Mustangs, Rebels split close games

Published 9:38 pm Thursday, December 15, 2011

Eyes on the prize: Isabella’s D.J. Talley (2) drives to the hoop for two points Thursday despite the defense of Thorsby’s B.B. Evans. The Mustangs won, 36-33.

Thorsby’s and Isabella’s basketball teams split two heart-stoppers on Thursday.

Isabella’s boys won their first game of the season, 36-33, while Thorsby’s girls pulled out a 32-31 win.

Thorsby’s boys (1-8) held a slight lead for much of their game, including as late as 48.6 seconds remaining to play, when Nathan Oldroyd sank two free throws.

But on Isabella’s ensuing possession, the Mustangs (1-7) crashed the offensive boards hard, earning several second-chance opportunities before D.J. Talley finally got one to go down to tie the game at 33 with 20 seconds left.

After an offensive foul call on Thorsby, Isabella’s Deonte Campbell connected on a runner in the lane and was fouled in the process.

Campbell made the free throw for a three-point lead, and Thorsby then missed an attempt from beyond the three-point line.

Campbell led all scorers with 13 points. He also recorded 12 rebounds.

Tyler Edwards had nine points and six rebounds for host Isabella.

Oldroyd and Parker Bryan each had nine points for Thorsby.

Thorsby’s girls were down 31-29 with just under 1 minute to play in the first varsity game of the evening when Megan Sanchez found an open Haley Barnett in the post to tie the game.

The Rebels got the ball back, and Sharonda Cooper was fouled with 4 seconds remaining. She made the second of two free throws for the win.

Cooper led all scorers with 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Sanchez and Keela Lucas had six rebounds each.

Khadijah Craig scored 10 points for Isabella (2-7).

The Rebels (2-6) fell to Francis Marion, 68-36, on Tuesday.

Cooper had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in that one.

Barnett grabbed six rebounds.