Balance key to Piedmont's fast start

Panthers carry 4-0 record into Thursday's home game
Dec. 05, 2012 @ 05:20 PM

Keying in on one player for Piedmont High’s boys basketball team may be difficult for opponents this season.

The Panthers, who are 4-0 heading into tonight’s home game against Parkwood, have four players averaging at least 12 points per game.

Senior forward Brady Meggs, the Panthers’ top scorer, had a game-high 30 points in Tuesday’s win. He was one of four Panthers in double figures: senior guard Jeremy Anthony had 16 points, senior guard Qualen Blakeney added 14 and sophomore forward Cameron Tripp contributed 12.

“The guys are doing a good job of playing together and they’re buying in to what we’re doing,” said Piedmont first-year coach Rudy Heath. “I don’t know that we’re doing anything fantastic. We just believe it’s the right way to play. There’s some kids that can play around here.”

Meggs is averasging 19.0 points per game. followed by Anthony (13.8), Tripp (12.8) and Blakeney (12.3).

Meggs likes the direction of the team under Heath.

“The atmosphere this year is a lot different,” said Meggs. “We’ve got me, Jeremy and Qualen being the three seniors to kind of anchor it down. Everybody just really has a positive attitude about everything. It’s a lot different this year.”

Meggs, a 6-foot-5, 200-pounder, established himself early in Tuesday’s win. He scored 14 in the opening quarter and had 21 points by halftime.

“He’s a horse down there and he does a good job of posting up,” said Heath of Meggs. “The guys are doing a good job getting the ball to him when he’s got good position.”

Meggs is one of three Piedmont starters listed at 6-foot-3 or taller.

Junior forward Eli Hyatt, who pulled down nine rebounds and blocked three shots on Tuesday, is 6-3 and Tripp is 6-6.

“(Marvin Ridge) played behind us the whole game and if teams do that we always feed the post first,” said Meggs. “We always want to work through the bigs, inside and out.”

Marvin Ridge was led by seniors Taylor Neal and Logan Jackson and John Emezie. Neal had 21 points and 14 rebounds, Jackson scored 20 and passed out five assists while Emezie finished with 19 points and eight boards.

Piedmont, a 2A school, has defeated three 3A teams and a 4A school (Sun Valley) thus far.

The Panthers are facing Parkwood for the second time this season. They defeated the Rebels, 72-54, on Nov. 27.

 

Ellis lifts MR girls

Junior guard Jamie Ellis hit the front end of two free throws with 1.4 seconds left to lift Marvin Ridge High's girls basketball team to a 40-39 road win over Piedmont.

The Panthers called timeout with 0.7 seconds left after rebounding the second free throw attempt by Ellis, but a full court heave was intercepted by Marvin Ridge senior Griffin Ariel as time expired.

The Mavericks improved to 2-3 on the season, while Piedmont fell to 1-3.

Marvin Ridge led by as many 11 in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers rallied with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 37-all.

Panthers sophomore guard Jessica Prince hit back-to-back 3-pointers, including the second with 3:57 left to trim the Mavs' advantage to two.

Piedmont's Sarah Wylie then tied the game at 37 with a pair of free throws with 2:26 left.

Both teams then traded baskets over the final two minutes, setting up Ellis' game-winning free throw.

Ariel led the Mavs with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Ellis and sophomore guard Lyndsey McLain each finished with eight.

Prince scored 13 to lead Piedmont, which also got 10 points and six rebounds from Wylie.

Sophomore guard Abby Mills added six rebounds and five assists for the Panthers.

Marvin Ridge hosts Nation's Ford on Friday.

 

Tuesday's results

Piedmont boys 77, Marvin Ridge 69

Marvin Ridge (3-2)

Logan Jackson 9 2-4 20, Ross Corday 0 0-0 0, Taylor Neal 6 6-7 21, David Cardwell 0 1-2 1, John Emezie 8 2-3 19, David Kelcy 2 0-0 4, Roen Ourant 1 0-2 2, Ben Williams 1 0-0 2, Sam Vogt 0 0-0 0, Dylan White 0 0-0 0, Kris Watkins 0 0-0 0, Zach Frye 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 11-18 69.

 

Piedmont (4-0)

Qualen Blakeney 6 0-0 14, Jeremy Anthony 8 0-2 16, Cameron Tripp 5 2-4 12, Eli Hyatt 0 1-8 1, Brady Meggs 10 10-16 30, Andrew Wood 2 0-2 4, Austin Harding 0 0-0 0, Tanner Stringer 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 13-32 77.

M. Ridge^14^15^21^19 - 69

Piedmont^31^16^19^11 - 77

 

3-pointers: MR 4 (Neal 3, Emezie 1); Piedmont 2 (Blakeney 2). Rebounds: MR 35 (Neal 14, Emezie 8, Kelcy 6); Piedmont 42 (Tripp 9, Hyatt 9, Meggs 6, Blakeney 5, Wood 5, Stringer 5). Assists: MR 9 (Jackson 5); Piedmont 17 (Blakeney 5, Harding 4). Steals: MR 6 (Jackson 2); Piedmont 7 (Anthony 3). Blocks: MR 3 (Neal 2); Piedmont 3 (Hyatt 3).

 

Marvin Ridge girls 40, Piedmont 39

Marvin Ridge (2-3)

Caylie Sullivan 1 0-0 2, Melissa Blatnik 2 0-0 4, Ariel Griffin 5 0-2 10, Jamie Ellis 2 3-5 8, Lyndsey McLain 3 2-4 8, Melissa Sepulveda 1 2-2 4, Casey Bigham 1 2-2 4, Julianna Bass 0 0-0 0, Madison Day 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 9-15 40.

 

Piedmont (1-3)

Caitlin Herlihy 0 1-2 1, Jessica Prince 4 2-2 13, Abbey Mills 2 0-0 4, Jackie Price 2 1-3 5, Sarah Wylie 4 2-2 10, Natilie Harris 0 1-2 1, Megan Widener 1 0-0 3, Ashley Wilson 0 2-2 2, Maddie Morton 0 0-0 0, Jessica Purser 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 9-13 39.

M. Ridge^10^15^6^9 - 40

Piedmont^7^9^9^14 - 39

 

3-pointers: MR 1 (Ellis); Piedmont 4 (Prince 3, Widener 1). Rebounds: MR 22 (Bigham 9, Sullivan 6); Piedmont 28 (Mills 6, Price 6, Wylie 6). Assists: MR 8 (Ellis 2, Blatnik 2); Piedmont 12 (Mills 5). Steals: MR 10 (McLain 3, Blatnik 3); Piedmont 7 (Prince 2). Blocks: MR 1 (Sullivan); Piedmont 2 (Prince 2).