Pleasant Home boys top Geneva County, 49-44

Published 12:03 am Saturday, January 12, 2013

Pleasant Home’s Ty Hammett scored 15 points in the Eagles’ 49-44 victory over Geneva County. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Troy Fantroy’s 17 points and dominance on the inside game propelled Pleasant Home to a 49-44 area victory over Geneva County on Friday night.

Fantroy led the Eagles in scoring and had a double-digit night on rebounds, especially when it came to put backs at crucial times.

The Eagles (9-8, 1-1 in Class 1A, Area 2) trailed throughout much of the contest. It was 12-12 after the first period, 22-21 GCHS at halftime and the Bulldogs led 33-32 after the third period.

In the fourth period, Lance Davis, who finished with a low six points, was 4-for-4 from the line and Fantroy drained six to give PHS the needed boost.

Helping Fantroy and Davis was Ty Hammett, who put in 15 points for the Eagles in the effort.

Geneva County’s Skylar Pensyl drove the lane to put the Bulldogs ahead 40-34 with 5:43 remaining in the fourth period.

Fantroy answered with a short 4-0 run to cut the game to two at 40-38.

Turnovers seemed to plague the Eagles at one point, but PHS held on and yielded some positive plays on the inside, where Fantroy was waiting as he scored on a putback to get the game to 40-all with 2:18 left.

From there, Davis drove the lane for a bucket and then found Hammett after a GCHS timeout to put the game away at 44-40.

Missed buckets by the Bulldogs helped PHS in the end. The Eagled led 46-40 after Davis’ 1-and-1 with 40.4 on the clock.

Hammett then drained a pair after Geneva County’s Nick Carroll got a drive up the middle to put the game at 48-42.

“It was ugly,” PHS coach Jerry Davis said. “We didn’t just about give it away. We pressed right there at the end.”

Geneva County’s Darrell Jackson drained a 3-pointer with 4:37 to go in the third period to put the Bulldogs ahead 30-25.

Pleasant Home’s Chase Gunter passed to Fantroy for an easy bucket and Jon Cole Chesser put the game back to one point at 30-29with 2:30 left.

Jackson got another trey to go and Gunter nailed a 3-pointer to keep the game at one point after the third.

GCHS led throughout the first period as it took an early 4-0 lead.

Hammett got a layup for PHS’ first points and Fantroy got an easy bucket to put it at 6-4 later.

Gunter’s 3-pointer a little later cut the game to 10-7 and Fantroy got a jumper with less than 15 seconds left to put the game at 12-all.

Gunter, who had nine points, later got another trey to tie the game back up at 17-17 in the second period.

Hammett chipped in 15 points to pace the Eagles.

Carroll had 12 points to lead the Bulldogs. Seth Stafford and Jackson had nine points each.

Geneva County girls 59, Pleasant Home girls 47

The Lady Eagles got off to quick starts in the first, second and fourth periods, but GCHS came ready to play as it dominated on drives from leading scorer Lacy Stafford, who had 34 points.

The game stayed tight throughout the first half, as both teams were tied 13-13 after the first period and the Lady Dawgs leading 26-25 at halftime.

Raven Woods passed to Jade Self who found Ashley Williamson down low for an easy bucket to put the Lady Eagles ahead 2-0 in the first period.

Williamson later found Abigail Kelley to give PHS a 6-2 lead with 5:15 left in the opening period.

GCHS took away Pleasnat Home’s led with more than four minutes on a 3-pointer from Jasmine Smith.

Stafford drained a trey later on and got a drive down the lane to put the Lady Dawgs ahead 13-9.

Cassidy Godwin found Williamson and Woods got a jumper to go to put the game at 13-13.

GCHS took a 21-15 lead after a 6-0 run to start the second period.

Woods’ pass to Williamson cut the lead to 26-19, which started a 6-0 run by PHS at the tail end of the first half.

The Lady Dawgs went on to outscore PHS 18-7 in the third period to take a 44-32 lead going into the fourth.

PHS cut the game to five points in the fourth period, but three turnovers yielded points the other way to ice the game for the Lady Eagles.

“They just outplayed us,” PHS coach Kelley Garner said. “They wanted it more than we did. We didn’t step up. We couldn’t step up and make the shots when we needed it.

“We had a chance to make it a one-or-two-possession game and then we turned it over three times in a row,” she said. “Of course, they took advantage of that.”

Woods led PHS with 14 points. Williamson added 12 points and Self chipped in eight.

Smith chipped in nine points for GCHS.

Pleasant Home is back in action on Tuesday at Florala.