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Owls post homecoming victory

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By Dwane Wilder

Corey Poteet scored 19 points and hit a trio of three-pointers Thursday night to lead the LaFollette Middle School boy’s basketball team to a 43-21 homecoming victory over Soldiers Memorial.

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Tyler Tomblin chipped in 10 points for the Owls, who evened their record at 7-7 overall, while Isaac Phillips had five points, Matt Bolton and Steven Etters three each, and Eric North two.

LaFollette led 14-5 at intermission. Poteet scored 12 of his points, including a pair of treys and 4 of 5 free throws, during the second half.

The Owls lost 36-27 to Clinton earlier last week. LaFollette rallied from a 14-1 deficit in the second quarter to take a one-point lead at halftime.

Poteet paced the Owls with 11 points, followed by Tomblin with nine, Phillips four and Rolston Letner three. Camion Patrick scored 10 of his game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter to carry the Hawks to victory.

Monday of this week, the Owls defeated Wartburg, 37-19. Phillips led the charge with 21 points. Poteet finished with seven points for LaFollette while Gunner St. John had five and Tomblin two. Zach Moore scored seven points to carry Wartburg.

The Lady Owls lost a heartbreaker, 42-41 in overtime, to Soldiers Memorial.

LaFollette’s Rachel Harris scored 10 of her team leading 12 points in the second half, including a basket that sent the game into overtime, tied 38-38.

Samantha Leach contributed 10 points to the Lady Owls’ cause, followed by Chelsea King with eight, Cheyenne Powers seven, Emily Byrge and Niki Ward two each.

Soldiers Memorial ran out to a 17-9 lead, but LaFollette rallied to get within three, 23-20, during the final minute of the first half.

The game was tied twice in the fourth quarter. In overtime, Byrge hit a free throw to put the Lady Owls up 41-40. However, LaFollette gave up a score and turned the ball over on an inbounds play, which turned out to be the difference in the game.

Ward missed a half-court heave at the buzzer.

Heather Bolden led all scorers with 22 points, including the game-winner in overtime, for SMMS.