East takes 3rd over Bearettes
Offensive struggles doomed Sevier County High’s Bearettes Saturday afternoon, as they dropped the consolation game of the District 2-AAA Tournament to the Morristown East Lady Hurricanes 48-38.
“We talked about not being flat, but you can only say it so many times and hope they’re not,” SCHS coach Stacy Marine said. “Evidently they were, but you can’t throw that out there as — (Morristown East) played four games this week too.
“They just wanted it more than we did, or had one more player that wanted it more than we did. (Jordan Hayes) took over, and she took over every game they won down here.”
Neither the Bearettes (15-17 overall) or the Lady ’Canes (11-19) were particularly sharp through the game’s first three quarters, and it showed on the scoreboard, as East led just 30-26 heading into the fourth.
But East, led by guards Jordan Hayes and Katelyn Davidson, took control in the final eight minutes, scoring on fast-break layups and on a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.
In the meantime, Sevier County’s offensive woes continued.
Aside from senior Taylor Chapman — who led the Bearettes with 23 points in the game — the team managed just four points in the second half. While Chapman had 18 of her points in the second half, the team’s lack of another viable option late killed their chances on earning a third-place finish in the tournament.
“We had no points inside,” Marine said.
Other than Chapman and fellow senior Kelsey Wypych, who netted 10, Sevier County got only five points in the game. All-District post Brittany Tarr, a sophomore, was limited to just two points.
“Brittany had two points, I think, and ... to stop us inside like that was huge,” Marine said. “That was the difference in the game, not being able to get it inside to Brittany and not being able to get a post game.”
Like the Bearettes, the Lady Hurricanes were somewhat one-dimensional in the scoring column. Just three players scored for East.
Hayes continued her stellar play in the tournament with 23 points. Davidson (12) and Lauren Blalock (13)
“The energy level, the effort level, wasn’t there tonight,” Marine said. “Tonight the mindset had to be there, the tough mindset, and we tried, at times, it just wasn’t there for the whole game.”
With the loss, the Bearettes will face the District 1-AAA champion in round one of the Region tournament, which will likely be the Science Hill Lady Hilltoppers (28-3, ranked No. 2 by Tennessee’s Associated Press sportswriters).
“We knew what in store for us if we lost tonight,” Marine said. “Evidently we wanted to challenge ourselves. We’ll be playing one of the best teams in the state. What can you do? Go up there, give it all you’ve got and see what happens.”