The Cottondale Hornets used home court advantage and bragging rights to sail past the Marianna Bulldogs 65-48. The victory was even sweeter on the home court in front of their faithful Hornet fans.
Cottondale took charge early with a 9-0 shutout in the first quarter. The Hornets were led by Amari Banks with six points, including 4-for-4 from the line.
The Bulldogs offense jumped out in the second quarter with 18 points behind the shooting of Nick Pollock who posted eight points and J’Vion Thorton with five points. Cottondale countered with 13 points with Qui’darius Henderson with four points. Marianna was led by Nick Pollock with eight points, followed by J’Vion Thorton with five points. At the half, Cottondale had a 22-18 lead.
The third quarter was all Cottondale with 20 points to Marianna’s 13 points. Marianna was led by Deontre Rhynes with five points, followed by Stefon McMullian with three points. For the Hornets, it was a Amari Banks staying hot with seven points, followed by Dayron Garrett and Qui’darius Henderson with four points each. With one quarter to go, Cottondale was in control 42-21 over the Bulldogs.
The fourth quarter went to Cottondale, 23-17 to solidify the win. Cottondale was led by Amari Banks with seven points, followed by Cameron Brooks with six points in the fourth quarter. Marianna was led by Deontre Rhynes with eight points.
On the night, the Bulldogs scoring leader was Deontre Rhynes with 13 points, followed by Nick Pollock with 10 points. Stefon McMullian was on board with eight points.
The Hornets were led by Amari Banks with an NBA kind of night posting 23 points, followed by Cameron Brooks and Qui’darious Henderson with 10 points each.