The Hawks’ Nest was full and lively for the Tennessee Christian Preparatory School season opener against the crosstown rival Cleveland Christian Crusaders. The Lady Hawks started the night on the right foot with a 14 point, 47-33 win over the Lady Crusaders.
The Lady Hawks’ offense was led by Neeley Benton with 21 points.
Lady Hawks coach, Tawnie Locklear, coaching her fifth season with the Lady Hawks said, “I expect them to play with intensity and determination. Tonight I saw both. We are looking forward to a great season.”
Acacia Thompson led CCS with 11 points, five steals and a blocked shot. Carrie Claypoole followed suit with nine points, Emily Sexton six points, Jennifer Corbitt four points and Kelsey Farris with four points.
“A loss is always hard to swallow. Too many missed opportunities from the foul line and too many turnovers was the contributing factor,” said Lady Crusaders coach John Thompson after the game. “The bright side? It gives us something to work on.”
Hawks fans were on their feet and filling the stands for the arrival of the new and improved Hawks basketball team. The Hawks did not disappoint with a 51-37 win.
“New Hawks head coach Charlie Cogdill brought to the court a greater attendance, excitement and points on the board,” said TCPS athletic director Leslie Bennett. The Hawks took an early lead and kept the lead throughout the game.
“We are going to keep the pressure on,” said Cogdill, whose team headed into halftime with a nine point lead.
The Crusaders matched the Hawks’ intensity on the court and the game was fast paced and exciting to watch. The Crusaders lead scorer was Xavier Jordan with 14 points. The Hawks offense was led by Jacob Coleman with 20 points. The final score was 56-42, Hawks over the Crusaders.
“The boys played hard. I’m proud of their hustle, but the balls just wouldn’t fall tonight,” said Cleveland Christian Coach Larry Davis.
Xavier Jordan led the Crusaders with 16 points and four blocked shots. Briar Lowe had 12 points, two assists, and two blocked shots. Freshman Matthew Mathis had seven points and a blocked shot. Naaman Mowery had five points and Jonathon Minor three points.
The Crusaders play host to Chilhowee in middle school boys and girls action beginning Thursday at 4:30. The varsity teams will take the court against Georgia Cumberland at 7 and 8:15 p.m.
The Hawks play Maryville Christian at home in the Hawks Nest on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. for their second conference game. The Lady Hawks travel to Chickamauga Thursday to play their second conference game of the season against Oakwood Christian Academy.
Bruins sweep Athens Middle
The Lake Forest Bruins hit the road Tuesday traveling to Athens City Middle School and returned with a pair of comeback wins. The seventh-grade Bruins staged a furious fourth quarter rally to defeat the Cougars in double overtime 33-31, while the eighth-graders rallied from an early deficit to claim a 32-23 victory.
Led by a record setting performance by Devin Moore, the seventh-grade Bruins rallied from 10 points down in the final five minutes to force overtime. The Bruins never had the lead until Nicholas Bentley put back a missed shot with two seconds left in the second overtime for the win. Moore paced the Bruins’ comeback with 18 points and shattered Matthew Maynard’s school record of 15 rebounds by pulling down 19. Bailey Timmons added six points in the frantic fourth period to finish with eight, while also grabbing five rebounds.”We showed a lot of character tonight. We could have folded in the fourth quarter, but we kept hustling and it paid off,” said coach Cyle Herron. The seventh-graders upped their season record to 5-2.
The eight-grade Bruins staged their own late rally pull away for the win. Holding a slim one point lead after three periods, the Bruins outscored the Cougars 13-5 in the final stanza to put the game away. Ty Beavers led the Bruin attack with eight points, while Silas Pippender tossed in seven, including a big 3 pointer in the fourth quarter to help kill a Cougar rally. John Brown converted three free throws in the final minutes to finish with six points. Trevor Cartwright added five points, with Jake Tolleson pulling down seven rebounds.”We did a good job on the boards and our defensive effort was a lot better. We also showed a lot of patience on the offensive end,” said coach Andrew Nipper. The eighth-graders will take a 5-3 record into Friday’s game with crosstown rival Cleveland.
Lady Colts win three
The Ocoee Middle Lady Colts picked up three victories in the early season over Girls Preparatory School, Meigs County and Lake Forest.
In the 42-8 win over GPS, the Lady Colts led 12-4 after the first quarter and held a 31-4 halftime advantage. The third period saw OMS jump out front 38-6 before finishing off the Lady Bruiser.
The leading scorer for the Lady Colts was Kaley Walker with 13 points. Emma Kate Brown finished 10 points and five rebounds while CyCy White with notched six points and eight boards.
The second win was a 58-41 victory over Meigs. After holding a 13-9 first-quarter lead, OMS went on to lead at halftime 30-19 and enjoyed a 47-29 cushion after the third quarter.
Walker again paced the Lady Colts with 22 points including four 3-pointers. Halle Hughes hit double figures with 16. Brown added eight points and eight rebounds to the effort and White contributed five points and seven rebounds.
“We got off to a good start against a really tough group. We played great on the press and hit very key shots and had great rebounding from all the girls,” said coach Joe Spencer.
OMS completed the trifecta with a 58-32 win over Lake Forest. A 12-6 lead after the first quarter became a 25-17 advantage at halftime. OMS went up 42-26 after three quarters before adding 16 more in the fourth to close out the win.
Brown led the scoring for OMS with 25 points while bringing down nine rebounds. Hughes tossed in 19 points to go with three assists and 12 boards. Laney Houston finished the game with five steals and four assists.
“Before a large crowd the girls came out a little flat in the first half, but really picked it up in the second half out scoring the Lady Bruins by 26 points. It was a great win against a good Bruins teams,” said Spencer.