Coming off the Christmas holiday, local high schools, and some from Texas, participated in the Ronnie Moore Invitational at Marietta High School on Thursday. Day one of the tournament featured eight games, with each team hoping to play in the championship game Saturday night and end the year on a high note.

Coming off the Christmas holiday, local high schools, and some from Texas, participated in the Ronnie Moore Invitational at Marietta High School on Thursday. Day one of the tournament featured eight games, with each team hoping to play in the championship game Saturday night and end the year on a high note.



Madill 37 

In the opening game of the tournament, the Madill Lady Wildcats took on the Collinsville Lady Pirates and were defeated 70-37. 

The Lady Pirates started the game with a unbreakable full court press, holding the Lady Wildcats to just 10 points, while being dominate offensively by  scoring 28. The games leading scorer, Carrie Johnson, scored 12 of her game high 26 in the first by hitting four three’s. Johnson would hit five three pointers in the game for the Lady Pirates.

The second quarter did not get any easier for the Lady Wildcats, as they were unable to defeat the full court press and scored just three points. On offense, the Lady Pirates poured in 14, including Brittany Fields scoring six of her 25 in the second to lead the Lady Pirates to a 42-13 half time lead.

Johnson lead the Lady Pirates to another dominate quarter, scoring seven more while playing stifling defense. By the end of the third, the Lady Pirates had all but sealed the victory going into the fourth with a 57-23 lead. 

In the fourth, the Lady Wildcats outscored the Lady Pirates 14-13, lead by Kristen Chaps who scored six of her team high eight points. Although they won the quarter, the lead was too insurmountable for the Lady Wildcats to come back from.


Madill 40 

Collinsville 28 

Defense was the theme in the second game of the day, as the Madill Wildcats advance to the winners bracket after defeating the Collinsville Pirates 40-28.

In the first quarter, the Wildcats put their foot down defensively by not allowing the Pirates to have any easy baskets and holding them to just seven points in the quarter. On offense, much like the rest of the game, the Wildcats attacked with a balanced offense, with six players scoring in the quarter on the way to an early 17-7 lead. The Wildcats had nine players score for the game, with Diego Flores and Aron Vonn each scoring a team high six each.

The second quarter was much of the same, as both teams had a hard time finding the bottom of the net. Trent Hardy and Vonn each scored four for the Wildcats in the quarter, and giving the Wildcats a 29-16 half time lead.

Both teams came out of break even stronger defensively, with the Wildcats outscoring the Pirates seven to four in the quarter. Flores hit his second three of the game to lead all scorers in the third.

The final quarter saw the game get within ten points, as the Pirates had their highest scoring quarter of the game scoring eight points. The Wildcats had a rough time scoring points in the quarter, but ultimately came away with the victory to send them to the winners bracket on Friday. 


Wolfe City 55 Springer 25 

In the second game of the girl’s bracket, the Wolfe City Lady Wolves put on a strong performance in defeating the Springer Lady Cardinals 55-25.

In the first quarter it was all about the Lady Wolves, who outscored the Lady Cardinals 14-7 to take the early lead. The Lady Wolves defense suffocated the Lady Cardinals from the jump, and allowed just three baskets for the quarter.

After struggling offensively in the first, the basket seemed to be even smaller in second for the Lady Cardinals. Kamryn Sampson scored the only basket for the Lady Cardinals in the second. For the Lady Wolves, Marianelly Soto broke out offensively by scoring  five of her 16 points in the period and leading her team to a 27-9 halftime lead.

The third quarter was Erin Moore’s turn to break out offensively for the Lady Wolves. Moore scored nine of her team high 17 points in the third quarter. For the Lady Cardinals, they would have their highest scoring output of the game by scoring nine points in the quarter. Maggie Sutter hit her second three of the game. Sutter, along with Kamryn Sampson and Kailee Lathum, scored a team high six points.

The fourth quarter showed the Lady Wolves exploding offensively. Soto, who missed her first six free throw attempts, went 7-7 from the charity stripe, and added another field goal to seal off the the victory for the Lady Wolves. 

Wolfe City 75 Springer 37 

The fourth game of the tournament read just like the first three, with one team taking home a lopsided victory. Unfortunately for the Springer Cardinals, they were the losing team in the 75-37 loss to the Wolfe City Wolves. 

The first quarter indicated a close game, with the final score of the first being 17-12 Wolves. Blake Thyndale led the way for the Wolves in the first, scoring five of his team high 17 in the opening period.  Mo Russell also had a team high 17 for the Wolves.

In the second, Russell scored nine of his 17 points and led his team to a 20 point outburst. The Cardinals attacked the basket and reached the free throw line ten times, but could only convert four. The inefficiency at the line cost them a chance to keep the game close, as they entered half time trailing 37-20.

The Wolves game out strong defensively after half time, holding the Cardinals to just five points. The Wolves put the game away in the third, with Thyndale scoring nine if the teams 21 points. Going into the fourth, the Wolves were dominating the game 58-25. 

Heading into the fourth down 23, the Cardinals did their best to make a comeback. Austin Meredith scored four of his team high 13 in the fourth, but the team could not overcome the deficit. 


Healdton 51 Callisburg 45 

In the third girls game of the tournament, the Healdton Lady Bulldogs 51-45 victory over the Callisburg Lady Wildcats was a classic story of a tale of two halves. 

The first quarter saw the Lady Bulldogs take an early 15-8 lead over the Lady Wildcats behind Toree Wingo’s nine point outburst. Wingo finished with 11 points for the game.

The second quarter saw the Lady Bulldog’s Macey Howell take over. Howell scored nine of her game high 26 in the second to give her team a 26-14 half time lead. Howell went to the free throw line five times in the second, sinking three of her attempts. For the game, Howell went 10-14 from the line. 

In the second half, things got much tougher for the Lady Bulldogs. 

In the third quarter, the Lady Wildcat defense held the Lady Bulldogs to just nine points, their lowest point total of the evening. Offensively, the Lady Wildcats came to life behind Jessie Payne’s six points.Payne finished with a team high 20 points.

With the score 35-28 heading into the fourth, the fans in attendance were in for a close finish. After trailing by 12 at half, the Lady Wildcats clawed their way back and even tied the game midway through the fourth. Ultimately a late run by the Lady Bulldogs sealed the 51-45 victory. 


Healdton  47 Callisburg  46 

Much like the girls before them, the Healdton Bulldogs escaped the first day of the tournament with a 47-46 victory over the Callisburg Wildcats.

In a close game throughout, the biggest points margin cam in the first quarter with the Wildcats taking an early 13-10 lead. The games leading scorer Justin Crisp scored five of his 13 points to lead the way in the first.

The second quarter saw a quick turnaround for the Bulldogs, outscoring the Wildcats 16-11 to take the half time lead. The Bulldog’s Alex Trent scores eight of his team high nine points to put his team in from at half time.

With the game in reach, both teams came out of the locker room at half looking to take home the victory. The Wildcats tied the game up after outscoring the Bulldogs 13-11 and ensured a close game for their fans in the fourth quarter. Crisp scored four more points in the quarter to give his team a chance to win.

Tied at 37 each heading into the fourth, defense was the key to the Bulldog victory. key stops and not fouling late helped the Bulldogs escape day one of the tournament with a narrow 47-46 victory. 


Marietta 47 Forestburg 12 

The host Marietta Lady Indians put on the defensive performance of the day, defeating the Forestburg Lady Longhorns 47-12.

The first quarter boxscore showed that this might be a close game, as the Lady Indians took the early 11- 6 lead at the end of the quarter. Torianna Douglass scored seven of her game-high 15 in the first to get the momentum in her teams favor. 

The Lady Indians again came out firing, outscoring the Lady Longhorns 15-4 in the quarter and headed into the locker room with a commanding 26-10 lead. 

After halfttime, Douglass and her teammates shut down the Lady Longhorns with a complete defensive performance. After Morgan Miller scored  her lone basket in the third, she had eight points in the game, her team did not score again. 

The Lady Indians outscored the Lady Longhorns 21-2 in the second half en rout to their dominate victory.


Marietta  73 Forestburg  30 

In the final game of the first day of the Ronnie Moore Invitational, the Marietta Indians gave the home crowd a monster showing with their 73-30 victory over the Forestburg Longhorns.

The game was all but wrapped up at the end of the first quarter when the Indians outscored the Longhorns 30-0.

The second quarter saw the Longhorns finally make it on the score board, but they were still outscored 13-11 in the quarter to end the half down 43-11.

In the third, both teams came out of the gate hot, with the Longhorns outscoring the Indians 19- 17 in the period.  The Longhorns were led by Braxton Osteen’s nine point outburst in the quarter. Osteen led the Longhorns with 16 points for the game. For the Indians, Sethan Reed took over the game in the third quarter. Reed scored eight of his team-high 16 points in the quarter. No other Indians player was in double figures for the game.

After finally errupting on offense in the third, the dominance did not carry over into the final frame for the Longhorns. The Indians outscored the Longhorns 13-6 to twin their first game of the tournament. Both teams will be in action on Friday.