In a matchup of two of the better girls teams in the county, the Locust Fork Lady Hornets used a dominant second quarter to pull away from J.B. Pennington for a 62-31 victory over the Lady Tigers last Thursday in Blountsville.
In a game moved up one night in anticipation of icy weather, the Lady Tigers went toe-to-toe with the visitors in the first quarter and trailed just 12-9.
However, the Lady Hornets dialed up the pressure in the second quarter and the home team had no answer as Locust Fork used a 21-4 advantage to take a 33- 13 lead to the half.
The second half was more of the same as Locust Fork outscored Pennington 13- 9 and 16-9 over the final two quarters to win going away.
J.B. Pennington (12-6 overall, 3-2 in 3A Area 11) was led by Darby Hamm, who finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Madison Lipscomb added six points and Paige Posey chipped in five.
Locust Fork (18-1, 4-0) got a game-high 21 points from Ashlyn Adkins and 19 from Kimberly Horton. Rachael Baker finished with nine points. The Hornets did an excellent job taking care of the basketball, finishing with just four turnovers while dishing out 14 assists.
Thursday, Jan. 5
Oneonta 70, Ashville 53
For two quarters, it was a struggle.
Oneonta held off home-standing Ashville for a 21-20 halftime lead but then put the game away with a dominant second half.
On a night that was feast-or-famine for the visitors – the Redskins had 19 turnovers but collected 18 steals – it was the Redskin offense that came to life with a 49-point second half.
Ashville (8-10 overall, 1-4 in 4A Area 9) was led by Jaden Jones with 14 points and D’Angelo Williams with 12.
Oneonta (10-8, 3-1) got a great game once again from junior guard Brody Moore, who hit 14 of 18 shots from the field and 1 of 2 from the free throw line to finish with a game-high 29 points. Jaden Kent added 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks while Duncan Merriweather had 14 points and five assists. Landon Bothwell added seven points with six steals and five rebounds.
Blount County Tournaments start next week
Southeastern High School will get its first shot at hosting the Blount County Basketball Tournament this year.
The junior high tournament actually begins this week with first round games set for Saturday, Jan. 14, and runs through Saturday, Jan. 21.
The varsity tournaments will run Monday, Jan. 23, through Saturday, Jan. 28.
Last year’s tournament featured dominant performances by the top seeds – no final was closer than 12 points.
Hayden is the defending champion in four divisions – junior girls, junior boys, junior varsity boys and varsity boys – while Locust Fork took home the championship in 2016 in junior varsity girls and varsity girls.