June 14, 2012

Scotland County Well Represented at NEMO All-Star Hoops Contest

by Brock Bondurant

Courtney Jackson, Cali Holt, Andrew Mathes, and Harley Stone were all honored by playing in the NEMO Officials all-star game held in Kirksville on Saturday, June 2nd. The foursome enjoyed their game day consisting of a practice, group lunch, a movie, and then the game, all with fellow all-stars from around the area. All four would be on the red team which played an all-star blue team.

In the girls' game, the blue squad's Natalie Garlock (Kirksville) scored the first points of the game, but Randi Lee Plunkett (Marion County), Jessica Redd (Marion), and Kathleen Hinkle (Knox County) quickly turned the tables and dominated offensively for the red team. Plunkett scored seven of the red squad's fourteen, first quarter points as Red led after one, 14-4. Holt and Jackson added shut-down defense as Plunkett and company continued their offensive onslaught. At halftime, the blue team, with a cold shooting performance, appeared very overmatched as Red led 35-12.

The blue team came out in the second half and started getting the offense going, but it was too little too late as the Red team would cruise to a 74-51 victory, with the outcome never in question.

Plunkett led all scorers on the night with 17 points for her red squad. Tri-Rivers conference star Kathleen Hinkle added 13 points and Jessica Redd pitched in with 11 points. Holt and Jackson each started for the red squad with both playing solid defense down the stretch. Holt added 2 points in the win.

Natalie Garlock led the blue team with 12 points.

The boys' game would turn out to be a barn burner with two very evenly matched teams. In the first half, the teams seemed to exchange blows with one another, as neither team could pull away with the lead. Red though, was able to gain a slight, four point advantage heading into halftime, 42-38.

The second half would be all offense as both teams shot the ball at a rapid pace in the second half, lighting up the scoreboard. The red squad's John Stoneburner (North Shelby) and Nathan Lamp (Kirksville) got hot down the stretch, extending the Red lead to twelve points, the largest lead either team would accumulate in the game. Harley Stone and Andrew Mathes added a few buckets each, flexing their muscles down low, to help Red gain momentum.

All at once though, the lead would diminish as Peyton Swift (La Plata), Jakeb Linear (Macon), and Tyler Jackman (Macon), heated up and rattled home bucket after bucket for the blue team. Over-shooting by the red squad and an opportunistic blue team gave Blue a lead in the last two minutes of the game which they would hold on to for a 91-86 win.

Peyton Swift led all scorers with 18 points. Jakeb Linear scored 17 with his Macon teammate, Jackman, adding 12 points for Blue.

Nathan Lamp led the Red squad with 17 points. Stoneburner added 11 points. Former Tigers Harley Stone and Andrew Mathes chipped in with 9 points and 8 points, respectively.

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