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ROUNDUP: Thomas scores 47 in Naylor's loss

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

By DAR STAFF

MOUNTAIN VIEW -- In the first round of the Mountain View-Liberty Tournament on Monday night, 47 was the number to be reached.

That's because Naylor's Travis Thomas and Houston's Kyle Poynter each netted 47 points apiece for their respective teams.

Unfortunately for Naylor, Houston took the win, 89-72, to advance to the semifinals against host Liberty.

Thomas scored 17 field goals, including four 3-pointers for the Eagles. Thomas had 18 points in the third quarter and 28 overall in the second half.

Poynter hit 14 field goals including four 3s and went 15-for-19 from the free-throw line.

Naylor will play Alton in the consolation semifinals at 8:00 p.m. Friday night.

In the other first round game Monday, Liberty beat Alton, 87-35.

Tonight, the first round continues as the No. 3-seed Doniphan Dons take on No. 6-seed Summersville at 5:15 p.m. followed by Thayer vs. Licking at 8 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Doniphan 37, Clearwater 36

The Donettes just had enough to pull off a big Ozark Foothills Conference game on Monday night.

Doniphan (6-5, 2-0) got a big game out of Erin Pennington, who scored 19 points.

"She was very aggressive (Monday night)," Doniphan coach Brad Phillips said. "She got in the paint and got us to the rim all night."

Phillips thought it was a well-played game by both teams. Phillips said neither team got up by more than four-to-six points the entire game.

"It was kind of a nip and tough game," Phillips said. "Both teams played pretty hard."

Clearwater (6-6, 1-3) was led by Lindsay Bell's 18.

"We just played straight up against Bell in the first half and she scored 14 points," Phillips said. "In the second half we tried denying her more and that was the key to stopping her."

Greenville 48, Van Buren 33

Greenville senior Tara Porter put up another strong game Monday night as the Lady Bears took the home win. Porter finished with a game-high 24 points.

"She's doing real well," Greenville coach Diane Meyer said. "She's also been shooting her free throws real well and she's been getting to the rim quite a bit."

Sophomore Melissa Johnson was second on Greenville in scoring with 11.

"With Andrea (Becker) getting hurt it gives a Melissa a chance to play," Meyer said. "She's young and hasn't logged much varsity time but it has helped her confidence-wise. She's just as athletic as (former Lady Bear) Sara Woodgeard."

Kaylin Becker added 10 points for Greenville (6-6).

Meyer noted that Andrea Becker will return to practice today after breaking her foot in late December.

Portageville 81, Campbell 62

The Lady Camels made a late run Monday night against the Lady Bulldogs as they pulled to within nine points in the fourth quarter.

But Portageville pulled away for good as it scored on eight straight possessions to squash the Campbell rally.

Campbell was led by Chelsea Bledsoe with 17 points, Morgan McCormick added 16 and Whitney Whorton scored 15.

Whorton also added seven rebounds.



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