With just days left until the District Tournament begins, the Atlanta Hornet basketball teams played host to their final Tri-County matchup of the season Thursday night, when the Bevier Wildcats pulled into town.
The girls game started slowly, with the Lady Hornets pulling ahead for a three-point lead, 7-4.
Atlanta would pick up the pace in the second period, outscoring Bevier 17-9 to take a halftime lead of 24-13.
The Lady Wildcats would come around a little bit in the third period, but the Lady Hornets kept them at arms’ length, taking a 37-23 lead into the final frame.
Atlanta would put the game away in the fourth period, outscoring Bevier 11-10 to secure a 48-33 victory.
“The girls played a tough game tonight. After a slow start, our best offense was the defensive pressure we put on them,” Atlanta coach Jason Daniels said.
“We created turnovers that went in for scores for us. I thought that was the difference in the game.”
Samantha Reed led the Lady Hornets with 16 points. Sheyenne Klamert followed with 11 points.
Ashton Ross scored six points. Katy Baker scored five points.
Shalyla Collier and Maddie Cuppy each tallied three points, and Abbi Parton and Taylor Howlett each added two points.
The Lady Hornets move to 11-14 overall and finish TCC play at 5-2.
Beth Ashenfelter led the Lady Cats with 12 points. Tayler Hedworth followed with a double-double, with 11 points, 13 rebounds, an assist and two steals.
Memphis Buster had three points, three boards, two assists and three steals. Rachel Lowe had three points, a rebound and a steal.
Shiloh Wilson tallied two points, four rebounds and a steal. Alyssa Gunnels added two points, two boards and a steal.
The Lady Cats drop to 7-14 overall and finish TCC play at 3-4.
In the boys game, both teams came out on fire, knocking down shots, then blocking the other team from scoring.
In the first period, the Hornets would get the first points, but Bevier’s Brett Peukert hit a pair of threes to give his team the lead.
The two teams would go back and forth in the first period, but the Hornets would outscore Bevier by four to take a 21-17 lead.
Atlanta would begin to widen the gap in the second period, as they outscored the Wildcats 14-9 to push their lead to nine at halftime, 35-26.
Bevier would not go down quietly in the third period, as they came firing back and outscored the Hornets 24-19 to claw back to within four, 54-50, heading into the final frame.
The Hornets would begin to lock it down in the fourth period, hitting their foul shots and benefitting from Bevier turnovers.
Page 2 of 2 - Atlanta would outscore the Wildcats 23-11 to win the game 77-61.
“There was a lot of offense last night on both sides. It makes me smile to have four guys in double-figures,” Daniels said.
Lance Weber led the Hornets with 19 points. Dylan Hruska followed with 17 points.
Collan Thrasher had 15 points. Tagan Brookhart scored 14 points. Korbin Gunnels tallied eight points, and Lane Waddle added four points.
“Bevier kept hammering back at us, but give my boys credit, they did not stumble,” said Daniels.
“They kept their cool, knew what was at stake, and took it. I am really proud of them.”
“I have seen a lot of maturity out of this group of kids.”
Rightly so. With that win, the Hornets claim a share of the Tri-County conference title, finishing in a three-way tie with La Plata and Linn County. All three teams finished 6-1.
Brett Peukert led the Wildcats with 27 points snd five rebounds. Colby Peukert followed with 19 points, two rebounds, an assist and two steals.
Seth Shurvington had seven points, a rebound, two assists and two steals. Jesse Ashenfelter tallied five points and a rebound. Jonathan Basler added three points and three boards.
The Wildcats drop to 12-11 overall and finish 3-4 in the TCC.
The Hornets improve to 11-14 overall and clinch a share of the TCC title with a mark of 6-1.
Both schools participate in the Class 1, District 10 Tournament, hosted by La Plata, over the course of the next week.