Marked Tree squads sees seasons come to end in district tournaments
Marked Tree's season came to an abrupt end in the first round of the 2A-3 District Tournament Monday night at Caraway at the hands of host Riverside. The Rebels came away with a convincing 78-56 victory over the Indians, led by Josh Anderson's 23 point, 22 rebound performance. Cole Winford also poured in 22 points for the Rebels, who got double digit scoring from Tyler Rolland with 14 more.
Allen Buchanan and Darius Ivy led the Indians with 14 points apiece while Gunner Pitts, Thadious Moore and Chris Montague all added seven points each. Jagger McCrary scored three while Zach Bonds and Daniel Stacy added two points apiece. The Indians hit 21-33 free throw attempts and made one three pointer on the night.
Riverside took a 25-15 lead after the first quarter and led 41-26 at halftime. The Rebels stretched their advantage to 61-41 entering the final frame.
The Lady Indians also saw their season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the 2A-3 District Tournament, losing 69-50 to second seeded Rector.
Marked Tree jumped to a 13-7 lead after the first period, but watched Rector rally to take a 25-24 halftime lead. The Lady Cougars stretched their advantage to 45-32 leading into the fourth quarter.
Alytrius Perry led the Lady Indians with 17 points while Quanesia Perry added 14. Marked Tree went to the line 11 times, but connected on only four attempts. The Lady Indians finished with four three pointers on the night.
Rector got a huge game from Chelsea Drope, who finished with a game high 24 points, including four treys. Heather Scott pumped in 18 points while Rhoda Classen added 12. The Lady Cougars hit 19-24 foul shots and drilled six treys.
"We didn't play defense well enough and we didn't shoot well enough in the second half," said Marked Tree Coach Derek Drewitt. "I thought we got a little stiff in the second half and didn't relax, and when you do that it's hard to make a comeback. In the second quarter when Rector went to a 1-3-1 zone defense, we had trouble with it. We finally adjusted, but it was too late, Rector had the lead and the momentum," concluded Drewitt.
Marked Tree began the tournament with a 63-40 victory over Cross County. The Lady Indians finished the season with an 11-11 record.
Allen Buchanan was named to the All-Conference team while Alytrius Perry and Quanesia Perry were tabbed All-Conference for the Lady Indians.