Tangle on the Trail Report

Tangle on the Trail Report

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Saturday January 5, 2019

4th Annual Tangle on the Trail

Presented by Pontotoc County Rotary Club

From Pontotoc HS

Pontotoc, MS

Notes: The Tangle didn’t disappoint. A few last minute schedule changes made for a bigger and better event than originally planned. 3 games were decided by one point including one in overtime. Three high level upsets. The average margin of victory was 5.5 points. The combined record of all teams coming into this event was 214-39 this season. Let that sink in. Average win-loss of 13-2. The average rank of all teams involved was #25.

(G) Tupelo Lady Golden Wave 11-5 (6A Tupelo, MS) 55

MS #51 6A #11

Olive Branch Lady Conquistadors 16-3 (5A Olive Branch, MS) 51

MS #4 5A #1

Tupelo Post Game Press Conference

Olive Branch Post Game Press Conference


(G) Coahoma County Lady Red Panthers 13-2 (2A Clarksdale, MS) 47

MS #58 2A #7

Belmont Lady Cardinals 13-3 (3A Belmont, MS) 37

MS #22 3A #2

Coahoma County Post Game Press Conference


(G) Choctaw Central Lady Warriors 13-1 (3A Philadelphia, MS) 43

MS #2 3A #1

Lafayette Lady Commodores 14-2 (5A Oxford, MS) 42

MS #10 5A #3

Lafayette Post Game Press Conference

Choctaw Central Post Game Press Conference


(G) Pontotoc Lady Warriors 16-1 (4A Pontotoc, MS) 51

MS #15 4A #3

Ingomar Lady Falcons 17-3 (2A New Albany, MS) 46

MS #25 2A #2

Pontotoc Post Game Press Conference

Ingomar Post Game Press Conference


(B) Forest Hill Patriots 14-4 (5A Jackson, MS) 69

MS #8 5A #3

Coahoma County Red Panthers 13-2 (2A Clarksdale, MS) 58

MS #21 2A #2

Notes: Keondre “Dre” Montgomery (6-6 ’20 G/F Forest Hill) was hot and made his mark on the game for Forest Hill.  Jai’sheldon “Jay” Yates (6-4 ’21 C Coahoma County) had a dominant game in the post showing his developing skills and toughness. Coahoma County showed why they are the front runners to repeat in 2A this season.

Coahoma County Post Game Press Conference

Forest Hill Post Game Press Conference

Forest Hill (traveled 183 miles) 69

’19’s

Alexander Madiebo 6-2 G 9 pts 1 reb

’20’s

Tre’Voin Bass 6-2 F 7 pts 3 reb 1 ast

Joshua Dixon 6-3 F 6 pts 4 reb 4 ast

Coahoma County (traveled 99 miles) 58

’19’s

Markevious Phillips 6-4 G 9 pts 3 reb 2 ast 3 st

’20’s

Bentavious “Ben” Galmore 5-7 PG 11 pts 3 3’s 2 reb 4 ast 3 st

’21’s

Jai’sheldon “Jay” Yates 6-4 C 20 pts 12 reb 1 st

Tangle on the Trail MVP

Keondre “Dre” Montgomery

Forest Hill

6-6 ’20 G/F

24 pts 8-13 fg 4 3’s 4 reb 1 ast

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Ken “Marc” Evans Jr

Forest Hill

6-4 ’19 PG

19 pts 8-11 fg 5 reb 1 ast

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Alshun Ross

Coahoma County

6-3 ’19 G/F

15 pts 4 3’s 6 reb 2 ast


(B) Pontotoc Warriors 15-2 (4A Pontotoc, MS) 62 OT

MS #38 4A #5

Ingomar Falcons 16-4 (2A New Albany, MS) 61

MS #64 2A #6

Notes: Wow, what a crazy game. First off, the crowd was at max capacity awaiting the highly anticipated battle of Starkville/Center Hill. Then the game started off kinda boring with Pontotoc taking a double digit lead early. Then it got interesting when Ingomar Coach Jonathan Ashley got a tech for sarcastically applauding a good call I think? After he lost his right to stand, he was questionably ejected for saying “You’re a better ref than that.” From my vantage point that was all I heard. Former head Coach and current assistant Chip Johnson took over for the absent Ashley. Ingomar then went on a defensive tear. They held Pontotoc scoreless for nearly 10:00 minutes ending the 1st quarter and 2nd quarter. They also went on around a 15 or 16-0 run in that span to get back in the game. Ingomar took a double-digit lead in the second half before Pontotoc started causing chaos and created about 6-8 turnovers in a row to get back in the game. During the craziness of the game, Ingomar also had three key players foul out in regulation. Two more fouled out in the overtime frame. That is finishing the game without five players and a head coach. I’m not taking anything away from Pontotoc because they are definitely good and earned the victory but this just gives credit to what Ingomar survived to stay in the game. Brandon Keys (5-8 ’19 G Ingomar) came of the bench in the closing seconds of the game and scored 3 points on the and-1 play to take it into overtime. Rock Robinson (6-5 ’21 G/F Pontotoc) waited to score his biggest two of his 21 with the game winning basket at the end. Latres Vaughn (6-3 ’20 F Pontotoc) had a solid game and looked impressive in the winning effort. Zach Shugars (6-4 ’21 F/C Ingomar) had a stretch where he couldn’t be stopped when getting the ball in his hands. Shugar Bear is developing at a nice rate. Clayton Stanford (6-3 ’20 F Ingomar) had an impressive game for Ingomar as well.

Pontotoc Post Game Press Conference

Pontotoc (home team) 62

’20’s

Manoj Nickson 5-9 G 13 pts

Kourtland Armstrong 5-8 G 3 pts 1 reb 5 ast 1 st

Caleb Hobson 6-0 G 8 pts 3 reb 3 st

Latres Vaughn 6-3 F 7 pts 6 reb

’22’s

Joe Haze Austin 6-5 G/F 6 pts 1 reb 2 ast 1 st

Ingomar (traveled 15 miles) 61

’19’s

Trent Bradley 5-5 PG 11 pts 4 reb 1 st

Kelon Hall 6-2 G/F 5 pts 4 reb 1 ast 1 st

’20’s

Clayton Stanford 6-3 F 16 pts 7-12 fg 8 reb 1 st

’21’s

Zach Shugars 6-4 F/C 8 pts 12 reb

Tyson Smithey F 3 pts 6 reb 1 ast

Tangle on the Trail MVP

Rock Robinson

Pontotoc

6-5 ’21 G/F

21 pts 6 reb 1 ast 1 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Rock Robinson

Pontotoc

6-5 ’21 G/F

21 pts 6 reb 1 ast 1 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Brandon Keys

Ingomar

5-8 ’19 G

11 pts 5-6 ft 2 reb


(B) Starkville Yellowjackets 12-1 (6A Starkville, MS) 63

MS #4 6A #3

Center Hill Mustangs 17-1 (5A Olive Branch, MS) 62

MS #1 5A #1

Notes: The highly anticipated game between two high ranked teams didn’t disappoint. Edzerick “Zeke” Cook (6-4 ’20 F/C Starkville) stepped up and had a very good game in the upset win. Jamarrion Brown (6-0 ’19 G Starkville) put the team on his back down the stretch and scored several key baskets to help get the win. Forte Prater (5-10 ’20 G Starkville), Coltie Young (6-2 ’21 G Starkville) and Jarmarvious Phillips (6-2 ’21 F Starkville) all made solid contributions for Starkville. Calvin Temple (6-1 ’19 PG Center Hill) got the look he wanted for the winning shot but it bounced around the rim several times before falling off. Kenneth Lewis (6-0 ’19 G Center Hill) had a good shooting night for Center Hill. Kaeden Laws (6-4 ’21 G/F Center Hill) continues to improve for the Mustangs. Kevin Henry (6-2 ’19 G/F Center Hill) provided a solid defensive effort in the loss.

Starkville Post Game Press Conference

Center Hill Post Game Press Conference

Starkville (traveled 65 miles) 63

’19’s

Atavius Jones 6-3 F/C 4 pts 6 reb

’20’s

Forte Prater 5-10 G 8 pts 6 reb 4 ast

’21’s

Coltie Young 6-2 G 6 pts 1 ast

Jarmarvious Phillips 6-2 F 8 pts 8 reb

Center Hill (traveled 81 miles) 62

’19’s

Kevin Henry 6-2 G/F 8 pts 4-6 fg 1 reb 2 ast

Kenneth Lewis 6-0 G 13 pts 3 3’s 1 reb 1 st

’20’s

Decorian Payton 6-5 F/C 6 pts 11 reb 1 ast

’21’s

Kaeden Laws 6-4 G/F 15 pts 7 reb 1 blk

Tangle on the Trail MVP

Edzerick “Zeke” Cook

Starkville

6-4 ’20 F/C

18 pts 8-14 fg 7 reb 1 ast

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Jamarrion Brown

Starkville

6-0 ’19 G

14 pts 6-7 fg 3 reb 1 ast

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Calvin Temple

Center Hill

6-1 ’19 PG

20 pts 10-11 ft 5 reb 3 ast


(B) Tupelo Golden Wave 10-7 (6A Tupelo, MS) 53

MS #41 6A #14

Saltillo Tigers 12-6 (5A Saltillo, MS) 42

MS #34 5A #14

Notes: Tupelo finished a great day out with a solid win over rival Saltillo. Josh Mitchell (6-7 ’20 F/C Tupelo) was dominant on both ends of the court to help in the win. Braxton Bishop (5-9 ’22 PG Tupelo) continued to show why he is one of the top ’22 players in Mississippi.

Saltillo Post Game Press Conference

Tupelo Post Game Press Conference

Tupelo (traveled 17 miles) 53

’19’s

Anthony Nichols 6-2 F 7 pts 6 reb 2 ast 1 blk

Nija Cole 5-8 G 3 pts 5 reb 3 ast 2 st

’20’s

Mason Gary 5-11 G 12 pts 2 reb 1 st

’22’s

Braxton Bishop 5-9 PG 7 pts 1 reb 2 ast

Saltillo (traveled 30 miles) 42

’19’s

Calvin “Smurf” Harris 6-2 G/F 10 pts

Tangle on the Trail MVP

Josh Mitchell

Tupelo

6-7 ’20 F/C

11 pts 5-7 fg 11 reb 1 blk

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Josh Mitchell

Tupelo

6-7 ’20 F/C

11 pts 5-7 fg 11 reb 1 blk

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Fabian Perry

Tupelo

6-3 ’19 F

8 pts 3-5 fg 6 reb 1 ast 2 st


Magnolia Hoops Boys Best Game

The best game that I saw during this time period.

Pontotoc 62 OT

Ingomar 61


Magnolia Hoops Girls Best Game

The best game that I saw during this time period.

Pontotoc 51

Ingomar 46


Magnolia Hoops Fantasy Head of the Class

The best players in their respective classes that I saw during this time period based on stats.

2019: Calvin Temple

6-1 PG Center Hill

2020: Keondre “Dre” Montgomery

6-6 G/F Forest Hill

2021: Jai’sheldon “Jay” Yates

6-4 C Coahoma County

2022: Braxton Bishop

5-9 PG Tupelo


Magnolia Hoops Fantasy 5

The top five players that I saw during this time period based on stats.

Jai’sheldon “Jay” Yates

6-4 ’21 C Coahoma County

Rock Robinson

6-5 ’21 G/F Pontotoc

Keondre “Dre” Montgomery

6-6 ’20 G/F Forest Hill

Calvin Temple

6-1 ’19 PG Center Hill

Edzerick “Zeke” Cook

6-4 ’20 F/C Starkville


Magnolia Hoops Head of the Class

The best players in their respective classes that I saw during this time period based on performance.

2019: Ken “Marc” Evans Jr

6-4 PG Forest Hill

2020: Keondre “Dre” Montgomery

6-6 G/F Forest Hill

2021: Rock Robinson

6-5 G/F Pontotoc

2022: Braxton Bishop

5-9 PG Tupelo


Magnolia Hoops Starting 5

The top five players that I saw during this time period based on performance.

Keondre “Dre” Montgomery

6-6 ’20 G/F Forest Hill

Ken “Marc” Evans Jr

6-4 ’19 PG Forest Hill

Calvin Temple

6-1 ’19 PG Center Hill

Josh Mitchell

6-7 ’20 F/C Tupelo

Markevious Phillips

6-4 ’19 G Coahoma County 


Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Squad

Ken “Marc” Evans Jr

6-4 PG Forest Hill

Calvin Temple

6-1 PG Center Hill

Markevious Phillips

6-4 G Coahoma County

Tyler Talley

5-8 PG Starkville

Jamarrion Brown

6-0 G Starkville


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