David Reeder

After a rough outing at Westville last Friday, the Colcord Hornets took out some frustration on Fairland Tuesday evening at Afton’s Coca Cola Classic Tournament. And while the Hornets blasted the Owls 74-45, their Lady counterparts ran into the 5th ranked Afton Lady Eagles and the short end of a 64-46 first round contest.

In the boys’ game Colcord’s defense took center stage early on. Harassing the Owls into committing 6 turnovers the Hornet ‘D’ dominated the boards and didn’t allow Fairland on the scoreboard until a Blake Robertson field goal with a minute to play in the first.

And while their opponents struggled to score a deuce, Kenzie Witt put in seven to go with five by Joe Morris and four each from Chris Van Dyke and Canaan Sherrell.

Leading 20-2 to start the second, the Hornets continued their onslaught. Forcing a half dozen more Fairland turnovers to go with blocked shots by Sherrell and Witt, the Owl offense was forced to the outside. And thanks to a trio of treys by Fairland’s team high scorer Jacob Blake they were fairly successful, scoring 17 in the period.

But Colcord’s Morris buried 3 three pointers and a deuce to go with a pair of treys by Van Dyke leading the way to the Hornets’ 23 point quarter.

Leading 43 to 22 to start the second half, Colcord continued to exploit the basket along the baseline as Van Dyke scored seven more. Sherrell and Witt shipped in six and four, respectively, on offense while the Hornet defense limited the Owls to just nine points.

With a 34-point lead and just a quarter remaining to play both teams went freely to their bench, to finish out the lopsided victory.

Turning the ball over eight times and not getting on the scoreboard until midway through the opening quarter, the Lady Hornets found themselves down by a dozen to start the second quarter of their game. And despite taking much better care of the ball in the second, Colcord struggled to score 11 points.

Along the way, Afton’s Darby Todd had her second straight 7-point stanza, pacing her squad to a 36-19 lead at the intermission.

Led by a pair of Kristi Scraper buckets from beyond the arc and pair of buckets and free throws from Tinelle Williams, the Lady Hornets appeared to be on the brink of a comeback. But nine turnovers limited the amount of the Colcord comeback, sending the game into the final phase with the Lady Eagles leading 48-34.

Shooting a scant three of 15 from the field in the fourth as a team, Courtney Nichols and Alena Sanders scored four each for the Hornets as four Lady Eagles combined for 16 and the 64-46 final score.

With 16 each, Macy Gibson and Darby Todd led the game’s scoring, as Afton remained undefeated on the young season.