Pigeon Forge swats Lady Hornets
The Pigeon Forge girls were on cruise control Tuesday night, with a dominating 70-29 win over Carter, but you wouldn't know it by the Lady Tigers' effort.
Despite holding a sizable lead throughout, the ladies in Orange and White girls (10-3, 4-1 in 3-AA) played their patented pressure defense with gusto all night, with everyone on the team contributing — and scoring — in the one-sided win.
"It was a beneficial game for us in the aspect that we got a lot of playing time for our younger girls," PF coach Paul Reagan said. "I was extremely proud of our bench."
In fact, the Lady Tigers' bench only scored one less point, 28, than did the entire Carter squad (3-10, 0-4).
"It was a sloppy game," Reagan said. "but I was really pleased with my younger girls coming in and performing the way that they did."
Behind starters Mikayla Trombley, Mindy Brackins, Rebecca Baker, Courtney Leatherwood and Callie Clabo, the Lady Tigers vaulted out to a 30-11 halftime lead — thanks, in part, to a 12-0 run to start the second period.
By the midway point of the third, the game was in the bag as the score differential bloomed to 49-21.
In the fourth the PF subs outscored Carter regulars 19-6 to earn the ugly 70-29 final.
Despite the blowout, Reagan did see room for improvement for his team.
"There were two things from the game, I thought, that we could have been better at," he said. "Boxing out and free throw shooting. We knew boxing out was a problem, if we'd have boxed out we could have beaten Grainger (last week). Free-throw shooting's been a little bit lackluster the last few games, and that's just not focus.
"(But) I like our younger girls' athleticism and their attitude. They play hard, they're athletic, and they like to run. They just want to be good."
Trombley led the Lady Tigers with 15, while Brackins netted 14. Clabo and Natalie Holbert each scored eight points, while Baker had five. Sarah Hill and Hannah Hill contributed four each, as did Shelby Dockery. Leatherwood scored two, and Katie Shields and Clarissa Crowley rounded out the ledger with one each.
Haley Andrews was the only Lady Hornet to notch double-digits. She scored 10.
The Pigeon Forge boys (5-11, 1-4 in district) again gave a valiant effort, but fell short, 77-75, to the Hornets.
A 3-pointer for Carter with just four seconds on the game clock gave the visitors the win.
"We played really hard and had a chance to win it, we just came up a little bit short," PF coach Jonathan Shultz said.
Just 16 seconds before Carter's late heroics, the Tigers' Skylar Gibbons had used a little magic of his own.
Gibbons drained a 3-pointer with 20 seconds on the clock to push the Tigers ahead 75-74.
After trailing 54-51 heading into the fourth, the Hornets caught fire over the final eight minutes for 26 points, including a quartet of 3-pointers.
But, in the end, Shultz chalked up the loss to sloppy play and too much carelessness with the basketball.
"It was too many turnovers — we turned it over 24 times," the coach said. "It was just sloppy play on our part. Dribbling too much, not valuing the basketball."
Some of that was the result of missing starting guard Nate Marine, who left in the second quarter with an ankle injury.
Jake Kingery and Kaleb Black led the Tigers' scoring attack with 16 points apiece, while Trevor Jain poured in 15. Ben Vaughan also found double-figures with 10.
Ryan Beal added six, and Gibbons had five in the loss, which drops Pigeon Forge to 5-11 overall, and 1-4 in 3-AA. Carter improved to 5-11 and 3-3 in the district.
Around the county
Gatlinburg-Pittman vs. Union
The Gatlinburg-Pittman Lady Highlanders maintained their firm grip on the top spot in District 3-AA with a 64-37 trouncing of Union.
The Lady Highlanders (14-4, 6-0 in 3-AA) jumped out to an early 22-10 lead and never looked back.
Union (6-9, 1-3) trailed by 20 at halftime.
Danni Luczak led all scorers with 19 points for G-P. Karsen Sims and Haris Price each added nine points in the balanced scoring effort for the Blue and Gold, while Bethany Sutton (7), Macee Tinker (5), Hunter Price (4), Alicia Sumeriski (4), Julia Maloney (4) and Micki Werner (3) also found the net.
Madison Brantley led Union with 16 points.
The Highlanders boys team fell in their tilt at Union, 63-50.
G-P (11-8, 1-5 in 3-AA) was led by Clay Leatherwood with 15 points, while Tate Kitts paced the Patriots (11-7, 2-4) with 17.
"We just don't have any size, and they took advantage," G-P coach A.J. Bennett said.
Sevier County vs. South-Doyle
The Sevier County Bearettes snapped a five-game slide with a 49-32 win over IMAC rival South-Doyle.
The girls in Purple and White (8-11, 3-4 in District 2-AAA), who led throughout the game, were sparked by sophomore Brittany Tarr with 17 points.
Senior Taylor Chapman was next with 12 points, followed by Rachel Cole with six, Kelsey Wypych with five, Emily Campbell with four, Katlyn Davis with four and Brooklyn Fox with two.
South-Doyle dropped to 2-9 overall and 0-6 in the conference with the loss.
The Sevier County boys (17-2, 6-1 in 2-AAA) completed the sweep with a 54-38 victory over the Cherokees.
"You knew the kids were going to be flat (after Monday night's game with Maryville)," SCHS coach Ken Wright said. "When you use that much energy and play that hard, but I thought the kids fought hard and played hard.
"To get a 16-point district win, it was still a pretty good night's work for a team that's coming off a victory like last night. I'm pleased with it."
The Bears limited South-Doyle's 6-7 star post player Jacob Elliott to a mere eight points on the night, while spreading their own scoring around.
Devin Schmidt again led the way, this time with 13 points, followed by Cody Underwood with 11, Weston Underwood with 10, Jacob Whaley with eight, Micah Baker with seven and Logan McCarter with five.
South-Doyle fell to 5-12 and 2-5 with the defeat.
Seymour vs. Jefferson County
Seymour's Lady Eagles kept pace with Morristown West and Cocke County atop the IMAC with a 54-20 thrashing of Jefferson County.
"I was proud of the way the kids bounced back after that loss (Friday) to Cocke County," Seymour coach Brandi Stallings, an alumni of Jefferson County, said. "They played with a lot more effort and intensity on the floor."
And the results of their effort resulted in good things for the Lady Eagles (13-7 overall, 6-1 in 2-AAA).
"It was good to see smiles on their faces," Stallings added. "That was pleasant to see."
Lexi Justus led a balanced Seymour attack with 13 points off the bench. Mariah Flynn was next with nine points, followed by Kasey Norman with eight. Hannah Schrimpsher (7), Reid Ballard (6), Victoria Nelson (4), Caroline Ford (4) and Cheyenne King (3) also scored for the Lady Eagles.
The loss dropped the Lady Patriots to 9-10 on the year, 3-4 in the district.
In the nightcap, the Eagles (13-6, 3-4 in 2-AAA) fell to the Jefferson County boys (13-6, 6-1) by a score of 39-38.
The win keeps the Patriots in a three-way tie atop the IMAC with Sevier County and Cherokee.
The Eagles will host the Bears at home on Friday.