Clarksville High School basketball

Clarksville junior post Neo Scales (11) rises up and over a defender for a layup in a previous tournament game against Lufkin Hudson.

Clarksville bounces back vs Detroit

Following their upset loss at Linden-Kildare this past Tuesday night, coach Willie Coulter’s Clarksville Blue Tigers just couldn’t wait to play another ballgame in order to get things back on the right track.

On Friday night in the Clarksville gym, the Tigers rebounded in a big way, defeating neighboring district opponent Detroit by a 71-33 margin. The win allows Coulter’s team to remain tied in the league standings with the McLeod Longhorns, who beat the Rivercrest Rebels on Friday. Clarksville will face McLeod on Tuesday night with district seeding on the line. 

Clarksville, now 8-1 in district competition, did struggle with the Eagles in the opening period. After the Tigers raced out to an 8-2 advantage, Detroit responded with Joel Hinson scoring 8 points in the first, and finally giving the Eagles a 14-11 lead when he scored off the break with 1:17 left. Reserve Daquavion Griffin, who knocked down three long range bombs in the contest for the Tigers, buried one with 28 seconds left in the first deadlocking the game at 14-all. Fourteen seconds later, Griffin, who scored 12 points in the game, was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He made one of the free throws, giving the Tigers a 15-14 advantage heading into the second quarter. 

Clarksville, which made 10 3-pointers in the game, opened the second with Tra’ Rose bombing in a 3-pointer from out top at the 7:07 mark, pushing the lead to 18-14. Tigers’ leading scorer Quay Scales added back-to-back buckets off Tiger  steals, and the Tigers were off to the races. It was a period in which the Blue Tigers outscored their opponent 24-8, and that quarter was highlighted by Rose’s power slam off the break with 27 ticks left in the half that extended the Clarksville lead to 37-20, before the half ended with the Tigers in control up 39-22.

Quay Scales, who had just 10 points in the defeat against Linden-Kildare, opened scoring in the second half moving the Tigers advantage to 41-22. Scales led all scorers with 25 points, and made five 3-pointers in the game. Meanwhile, Detroit managed just 5 points in the quarter, and Rose’s 3-pointer with 1:06 left sent Clarksville into the final period in control at 51-27. Clarksville held the Eagles to 11 points in the second half. 

Rose also scored 12 points for the Blue Tigers, including a pair of 3-pointers. Neo Scales contributed to the win with 10 points. Ardadrian Gray played strong off the bench, as he delivered 6 points. 

The Eagles who remain in the playoff hunt were led by Hinson with 11 points. D.J. Jones added 6, and Miles Davis contributed 5 points.


              Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F

Detroit: 14 8 5 6 33

Clarksville: 15 24 12 20 71

Detroit scorers: J. Hinson, 11; Jones, 6; Davis, 5; C. Hinson, 5; Gibson, 3; McCoin, 2; Huff, 1

Clarksville scorers: Q. Scales, 25; D. Griffin, 12; T. Rose, 12; N. Scales, 10; A. Gray, 6; D. Tavie, 4; M. Moore, 2

Detroit 3PFGM: Davis, 1; Gibson, 1

Clarksville 3PFGM: Q. Scales, 5; D. Griffin, 3; T. Rose, 2

Detroit FT: 5-for-10

Clarksville FT: 5-for-8


Lady Tigers clinch district with big win over Detroit Lady Eagles

After a second-place district finish one season ago, the Clarksville Lady Tigers wasted little time at home on Friday, which was senior night, in claiming the outright District 15-2A championship.

Chakyrah Griffin led all scorers with 14 points, while LaQuesha Clark reached double figures with 11, as Clarksville improved to 11-0 in league play with a convincing 44-26 win over the Detroit Lady Eagles.

 Clarksville, 21-9 overall, can wrap up a perfect run in district play on Tuesday night when coach Tom Manginell’s team travels to McLeod. Detroit remains in the playoff picture and will be out to end district with the fourth playoff seed from the district. The Lady Eagles own a 12-18 season mark, and are 5-6 in district.

In an impressive move by Manginell, Clarksville senior guard Asjah Griffin was allowed to start the ballgame. Griffin suffered a season-ending injury during the earlier against Detroit, which requires surgery. As soon as the game started, she was lifted from the contest.

A 13-1 first-period run by the Lady Tigers proved to be too much for the Lady Eagles to overcome, as the outcome of the contest was really never in doubt. The opening quarter was the fifth straight in which the Lady Tigers didn’t allow an opponent to score a field goal. But, with 7:03 left in the first half, Kiley Miller ended the drought with a jumper, pulling Detroit to within 13-3. Clarksville took a 25-12 advantage at the half when Griffin scored in the low post with 9 seconds left. 

A coast-to-coast layup by Clark opened a 7-0 run to start the third quarter as the Lady Tigers’ lead grew to 32-12 with 5:55 remaining in the period. The Lady Eagles scored just 4 points in the period as Clarksville led 36-16 when the teams moved to the final frame.

With 2:04 left in the game, Clarksville senior Ty Watkins scored down low, pushing the Clarksville lead to 44-25. The Lady Eagles scored the final point of the game. when Jordan Williams made one of her two free throws late in the fourth.

The Lady Eagles were led in scoring by Callie Jaynes with 7 points.


             Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F

Detroit: 1 11 4 10 26

Clarksville: 13 12 11 8 44

Detroit scorers: C. Jaynes, 7; Dennis, 5; Stature, 5; Henderson, 4; Miller, 2; Ricks, 2; Williams, 1

Clarksville scorers: C. Griffin, 14; L. Clark, 11; M. Owens, 9; A. Rosser, 5; Gill, 2; Watkins, 2; Reed, 1

Detroit 3PFGM: N/A

Clarksville 3PFGM: Owens, 1; A. Rosser, 1

Detroit FT: 8-for-23

Clarksville FT: 2-for-8


Rebels suffer tough OT loss to McLeod

The Rivercrest Rebels fell to the McLeod Longhorns Friday night in an overtime barn-burner 53-50.

Rivercrest jumped out to an early lead, but a defensive battle quickly ensued ending the first quarter with a low score of 7-3. The second quarter proved to be much of the same as both teams worked the ball around and tried to establish their game pace. Long range shooter Shane Crabtree hit one of his trademark 3-pointers from the corner but found himself in foul trouble as he tried to help contain the Longhorns’ big post player. The half ended in a 16-16 tie, which would set up a back-and-forth battle throughout the second half.

The Rebel defense came out firing on all pistons in the third quarter as defensive workhorse, sophomore Zachariah Lane, was able to disrupt the Longhorns’ offense on the front end of the press, and he ended the night with 4 steals and 5 deflections. Junior Devon Womack helped lead the defensive charge with 4 steals and 3 deflections of his own.

Crabtree, Dakota Patterson and Bradyn English played excellent quick-hand defense as they consistently batted the ball away for deflection after deflection when the Longhorns tried to push the ball down low. Jordan Altal played with heart as he grabbed several loose balls and took a hard charge. Sophomore John Grider, who is playing his best ball of the year and seems to be coming into his own, had another excellent outing leading the team in rebounds.

The third quarter ended in a 27-27 tie and set up an exciting fourth quarter for basketball fans. Lane and English led the charge pouring in 13 points, but the Longhorns would not go away as the teams wrestled for the lead back-and-forth for 8 minutes. Crabtree fouled out, followed by Lane with a minute left on the clock.

Damien Davidson, who had battled the flu all week, came in and helped spark his team. The Longhorns held a 3-point lead with 17 seconds left as the Rebs raced down the court. Womack, a team captain and leader, hit nothing but net as he swished the game-tying 3 pointer. With 5.4 seconds left, the Longhorns called timeout to set up a last-second shot.

Although the shot was off, McLeod was able to jump and get a quick put-back under the goal.  All this happened quickly as the buzzer was going off and chaos erupted. The referees conferred and called the shot “no good” giving the Rebels new life in overtime and got some free shots to start it off, thanks to a technical foul from McLeod’s assistant coach.

McLeod took advantage of several Rebels being in foul trouble and was able to penetrate in the paint for a few easy shots. Grider kept it close with a beautiful 3-pointer, but the Longhorns controlled the ball ,forcing the Rebels to foul. You can live and die at the free throw line, and that certainly proved true Friday night as the young Rebels only knocked down 2-for-6 from the charity stripe in the OT period. Rivercrest had an opportunity to tie it again as they set up for another “last shot,” but it fell short ending the game at 53-50.

English led the Rebels with 15 points, Lane added 12, Womack had 10, Grider hit 8, Crabtree 3 and Patterson had 2.

In JV play, the young Rebels continue their annihilation of district 15-2A as they won 42-21, and are on a 15-game winning streak.

Rivercrest is still in the playoff hunt and travels to Maud on Tuesday night.


Lady Rebels earn key win vs McLeod

The Rivercrest Lady Rebels basketball team took another big step in the right direction as it defeated McLeod in a key district game by a final score of 57-40.

On senior night, the Lady Rebels (15-15, 9-2) reached the .500 mark, coming back from a 3-9 start to the season and put themsleves in great position to secure the No. 2 seed in the district behind quality play from the entire roster.

Farrah Savage led the charge with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 3 assists, while Loren Easley recorded 14 points and 6 rebounds. Marta Ward added 9 points and 5 steals, while Jaden Bishop finished with 4 points and 10 rebounds.


Information compiled by Bruce E. Williams, Kristi Purviance and Geoff Heppes

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