Leader Blues

Monday, March 23, 2009

SPORTS >> Owls steal show at All-Metro Classic

By KELLY FENTON
Leader sports editor

Abundant Life — little 2A Abundant Life — made a big splash at the All-Metro Classic on Tuesday night at Little Rock Hall.

The games, which feature top seniors from around the Little Rock and Pulaski County areas, annually bring the high school basketball season to a close.

Amongst all the giants from around the area, it was a couple Owls from Abundant Life — the tiny school you can drive by with hardly a notice on your way to Sylvan Hills farther up Hwy. 107 — who stole the show.

Lady Owl Hannah Pastor and Owl Dane Lottner earned MVP awards in their games. Pastor shared co-MVP honors with Little Rock Parkview’s Micah Rice after scoring a game-high 22 points and leading the white team to an 86-78 win.

Later in the evening, Lottner, Abundant Life’s all-everything senior forward, dropped in the game-winning three-point basket as time expired in the dark team’s 111-110 victory.

His dramatic basket was the culmination of a special evening for Lottner, who opened the game with a three, won the slam-dunk contest and led his team with 21 points.

Jacksonville’s LaQuinton Miles had 23 points for the white team just three days after his Red Devils won the 6A state championship over Little Rock Hall. Fellow Red Devil Cortrell Eskridge added 14 points, while Sylvan Hills’ Harold Ward scored nine.

North Pulaski’s Jerald Blair added two points for the dark team.

In the girls’ game, Sylvan Hills’ Latrina Brandon scored 14 for white, while Tyra Terry scored six points for dark.

Jacksonville head coach Victor Joyner and assistant Jerry Wilson coached the boys’ white team. Sylvan Hills head coach Bee Rodden and assistant Donna Turner were the coaches for the girls’ white team.