Junction City, Parkers Chapel pick up conference victories

JUNCTION CITY - A strong third quarter lifted Junction City to a come-from-behind win in their 8-2A opener on Tuesday night, as the Dragons topped Ouachita 60-55.

After leading 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, the Dragons found themselves trailing 25-19 at intermission.

But the Dragons stormed back to take a 44-42 lead at the end of the third quarter thanks in large part to Lamontra Hankton, who scored 12 of his 18 points in the stanza.

Junction City (2-0, 1-0) was then able to hold off Ouachita (7-7, 0-1) to pick up their second straight win.

Deon James added 11 points, while Taylen Owens chipped in with 10 points for Junction City.

Demarion Henry finished with nine points for the Dragons, who hit the road for the first time in conference play on Friday when they face Rison.

PARKERS CHAPEL 56,

GURDON 8

PARKERS CHAPEL - The Trojans opened play in the 8-2A by rolling past the Go-Devils.

Dakylan Hampton had 16 points for the Trojans (3-6, 1-0), who led 18-5 at the end of the first quarter and 47-7 at intermission.

Dyson Dougan was also in double figures with 10 points, while Eli McNabb added nine points for PC, which had 11 players score in the contest.

“Overall, great team effort,” Parkers Chapel coach Josh Langley said. “We have been in several close games over the last couple of weeks that haven't gone our way. These guys keep working, and it was good to see that work finally pay off in a big way. We have some tough games coming up, and I believe these guys are ready for it.” 

Parkers Chapel also won the junior high game 46-26.

The Trojans led 8-5 after the first period and 16-13 at halftime before pulling away in the third quarter to take a 30-16 edge.

Braxton Barnes had 16 points and Landon Rivers added 10 points for the Trojans.

Cayden Pauley had six points, while Ethan Smith finished with five points in the win, and Langley singled out several players for their contributions.

“We also got big minutes from Carson Cain,” Langley said. “Jack Battisto and Caleb Childers also played well off the bench for us. This bunch is improving every day, and I'm excited for them to get a much-deserved win.”

Parkers Chapel will step away from the 8-2A to hit the road and take on Genoa Central on Friday.

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