Am-Po’s Lady Panthers won without much trouble and Minco’s Bulldogs found their scoring touch as they got an important Grady County Conference win.

Girls: Am-Po 61, Minco 31

Am-Po always goes deep onto its bench. Coach Sam Belcher has the luxury of being able to mix and match lineups without seeing much drop-off.

In Tuesday’s win over Minco, 12 different Lady Panthers scored. Several freshmen saw a lot of playing time in the first half and did well in their first varsity experience.

But senior Alecia Heath really kept Am-Po on track in the first half. Heath scored four straight points to close out the first quarter with Am-Po leading 11-6.

The Lady Panthers opened up a 12-point lead at half-time with thanks to a three-pointer by Kristen Verser and four points by Shelly Ast.

Sara Taylor, Korie Hargus, Meagan Henderson and Hailey Henderson all saw their first action of the game in the third quarter. They made a major impact as Am-Po rallied for a 9-0 run to start the third quarter. Minco answered with an 8-0 run of their own, keyed by Kelly Mayfield. But Am-Po scored six straight after that to make the score 39-22 with three minutes left in the third.

Am-Po went on to win by 30, 61-31.

Heath led all scorers with 12 points. Taylor got into double digits with 10 despite seeing limited action. Tayler McCrackin scored seven points and Kristen Mays and Katie Osborn added five each. Ast, Courtney Riley and Verser scored four a piece and Hargus and Hailey Henderson scored three.

Meagan Henderson scored two points and Ashley Riley score one.

Mayfield led Minco with nine points. Shelby Terry added six and Mallory McMullen scored five.

Am-Po improves to 5-3 on the year. All three losses came to highly ranked teams.

They suffered early losses to Okarche and Ft. Cobb and loss a close one to Dover Saturday night.

The Lady Panthers were ranked No. 10 in 2A in the latest poll.

Minco fell to 2-4 on the season.

Boys: Minco 55, Am-Po 48

Minco Coach Robert Duvall said before the game that his team had been struggling to score. They found some answers Tuesday night as they jumped out to 14-3 lead.

Clay Dirickson hit two shots from behind the arc and had nine of his game-high 16 points in the first quarter.

Minco led 21-11 after one period and seemed to be in control.

But an Am-Po comeback was sparked by Brad Jones, who came off the bench to hit three treys and get the Panthers offense going.

James Owens added six points in the second quarter and Am-Po actually led twice before Minco rallied to close out the half with a 36-32 lead.

Both offenses struggled after intermission. Each team scored six points in the third as Minco clung to a four-point lead.

Hunter Scott and Jared Jones each made big fourth-quarter baskets and Dirickson added three more to help the Bulldogs pull away for the win.

Jacob Burchfield and Mason Morrison each added 11 points to Dirickson’s 16. Mark Ventris scored eight.

Am-Po was led by Casey Howard with 12 points and Owens who scored 10. Jones and Levi Blaine each scored nine and Colten Weger scored six.

Am-Po falls to 4-4 on the year.

Minco improved to 2-4.


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