Sevier, Pigeon Forge split with conference opponents

Bears earn win over Trojans; Lady Tigers ground Eagles
Dec. 12, 2012 @ 10:47 PM


The Sevier County basketball clubs split with IMAC foe Morristown West Tuesday night, while Pigeon Forge divided contests at 3-AA rival Gibbs.
Ken Wright’s Smoky Bears dealt the Trojans a 69-26 KO punch, while the Bearettes fell to West 40-30.
At Corryton, the Tigers fell 79-66 to the Gibbs Eagles, while the Pigeon Forge girls team earned a 61-44 victory.
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In Sevierville, the Bears (7-0, 3-0 in 2-AAA) defense played an incredible second half, allowing only eight points in the final 16 minutes to the Trojans.
That, coupled with an outstanding balanced scoring effort, gave the squad a landslide 69-26 win.
“We don’t have that one guy that you can just shut down this year, which really, really makes it nice offensively,” coach Wright said. “We’ve got so many guys contributing right now.”
Jacob Whaley, Devin Schmidt and Cody Underwood made up a three-headed monster during a 16-2 run early in the second quarter that blew the game wide open.
“Devin’s playing so unselfish, he’s doing a great job just playing within the offense, not forcing anything, and taking what’s there,” Wright said. “It just makes us such a good team when we do that.”
Whaley led the team with 15 points, while Schmidt and Cody Underwood each notched 13 points. Weston Underwood had six points, Logan McCarter tallied five, Ethan Loveday scored four and Trent Pope, Brent Delozier and Micah Baker had three points each. Dillon Cate rounded out the scoring with two.
“Our execution was really good for most of the game. Second half we really came out and executed,” Wright said. “We really played defense a lot better in the second half ... and we were able to put the game away.”
Sevier County’s girls (4-3, 2-1) suffered their first loss in the IMAC this year, as they struggled offensively all night against the Lady Trojans in a 40-30 loss.
The two SCHS teams will be back in action Friday night at Jefferson County High School in Dandridge. 
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The Lady Tigers improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in 3-AA with their decisive win over the Lady Eagles.
“We played well tonight, honestly,” coach Paul Reagan said. “I was impressed with how we started the game off and the way we started the third quarter as well.”
Pigeon Forge started the night on an 11-0 run, and by halftime they led 35-18.
After three the lead had swelled to 28 points, 53-25.
From there, the team cruised.
“The best thing about tonight was getting a lot experience for all the girls,” Reagan said. “That will help us down the road.”
Mikayla Trombley’s 23 points led the way for the Lady Tigers, while teammate Mindy Brackins had 17.
Rebecca Baker, Courtney Leatherwood and freshman Sarah Hill netted five points each. Callie Clabo added four and Alyssa Mitchell two points in the win.
The Tigers boys weren’t as successful against Carter, losing a tough one 79-66.
“They jumped up on us in the first,” PF coach Jonathan Shultz said. ““We outscored them in the second and the fourth, but we’d just gotten into too big of a hole.”
The loss dropped the Tigers to 3-4, 1-3 in the district.
Kaleb Black led the Tigers with a career-high 23 points. “He played really well, and he played hurt,” Shultz said. “He was injured the whole game, and he played through it. I was proud of him.”
Jake Kingery was next, tying his career-high with 15. Nate Marine added nine, Ben Vaughan had eight and Ryan Beal tallied six. Kolby Black and Skyler Gibbons rounded out the team’s scoring with three and two, respectively.