Dempsey de­liv­ers as Gar­den hands Rock first loss

Cherokee County Herald - - SPORTS - By Shan­non Fa­gan

Sports Ed­i­tor at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son with Tykeah out with her (foot) surgery and Madi­son get­ting her rhythm back, I think that phase of the sea­son has helped the oth­ers de­velop,” Austin said. “They had a lot more on them, and we’re start­ing to see that now. We talked about tak­ing this neg­a­tive and turn­ing it into a pos­i­tive. Some of the sup­port­ing play­ers be­came big play­ers tonight.

“AJ Broome, I’m tick­led to death with the way she played. Pay­ton al­ways plays well. She hit a huge 3-pointer for us at the end of the fourth quar­ter, and no­body was hap­pier than Tiy­onna was (when she hit a 3-pointer at the end of the third quar­ter). She’s got a great shot and we’re go­ing to let her shoot that shot. I was tick­led to death to see it go in for her. Th­ese girls are to­gether and they all pull for each other.”

Spring Gar­den took a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quar­ter and held a 26-20 ad­van­tage at half­time. The Lady Pan­thers stretched their lead to 41-33 af­ter three quar­ters, thanks to Tiy­onna Rogers’s trey at the buzzer.

Sand Rock (8-1) man­aged to cut Spring Gar­den’s lead to four at 41-37 on a pair of free throws by se­nior for­ward Mor­gan Bone with just un­der six min­utes re­main­ing, but the Lady Pan­thers (5-2) closed out the game on an 8-4 run, in­clud­ing a trey by McGin­nis.

Spring Gar­den con­nected on nine 3-point­ers for the game.

“They’re Spring Gar­den. They hit threes,” Sand Rock coach Lisa Bates said. “The Dempsey girl was really on fire. We did a good job on Tykeah, but we’ve got to score more. We did not pro­duce on the of­fen­sive end, but hat’s off to Spring Gar­den. They played the best de­fense we’ve seen. We’ve just got to ad­just to it and get more of­fense. We’re go­ing to get to where we score on a bet­ter de­fense like that. That’s some­thing we’ve got to work on. It was good for us. It shows us what we need to work on.”

Madi­son McCul­lough led the Lady Wild­cats with 12 points, three steals, two re­bounds and an as­sist. Sabryn Chan­dler con­trib­uted 10 points, 10 boards and a steal. Emily Lan­g­ley had seven points, five re­bounds and five as­sists. Bone fin­ished with six points, eight boards and an as­sist.

SAND ROCK – Sand Rock’s tow­er­ing pres­ence in the paint proved too much for Spring Gar­den to over­come in boys bas­ket­ball ac­tion on Thurs­day.

Joel Brock and Dakoda Mackey both tossed in 16 points in lead­ing Sand Rock to a 56-40 vic­tory. Brock also grabbed 13 re­bounds and had three as­sists for the Wild­cats (4-5). Mackey also added three as­sists, two blocks, two boards and a steal.

“I hope this gets us back on track,” Sand Rock coach Brian Mackey said. “Spring Gar­den played hard. They switched stuff, some stuff we haven’t seen. We knew we had to go in­side, and we did a good job go­ing in­side to open up the out­side. I thought we took bet­ter shots be­cause we pounded it in­side. We set things up. We didn’t push as much as we do nor­mally. We were able to slow things down a lit­tle bit.”

Sand Rock led 17-9 at the end of the first quar­ter and held a 2715 ad­van­tage at half­time. The Wild­cats main­tained a 40-27 lead head­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

“We haven’t played a team that big that af­fected our shots,” Austin said. “I guess as an out­sider, peo­ple are won­der­ing why in the world I’m play­ing them a man de­fense when they’re so big. If we’ve got a chance to get bet­ter, if we can learn to be in the right po­si­tion as big as they are, that helps us when we’ve got to win down the road. It was great prac­tice for us.

“We wanted to win. We wanted to beat Sand Rock, but at the same time, we got pretty good de­fen­sively tonight. I told the guys they lost but they did not take a step back­wards. That tells me a lot about them. We’re just a couple of missed shots and some missed free throws from really be­ing in that game. I’m proud of their ef­fort.”

Dy­lan Rogers led the Class 1A, No. 7 Pan­thers (4-2) with 14 points. Tan­ner Parker tal­lied eight points and Ri­ley Austin fin­ished with six points.

Alex McMa­han came away with eight points, three boards and a steal for Sand Rock. Cay­lon Simp­son fin­ished with six points, six boards and three as­sists.

Spring Gar­den’s Sa­van­nah Dempsey squares up for a 3-pointer against Sand Rock on Thurs­day.

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