Hallsville hosts Salisbury for Courtwarming
Boys win 68-63; Lady Indians lose, 63-52
Courtesy Hallsville Basketball Coaches, Brannon Barlett and Matt Heet
Court”warming” lived up to its name in more ways than one on Saturday night. After being postponed for a day due to weather that left the court anything but warm, the festivities resumed – and things heated up in The Tepee in parallel.
The traditional Courtwarming ceremony was preceded by a matchup between two teams that have a
AJ Austene slams two in the last minute of Hallsville’s loss to Boonville in the Centralia Invitational. Fireside Guard file photo
lot in common. Salisbury and Hallsville both wear purple. They are both tough, hard-nosed teams that play fundamentally sound and lean on their defense as their foundation. Over the last few weeks, they have both been on a “hot” streak – each winning 7 of their last 10. And to top things off, they both were trying to build on that momentum as they inch closer to District Tournament play.
The game started with anything but hot shooting. If anything, the whistles were the hottest thing on the court which led to both teams getting in foul trouble. The Indians jumped out to an early lead, but the Panthers clawed back and took a 7 point lead to the half. In the second half, the climate in The Tepee heated up and the emotions of the crowd and players rose with it. Through 3 quarters, Salisbury played more physical than Hallsville and they were rewarded with a lead as high as 12. Things looked as bad as the weather for a moment in the 3rd, but one mantra that has been emphasized in the Indian locker room all year is this – NEVER QUIT. Regardless of the score, keep fighting and do whatever you can to keep pushing forward. Our guys turned that message into a reality in the 4th quarter by elevating their intensity. Davis Forge and Matt Salas brought a tenacious form of defense to the court that turned the gym into a boiler pot and sparked their teammates and the crowd. In fact, things got so heated that it led to a pair of eye glasses magically finding their way to the floor. Clayton Cook and Dalton Whipple didn’t need glasses, though. They both got hot and each scored eight points in the final frame to bring the Indians back. In the end, Hallsville pulled out a fiercely contested 68-63 victory. Cook led the Indians with 33 points and Whipple joined him in double figures with 11. Colton Hobbs was a beast on both ends of the floor which earned him the Turnover Chain for the game.”
Hallsville 2020 Courtwarming brought the 13-1 Salisbury Lady Panthers to town who had beaten the
Hallsville’s Ashlyn Hough, right, strives for the ball against Boonville’s Jordan Brackman. Fireside Guard file photo
Lady Indians by 21 points in the third place game of the Centralia Tournament. This game went much different, but the final result was the same with a .
Everytime it seemed the Lady Panthers would run away from the Lady Indians, Hallsville would claw back into the game, but could never take the lead. Salisbury won the game, 63-52.
Hallsville leading scorers were: Emily Leer 18 points and Taylor Jones 11.
The Lady Indians and the boys played at Harrisburg, January 28.
The boys won 66-45 and the girls won 60-40.
The Lady Indians’ leading scorers were: Avery Oetting with 17 points, Kristen Jones with 11 and Taylor Jones with 10.
For the boys: Cook led with 20, backed up by Jalen George with 11 and Colby Durk with 9.
Thursday, January 30 the boys played Boonville at home and lost 76-75 in overtime.
Cook led the team with 21 points, backed by George with 21 and Cooper Crane 14. “The guys played great but Boonville made one more play than we did. They are very good. But so are we. My guys are ready for anybody now,” Bartlett said afterward.
As of the morning of January 21, both squads are 12-6.