Stewart has ‘Hoosiers' moment for Union County

Published: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 12:36 a.m.

What could be the most famous example of a high school basketball team not finishing a game with five players on the court occurred in the 1986 movie “Hoosiers.” Coach Norman Dale, played by Gene Hackman, had just four of his Hickory players on the floor during one of the games shown in the film.

Last Monday, Anbreyal Stewart was just one of three Union County girls basketball players still on the floor in its game at Santa Fe with most of the fourth quarter still to be played. The Tigers trailed by six points, with three of the six players on their roster having fouled out.

But it ended up being a Hollywood ending for Stewart and teammates Shakeylia Griffin and Lashae Mitchell, who had to play a triangle defense. Stewart poured in a game-high 44 points as the Tigers rallied to knock off the Raiders 60-58.

“It was fun, but it was strange and strenuous at the same time,” Stewart said. “How can three people beat five people in a game? It was just weird.”

Stewart said that she knew her team could win the game, although she said Santa Fe players told her otherwise.

“I didn't say anything,” Stewart said. “I just went down and made shots.”

Five nights later, Stewart scored 30 points as the Tigers (12-7) topped Bradford 47-42 in a District 4-3A contest.


CARL BROWN, P.K. YONGE: The junior guard compiled 65 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Blue Wave went 2-1 last week. He scored 24 points and had four rebounds and two steals in a win over Naples Golden Gate.


JESSICA BRADLEY, ST. FRANCIS: The freshman forward netted three goals and had an assist in the Wolves's 9-0 District 4-2A semifinal-win over Bronson. She also scored the lone goal as St. Francis blanked P.K. Yonge, 1-0 to claim its second straight district title.

Honorable mention


DALTON CAMPBELL, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS: The junior forward posted a triple-double of 24 points, 17 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in the Indians' 45-41 win over Interlachen.

NATHAN BUCHANAN, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS: In the Indians' only game last week, the senior guard scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as KHHS rallied to edge Interlachen 45-41

KAYLA GENT, TRENTON: The senior guard compiled 65 points, 16 rebounds, 14 steals and eight assists as the Tigers went 2-1 last week. She had 26 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and five assists in a win over Bell to highlight the week.

KANECE RICHARDSON, TRENTON: The Tigers went 2-1 last week as the senior guard/forward totalled 41 points, 19 rebounds, five steals and four assists. Her 20-point and 12-rebounds performance in a win over Bell highlighted the week.

ED RAY, HAWTHORNE: The senior guard scored 21 points, with five rebounds and three assists in a three-point win over Ocala Trinity Catholic and followed with 27 points, four rebounds and three assists in the Hornets' 81-74 double-overtime win over Santa Fe.

MARQUIS HAYES, HAWTHORNE: The senior guard compiled 49 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists as the Hornets went 2-0 last week.

IAN BENJAMIN, COLUMBIA: The senior guard compiled 54 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists, six steals and was 11-for-11 from the foul line as the Tigers went 2-1 last week. The highlight was his 21 points, six rebounds and six assists in a loss to Jacksonville Wolfson.

KELLAN GRAHAM, COLUMBIA: The junior guard scored 39 points in the Tigers' 2-1 week, which included scoring 17 points in his first start of the season in a loss to Wolfson.

DEVIN WILSON, P.K. YONGE: The Blue Wave went 2-1 last week as the junior guard totalled 40 points, 24 assists and 14 rebounds. He posted his third triple-double of the season with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Golden Gate.

SCOTTIE WILBEKIN, THE ROCK: The junior guard compiled 38 points, six rebounds and five steals as the Lions defeated Oldsmar Christian, but fell to Jacksonville Providence.

DENNIS MAVIN, THE ROCK: The senior guard totalled 32 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds as the Lions knocked off Oldsmar Christian but lost to Providence.

BRECKLEY NEALE, OAK HALL: The senior guard compiled 49 points, 19 rebounds, seven steals and seven assists in two wins for the Eagles. The Southeastern University signee highlighted the week with 32 points, which included seven 3-pointers, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a victory over Lecanto Seven Rivers Christian.

ASHLEY COHRS, OAK HALL: In two victories for the Eagles last week, the eighth-grade guard scored 20 points, which included shooting 7-for-8 from the foul line.


GEOFF BEARDSLEY, COLUMBIA: In the Tigers' only match last week, the senior scored all four of his team's goal in a 4-3 win over Eastside. The forward scored three times in the final eight minutes as Columbia rallied

from a 3-1 deficit.

KEENE BRAZDA, ST. FRANCIS: The freshman goalkeeper earned her 12th shutout of the season as she made seven saves and also had an assist in the Wolves' district championship win over P.K. Yonge.

SARAH LANDAUER, EASTSIDE: The sophomore forward netted all four of the Rams' goals in their 4-0 District 4-5A semifinal-win over Leesburg. She also drew two defenders all night which created opportunities for her teammates as Eastside topped Belleview 3-1 to win its second straight district title.

SADIE CURRY, EASTSIDE: The senior midfielder returned from a two-week absence because of a bruised foot in Eastside's district semifinal-win over Leesburg and scored twice in the Rams' district championship win over Belleview.

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top