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HENDERSONVILLE – Beech (14-8, 4-3) disposed of cross-town rival Hendersonville 72-56 Tuesday night to remain in third place in District 9-AAA standings.
Kaleb Powell (13) and Drew Paige (11) paced the Bucs as 10 different players scored for Kippy Brown’s squad in the victory.
“I’m most pleased with just getting a win over Hendersonville,” Brown said of the victory. “They beat us twice last year so it’s nice to get a win over them. This league is so difficult so anytime you can get a win it’s huge.”
The two teams battled for much of the first quarter before Beech ended the first quarter up 14-10; a lead they would not surrender.
Beech ballooned their four point lead to 17 at the end of the first half thanks in large part to multiple run out fast break points, points in the paint, and knocking down 6-of-8 free throw attempts.
The Bucs continued to put on more steam in the third quarter outscoring Hendersonville 19-17 which included 14 points in the paint.
“I liked the way our guys attacked tonight and rebounded the ball,” Brown said. “I thought we did a good job spacing the floor with our shooters which then allowed us to attack. I thought we played well tonight.”
Of the Bucs 16 fourth quarter points, half came at the charity stripe while the other eight points came at the rim.
In total Beech outscored Hendersonville 40-28 in the paint.
“I thought tonight we did a lot of good things but we also made some mistakes,” Hendersonville head coach Clancy Hall said. “I felt like tonight in some areas we took a step forward but in other areas we took two steps backwards and you cannot afford to do that in this league.”
Hendersonville (10-9, 2-5) will be on the road at Wilson Central Friday night while the Bucs travel to Station Camp.
Boys Box Score
Beech (72): Kaleb Powell 13, Drew Paige 11, Jyquale Matthews 9, Braden Brinkley 9, Kristian Shaw 7, Jackson Long 6, Sam McClendon 6, Luke Fleming 6, Kenny Miller 2, Bradley Wheeler 1.
Hendersonville (56): Drew Hohenbrink 12, Owen Lampton 9, Ellis Ellis 8, Jordan Zuger 6, Colin Cook 6, Justin Biggs 5, Andruw Stratton 3, Graham Charlton 2, AJ Owens 2.
Hendersonville – The Lady Bucs kept their 9-AAA unbeaten streak alive, improving to 17-1 and 7-0 with a 68-41 win over the Lady Commandos on Tuesday evening.
Hendersonville kept the game close for a quarter and a half before the Beech defense came alive with several steals which turned into layups or foul shots. Beech made 12-14 from the charity stripe and led 34-20 at the half. Mia Dean and De’Shiya Hoosier led the charge the Lady Bucs in the first half.
Beech coach Kristi Utley said, “We came out and jumped on them and got some easy baskets tonight. I don’t think we did real well versus their zone, but it’s good to play against teams who do that to get experience with it.”
“We knew were playing a very good basketball team tonight. We tried to slow it down in the first half and had some success early. We had just a few mistakes and they are so good at crashing the boards,” said Hendersonville coach John Filson.
In the second half, the Beech defense overwhelmed the Lady Commandos. The Lady Bucs did not allow a point in the third quarter and put the game away, leading 48-20 heading into the fourth quarter.
Filson added, “I was proud of how we bounced back in the fourth quarter having not scored a point in the third. The kids played hard and they didn’t give up, I was proud of their effort tonight. They (Beech) are so poised and experienced and play at a very high level.”
Both coaches emptied their benches in the fourth quarter and the Lady Bucs cruised to the victory. “We played good defense tonight and we are just trying to get better every day,” added Utley.
Girls Box Score
Beech (68)– DeShiya Hoosier 17, Mia Dean 14, Bri Ellis 11, Laci Walmer 6, Ryleigh Piotto 6, JC Swafford 5, Riley Messer 3, Natasia Jones 2, Riley Long 2, Kyndal Chenault 1.
Hendersonville (41) – Janaeya Mayes 14, Alex Marshalek 9, Kayla Minchey 8, Riley Strickland 3, Hailey Sebring 2, Annie Hines 2,
2020 GP West Invitational & Bruin Duals Results for Beech High School
Blake Palmer (19-7) placed 4th and scored 14.0 team points.
Coen Myers (16-10) placed 4th and scored 13.0 team points.
William Griggs (19-9) placed 5th and scored 6.0 team points.
Trey Bates (21-4) placed 1st and scored 24.5 team points.
Paul Waddy (11-10) placed 5th and scored 9.0 team points.
Blake Dolan (4-4) placed 5th and scored 8.0 team points.
Jackson Light (7-11) placed 6th and scored 6.0 team points.
Mason Smith (12-1) placed 1st and scored 23.5 team points.
Donovan Rich (15-8) placed 3rd and scored 18.0 team points.
Kaden White (16-9) placed 4th and scored 10.0 team points.
William Kalamen (7-15) placed 5th and scored 7.0 team points.
Brody Robinson (9-3) placed 1st.
Cameron Cain (4-4) placed 4th.
Rem Corkin (3-2) placed 3rd.
Daniel Hammond (5-4) placed 3rd.
Balie Cauley (6-11) placed 4th.
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Joseph Linn (3-3) placed 2nd.
Clay Jolly (1-9) placed 6th.
Tyler McDaniel (5-14) placed 6th.
Hendersonville @ Beech Senior on 01/09/2020.
Beech Senior (BESE) 54.0 Hendersonville (HEND) 24.0 195: Brandt Martinez (HEND) over (BESE) (For.) 220: Kaden White (BESE) over (HEND) (For.) 285: William Kalamen (BESE) over (HEND) (For.) 106: Blake Palmer (BESE) over Josh Henshaw (HEND) (TF 18-3 0:00) 113: Coen Myers (BESE) over Ashton Dy (HEND) (Dec 8-2) 120: William Griggs (BESE) over Ronin Cleary (HEND) (Fall 0:00) 126: Trey Bates (BESE) over ryan carrigan (HEND) (Fall 0:00) 132: Paul Waddy (BESE) over Hayden Long (HEND) (Fall 0:00) 138: Blake Dolan (BESE) over Phoenix Marten (HEND) (TF 16-0 0:00) 145: Justin Mumaw (HEND) over Jackson Light (BESE) (Fall 0:00) 152: Mason Smith (BESE) over Landon Barton (HEND) (Fall 0:00) 160: Jonathan Espinoza (HEND) over Preston Clark (BESE) (Fall 0:00) 170: Donovan Rich (BESE) over James Bundy (HEND) (TF 17-2 0:00) 182: Stevie Mack (HEND) over (BESE) (For.)
Story by Zach Womble
HENDERSONVILLE – Friday night marked the first game back on the hardwood for both Beech and Oakland following the New Year’s Day holiday.
With both teams anxious to get off to a hot start to the second half of the season, it was the home standing Lady Bucs who came out victorious, 50-41.
Senior guard Deshiya Hoosier paced the Lady Bucs with 21 points, which included 10 points from the free throw line.
Oakland’s Nicole Eqeruoh led her team with 12 points.
Neither team could find much rhythm in the first half as the two Class AAA schools battled back-and-forth for the majority of the first 16 minutes.
Beech clung to a 20-16 lead at the break thanks in large part to four 3-pointers while Oakland dominated the paint with eight first half points at the rim and three offensive rebounds.
“I think anytime you go on a break and come back you can get in the habit of not playing your best basketball,” Beech head coach Kristi Utley said. “I just think we didn’t do the little things tonight and that will be up to us to get back in the gym and work on those things.”
Oakland continued to dominate the glass and painted scoring area in the second half but could never string together enough stops or scoring opportunities to get over the hump.
“I think the biggest thing tonight for us was our first half performance,” Oakland head coach Shelbi Campbell said. “We settled for shots, we didn’t attack the rim, and we turned the ball over. We were very timid and I think it had something to do with how good they (Beech) were. I thought in the second half we did a much better job of attacking the rim. If we make the five free throws we miss it could be a different game.”
Oakland secured three more offensive rebounds in the second half and added 14 more paint points but the Lady Bucs always had an answer to any run the Lady Patriots went on.
“That is the first time all season we have really had the problem where the other team had that kind of success in the paint,” Utley said. “Again, that is something we will get better at in practice. I thought our guards did a good job of containing but once they got in the post they were going to score so we have to do a better job at stopping them.”
The loss drops Oakland to 8-6 according to CoachT. The Lady Patriots will open district play on Tuesday on the road at Stewarts Creek.
“They (Stewarts Creek, 9-3) are a great team and so it was good for us to come out here tonight and play good competition before district play begins. I’m excited because I thought we finished the game well and that should give us confidence going into district play.”
Friday night’s game also marked the first time senior JC Swafford saw meaningful minutes following knee surgery this past summer.
“It was good to see here get out there,” Utley added. “She is an extremely hard worker and we hope the best for her. I know her teammates were happy for her.”
Beech (12-1) is back in action Tuesday, Jan. 7 against Gallatin High School (13-2) at home.
Beech (50): Deshiya Hoosier 21, Mia Dean 9, Bri Ellis 9, Laci Walmer 5, Riley Long 3, Natasia Jones 2, JC Swafford 1.
Oakland (41): Nicole Eqeruoh 12, Nikiah Chesterfield 8, Beth Nelson 7, Claira McGowan 4, Destiny Newman 4, Miyah Sutton 4, Terianna Covington 2.