Cleveland State Basketball Has Clean Sweep At Dyersburg

Monday, February 25, 2013
DYERSBURG - The long road trip back home on Saturday night from one end of Tennessee to the other was a very pleasant one for the Cleveland State basketball teams as they finished off a four-game west coast swing to Dyersburg with two more big Region VII Conference wins to make it a clean sweep for the weekend.

After takin a pair of big wins in Memphis from Southwest Tennessee on Friday night at the bottom of the state, the Cougars moved to the most northern point of the state on Saturday.
The Lady Cougars took care of business, avenging another early season loss to Dyersburg with a 68-47 win while the Cougars handed the Eagles an 80-69 loss.

"You couldn't ask for much more after you get two wins on your toughest road trip of the season," explained Lady Cougar coach Dan Lumpkin. "We got positive contributions from everyone and that is what we've been looking for all year long is consistency for 40 minutes and we got it this weekend."

The Lady Cougars picked right up where they had left off on Friday night as they dominated the Lady Eagles from start to finish.
After racing out to a 38-19 halftime lead, the Lady Cougars had to weather the storm in the second half as the Lady Eagles made several runs. The home team caused some problems with their full court press in the second half, but the Lady Cougars were equal to the task as they cruised to the big conference victory.

Carly Fetzer dominated the paint on both ends of the court for the Lady Cougars (16-9, 9-7) pouring in 17 points and neutralizing the big inside game of the Lady Eagles. Jara Gasper had her usual day at the office with 15 points while Hannah Brown and Robyn Anthony added 11 points apiece. Me'Lisa Martinez didn't score, but was a key factor in the Lady Cougar surge with eight assists and nine rebounds. Kelsey Nowlin led Dyersburg with 11 points

"Carly was a big factor, she played like we knew she could all along," stated Lumpkin. "Everyone did a good job, but Me'Lisa Martinez had an outstanding game and didn't score a point, but she was a key spark off the bench for us. This puts us in good shape as far is seeding is concerned for the upcoming tournament."

COUGARS 80 EAGLES 69

The Cougars didn't have it as easy as their female counterparts as they struggled from the field in the first half. With only eight players dressed, the second day of the back to back road trip seemed to take its toll as the Eagles soared to a 32-30 halftime lead.

"We struggled in the first half, we didn't quite have the energy that we had at Southwest the night before, we just couldn't get the shots to fall," said Cougar coach Lee Cigliano. "I believe the guys were upset with themselves and found a second wind and stepped it up in the second half. Travis had several nice driving layups, Trey got us some big buckets in the paint, Ralph had some key steals and Xavier gave us a big lift off the bench. Really everybody contributed to the win, Dantario kept us in it in the first half with four-threes. It was just a great effort all the way around."

The Cougars quickly regained the lead in the second half and maintained it the rest of the way although the game was still relatively close until the closing minutes. A 20-2 run finally put the game on ice as the Cougars found a way to finish strong and complete the big weekend conference sweep.

Trey Suttles paced the Cougars with 20 points,Dantario Dansby and Ralph Eason finished with 18 points each while Travis Jones finished with 14. Caleb Woods led the Eagles with 14 points while Marty Wilkerson added 13.

Cleveland State will finish the regular season with a big weekend series as they host Columbia State on Friday and Jackson State on Saturday afternoon. All four games can be seen live via the Cougar Sports Network by going the the school website and following the links.

Sale Creek Stays Alive In Class A With Two Wins; Central Loses, 2-0

MURFREESBORO – Sale Creek won twice in Class A softball on Thursday while Central suffered its first loss in the Class AA division of the state softball tournament being played at the Starplex here. Faced with overcast skies and a nagging wind on an unusually cold spring day, Sale Creek had to battle its way back through the loser’s bracket after losing 6-1 to the Forrest Lady ... (click for more)

Bucs Come Up Short In 4-1 Loss To Grace In Class A Baseball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Boyd-Buchanan had a mission Thursday. Beat Knoxville Grace twice. The first half of the plan worked out brilliantly when the Bucs scored three runs in the eighth inning, two on Cade Evans’ clutch double, and knocked off the Rams, 6-3, in the TSSAA Spring Fling Class A state baseball tournament. However, Grace threw a wrench in the Bucs’ scheme ... (click for more)

Board Of Regents Board Meets Wednesday To Approve New Chattanooga State President

The Tennessee Board of Regents will convene a special called meeting at  9:30 a.m. CDT next Wednesday to receive recommendations for presidential vacancies at community colleges, including Chattanooga State, and the director position at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Covington/Ripley.  The finalists to replace longtime leader Jim Catanzaro are: ... (click for more)

New CARTA Service To Enterprise South Industrial Park Has "Medium" Success So Far

CARTA officials said its new bus service from downtown to the Enterprise South Industrial Park is meeting with "medium" success thus far. Lisa Maragnano, executive director, said there have been 313 riders on the routes that began at the first of the month. That includes 241 getting aboard downtown in the early morning and 72 riding from Enterprise South in the afternoon. ... (click for more)

Don't Make A Mockery Of Memorial Day

We're told Memorial Day is the day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in order that we, as Americans and others around the world, might live free, unshackled (invisible or otherwise) and without oppression. But how is that so when so many in America continue to be denied those freedoms? Others whose family and friends made the ultimate sacrifice? Their surviving families ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chincoteague Mourns ‘Dude’

In the span of a person’s life, there are some things that simply can’t be explained to be totally understood. And of all the spectacles I have ever personally witnessed, one of the best is that day in late July when they “pen the ponies” at Chincoteague Island, Va. I’m serious. Over 50,000 people watch every year as volunteer “Saltwater Cowboys” swim the wild ponies to the mainland ... (click for more)