Clarksville 52, Morrilton 37
The Clarksville Lady Panthers (15-4, 4-0) got a huge road victory at beautiful Devil Dog Arena over Morrilton (12-4, 3-1) Friday January 4, 52-37. Though there is a lot of games yet to be played this victory could prove to be huge for the Lady Panthers later in the season.
It was a 19 to one run from late in the first quarter throughout almost the entire second quarter that set the Lady Panthers apart from the Lady Devil Dogs. The Lady Devil Dogs scored their first field goal of the second quarter with just under one minute left in the half. The Lady Panthers went inside early and often. The Lady Devil Dogs just didn’t have an answer for Emmaline Rieder. Rieder tied for game high honors and lead the Lady Panthers with 20 points.
The Lady Devil Dogs tried to claw their way back into the game with a 7 to zero run initiated by the full court pressure the Lady Devil Dogs incorporated, but the Lady Panthers were able to stave off Morrilton. Alexie Tibbs’ three-pointer early in the fourth quarter essentially sealed the deal for the Lady Panthers.
“We thought that if we could sneak in here and get a win on the road with both of us being at the top of the conference that would be huge, said coach Randy Talley of the Lady Panthers. He added, “We came out with a ton of energy. I don’t know how well we did things defensively, but we did them with a ton of energy and that was the key.”
Alexie Tibbs added 14 points to Rieder’s 20 for the Lady Panthers.
The Panthers and Lady Panthers host Ozark on Tuesday night January 8.
Mia Templeton lead the Lady Devil Dogs with 20 points and Mary Kate Kordsmeier added 10.
Morrilton 61, Clarksville 54
In the late game of the night it was the Devil Dogs (8-8, 2-2) defeating the Panthers (5-11, 2-2) by a score of 61-54.
The story of the night might have been freshman Joseph Pinon. Pinon scored early and often for the Devil Dogs. Pinion’s height is a match up nightmare for the Panthers as they incorporate five guards for most of the game.
The Panthers overcame a quick start by the Devil Dogs with 21 second quarter points lead by Trace Thomas’ nine. The Panthers were able to take a seven point lead into halftime.
“I thought we came out with a lot of energy and Clarksville responded with more energy. After that point it was a just a dog fight back and forth,” said coach Keith Zackery. That is exactly what it was.
The Devil Dogs started their comeback in the third quarter by chipping away at that seven point Panther lead. It was not anything special that the Devil Dogs did—it was just good hard-nosed defense.
Joseph Pinon’s basket early in the fourth quarter gave Morrilton the lead early in the fourth quarter and his play really sealed the deal for the Devil Dogs. Coach Keith Zackery said, “I thought Joseph Pinion played really well for us. I thought his length bothered them.” Pinon scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to lift Morrilton to victory. Xavier Wright added 11 points for the Devil Dogs.
Trace Thomas lead the Panthers with 27 points and Bob Hurley added 15.
The Devil Dogs will travel to Pottsville Tuesday night January 8.