Acorn drowns Gators

Homecoming took place at Acorn High School on Friday, as the Tigers welcomed the Murfreesboro rattlers to Polk County.

The Tigers took the court first for the senior boys contest and trailed by two, 12-10, after the first quarter. Heading into halftime Murfreesboro would lead 25-22.

In the second half, the Rattlers extended their lead, starting by outscoring Acorn 16-9 in the third quarter. Murfreesboro went on to take the win 60-46.

Moving on to the senior girls matchup, the Lady Tigers would attempt to bring home a Homecoming victory.

The Lady Tigers started out right, outscoring Murfreesboro 26-11 in the first quarter. Acorn added to their advantage in the second, taking a twenty-six point lead, 42-16, into halftime.

Much of the same continued in the second half, as the Lady Tigers went on to win by twenty-nine, 65-36.

Tipping off a busy week this week, Acorn traveled to Magazine on Monday.

The Lady Tigers offense started out hot, outscoring Magazine 47-24 in the first half. The Acorn senior girls would go on to blowout the Lady Rattlers by thirty-five points, 71-36.

In the senior boys contest, the Tigers would look to get back to their winning ways.

Acorn held a 14-10 advantage after one quarter, but the Rattlers cut the deficit to one point, 25-24, going into the locker room at halftime.

Following the third quarter, the Tigers would take a two point lead into the final quarter of play. Acorn went on to outscore the Rattlers 11-6, to secure the win 47-40.

For their second game in as many days, Acorn was on the hardwood at home on Tuesday, hosting the Foreman Gators.

The Lady Tigers began the game slow, leading by only six, 16-10, after the first quarter. However, the Acorn offense would explode in the second quarter for thirty points, giving the Lady Tigers a 46-23 lead at the half.

In the second half, Acorn outscored the Lady Gators 31-17, to win by a final of 77-40.

Sophie Strasner led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 17 points, while Harlei McCourtney added on 16 points. Kenzie Daniels and Chanity Hall each chipped in 14 points, as Daisy Dollar scored 12 points, and Sydney Holliday 4 points.

“It took us a little but to get going tonight, but once we got going we started playing well,” Lady Tigers head coach Mike Jackson said following the win.

Jackson added, “Caddo Hills was our first game back from Christmas, and I thought our shooting and ball handling was rusty. The last couple of games though, I thought we have started looking like ourselves again.”

After a dominating win by the Lady Tigers, the Acorn senior boys then took the court to give it their hand against the Gators.

The Tigers doubled the offensive production of Foreman in both the first and second quarter, taking a 42-21 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, Acorn outscored the Gators 24-7, leading by thirty-eight, 66-28, heading into the final eight minutes of play. Foreman outscored the Tigers 14-12 in the fourth, but Acorn would win by a final score of 78-42.

Noah Holland led the Tigers with 17 points against Foreman. Caden Tarkinton knocked on 12 points. Austin Davis 11 points. Isaac Tedder 10 points. Braylan Bohlman 7 points. Andrew Watts and Braden Rodgers 6 points each. Sky Carmack 4 points. Dakota Sullivan 3 points, and Sean Rios 2 points.

“We haven’t played well for four straight games,” Tigers head coach Chris Ledbetter said after his teams win. “But we were able to get it together tonight.”

Ledbetter continued, “It felt like we played with more effort than what we have been playing with. Tonight they came out and played hard.”

Acorn Basketball will make the trip to Dierks on Friday. On the line for the Tigers is a chance to regain first place in the conference standings.

“We have to go in with the same mentality we did when they played here,” Ledbetter noted. “We have to show up ready to play, because they are good and they’ll be ready to play us after the game here.”

Following Friday’s game at Dierks, Acorn is set to travel to Spring Hill next Thursday.

The Lady Tigers sit currently at 20-3 overall, while going 8-1 in 7-2A conference play. The Acorn senior boys hold a 15-7 overall record, going 6-2 in conference.

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