Pine and Mt. Hermon fall Monday in the 2014 Hannan Hustle Tournament

Published 12:49 pm Friday, January 2, 2015

Pine and Mt. Hermon’s girls both lost in Tuesday’s action at the 2014 Hannan Hustle.

The Lady Raiders lost to Fontainebleau 40-32 at Hannan’s gym.

Breyanna Brown scored 10 points to lead Pine.

Morgan Thomas was second on the club with eight.

The victory for Fontainebleau put the Lady Bulldogs in the finals against French Settlement,

Fontainebleau defeated French Settle, 45-26, to capture the tournament title.

Mt. Hermon’s game was a 59-32 setback to St. Amant at the Coquille Parks and Recreation Gym.

Trailing 4-2, Mt. Hermon took its only lead with 3:51 left in the first quarter when Kailee Hughes knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Lady Jackets in front.

But 15 seconds later, Vanessa Thomas hit two free throws to make it 6-5. That began an 18-0 run, as Mt. Hermon had trouble with St. Amant’s press, which created turnovers.

“They’ve just got a lot more strength and several shooters,” Mt. Hermon coach Danny Seals said.

Seals also said St. Amant is physically stronger.

Vanessa Thomas played a huge role in the run, scoring 10 points. Eight of those came from the line.

Thomas went 10 for 10 from the free-throw line in the first quarter and finished 12 for 12 en route to a 16-point game.

Nicole Riley, who had nine points on a trio of 3-pointers, ended the spurt with a trey, and it was 22-8 with 4:47 left in the first half. That ended a 7:04 scoring drought for the Lady Jackets.

St. Amant extended the lead to 28-8, but Mt. Hermon’s Diamond Pouncey made a field goal, cutting it to 28-10.

St. Amant scored the next five points before Riley was good for three more, and it was 33-13.

Mt. Hermon trailed 35-13 at the break.

The Lady Jackets scored right out of halftime.

St. Amant was called for a technical foul for not having a player in the scorebook. Jada Norman split the free throws to make it 35-14.

Norman, who led Mt. Hermon with 13 points, then grabbed an offensive rebound and hit the putback at the 7:31 mark.

The Lady Jackets had the lead under 20 at 35-16.

But St. Amant chipped away and led 50-22 after three before going on for the 59-32 win.