The Jay Bulldogs beat the Vinita Hornets 70-31 on Friday, Jan. 12, extending their season record to 8-3 going into this week’s Tri-State Classic Tournament in Jay.

Vinita, who is coached by Tony Roach, currently has a 0-13 season as they are working to rebuild their team after losing some seniors last year where they finished 10-16.

The Bulldogs took an early lead over the Hornets with a 15-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

The Jay boys continued to press the Hornets broadening the lead to 29-9 by halftime.

After returning to play after the half the Bulldogs kept up the pressure on the Hornets in the third quarter finishing 52-17.

Despite the routing win 70-31 win over the Hornets the team continued to keep the pressure on and took the chance to play some of their younger players, earning them additional time on the court.

Garrett Sweeney lead the boys in scoring for the night adding a total of 16 points to the board.

He is also one of two players including Dalton Tanner to shoot 100 percent at the free throw line for the night.

Dayton Simpson was the other big scorer for the night bringing in a total of 14 points and shooting 5/6 or 83 percent at the line.

Most college teams are shooting around 70 percent at the free throw line and the Bulldogs were able to finish the night out making 14/19 shots at the line or just over 73 percent of their shots.

The Bulldogs were able to play all but one of the players listed on their roster in the game against the Hornets allowing everyone to pad their stats a little.

The other high scorers for the night was Stormy Taylor and John Culver scoring 10 and nine points respectively.

The Bulldogs will play in the Tri-State Classic Tournament Thursday, Jan. 18 with their first game being against McDonald County, Missouri at 8:20 p.m.

There is a total of eight teams playing in the three day long tournament with the final games taking place Sat. the 20 starting at 12:20 p.m. with the final championship game at 8:20 p.m.

Lady Bulldogs

The Lady Bulldogs lost to the Lady Hornets 36-63 on Friday, Jan. 12, bringing their record to 1-10 for the season.

The girls fell behind in the first quarter of play by trailing Vinita 6-16.

The Lady Bulldogs were unable to close the gap before the break at the half leaving the court, behind 15-31.

The Jay girls played much better during the second half bringing in a total of 21 points but were unable to close the gap with Vinita giving the final score of 36-63.

Callie Callihan lead the girls on the board contributing 13 points overall to and played all four quarters for the team.

Landrey Sweeney also put up some big numbers for the night with a total of 8 points on the board.

Sweeney also went 4/5 at the line giving her an 80 percent free throw percentage.

The team as a whole shot 7/9 which bring their free throw shot percentage to just about 77.7 which puts them on par with Iowa States women’s basketball team.

The girls will play East Newton this Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Tri-State Classic Tournament in Jay.  

The tournament similar to the boy’s bracket will contain eight teams playing three games over three days.

The girls championship game will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20 in Bulldog arena just prior to the boys game at 8:20 p.m.