TUSHKA – The Tigers fought off a hot-shooting Hartshorne team on Thursday to take a 69-63 victory on opening day of the Tushka Invitational Tournament at Jerry O. Hall Gymnasium.
Garrette Wall and Lane Faulkenberry scored 20 each for Tushka. Faulkenberry got 18 points on six three-pointers – five during a second half rally by the Tigers. Jody Moreland added 16 and Wyatt Daniel scored 10 for Tushka (9-4).
“It was an all-around effort, a good offensive night,” said Tushka Coach James Pannell. “Hartshorne is an active and scrappy bunch. Our kids played with a lot of determination. When you do that, you cover up mistakes and win ballgames.”
Boswell 64 Moyers 62
Markell Henderson scored 30 and Cameron Collier added 20 as Boswell (No. 12 in Class A) mounted a fourth-quarter rally to charge past Moyers (No. 10 in Class B) by a score of 64-62 on Thursday at the Tushka Invitational.
Moyers led 29-22 at the half but the Scorpions outscored the Tigers 42-33 in the second half. Boswell’s 26 point fourth quarter was the key, as Collier and Caleb Brown hit big threes late to swing the momentum.
Brandon Slocum scored 37 for Moyers.
Wright City 67 Calera 52
The fourth-ranked Lumberjax (Class A) cut down the Bulldogs by 15 points on Thursday at the Tushka Invitational. Calera scorers: Connor Hamilton (15), Braxton Barton (13), Jonathon Daniel (8), Preston Barkley (7), Tanner Davis (5), Tyler Black (3), Dakota Adams (1).
FRIDAY BOYS GAMES
12:20 p.m. – Calera vs. Moyers (elimination game)
3 p.m. – Tushka vs. Antlers/Stringtown winner
5:40 p.m. – Hartshorne vs. Antlers/Stringtown loser (elimination game)
8:20 p.m. – Boswell vs. Wright City (winners bracket)
TUSHKA INVITATIONAL GIRLS SCORES
Tushka 54 Stringtown 27
The Lady Tigers top five scorers rolled a full house on the scorecard Thursday in a decisive win over rival Stringtown.
Carissa Moore led with 12, Kelsey Chambers scored 11, Morgan Moore added 10, Logan Carbaugh had nine in the first half, and Jayden Eaves added eight.
Wright City 48 Boswell 44
The Lady Scorpions let an early lead slip away to Wright City, who came up 48-44 winners Thursday in Tushka.
Boswell led 12-6 after a quarter before the turnover bug hit them in the second quarter. The LadyJax took a lead but Boswell whittled it down to four points before a drive to the basket by Sierra Tims put the game out of reach for Wright City.
For Boswell, Tasha Vinyard scored 20, Breosha Williams had 15, Nicole Pittman added seven and Stacee Bacon scored two.
Hartshorne 46 Calera 38
Taylor Pickett scored 16 and Ashlynn Cooper added 13 but the Lady Dawgs fell to Hartshorne 46-38. Micaela Cartman added seven and Raylee Rogers had two for Calera.
FRIDAY GIRLS GAMES
11 a.m. – Calera vs. Moyers (elimination game)
1:40 p.m. – Boswell vs. Stringtown (elimination game)
4:20 p.m. – Tushka vs. Wright City (winners bracket)
7 p.m. – Antlers vs. Hartshorne (winners bracket)