Bucs sweep Green Hill to end regular season
- The Boys team finishes first as Lebanon defeated Station Camp last night 56-53.
Pic: Kaleb Powell reached the 1000 point Club recently.
SHACKLE ISLAND – The Beech boys needed a win in the worst way.
A victory over the visiting Green Hill Hawks would give Kip Brown’s crew a shot at the number one seed in the upcoming district tournament.
A defensive adjustment in the second quarter allowed Beech to climb back from a nine point deficit to take the lead with two minutes left in the half following three consecutive 3-pointers from Bradley Wheeler and Kaleb Powell.
The 23 point outburst, mostly from a smothering press, saw five different Bucs score in the frame as Powell led all scorers with 14 points en route to a 34-28 halftime lead.
“Changing defenses worked well,” Brown said. “We haven’t played it much this year, but the situation called for it and the kids responded.”
The third quarter was a physical contest as both teams played extremely hard and gave up zero easy baskets.
Beech finished the fourth quarter 6-for-8 from the field, winning the eight minute stretch 16-11. The Bucs capitalized on free throw opportunities as Luke Fleming finished the stretch 5-for-6 from the line.
“We moved the ball so well, got everyone involved and played smart,” Brown said. “Kaleb played well tonight, and Bradley may have had the game of his life – he was a maniac tonight. Jackson Long took charges, just as a whole, everyone played so well.
Beech (62) – Bradley Wheeler 11, Sam McClendon 2, Luke Fleming 16, Kaleb Powell 16, Drew Paige 7, Kristian Shaw 8, Jackson Long 2
Green Hill (49) – Riggs Abner 15, Kaleb Carver 3, Paxton Davidson 8, Blake Stacey 2, Mo Ruttlen 8, Garrett Brown 3, Jason Burch 10
SHACKLE ISLAND – The Lady Bucs got off to a great start Thursday night, leading Green Hill 13-7 at the end of the first quarter of play. Green Hill, as they did all night, clawed their way back and trailed by just three points at the half, 24-21, but it was the Lady Bucs who held on for the 41-37 victory.
Both teams elected to run a full-court press at times, leaving play chaotic.
“We challenged our girls to take their fate into their own hands and not leave it up to tie-breakers,” Beech head coach Lauran Elkins said. “They stepped up and got two big wins this week.”
The win over Green Hill solidifies Beech as the number three seed in the upcoming District 9-AAA Tournament.
Beech outscored Green Hill 10-7 in the third frame, and the scoring slowed down in the fourth as the Lady Bucs elected to run a methodical offense.
Green Hill scratched and clawed to the very end, but could not get enough stops late to win the game.
“A very good team win tonight,” Elkins said. “We didn’t play great, but give Green Hill credit; we still have plenty to work as we prepare for the tournament.”
Jada Jones paced Beech with 10 points and Audrey Blankenship scored a game-high 16 points for Green Hill.
The Lady Hawks will take the fourth seed. Green Hill’s first round opponent is still to be determined as Station Camp and Hendersonville battle it out for the fifth seed, but the Bucs will take on Portland in their first round matchup.
Beech is 2-0 against Portland this season.
Beech (41) – Jada Jones 10, Natasia Jones 5, Bri Ellis 6, Carson Sisk 3, Christa Dean 5, Laci
Walmer 6, Riley Long 6
Green Hill (37) – Aubrey Blankenship 16, Kensley Carter 11, Sydnee Richetto 5, Savannah Kirby 3, Ashlynn Riggs 2