Playing on a bad ankle, Yantis senior point guard Bradley Potts put on a great performance leading his Yantis Owls to a 76-56 win over Fruitvale Friday night.
Playing on an ankle injured last week, Potts scored 18 first half points leading the Owls as a determined Fruitvale Bobcats team put up a strong resistance. The first half saw a back and forth battle and ended up tied 29-29.
In the first half Bobcat point guard Davin Sulc was everywhere hitting on four treys and scored 15 points. Sulc would end the game with 30 points for the Bobcats. Potts was good on three triples in the first half and he would hit three more in the final quarter as the Owls made 13 treys in the game. A Graham three-pointer gave Yantis an early 12-6 lead, but the Bobcats came back on a trey by Sulc to make it 12-9 at the end of the quarter.
At 5:39 left in the third quarter, Potts came off the floor limping. Dallas Scott took over the offensive spark and Tucker Hathcoat, Will Graham and Josh Moreland played inspired rugged defense. Hathcoat even added a three point bank shot from 22 feet out putting Yantis up 41-35 in the quarter.
After the close first half, the Owls began to pull away in the third quarter outscoring the Bobcats 23-9 in the stanza. Scott got hot hitting three triples from the corners. Potts came back in the game after resting his ankle with a little over two minutes to go in the quarter and immediately hit a reverse lay-in to give the Owls a 45-35 lead. Scott came back to hit a three at 1:10 to go and then sent the crowd into a frenzy as he hit a long bomb at the buzzer to put Yantis up 52-38 going in to the final quarter.
The fourth quarter was more of the same for Yantis with the Owls scoring 24 more points while the bobcats added 18.
Scott scored nine final quarter points, with Potts also adding nine on three triples. Hathcoat added another trey which made it 73-46 hammering the final nail in the Bobcats coffin.
For the game, Potts had 30 points, Scott added 15, Hathcoat added 10, Graham and Moreland seven each.
Lady Owls 44 Fruitvale 33
The Yantis Lady Owls were led by the play of twins Maggie and Maddie Hooker along with steady leadership from junior Montana Wetzel and the hustle of Ashton Burnett, Sidney Williams and coming off the bench, Macy Starrett.
The Lady Owls got a measure of revenge over a Lady Cat team who beat them in an earlier district battle.
The Lady Owls now have their sights set on making the playoffs. Maddie Hooker had one of her finest games scoring 16 points with sister Maggie adding 14. Wetzel scored five points and had a stellar floor game with seven assists and seven rebounds.
The Lady Owls played tough defense to stop the Fruitvale offense each time the Lady Cats tried to make a comeback.
The Owls and Lady Owls will play host to Union Hill Friday. The boys match-up with Union Hill should be a battle for the top spot in district play if the Owls get by Bloomburg. Union Hill defeated the Yantis boys last week for the Owls only loss in district action. Potts was out that game with the ankle injury.
The Owls are now 18-3 for the year and 3-1 in district for the first half with four games to go. The Lady Owls are 11-13 and 2-3 with three games left.