Basketball season underway


Appalachian’s Noah Harris (3) looks to pass as Hayden’s Korbin Register (33) and Collin Chappell (21) get into defensive positions. -Appalachian High School Media

Appalachian’s Noah Harris (3) looks to pass as Hayden’s Korbin Register (33) and Collin Chappell (21) get into defensive positions. -Appalachian High School Media

Now that football season is finished, county basketball teams hit the courts full force. Hayden varsity basketball teams are off to a great start.

Tuesday, Nov. 12
at Hayden
Boys
Locust Fork 48, Hayden 57
Girls
Locust Fork 38, Hayden 66

This victory marked the lady Wildcats first win in six years over the Hornets.

Thursday, Nov. 14
at Hayden
Boys
Cleveland 64, Hayden 84

In an in-school game, the varsity boys put up a convincing 84-64 victory. The Wildcats built a 52-36 halftime lead and cruised to the 20-point victory. Cleveland’s Logan Washburn led all scorers with 25. Hayden had four players in double figures: Carson Rickels with 23, Nathan Morgan with 15, Collin Chappell with 14, and Silas Miller with 12. Panthers Payton Chitwood scored 15 and Stephen Dean 13.

Gracey Gulledge (20) makes a move around a Hayden defender. -Appalachian High School Media

Gracey Gulledge (20) makes a move around a Hayden defender. -Appalachian High School Media

Girls
Cleveland 34, Hayden 52

Cleveland’s Kiley Adams led all scorers with 15. Hayden’s Audrey Veazey had 14 to lead the Wildcats. Brenna Hays and Gracie Benton both scored 8 and Lindsey Smith scored 5. Lani Adams, Nicole Thornston, and Melody Large scored 4 each. Hannah Cox had 3, and Felicity Duke scored 2. Cleveland’s Kylee Gilliland scored 6, Marianna Sosa had 5, Riley Robertson 4, and Josie Roddam 2.

Friday, Nov. 15
at Hayden
Boys
Appalachian 58, Hayden 76

After one quarter the Wildcats led 17-10. The Eagles cut the advantage to 33-29 at the half. The Wildcats doubled up the Eagles in the third quarter 20-10, to take a 53-39 lead. Hayden outscored Appalachian 23-19 in the final period to take the 18-point win. Hayden’s Rickles led all scorers with 24. The Eagles’ Noah Harris had 22. The Wildcats’ Austin Blakely had 15, while Chappell had 13, Dawson Creel scored 4, Jason Witt had 3, and Korbin Register had 2. Appalachian’s Ethan Silva had 15, Max Glaze 9, Devan Beard 4, Gabe Smith 3, Bryson Seawright and Jacob Hammond both had 2, and Paco Jiles had 1.

Girls
Appalachian 15, Hayden 59

Audrey Veazey and Lindsey Smith both had 12 to lead the Wildcats. Nicole Thornston had 7; Lani Adams, Melody Large, and Hays had 6 each; Hannah Cox scored 5; Benton had 3; and Felicity Duke had 2. The Eagles’ Anna Grace Dean and Kayla Hawkins both scored 5. Ella Cleveland hit for 3 points and Candice Blakley had 2.