Sevier County gets boost from football players in win
Sevier County's football players made a splash on the basketball court Monday.
Jacob Whaley scored 11 points — including nine in the first two minutes — and Devante Matthews added nine to power the Smoky Bears in a 57-24 rout of Sequoyah on Monday night. Basketball specialist Trent Pope added 11 points.
“Coach (Ken) Wright said our shot's not going to be there but just keep shooting it,” Matthews said. “Then just start attacking the hole and finding open guys. We'll see what happens from there.”
Good things, as it turns out. Whaley got most of early nine points off fast breaks, staking the Bears to an 11-0 lead. Sevier County led 24-10 after a quarter. The Bears struggled in the second but held Sequoyah to two second-half foul shots until the final 24 seconds.
It was a nice win less than 72 hours after football season ended in Maryville.
“During football I always came here and shot anyway,” Whaley said. “Stayed in shape. I mean, it's a transition shape-wise but we're getting ahold of it.”
Sevier County 72, Sequoyah 48
SEVIERVILLE — The Chiefs let the Bearettes walk the ball up the floor and Brittany Tarr made them pay.
With no pressure on Sevier County's guards, they were able to move the ball into Tarr who did the rest, even against frequent double teams. The junior had 12 points in the first quarter and the lead was 18 by halftime after the Bearettes knocked down a pair of 3s to help Tarr out in the second quarter.
“We definitely ran through our plays more,” said Tarr, who finished with 25 points. “We executed. We did everything right. Everyone was hitting shots. Awesome, we did awesome. I'm so proud of everyone tonight.”
Sevier County started the game on a 9-2 run and put it out of reach with a 16-6 second quarter. The Bearettes knocked down five 3s in the third quarter, including one that banked in for Olivia Maples at the buzzer. Rachel Cole had 18 points while Maples added 10.
“It was one of those games, they sat back and played zone," said Sevier County coach Stacy Marine. "We shot it well. By shooting it well it opened up things for Brittany. We kind of worked outside-inside.”