in MW's latest swim meet
TROPHY CLUB – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins city swim team took to the pool once again June 28 and showed valiant effort against some tough competition at its latest meet in Trophy Club.
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