What better way to start the 2018-19 basketball regular season than with an in-county rival? Cottondale is obviously the smaller school size wise between Marianna and Cottondale but never shies away from competition. They opened their season with a road trip to Marianna and gave Marianna all they wanted and then some. The Hornets fell 70-60 despite a 22-point third-quarter surge that pulled the Hornets to within two. It was Marianna who poured on the offense with 25 points in the fourth quarter to guarantee the win.
Marianna took the early 17-10 lead in the first quarter, despite seven points from De’Shaun Hudson for Cottondale. Marianna spread their scoring around with five from Stefon McMillan and four from JJ Jackson and Tavis Grooms. The Bulldogs added to their lead in the second quarter with 14 points going on the board to Cottondale’s 10 points. Tavis Grooms and JJ Jackson both posted four points each. It was Dalvin Barnes for four points and Q. Henderson with three leading the Hornets. At the half, Marianna led 31-21.
Cottondale came out of the locker room fired up in the third quarter and the results were on the board as the Hornets put up 22 points while holding Marianna to 14, narrowing the Bulldog lead to 45-43. JJ Jackson and Ahmad Johnson both put up three points each in the third. For Cottondale, it was a banner quarter for Logan Pumphrey with nine points, with Dalvin Barnes putting up seven in the quarter. The final quarter went to Marianna with 25 points to Cottondale’s 17. Stefon McMillan put up some D1 numbers in the fourth, posting 12 points, while Cottondale’s Logan Pumphrey had another banner quarter with eight points.
Leading the Hornets on the night was Logan Pumphrey with 17 points, followed by Dalvin Barnes with 15 points. On board with 12 points was De’Shaun Hudson, with Ty’kece Bryant putting up nine on the night. Marianna was led by reliable Stefon McMillan with 23 points, followed by Tavis Grooms with 14 points. JJ Jackson was in double digits with 11 points.
Cottondale traveled to Chipley Friday night and picked up a win. That game is covered in another article in this week’s TIMES. The Hornets were scheduled to travel to Malone Monday before hosting yet another in-county team, the Graceville Tigers on Friday. Tipoff for Friday’s games are 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Marianna took a win from Holmes County Friday night and travels to Florida High Thursday (tonight) before traveling to Malone Friday night to take on the Tigers. Tipoffs are at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.