Cleveland, Locust Fork, and Hayden take home county titles



Locust Fork’s Jaime Gail Hudson draws a foul on a drive to the basket.

Locust Fork’s Jaime Gail Hudson draws a foul on a drive to the basket.

The 2015 Blount County Basketball Tournament wrapped up Saturday night with Cleveland taking home a pair of titles (junior varsity girls and boys) and Locust Fork (varsity girls) and Hayden (varsity boys) winning the other two.

Junior Varsity Girls
Cleveland 22, Locust Fork 18

Top-seeded Locust Fork took care of No. J.B. Pennington 30-21 in one semifinal while No. 3 Cleveland surprised No. 2 Hayden 22-18 in the other semifinal.

In the championship game, the top-seeded Hornets dominated the first half and led 11-4. Locust Fork got the opening basket of the second half to go up 13-4 but from that point on Cleveland outscored the Hornets 18-4 to come from behind and win the title. All-Tournament Team Katelyn Harney – Southeastern; Paige Jacobs, Samantha Ortiz – J.B. Pennington; Micayla Rickles, Trinite Duke – Hayden; Shelby Green, Jayleigh Tawbush, and Kelsi Goodwin – Locust Fork; Kaitlin Lake, Lauren Lake, Mallory Thomas, and Savannah Carty (MVP) – Cleveland

Hayden’s Dylan Bradford eyes the basket as Cleveland’s Caleb Corder tries to draw a charge.

Hayden’s Dylan Bradford eyes the basket as Cleveland’s Caleb Corder tries to draw a charge.

Junior Varsity Boys
Cleveland 56, J.B. Pennington 50 (OT)

The surprising Tigers led 16-13 after one quarter and 27-22 at the half.

The Panthers owned the third quarter, outscoring the Tigers 17-6 in the period to take a 39-33 lead after three quarters.

The Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Panthers 13-7 to force overtime.

In the extra period, Cleveland turned up the defense and pulled away for a 56-50 victory. All-Tournament Team Jasper Hutchens – Appalachian; Cameron Robertson – Southeastern; Micah Ogles – Susan Moore; Ryan Sanderson, Brady Swann – Hayden; Camron Hays, Michael Reid – Locust Fork; Chase Ganus, Dylan McCay, and Evan Underwood – J.B. Pennington; Hunter Green, Dawson Smith, Clay Daughtry, and Peyton Hazelrig (MVP) – Cleveland

Varsity Girls
Locust Fork 65, Hayden 40

The second period proved to be the difference as the No. 3 Lady Hornets took down the fourth-seeded Lady Wildcats.

Locust Fork led 17-10 after one quarter but outscored Hayden 14-4 in the second quarter to build a commanding 31-14 halftime lead.

Hayden got 20 points from Sharley Miller.

Locust Fork put four players in double figures, led by Kimberly Horton’s game-high 23 points. Jaime Gail Hudson had a monster game in the paint, finishing with 15 points and 24 rebounds. Madison Cater had 14 points and seven rebounds and Ashlyn Adkins chipped in 10 points. All-Tournament Team Alex Pannell – Susan Moore; Wendy Soto – Southeastern; Heaven Randolph – Cleveland; Darby Hamm, Ollie Carson – J.B. Pennington; Stephanie Metzler, Hayley Buzbee – Appalachian; Sharley Miller, Brooke Meadows, and Savannah Woodard – Hayden; Madison Cater, Kimberly Horton, Ashlyn Adkins, and Jaime Gail Hudson (MVP) – Locust Fork

Varsity Boys
Hayden 67, Cleveland 43

Cleveland controlled the pace early, leading 20-17 after one quarter. However, Hayden started knocking down shots from the outside and the Panthers went cold on their own offensive end.

Hayden led 39-28 at the half and put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring the top-seeded Panthers 11- 6 to build a 50-34 advantage.

Hayden won the game on the strength of their shooting (the Wildcats hit 10 threes and knocked down 50 percent – 14 of 28 – from two-point range) and defense (Cleveland hit just a pair of threes and shot just 29 percent overall.

Cleveland (16-7) got 12 points and six rebounds from Khalil Johnson. Austin Smith had eight points. Bryan Cornelius had six points and 12 rebounds.

Hayden (13-7) was led by Jordon White, who hit 5 of 6 from behind the arc and finished with a game-high 18 points. Colton Shirley followed with 16 points and seven rebounds while Christian Chappell had 10 points. Dylan Bradford had seven points and dished out eight assists without a turnover and Corbie Craig scored six points and pulled down 10 rebounds. All-Tournament Team Jose Rivera – Appalachian; Daniel Cornelius – Susan Moore; Austin Cates – Southeastern; Blake Harris, Mauricio Hernandez – J.B. Pennington; Nick Long, Jake Hancock – Locust Fork; Khalil Johnson, Caleb Corder, and John Michael Lauderdale – Cleveland; Colton Shirley, Corbie Craig, Leonard Johnson, and Dylan Bradford (MVP) – Hayden.

Junior High Girls All-Tournament

Nicky Tumbush – Locust Fork; Phoebe Wallace – Appalachian; Savannah Tucker – Southeastern; Shea Putman, Makayla Head – J.B. Pennington; Harlee Kate Reid, Gracie Benton – Hayden; Mekenzie Standridge, Kyra Price, and Sydney Reeves – Susan Moore; Kiley Adams, Lexi Green, Emilee Rogers, and Kaitlyn McAnally (MVP) – Cleveland. Junior High Boys All-Tournament Kade Marlin – Hayden; Keeton Floyd – Susan Moore; Jordan Graham – Southeastern; Jaxon Bullard, Cole Littleton – J.B. Pennington; Micah Fallin, Andrew Green, and Stephen Dean – Cleveland; J.C. Riddle, Brody McCay, Tyler Clevenger, and Ethan Moser (MVP) – Locust Fork.

Tuesday, Jan. 20
at Gadsden
Boys

Westbrook Christian 71, Oneonta 55

The visiting Redskins hung close for a half, trailing just 38-27 after two quarters, but the 3A Warriors were too balanced on the offensive end.

Westbrook dressed 12 players and all played with 11 scoring at least three points.

Oneonta (5-17) got 13 points from Chris Roberts while Will Standridge had 10 points. Jacob Adams had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Thursday, Jan. 22
at Oneonta
Boys
Tarrant 75, Oneonta 65

Tarrant jumped out to a big early lead before the Redskins heated up in the second half.

Trailing 43-27 after two quarters, the Redskins were able to cut the Wildcat lead to single digits on a couple of occasions in the second half. However, turnovers were a huge problem throughout – the Redskins committed 32 turnovers in the game.

The aggressive Wildcats went to the line 31 times (hitting 20) while Oneonta was just two of five from the stripe.

Oneonta (5-18) was led by Chris Roberts’s 17 points. Jacob Adams had 15 points and nine rebounds while Will Standridge had 12 points, six rebounds, four steals, and three blocked shots and Joseph Cleveland added eight points and nine rebounds.

Tarrant (9-13) was led by Michael Sadler with 23 points and Cameron McFarland with 21.