The Armorel senior boys picked up their first conference win of the season with a 72-58 win over Maynard. The Tigers led from start to finish Friday night and connected on eight three-point attempts, five in the first half, as they built a double-digit lead going into the fourth period. Armorel connected on 11 of 16 free-throw attempts in the fourth to hold off any chance of a comeback from Maynard.
"We had great balance tonight," said first-year Tiger head coach Justin Ward. "Tonight was what we've been looking for as a team. We hit some threes tonight, but they were within the offense and what they (Maynard) were giving us. I didn't feel that we settled for shots."
The Tigers found their stroke early, as Payton Brown beat the first period buzzer with a three-point shot to give Armorel a 13-10 lead after one.
Ashton Kennedy opened the second with a bomb from beyond the arc as the Tigers opened up a six-point advantage. Seth Eatmon continued the hot shooting with three of his own from three-point land in the second period alone, as Armorel took a 33-25 advantage into the break.
The Tigers opened the third period on an 8-2 run and extended their lead to 41-27 halfway through the period. Payton Lannon ended the period as the Tigers had the previous two -- with a three-pointer, and Armorel led 50-39 heading into the final frame.
Maynard went to a full-court press in the fourth and cut the lead to eight at 51-43 before Dallas Nicholson got into the action for Armorel. His three-pointer with 6:45 to play in the period put the Tigers back up by double-digits, as did his free throws with 5:50 to play. Nicholson's bucket with 4:15 to play gave Armorel a 13-point lead at 60-47 and helped him post a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds on the night.
The Tigers finished off Maynard at the free-throw line. Brown and Lane Finely both hit a pair of free throws near the three-minute mark to give Armorel a 64-52 lead. Sam Warren and Lannon put the nails in the coffin with back-to-back baskets with two minutes to play.
"This was just a good team effort," said Ward. "It was fun to be a part of this tonight. Everybody stepped up every time Maynard made a run at us."
For the game, Brown led the Tigers with 16 points and eight rebounds, Nicholson added his 13 and 10, Eatmon and Lannon each scored nine points, Warren scored seven and grabbed nine boards and Gray chipped in six and dished out five assists.
Hunter Murdoch led all scorers with 21 points for Maynard in the loss, and Justin Davis added 20.
The Tigers improve to 1-1 in conference play and 3-9 overall. They head to Missouri next week for the Senath-Hornersville tournament. They play host Senath-Hornersville at 5:15 Monday night.
Armorel 66, Maynard 56
The Armorel Lady Tigers picked up their third win in a row with a 64-56 win over Maynard Friday night.
Through three periods, Armorel scored just 35 point, but scored 31 in the fourth period alone to pull away with their first conference win of the year.
Armorel led 17-16 at the end of the first period, trailed 28-25 at halftime and 38-35 heading into the fourth.
Three Lady Tiger finished in double figures in scoring. Madison Carr led the team with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Collard scored 16 and grabbed nine boards and Sellers scored 15. Amanda Skelton added eight points and dished out six assists in the win.
Micaela West led Maynard with 19 and Caitlin Rowe added 16.
Armorel 44, Maynard 40
Armorel held a double-digit lead in the second half before Maynard cut the lead to just three late in the fourth period and held the Tigers to just three points in the final period, but Armorel held on for the win.
Armorel led 10-6 at the end of the first period, 26-15 at halftime and 41-32 heading into the fourth.
Nash Winters led the Tigers with 14 points, Andrew Lannon added 13, and Seth Wyatt chipped in 10.
Wesley Roberts led all scorers with 27 points for Maynard.
Maynard 48, Armorel 24
Maynard jumped out to a double-digit lead over Armorel in the first period and never looked back on their way to a 48-24 win.
Maynard led 15-5 at the end of one, 25-9 at half time and 39-18 heading into the fourth period.
Jordan Weisinbach led all scorers with 28 points for Maynard.
Whitney Wagganer led Armorel with nine.