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Bearcats outsize Old High JV for second-straight FOL title


Henrietta’s Ben Fletcher goes over the top of an Old High player for the layup during the third quarter of Saturday’s Fantasy of Lights championship game.

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

A 19-point performance from Cole Burns and four three-pointers from Matthew Reed fueled Henrietta’s 21-point win over the Wichita Falls High JV in Saturday’s Fantasy of Lights Div. II championship game.

While Old High’s quickness gave Henrietta fits, the Bearcats outsized across the Coyotes court, and especially under the basket, for a 71-50 final.

Nick Powell
Tournament MVP

It is Henrietta’s second-straight Fantasy of Lights championship, having also defeated Old High’s JV in 2011.

Nick Powell, battling illness, scored 15 points behind Burns. Powell went on to be named tournament MVP. Also named to the all-tournament team were Burns Reed and Ben Fletcher. Reed and Fletcher scored 12 each in the final.

Philip Davis added four points to the offensive effort, followed by Conner Fletcher and Myles Marchman with three points each. Kaleb Gwinn scored one.

Powell finished with eight assists. Davis and Conner Fletcher had four each. Reed and Marchman donated three each.

As a team, the Bearcats hit 11 of 14 free throws.

Burns led Henrietta with 12 rebounds, while Powell had nine boards and Davis had four.

The Bearcats took a 19-6 lead over Old High in the first quarter, including three three-point buckets from Reed. Both teams scored 15 in the second period.

Henrietta had its biggest quarter of the night in the third, posting 21 points to Old High’s 17. The Bearcats continued to grow their lead in the fourth, scoring 16 points, including a Marchman steal at mid-court for a layup and a steal and dish from mid-court for a Burns layup.

Henrietta earned its berth to the title game with wins over Iowa Park and Hirschi’s JV. See related story.


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