COLLINSVILLE – It’s been three weeks since the Collinsville Lady Panthers had played on their home court. That seemed to be just what they needed to begin the new year.
Behind a 30-point, 12-rebound outing from 6-foot senior center Savannah Boyles, Collinsville claimed a 60-42 victory over Area 10 rival Cedar Bluff on Tuesday.
“I thought tonight was the best we played all year in terms of passing the ball, getting it up the court and helping each other,” Collinsville coach Jon Tidmore said. “Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.”
Tidmore was also pleased with how well Boyles dominated the inside.
“Savannah has been struggling on the inside lately, missing some easy shots, but she’s worked really hard leading up to this. I thought she was pretty determined tonight. That’s probably a career-high (in points) for her. She’s a very hard worker, and it’s good to see her get some fruits of her labor.”
Hanna Hornbuckle also posted a double-double for Collinsville (6-12, 3-3), netting 14 points and grabbing 11 boards. Trinity Garner and Kendreia Moore both contributed six points. Moore also added nine rebounds and nine assists.
Marigrace Wilson led Cedar Bluff (8-10, 5-2) with 13 points. Jasmine Adams and Delilah Price both contributed nine points. Lexi Moten finished with eight points and six rebounds.
Collinsville maintained the lead throughout the game. The Lady Panthers held a 15-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter and a 28-24 lead at halftime. A 20-4 run in the third blew the game open for Collinsville, giving the Lady Panthers a 48-32 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Collinsville 66, Cedar Bluff 32
COLLINSVILLE – Class 1A, No. 4 Collinsville connected on 10 3-pointers, leading the Panthers to a 66-32 boys’ basketball blowout over Area 10 rival Cedar Bluff on Tuesday night.
Austin Posey led the charge with 21 points on seven treys. He also had six rebounds.
“He can get it going from out there,” Collinsville coach Jon Tidmore said. “He’s got a good stroke and he trusts himself. That kind of opens up the inside game anytime we can hit a few of those.”
Jalyn Martin added 11 points and six boards for the Panthers (13-6, 5-1). Sharrod Dupree delivered seven points and six rebounds. Brady Osborn and Jeff Campbell both finished with six points.
All 10 players listed on the Collinsville roster scored at least two points.
“For a change, we’re bigger than they are,” Tidmore said. “We’ve been shorter than them for several years, and it’s kind of odd now. We’ve been on the bad end of their rebounding margin it seems like for five or six years, but I think our size just made it tough for them to get inside shots.”
Josh Decker led Cedar Bluff with 15 points, including three treys. He also had three rebounds. DeAndre Autry added six points, three boards and a block. Coleton Reed had five points and Devante Dixon finished with four points and four rebounds.
Collinsville held a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, then went on a 23-6 run in the second for a 36-13 halftime advantage. Collinsville led 51-23 at the end of three quarters.