Hornets come up short at Corner; Lady Hornets win DAR Tournament


Stedman Bothwell powers his way past the Fairview defense.

Stedman Bothwell powers his way past the Fairview defense.

The Locust Fork Hornets held off the hosts 58-55 in the first round but couldn’t do the same in the finals of the Corner Christmas Tournament as Mortimer Jordan rallied for a 44-42 victory over the Class 4A No. 10 Hornets.

Blue Devil point guard Mark Louis hit a pair of free throws with 28 seconds remaining to put Mortimer Jordan ahead 44-42. The Hornets got a couple of shots to tie or take the lead in the closing seconds but couldn’t get them to fall.

Locust Fork (12-3) got nine points each from Clay Smith and Dillon Burton.

Mortimer Jordan (13-1) got 11 points from Louis and 10 from Ben Hardiman. Lady Hornets

Oneonta’s Abby Blackwood eyes a free throw attempt.

Oneonta’s Abby Blackwood eyes a free throw attempt.

Locust Fork got 16 points, nine rebounds, and five assists from Kasi McMillian in a 49-39 victory over Huntland ( Tenn.) in the first round of the DAR Tournament.

Kristen Cox added 10 points and four rebounds while Kelsey Calvert had eight points and Brittany Hudson had seven points and 11 rebounds.

In the championship game, Class 4A No. 10 Locust Fork led just 15-11 after one quarter but outscored the host Patriots 14-2 in the second quarter to build a 29-13 halftime lead and cruised to a 58-38 win.

Locust Fork (13-4) got 18 points, four rebounds, and four steals from Selena Hart to go with 14 points, 14 rebounds, and four steals from Kasi McMillian. Friday, Dec. 21 at Oneonta Girls Oneonta 61, Fairview 16

The Lady Redskins, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, bolted out to a 17-4 lead after one quarter and never looked back in a 45-point blasting of the Lady Aggies.

Fairview (3-9, 1-2 in Area 13) got four points each from Sarah Harper, Anna Cox, and Marlana Johnson.

Oneonta (12-2) was led by Abby Blackwood’s 23 points. Destiney Elliott added 12 points while Dimonique Sanders and Dynasty Sanders had nine each. Elliott collected 10 rebounds and blocked five shots. Boys Oneonta 41, Fairview 31

Points were hard to come by in the boys game. Fairview led 7-6 after one quarter but the Redskins got a couple of long three-pointers from Joel Wester and outscored the Aggies 12-8 in the second quarter to take an 18-15 lead at the half.

The Redskins were solid on defense in the third quarter and led 26-20 going into the fourth.

Fairview cut the Redskin lead to two points early in the quarter but Oneonta hit 11 of 13 free throws in the final quarter to get the win.

Fairview (8-4, 1-2 in Area 13) was led by Peter Kessler with eight points while Blake Parker and Elijah Garrison had seven points each.

Oneonta (3-3, 2-0) got 11 points from Avery Reid and 10 from Jalen Johnson. Playing in his first game of the year, Johnson was six-of-six from the free thrown line in the fourth quarter. Stedman Bothwell had eight points, 11 rebounds, and four blocked shots.