Courier Article by Travis Simpson
POTTSVILLE — Apaches head coach Shane Thurman said his team struggled to make “winning plays” during their narrow 46-42 loss to the Ozark Hillbillies on Friday inside George Jones Gymnasium.
“To win close games, you have to make winning plays,” he said. “We struggled to do that tonight. We allowed the players Ozark wants to shoot the ball to make stand-still, wide-open shots. We didn’t come up with key defensive rebounds, and we missed key shots in crunch time.”
Pottsville led 12-5 after the first quarter and 23-16 at halftime. After the third quarter, the Apaches held on to a 30-27 advantage.
“We are playing really well early in games but not closing them out,” Thurman said. “It is a learning process, and we will get there.”
The Apaches were led in scoring by Quinn Lee with 16 points. Lee also led in rebounds with eight. Trey Thurman pulled down six rebounds and led in assists with six.
Pottsville fell to 5-7 overall and 3-1 in the 4A-4 Conference.
The Pottsville Lady Apaches defeated the Ozark Lady Hillbillies 48-38 on Friday inside George Jones Gymnasium in overtime.
Ozark led 13-8 after the first quarter, but the Lady Apaches pulled within 22-21 at halftime. Both teams struggled offensively in the third but Pottsville took the fourth quarter 9-8 to tie the game. The Lady Apaches outscored Ozark 18-8 in the overtime period to seal the deal.
Pottsville was led in scoring by Lindsey Aday with 19 points. She also had seven rebounds. Kimbra Rhodes had 11 points and three steals. Shannon Lasey had 10 points, five rebounds and six assists. Julie Reynolds scored six points and had five rebounds. Abbie Cain had a point and three steals. Rilee Underwood scored a point.
Pottsville moves to 8-5 on the season and 2-1 in the 4-4A. They travel to Morrilton on Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
POTTSVILLE — The Pottsville Junior Apaches escaped with a 40-38 win over the Ozark Junior Hillbillies on Thursday inside George Jones Gymnasium.
“Ozark got off to a good start in the first quarter and jumped on us a little bit,” Pottsville head coach Garrett Hill said. “It was a really physical game, so I’m really proud of the guys for keeping their composure and just finding a way to get it done.”
The Junior Apaches were led in scoring by Landon Stanley with 17 points. Carson Palmer scored 16 points, while Nic Ybarra scored five points.
“Carson made a big shot down the stretch with the game tied to give us the lead, and Landon Daily got a huge defensive rebound on the other side to seal it,” Hill said.
Pottsville improved to 12-1 overall with the victory.
“This was a really good team win because everyone did a good job of playing their role and our depth played a huge factor in the outcome,” Hill said. “These guys have matured so much in the last year, and I’m really proud of them for that.”
Jr. Lady Apaches
POTTSVILLE — The Ozark Junior Lady Hillbillies were no match for the Pottsville Junior Lady Apaches on Thursday as Pottsville raced to a 31-10 victory.
“My junior high girls played a great defensive game tonight,” Junior Apaches head coach Keri McAlister said. “They did not allow Ozark to score a point in the first half and held them to 10 points for the entire game.”
AbbiGrace Cunningham led in scoring and pulled down five rebounds. Annleigh Pennington attacked the boards with eight rebounds. Tawnie Sweeden scored six points and had two steals.
“These girls really committed to playing fundamental defense tonight, and it resulted in consistent stops,” McAlister said. “They moved and communicated so well, they trusted each other and themselves tonight. They played hard, smart and together. Each of them played their role and were coachable to adjustments throughout the game.”
The eighth-grade team also beat Ozark by a score of 36-8.
“I’m so impressed with my eighth-grader’s perimeter shooting tonight,” McAlister said. “They confidently shot the ball with eight threes between five different girls.”
Pottsville was led in scoring by Breanna Harris with nine-point, three rebounds and three steals. Drue Hollis had eight points and two steals. Maci Snyder and Ella Holsted scored six points.
Karsyn Moudy had five points, three rebounds and two steals. Kennedy Corbin had five rebounds and two points.
“The girls did the work to execute the shots we wanted and calmly knocked them down,” McAlister said. “Their defense was solid and made it very hard for Ozark to score. I’m so proud of their hard work. Their progress is evident with every game they play.”