Sevier County sweeps South-Doyle
Jacob Whaley followed up a career night by pouring in 26 points on Tuesday to lead Sevier County to a 76-54 win over South-Doyle.
The win came just three days after Whaley put up 35 at the Heritage Thanksgiving Classic. He had 10 points in the second quarter, six of those coming from the foul line.
“Whaley’s an excellent open court player,” said Smoky Bears coach Ken Wright. “He does a great job getting the ball to the rim or getting dishes or scoring himself. You’ve got a player like that, you let him play.”
Jesse Adams added 13 while Cody Underwood finished with 16 points. Joc Bruce was the Cherokees’ only double-digit scorer with 14.
Sevier County finished the first quarter on a 12-5 run, building a lead it would never surrender. Wright said his team is stil depending on its athleticism to score on the break and drive to the hoop. The day is coming, though, when the Bears will need to execute in the half-court with regularity.
“We’re still trying to figure things out right now,” Wright said. We’re trying to use the athleticism as much as possible but somewhere along the line teams are going to take that away.”
Sevier County 65, South-Doyle 48
SEVIERVILLE — Brittany Tarr scored 23 points — all in the first three quarters — to power the Bearettes to victory.
Tarr was dominant on the boards and had a pair of blocks to go along with the big scoring night. She fought through double team after double team to reach the basket all night.
“We weren’t where we were supposed to be in help-side and she got a lot of good looks,” said Cherokees coach Abby Williams. “She got a lot of good looks. We gave up offensive boards that she got. She had a great night. We had no one to stop her.”
Tarr had help, with Katlyn Davis adding 15 points — including two fourth-quarter 3s — and Olivia Maples chipping in with 11. Perhaps the only Bearette blemish was a 12 of 27 night at the foul line.
“We talk about how important free throws are all the time,” said Sevier County coach Stacy Marine. “You try not to stomp it into the ground how important they are. But we know they win and lose a lot of ball games. We try to shoot a tremendous amount. We’ve just got to start gaining some confidence when we step up to the free throw line.”