Sports / Outdoors – 1/27/2006

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 27, 2006

The Panolian: SPORTS – January 27, 2006

  From the 1/27/06 issue of The Panolian        

ND boys falter in fourth quarter against Carroll
By Myra Bean

Carroll Academy was just not a great place for the North Delta Green Wave teams Tuesday night.

The varsity Lady Green Waves lost 47-23.

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The boys had another district barn burner as the Green Waves lost 69-66. The boys dropped a one-point game to Kirk Academy last Friday night.

Only one point separated Carroll and North Delta at the end of the first quarter. Carroll had the 13-12 lead.

North Delta was on fire in the second quarter and outscored Carroll 20-12 for a 32-25 halftime lead.

Neither team slowed down in the second half but Carroll almost made up the difference in the third quarter by outscoring the Green Waves 23-19. Going into the fourth quarter, the Green Wave still led by three, 51-48.

The fourth quarter belonged to Carroll as they caught up and passed the Green Wave outscoring the Waves 21-15.

Lady Waves
The Lady Waves did not seem to have a chance as Carroll held them scoreless in the first quarter while racking up 12 points themselves.

The Lady Waves put up 14 points in the second quarter and pulled within four at halftime, 18-14.

Carroll got back in the game in the second half and outscored the Lady Waves 29-9 for the lead.

The Green Wave teams played their final district game in Bayou last night but the scores were not available at press time.

Tonight they will host Tunica Institute (TIL) in the final game of the regular season beginning at 6 p.m.

The junior high teams will play in the district tournament at Marshall Academy tomorrow but the game times had not been set by press time.

Some district games were being played Thursday night so the schedule will not be set until today. Both North Delta girls and boys teams will play Saturday, according to headmaster Herman Coats.

The high school teams will start district play February 2 through 4 at Marshall Academy. The schedule will be released after the district games have all been played.

Tiger teams split with Horn Lake
By Myra Bean

The South Panola Tigers were justified in division play when they defeated Horn Lake 51-37 Tuesday night.

The Tigers lost the first matchup between these two teams in December.

South Panola led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter, but the second quarter belonged to Horn Lake as they outscored the Tigers 15-9 for a 25-24 halftime Eagle lead.

Whatever Tiger head coach Charlie Howard said in the locker room during halftime worked for the team in the second half.

South Panola blew through Horn Lake and outscored them 21-6 in the third quarter and 8-4 in the fourth quarter for the win.

Scoring for the Tigers were Justin Vaughn 11 points; Rodney Gray, 9 points; Jarred Pope and Shawn Daniels, 8 points each; Larico Treadwell, 5 points; Anthony Nelson, 4 points; Joseph Hankins, Cordell Austin and Rod Moore, 2 points each.

Lady Tigers
The Lady Tigers could not mimic their first win as they fell big to the Lady Eagles 61-41.

The Lady Eagles led 11-6 at the end of the first quarter and pulled out to a 29-19 halftime lead.

In the second half, Horn Lake led by as many as 30 points at one time.

Horn Lake converted 26 of 39 free throws.

The Tiger teams are back on the road tonight for non-conference action in Charleston beginning at 5 p.m.

The Tigers return home Tuesday to face Southaven in the final district game of the season. The ninth grade girls will play first beginning at 5 p.m.

     The South Panola Competitive cheerleaders recently sponsored two raffles to help raise funds for their upcoming trip to nationals. Keila Duarte (left), representing the SP Competitive Cheer squad presents the winning ticket holder, Mary Frances Woods, with her $100 in free gas from Graves Oil Company. The custom blanket made by Sue’s Stitchery was won by Becky Sharp.
     The next fundraiser for the cheerleading squad will be on Saturday, February 5 from 9:00-1:00 at Wal Mart. The squad will have their annual Super Bowl Sale with many types of Super Bowl party foods. The cheerleaders leave on Thursday, February 9 when they will compete in the National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida from February 10-14.
Townsend speaks from Pittsburgh
By Myra Bean

This will be a continuing story about upcoming Super Bowl XL between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks.

In a Wednesday morning telephone interview, Steeler cornerback Deshea Townsend of Batesville, broke down the upcoming week for the Steelers as he and his teammates take on the upcoming game.

It was a lengthy interview so I will just relay a few tidbits on each of the next three articles to keep the upcoming big game in everybody’s mind. (Not like anybody is about to forget, right?)

Anyhoo, as columnist Bob Neill said, let’s get started.

First of all, Deshea realizes the hometown support he is getting and he said, "We did this together. You know that."

I asked him to get a little selfish for a minute because he is a team player. I brought up the subject of us not getting to see much of him on television because they don’t throw to his side of the field very much.

He laughed.

"We have a great secondary here," Townsend said. "I mostly definitely think that is a sign of how I have been playing the last couple of years. Not trying to toot my own horn.

"That’s always a sign of respect not to have a team throw at you," Townsend added. "I was thinking about some of my stats and talking to my friends. I don’t get that many opportunities. It’s hard to make plays on the ball when you don’t get the opportunity."

Make no mistake, the Steelers are planning to win the Super Bowl. When away from the media and the public, Deshea and his friends sit around and talk about the upcoming game.

"We have a lot of veteran guys on the team and we know nobody remembers who comes in second," Townsend said. "You have to win it to be remembered.

"That’s what we are talking about," he continued. "We are happy to be in the Super Bowl but we most definitely want to win it."
Townsend has not forgotten his years at South Panola and the 1993 State Championship ring he and his teammates earned.

"Trying to win a championship is always great, but I want to put that ring beside my South Panola High School State championship ring," Townsend said. "It is another great honor I would have accomplished but that first one is always the most memorable one. When you go 15-0, those are the ones I always think about first."

So go ahead and plan your Super Bowl party or in Angie Ledbetter’s case a Deshea Party and cheer on Batesville’s favorite son.




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