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Jim Walling Classic launched at Earlsboro

Keven Scrutchins
Contributing Writer
Asher's Alexis Francis goes up for a shot against Stuart Thursday night in the first round of the Jim Walling Classic.

EARLSBORO - The Jim Walling Classic opened play Thursday and featured eight local squads, including a two-win sweep by the host Earlsboro squads.

The Earlsboro Lady Wildcats took care of business with a 76-18 win over the Macomb Lady Hornets. Earlsboro opened up with a 28-2 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 45-7 lead at the half. The Lady Wildcats eased up in the second half and posted the 76-18 win.

The Lady Wildcats were led by Marianna Siqueros’ 18 points. Hannah Leana added another 16 for Earlsboro. Lacy Haynes netted 13 while Anesah Lindsay joined in with nine.

Mariah Carolina and Kahleen Dobbs led Macomb with seven points apiece.

The Lady Wildcats will face Stuart tonight at 7 in semifinal action. The Lady Hornets will face Asher at 1 o’clock today.

Earlsboro 69, Dibble 56 (Boys)

The Earlsboro Wildcats took down the Dibble Demons 69-56 in first-round action. A strong second quarter propelled the home team to a 33-22 halftime lead as Earlsboro maintained the advantage throughout the second half.

The Wildcats were led by Trent Deere’s game-high 24 points and Brady Sheets netted a dozen. They were the only two Wildcats in double-figure scoring.

Dibble was led by David Poros, who poured in 20. Nathan Malchaski chipped in with 10.

Liberty Academy 50, Dibble 41 (Girls)

The Liberty Academy Lady Eagles earned a spot in today’s semifinals with a 50-41 win over the Dibble Lady Demons.

Liberty took a 17-8 lead after the first quarter and extended the advantage to 29-17 by the end of the first half.

The Lady Eagles took a 39-27 lead into the final quarter and were never threatened in the final period.

Liberty’s Bria Pelate led all scorers with 18 points. Madalyn Leader scored a dozen for the Lady Eagles. Paris Rimer netted seven points in the win.

Dibble was led in scoring by Ivy Spieker’s 16 point effort. Harleigh Sparks and Vanessa Ja lavera each added eight points.

Liberty Academy will face the Varnum Lady Whippets, today, at 4 o’clock in the first girls semifinal game.

Stuart 77, Liberty Academy 46 (Boys)

The Liberty Academy Eagles were stung by the Stuart Hornets 77-46 in the boys’ opening round.

The Hornets pounced early and often, building a 28-9 first half lead and extending it to 52-18 by the end of the half.

The game slowed down in the second half and saw Liberty win the final quarter, outscoring Stuart 22-10 in the final eight minutes of play.

Liberty’s Ben Corley led all scorers with 24 points. Cary Wiley added eight for the Eagles.

Liberty Academy will play Macomb today at 2:30 p.m. in consolation play.

Stuart 51, Asher 33 (Girls)

The Lady Indians were within striking distance of the Stuart Lady Hornets at the start of the second half (29-17), but were held to just two free throws in the third quarter, digging themselves a 46-19 hole heading into the fourth frame.

Asher responded with a 14-point quarter to keep the game respectable.

The Lady Indians were led by Alexis Francis who was the game-high scorer with 20. Kat Dixson added 10 for the Lady Indians.

Braelyn Blasengame led Stuart with 19 points and Rylee Underwood scored 11.

Asher will tangle with Macomb today at 1 p.m. in consolation action.

Asher 59, Macomb 34 (Boys)

The Indians tangled with the Macomb Hornets in the final game of the opening round and came out on top with a score of 59-34.

The two team traded punches early, but strong second and third quarters by the Indians turned out to be the difference.

Macomb led 14-13 after the first quarter, but the Indians bounced back in the second, taking a 29-18 lead into the half.

Asher turned up the defensive heat in the third quarter, holding Macomb to just five points in the quarter and just one made field goal.

Asher led 48-23 and coasted into the semifinals in the fourth quarter.

Asher’s Patch Hamilton led all scorers with an 18-point output. Mike McDonald was a very close second, with 17 of his own, including two treys. Trevor Martin netted nine for the Indians.

Macomb’s Alex Barry scored 12 points and sat all of the second quarter after picking up a third personal foul.

Brett Barry scored eight and Blaine Cope chipped in with seven for Macomb.

Macomb will face Liberty Academy in consolation play today at 2:30 pm. Asher will face Stuart at 5:30 p.m.