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Senath-Hornersville and South Pemiscot advance to J.V. title game at boys BHC Tournament

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Photos by Dustin Ward, staff
Pictured are action shots from Thursday's junior varsity Bootheel Conference semifinals at Malden High School. Senath-Hornersville will play South Pemiscot in the J.V. finals Friday at 6 p.m. at Malden.
Note: 25 Photos of Wednesday's semifinal action are available in a photo gallery at this link: Get Photos Here

MALDEN, Mo. - The fourth-seeded Senath-Hornersville Lions and second-seeded South Pemiscot Bulldogs are set to square off in the championship of the boys junior varsity Bootheel Conference Tournament following semifinal action Wednesday night.

Senath-Hornersville secured its spot in Friday's championship with a 57-54 semifinal win against the top-seeded Caruthersville Tigers.

"They probably have triple our talent," Senath-Hornersville coach David Heeb said of knocking off Caruthersville. "But our kids trust our system and the system works."

The Lions got out of the gates early in both halves against regular-season conference champion Caruthersville. Senath-Hornersville outscored Caruthersville 11-4 in the first seven minutes of the first quarter an opened the second half on an 11-0 run.

"I thought we were focussed with what we wanted to do with the ball," Heeb said of the efficient start to each half. "Our kids trust our system and the game plan."

The Lions led the game 28-22 at halftime before increasing its lead to 39-22 with 4:11 remaining in the third quarter. Caruthersville followed by going on a 24-2 run to take a 46-41 lead with 4:50 remaining in regulation.

"Zach got his fourth foul," Heeb said of losing the lead. "He's one of our primary ball-handlers. When he went out I thought we got a little shaky. I thought more than us messing up, they made us mess up and that's a credit to Lamont at Caruthersville. He was my assistant coach for three years and I love him like a brother. He's a terrific basketball coach. I kept telling the kids 'they will not quit with Lamont down there coaching them because he won't let them.' I thought that comeback was a credit to Lamont and his kids for how hard they played."

Caruthersville led 52-46 with 3:35 remaining before the Lions scored 10 straight to take a 55-52 lead with 56 seconds remaining.

Caruthersville had a chance to tie the game with five tenths of a second left when it was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. Caruthersville missed all three free throws with less than one second remaining. The Tigers finished one of 17 from the free-throw-line.

South Pemiscot beat third-seeded Kennett 57-50 in the second championship semifinal of the single-elimination tournament.

"We had to bare down and play hard against a good ball club," South Pemiscot coach Alandis Boyd said. "We had to block out, rebound and limit our mistakes. We executed exactly the way we wanted to."

South Pemiscot did the majority of its damage in the second quarter against Kennett. The game was tied 10-10 before South Pemiscot won the second quarter by eight points to move ahead 28-20 at halftime.

"The kids played extremely hard and we are proud of them," Boyd said. "They did what we wanted them to and that got us the lead in the first half."

The Bulldogs lead swelled to eleven twice in the third quarter before Kennett narrowed the margin to 45-44 with 3:38 remaining in regulation, but never got closer.

South Pemiscot will play Senath-Hornersville in the championship Friday at 6 p.m. at Malden High School.

"It's against the best Senath-Hornersville junior varsity team I've seen in a while," Boyd said. "It's going to be a tough battle for us. We will have to play our hearts out to win it. It will be a tough one."

View box scores from Wednesday's junior varsity semifinals below (Note: name spellings taken from scorebook):

No. 4 Senath-Hornersville 57, No. 1 Caruthersville 54

SHS 11 17 13 16 - 57

CHS 6 16 15 17 - 54

SENATH-HORNERSVILLE (57) - Zach Johnson 5, Kyle Moore 22, Austin Autry 21, Juawan Moss 2, Brady Bibbs 2, Juan Castillo 5. FG 23, FT 7/12, F 14. (3-pointers: Moore 4. Fouled out: none)

CARUTHERSVILLE (54) - Kevin Anderson 16, Antonio Mackins 2, Dalton Johnson 12, Roderick Jones 10, Tyron Alston 12, Malik Monroe 2. FG 24, FT 1/17, F 15. (3-pointers: Anderson 4, Johnson 1. Fouled out: none)

No. 2 South Pemiscot 57, No. 3 Kennett 50

KHS 10 10 15 15 - 50

SHS 10 18 13 16 - 57

KENNETT (50) - Carlos Turner 4, Fred Gooden 4, Tom Edgington 4, Malik Wallace 8, Andre Oliver 20, Landon Vaughan 10. FG 22, FT 4/11, F 14. (3-pointers: Vaughan 2. Fouled out: none)

SOUTH PEMISCOT (57) - Jarvis Johnson 17, Contrell Johnson 15, Justin Byrd 3, Ty Dunn 10, Glen Jackson 12. FG 26, FT 5/12, F 11. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)

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Looking over the box score from the Cville/Senath game, I noticed something. Senath played some varsity players. I didn't know after your varsity get's eliminated, you can play them on JV. Am I missing something here? Is that within the guidelines?

-- Posted by Semofan25 on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 8:34 AM

That's the varsity Box Score against Hayti. Now, I was not actually there to witness the game, but I am not seeing Kyle Moore, Autry, or Johnson's name in the box score. So, maybe Heeb wanted to have his JV play together to try and win the conference title?

SENATH-HORNERSVILLE (29) -- Shane Crawford 15, Alex Oltman 8, Jamie Fernandez 6. FG 12, FT 2/7, F 8. (3-pointers: Crawford 1, Fernadez 2. Fouled out: none)

-- Posted by sm0723 on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 8:59 AM

I saw that box score as well. What I'm getting at is this. I looked over a few more box scores NOT from this tournament and all them players are on Varsity roster. Maybe Senath sacrificed the varsity bracket and loaded his JV with the varsity players? Look at this box score from the Risco game.

RISCO (72) - Josh Earnheart 1, Caleb McCord 25, Austin White 7, Jordon Pavy 22, Matt Cumins 4, Hunter Knight 2, Brandon Bixler 11. FG 23, FT 19/33, F 25. (3-pointers: McCord 4, Pavy 3. Fouled out: Knight, White)

SENATH-HORNERSVILLE (76) - Zach Johnson 5, Kyle Moore 29, Shane Crawford 10, Austin Autry 14, Alex Oltman 7, Alan Gonzales 2, Jamie Fernandez 9. FG 26, FT 20/29, F 20. (3-pointers: Johnson 1, Moore 1, Fernandez 2. Fouled out: Autry)

That's why I said what I said.

-- Posted by Semofan25 on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 9:14 AM

Yes, which is completely legal. Heeb did nothing wrong. I would have probably done the same thing.

-- Posted by sm0723 on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 9:48 AM

That's all I was asking. I don't know much about that kind of stuff. Thaks for clearing that up

-- Posted by Semofan25 on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 9:54 AM

Half of Senath's regular varsity is actually freshman and sophomores. Kennett also has a couple freshman and a sophomore on varsity. I know Maldens best player is a sophomore on varsity. Hayti moved up their best sophomore to varsity for this tournament. I think Caruthersville and Senath were the only 2 JV teams to move all of their freshman and sophomores down for this tournament.

-- Posted by bootheelhooper on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 10:03 AM

Correction looking at the program South Pem also has all their freshman and sophomores down for this tournament.

-- Posted by bootheelhooper on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 10:05 AM

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