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December 14, 2018

12/4/2018 8:43:00 AM
Tigers drop home opener to Red Hill, 57-39
JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor

Scoring and rebounding are basic elements to the game of basketball, but Hutsonville-Palestine struggled with those things Tuesday night (Nov. 27) and the end result was a 57-39 loss to Red Hill in a non-conference contest.

"It's hard to look good when you don't put the ball in the basket," HHS-PHS head coach Mike Ray said. "We got good shots, we just didn't make them. We missed 19 shots in the paint and were 14-26 from the free throw line, which is unacceptable. I didn't think our defense was that bad, but second chance points were big for them. They had 14 second-chance opportunities."

The game looked like it was going to be a three-point contest early, as each team hit a long-range shot on its first possession. Red Hill followed with two more threes to take a 9-3 lead before Jerry Gower scored consecutive baskets inside to put the Tigers within 9-7 with 5:43 remaining in the opening period.

However, Red Hill scored seven straight points as part of an 11-3 run to end the quarter, as they built a 20-10 advantage. Red Hill continued the run with four points to start the second quarter before a jumper by Trent Matthews stopped the run to make the score 24-12 with 6:21 left in the half. Red Hill countered with a 12-3 run the rest of the period and extended their lead to 36-15 at halftime.

In a sloppy third quarter that was littered with fouls - including three technicals - and a ton of free throws, Hutsonville-Palestine trailed by as many as 26 early, but ultimately outscored Red Hill 13-11 in the period to make the score 47-28 heading into the fourth quarter.

Red Hill scored the first six points of the period to push the lead back to 25 and dash any hopes Hutsonville-Palestine might have had of a comeback, although the Tigers did end up outscoring Red Hill 11-10 in the quarter to trim the final margin to 18.

Both teams shot virtually the same from two-point range, as Red Hill made 11-32 shots (34 percent), while Hutsonville-Palestine hit 11-31 (36 percent). The big difference came from three-point range, where Red Hill was 6-20 (30 percent), while Hutsonville-Palestine hit just 1-13 (8 percent). Red Hill also was 17-23 at the free throw line (74 percent), while Hutsonville-Palestine hit 14-26 foul shots (54 percent).

Gower led Hutsonville-Palestine with 14 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot, while Evan Newlin posted seven points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist. Matthews contributed five points, four rebounds and one steal, Ruger Berry netted four points and two rebounds, Kurtis Plew recorded three points, four rebounds and one steal, Will Newlin collected two points and six rebounds, Adam Pickering totaled two points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal and Jess Newlin added two points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Drew Moore led Red Hill with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal, while Parker Havill posted 11 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Hutsonville-Palestine also lost the junior varsity game 44-33.

Gary Higginbotham led the Tigers with 13 points, while Dylan Salee scored five.



At Hutsonville

Red Hill 20 16 11 10 - 57

Hutsonville-Palestine 10 5 13 11 - 39



RED HILL (57)

Parker Havill 2-7 1-4 4-6 11, Camren Ray 0-0 2-2 2-2 8, Conner McKinney 0-2 1-3 0-0 3, Nathan Wirth 1-3 0-2 2-2 4, Drew Moore 2-10 2-6 4-6 14, Josh Henry 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Landen Ray 2-5 0-2 4-5 8, Drake Allen 4-5 0-0 1-2 9, TOTALS 11-32 2FG, 6-20 3FG, 17-23 FT, 57 TP.

HUTSONVILLE-PALESTINE (39)

Trent Matthews 1-3 0-2 3-6 5, Jess Newlin 1-3 0-1 0-0 2, Will Newlin 1-3 0-1 0-0 2, Evan Newlin 1-2 1-5 2-2 7, Zeke Nave 0-1 0-0 0-2 0, Jerry Gower 4-9 0-0 6-8 14, Adam Pickering 1-2 0-4 0-0 2, Kurtis Plew 1-1 0-0 1-4 3, Jebb Revalee 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Ruger Berry 1-5 0-0 2-4 4, TOTALS 11-31 2FG, 1-13 3FG, 14-26 FT, 39 TP.

Turnovers - RHHS 16, HPHS 19. Team fouls - RHHS 24, HPHS 19. Fouled out - Wirth. Technical foul - Wirth, E. Newlin, Coach Ray. Rebounds - (RHHS 38) Havill 8, Wirth 8, Allen 7, Moore 6. (HPHS 39) Gower 11, W. Newlin 6, Matthews 4, E. Newlin 4, Plew 4, Pickering 3, J. Newlin 2, Revalee 2, Berry 2, Nave. Steals - (RHHS 8) Havill 4. (HPHS 9) J. Newlin 2, Gower 2, Matthews, E. Newlin, Nave, Pickering, Plew. Assists - (RHHS 10) Moore 5, Havill 3, McKinney 2. (HPHS 4) Pickering 2, E. Newlin, J. Newlin. Blocked shots - (RHHS 1) Allen. (HPHS 6) Nave 3, Pickering 2, Gower.



Junior Varsity

Red Hill 7 13 8 16 - 44

Hutsonville-Palestine 6 20 5 2 - 33

Highlights - (HHS-PHS) Gary Higginbotham 13 points; Gavin Besing 4 points; Gavin Postlewaite 2 points; Tucker Pruitt 4 points; Kurtis Plew 2 points; Kainen Pettigrew 3 points; Dylan Salee 5 points.







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