Hibriten girls edge South
Hibriten's Courtney Morton hit six free throws in the fourth quarter to help the Panthers hang on for a 37-33 victory over South Caldwell on Monday in Sawmills.
The win for Hibriten is the first against South Caldwell under head coach Monte Simmons.
"South Caldwell did a great job packing it in the zone," said Simmons. "We just didn't have a great shooting night."
In this low-scoring affair, both teams struggled to find the basket for most of the game. Keisha Corpening got the Panthers started early with five out of the teams nine points in the first quarter, including a 3-point play to put Hibriten up 9-4. South finished the quarter with consecutive baskets by Mikayla Everhart and Courtney Wood to pull within one.
In the opening minute of the second quarter, Corpening made an easy layup and two free throws to put Hibriten up 13-8. However, the Panthers would not score again until there was under one minute to play in the half.
Meanwhile, Lindsey Potter hit a two-point field goal to pull the Spartans within three. Wood followed up with a free throw and Everhart knocked down a shot to tie the game at 13-13 with one minute to play. Moments later, Ally Soldati hit 3-pointer to put the Panthers up three at the break.
The Spartans came out firing in the third quarter, scoring two straight baskets to go ahead 17-16. Once again it was Wood and Everhart providing the scoring. However, Hibriten came right back with an 8-0 run. Morton hit two triples and Corpening hit a two-point field goal to give the Panthers a 24-17 advantage. The Spartans ended the run with a 3-point play by Wood.
In the fourth quarter, Brittany Morton hit a 3-pointer for Hibriten, which was the only field goal made by the Panthers in the final stanza. However, Hibriten hit 10 free throws in the quarter. Courtney Morton hit six of those, including two with three seconds left to seal the win.
"The girls played hard tonight," said Simmons. "I thought they did a pretty good job on defense. It was our shooting that hurt us more than anything."
Corpening and Courtney Morton led the way for Hibriten. They finished with 13 and 12 points respectively. Soldati and Brittany Morton added five points each. Elexia Logan chipped in with two.
For South, Wood scored a game-high 16 points and Everhart added 10. Potter chipped in with five and Blake Gosnell contributed with two.
Hibriten returns to action on Friday against St. Stephens. The game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. South Caldwell will travel to St. Stephens tonight. That game is also scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Hibriten 37, South Caldwell 33
Hibriten 9-7-8-13 – 37
South Caldwell 8-5-7-13 – 33
HIBRITEN (37): Keisha Corpening 13, Courtney Morton 12, Ally Soldati 5, Brittany Morton 5, Elexia Logan 2, Kayla Greene 0, Alex McRary 0, Emerald Brown 0, Lydia Sanders 0.
SOUTH CALDWELL (33): Courtney Wood 16, Mikayla Everhart 10, Lindsey Potter 5, Blake Gosnell 2, Caleigh Raby 0, Victoria Friel 0, Julie Wohala 0.
SOUTH CALDWELL 70, HIBRITEN 55
In the boy's game, South Caldwell led before any time had run off the clock and the Spartans never looked back.
South was awarded two free throws and the ball to open the game due to a technical foul against a Hibriten player for dunking in warm-ups. Jared Mask knocked down the free throws to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead. Mask had seven points in the first two minutes alone and finished with nine in the quarter. Jordyn Propst scored 10 in the quarter to account for the rest of the Spartans' points. South led 19-13 after one.
In the second quarter, the Spartans extended their lead by scoring another 19 points, while giving up only 12. Jordan Barker scored six in the quarter and Propst had five. Propst and Mask finished the half with 15 and 12 points respectively.
For Hibriten, Mike Davis had 11 points at the half, including a 3-pointer.
The Panthers tried to make a run early in the third, led by Kel Berry's six points in the quarter. However, Propst countered with seven of his own to keep the Spartans out in front 54-39.
The fourth quarter was more of the same, as Hibriten didn't have an answer for Propst. The senior scored another six points to conclude his 24-point performance, leading all scorers. Mask finished the game with 20, while Barker added 10.
Davis led the way for Hibriten with 16 and Berry added 10. Mansa Hunt chipped in with eight.
South Caldwell will travel to St. Stephens tonight. The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Hibriten will travel to St. Stephens on Friday. That game is also scheduled for 8 p.m.
South Caldwell 70, Hibriten 55
Hibriten 13-12-14-16 – 55
South Caldwell 19-19-16-16 – 70
HIBRITEN (55): Mike Davis 16, Kel Berry 10, Mansa Hunt 8, Carson Poarch 7, Charles Benfield 4, Makaland Thomas 3, Connor Caldwell 3, Mason Waters 2, Drake Felder 2, John Bolick 0.
SOUTH CALDWELL (70): Jordyn Propst 24, Jared Mask 20, Jordan Barker 10, Trevar Soles 6, Jordan Greene 4, Danny Rivas 3, Trent Wakefield 2, Coleman Weaver 1, Devin Smith 0, Urel Cordoba 0, Lance Minton 0, Nate Wingate 0, Seth Brown 0, Noah Eggars 0.