SC, Seymour teams sweep; Lady Highlanders top S-D
The Gatlinburg-Pittman Highlanders, Sevier County Bears and Seymour Eagles were all in action Friday night as their teams tipped off against non-conference foes on the first night of full-slate basketball for local prep teams.
The Purple and White of SCHS played unkind guest to District 4-AAA Campbell County in Jacksboro, Tenn., handing the Cougars losses in both boys and girls play.
Coach Stacey Marine’s Bearettes (1-0) got an impressive 52-36 win over the Lady Cougars (0-1) behind a huge night from sophomore Brittany Tarr.
“(It’s a) good start,” Marine said following the game. “(We) played hard, and had a good team effort for a win on the road.”
Tarr dominated the paint in the contest, out-rebounding the taller Lady Cougars and scoring a team-high 17 points.
Taylor Chapman also reached double-figures with 12 for Sevier County. Kelsey Wypych was next with eight, Emily Campbell and Katlyn Davis had five each, Rachel Cole had four and Brooklyn Fox netted one for the Bearettes.
Coach Ken Wright’s boys (1-0) needed a huge rally late to claim a 54-53 last-minute victory over Campbell County (0-1).
Trailing 48-41 with 1:40 to go, the Bears turned up their already high defensive intensity and forced three turnovers -- one of a steal by Jacob Whaley and two more on steals from Devin Schmidt.
The last Schmidt steal resulted in the go-ahead layup for the senior scoring machine, who led the Bears with 28 points.
“The guys gave great effort,” Wright said. “We’re really raw right now. The effort was there, but we’ve got to get these football guys into the swing of things.”
Whaley was next in the Bears’ ledger with 18 points, followed by Logan McCarter with four and Weston and Cody Underwood with two points each.
“It wasn’t really balanced scoring, and that’s because of the lack of execution,” Wright said.
In South Knoxville the Gatlinburg-Pittman squads split a pair with South-Doyle.
The Lady Highlanders won in convincing fashion, 80-40, while the boys lost in a come-from-behind effort to the Cherokees 77-67.
Karsen Sims (16), Haris Price (14) and Danni Luczak (14) led the way for the G-P girls in the blowout, while Macee Tinker hit two 3-pointers on her way to nine points.
The boys team didn’t fare as well despite having a 10-point lead, 44-33, at halftime.
“We got in really bad foul trouble in the third quarter,” G-P coach A.J. Bennett said. “And they all had to go out, and after that we didn’t really have anybody to sub in.”
In the fourth quarter Blade Durbin, Thomas Mackey and Christian Maloney all fouled out for the Highlanders, opening the door to the South-Doyle comeback.
Despite the loss, Bennett was pleased his team stepped up to AAA to face the physical Cherokees.
“That’s really good for us, and that’s why we scheduled that game,” Bennett said. “Our league is really athletic and our guards need to see that kind of pressure, hopefully down the road we’ll benefit from it.”
“It’s obviously difficult to have a 10 point lead at the half and squander it away, but our kids kept fighting.”
Clay Leatherwood led the Highlanders’ offensive attack with 24 points.
Back in Seymour, the homesteading Eagles swept visiting Chuckey-Doak as the girls thumped the Lady Knights 55-29 and the boys came from behind to win 59-54.
Sophomore guard Cheyenne King led a balanced attack for the Lady Eagles (2-0) with a career-high 13 points.
“They were making some better decisions and sharing the ball well, we were pretty even across the board scoring-wise,” Seymour coach Brandi Stalling said.
“Offensively, I thought the team executed well, reading the defense and making plays. Defensively and rebounding we’ve got some work to do.”
Seymour jumped out to a 25-11 lead in the second quarter and kept rolling to blowout their opponents.
Kasey Norman had 12 points, Lexi Justus had nine, Mariah Flynn had eight, Hannah Schrimpsher tallied seven and Caroline Ford had six for the Lady Eagles.
In the boys game the Eagles (1-1) rallied back from nine points down in the fourth quarter to win going away 59-54.
A tip-dunk from D.J. Griffin fired up his teammates, and 3-pointers from Jake McBrayer and Braxton Dockery helped the Eagles snare the lead.
Late in the game it was three sophomores and two juniors on the floor for Seymour leading the way to victory.
“(Chuckey-Doak was) really physical, and it was a really physical game,” coach Brian Jessie said. “For those young guys to step up and handle that it was very impressive.”
Junior Gunner Gibson led the Eagles with 21 points, while Griffin added 12 and McBrayer had eight in the win.