Yantis boys get revenge

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The Yantis Owls put a stamp on their desire to win another district championship with a Senior Night 58-24 romp over the Union Hill team who beat them previously.

Senior point guard Bradley Potts took control in the first half posting five three-point shots for 15 points leading Yantis to a 33-10 halftime advantage. The Owls hit a total of 10 triples for the game.

Union Hill took an early 2-0 lead, but J.C. Nolen tied it at 2-2 followed by a Potts trey from the top of the key. Just 20 seconds later, Potts hit another trey from the left side to make it 8-2 and the Owls never looked back. The Owls ended the quarter at the buzzer with a bucket off of an offensive rebound from Jayden Madrall taking a 13-2 lead at the buzzer.

With just over two minutes left in the half, Potts stepped back and hit a deep triple making it 30-7. After Union Hill hit a free throw and a basket, Potts came right back for another three-pointer giving the Owls a halftime advantage of 33-10.

Senior Tucker Hathcoat got into the three-point mode starting off the second quarter with a trey from the left side. The Owl defense smothered any hope of a Union Hill comeback holding the Bulldogs to just four third-period points. Hathcoat hit on layup after a steal, Modrall hit a pair of buckets and junior Dallas Scott made a long triple at the buzzer ending the quarter giving Yantis a 47-14 lead.

Nolen got the final quarter started with a successful triple from the right corner to extend the Owl lead to 50-14. Modrall hit a free throw and then followed that with a 12-foot jump shot while being hammered. Modrall hit the free throw to give him three points the old-fashion way and giving Yantis a 54-14 lead.

Coach Mike McMinn pulled his starters the final six minutes and the Owls winged their way to the 58-24 district win. Potts led Yantis with 17 points followed by Modrall with 14, Nolen 12, Scott seven and Hathcoat six.

The Owls have a bye this Friday and finish the season at Fruitvale Feb. 13.

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