Yearling defeats Osceola in girls and boys basketball

OKEECHOBEE — Yearling continued their solid defensive play and had their highest scoring quarter of the year as they jumped on cross-town rival Osceola 12-4 after one quarter and went on to beat the Warriors 26-11 on Thursday.

Janel Aponte had six points and seven steals, and Amber Mitchell added six points and six rebounds for OHS.

Brook Julian had three points, eight steals and two assists for Osceola.

YMS Coach Erin Morrow said the team had good ball handling, were aggressive on defense, rebounded well, made free throws and put the ball in the basket.

“It’s a big relief to get a pretty nice sized victory. We have played a lot of one point games this year. It was nice to get everyone in the game,” she noted
Morrow said the Lady Bulls had fun playing together and the bench was alive and supportive for the entire game and excited to get a victory over their friendly rivals.

“We had some close games with Osceola last year. It’s a relief to get the cross town rival back in our favor. The girls have worked hard and deserve it,” she noted.

After a winless season last year Yearling has won two games this year and could have won a couple of more games.

Aponte had three steals and two baskets in the first quarter to get the Lady Bulls off to a good start. Mitchell added six points and four rebounds in the first quarter.

Neither team did much scoring in the second quarter. Yearling went to the locker room with a 16-6 lead.

Osceola managed only a layup by LaFasia Smith in the third quarter as Yearling held a 21-8 lead at the end of three.

Karina Maldonado hit a basket in the fourth quarter but it was too little and too late for Osceola.

Simone Washington had three points, five rebounds and six steals for YMS. The point guard was praised by her coach for being the teams floor general who takes control of the ball and does a nice job finding her teammates.

“I feel good and I feel we improved from last year,” Washington noted. “It was teamwork that got us here.”

Washington said her team was desperate to get a win because Osceola had swept the series last year.

“They said they would beat us again this year. We had to prove a point to them that we are the best.”

Smith had 12 rebounds for Osceola and Piper Hans added five steals for the Warriors. Mallorie Thomas had four rebounds, two points and five steals for OMS.

Adryauna Baker had three rebounds, and two steals for YMS.

YMS defeats Osceola in boys basketball

Steven Thornton had eight points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks and Ozzie Osceola added eight points and five steals to lead Yearling to their first win of the season Thursday, 30-19 at Osceola Middle School.

Thornton’s height either blocked or altered shots throughout the first half as the Bulls held a 16-5 advantage at halftime.

“It feels great, it feels absolutely great,” Thornton said afterward, “We put our hearts out onto this court tonight. I feel like I could have hustled more but we all did great.”

Osceola had several shots blocked and altered in the first half due to Thornton’s height inside. They didn’t score a field goal until two minutes into the second quarter.

Cameron Campbell had four points and six rebounds for Osceola. Jerome Roundtree had six points, six rebounds and five steals. Chad Williams added six points and five steals for YMS.

Coach Mike Wharin said he thought it was an outstanding performance from start to finish for his team.

“We hadn’t put a whole game together and tonight we played well the entire game. The kids stayed together and I’m really proud of them. They have worked hard for this.”

Yearling led 27-11 at the end of three and Osceola got no closer than 11 points for the rest of the way.

Williams went to the bench with an upper leg injury after a collision in the first quarter but came back into the game in the second quarter.

“I’m proud of my school. We hadn’t won a game and we came out and won.

We have faith in this team and all the guys did well,” he noted.

Williams said he thought it would be a closer game but his team was ready for anything, “We were all waiting for them, it was a special moment for us and we won.”

Blane Coffield had four points, and two rebounds for Yearling as nine players got in the scoring column.

Coach Wharin said the balanced scoring really helped his team.

“You can’t ask for a more balanced attack than that. That is what we want to achieve with a wide variety of people scoring, that is where we want to be,” he noted.

Xavier Peterson had eight rebounds and two points for OMS that remains winless this year.

Wharin said he liked the way that Thornton reacted when he was placed into the starting lineup for the first time this season.

“We have been working and working hard with him. He’ll be able to play for longer periods of time. He does some things very well like getting rebounds and putting missed shots into the basket. That is what we want to see from him and I’m really proud of him.”

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