SICKLES - The Lookeba-Sickles High School boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams recently wrapped up their regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 11 vs. Hinton High School and looked outstanding on Saturday as they hosted the Class B Area 3 District 4 playoff tournament vs. Cement High School.
LADY PANTHERS 69,
LADY COMETS 32
Lookeba-Sickles honored two Lady Panthers players, Kelsi Cox and Laryn Garrison, on Feb. 11 prior to their game vs. the Hinton Lady Comets to celebrate Senior Night.
The Lady Panthers continue to be one of the hottest teams in Class B as of late and picked up their 10th consecutive win with the 37-point victory over the Lady Comets.
Cox had a game-high 13 points on an efficient 6-of-9-shooting from the field, while Lady Panthers’ sophomore tandem Alli Harvey and Mallori Brown each scored in double figures with 12 and 11 points on the night, respectively.
For the Lady Comets, junior Talyn Wheeler led the way for Hinton with 11 points and freshman Haley Combs added nine points. Hinton senior Cabreigh House and freshman Alex Kimble had five and four points, respectively, while junior Brynnley Hohmann came off the bench to hit a three-pointer.
Entering their Senior Night contest at home on Tuesday night, Lookeba-Sickles had lost to Hinton twice during the 2019-20 regular season.
However, the Panthers were able to turn the tables on the Comets with a 29-point victory.
Lookeba-Sickles senior Korey Aytes had himself a stellar final regular-season home game and led all scorers with a game-high 31 points on seven made three-pointers.
Freshman tandem Jacob Vincent and Brand Wilson added eight points apiece for Lookeba-Sickles in the win over the Comets.
Panthers’ seniors Bobby Duke and Hunter Brock were also honored with Aytes prior to the game vs. Hinton for Senior Night.
For Hinton, in a game that they were within striking distance until the third quarter, turnovers were their undoing in the second half as the Panthers pulled away.
Comets’ senior Jalean Tisdale scored in double figures with 10 points on the night, while fellow senior Denton Dahlenburg had five points.
Junior Luke Spady and sophomore Tyler Strong each had four points in the loss.
LADY PANTHERS 76,
After the Cement High School girls’ varsity squad edged Gracemont High School 49-47 on Friday night in the first round of the district tourney at Lookeba-Sickles High School, the Lady Panthers awaited the Lady Bulldogs on Saturday after their bye.
Despite a slow start and only a 12-11 lead after the first quarter, Lookeba-Sickles crushed Cement the remaining three quarters to capture the district tournament championship.
Garrison looked outstanding in her team’s 47-point victory over Cement with a game-high 23 points.
Harvey added 13 points for Lookeba-Sickles while freshman teammate Abygale Mashaney also scored in double figures with 10 points.
With the win, the Lady Panthers improved to 20-6 on the season and will next play Erick High School at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the first round of the Class B Area 3 regional tournament winner’s bracket.
Following the Panthers win over Hinton in the regularseason finale, the Lookeba-Sickles boys’ varsity basketball squad improved to 13-13 on the year when they cruised to a 19-point victory over the Cement Bulldogs on Saturday to capture their own district championship.
Aytes again was his team’s leader on Saturday with a game-high 19 points for the Panthers, while junior Fabian Orozco also had a great game and made 8-of-10 shots from the field en route to 17 points. Vincent also scored in double figures with 14 points, while both Wilson and sophomore Quincy Hicks added eight points apiece for Lookeba-Sickles in the victory over Cement.
Up next, the Panthers will play Erick High School at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the first round of the Class B Area 3 regional tournament winner’s bracket.
Andrew Salmi can be reached at Sports@HintonRecord.com or by phone at (580) 623-4922.