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Story by John Decker
HENDERSONVILLE – Station Camp did what no other team has done this year, beat Beech on their home court. . “Both teams played really good defense and took each other’s offense away. We wanted to put pressure on their guards. They have been shooting lights out and we wanted to take that away,” said Station Camp coach Miranda Cravens. Beech’s Kristy Utley agreed, “both teams played tough defense and neither of us really did much offensively. They just did a little more tonight than we did.”
The game got off to a slow start as both teams struggled to break through the other’s defense for points. At the end of one period the Lady Bucs led 10-7.
Beech jumped up 13-9 and had a chance to score again on a JC Swafford steal but ended up turning it over and Station Camp proceeded to go on a 10-0 run to lead 19-13. Shiya Hoosier missed a three point attempt with 13 seconds left but tipped the ball away to Kennedy Powell who made a layup with a second left on the clock. At the half SC led 19-15.
The second half started with 3 consecutive Lady Bison turnovers but Beech could only manage one bucket to cut the lead to 19-17. The Lady Bucs battled back to take a 23-22 lead on a Powell jumper with 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter as the intensity continued to build. “We talked about getting second chances at the half, we just couldn’t get any offensive rebounds,” added Utley.
The Lady Bucs 10-0 run put them up 27-22 but Station Camp responded with a 7-0 run to end the third quarter up 29-27. Kendra Mueller and Hoosier picked up their third fouls as Mueller sat much of the quarter.
Station Camp picked up a technical foul on the bench at 6:47 and Powell sank two free throws to make it 29 all. Beech surged ahead on a Mueller’s three point play the old fashioned way at 36-32 with four minutes remaining in regulation.
With just under three minutes to play Station Camp regained a 37-36 lead. The game went back and forth the rest of the way until Olivia Delk’s layup put the Lady Bison up 41-40.
A Lady Buc turnover with :48 seconds left turned out to be the play that allowed Station Camp to keep the upper hand as the game wound down to zero. Marissa Wirtz’s six point fourth quarter led the way.
The Lady Bucs (17-5/7-1) were 11-14 from the line in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough as Station Camp (14-6/5-3) won 45-42 “We’ve struggled with our free throw shooting, but I’m very proud they stepped up and made them when we needed them at the end tonight. It’s really tough to win at Beech, I’m just very proud of the girls,” added Cravens. Utley added “We will try to make something good out of this loss, you hate to lose, but we’ll try to turn it into a positive,”
BEECH (42) – Jones 3, Ellis 2, Hoosier 7, Swafford 8, M Dean 6, Powell 10, Mueller 4, Walmer 2
STATION CAMP (45) – Wirtz 6, S Holt 7, T Holt 2, Burns 5, Delk 10, Eubank 15
Half: SC 19-15
2018 State Champ Brayden Palmer continues to domintate winning the Drennan Invitational 126 wieght class on a pin. The team finished 11th in points.
Blake Palmer’s place is unknown and has scored 6.0 team points.
Holden Mesimer’s place is 7th and has scored 13.0 team points.
William Griggs’s place is unknown and has scored 10.0 team points.
Brayden Palmer’s place is 1st and has scored 31.0 team points.
Paul Waddy’s place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.
Blake Dolan’s place is unknown and has scored 4.0 team points.
Jeremiah Herron’s place is 6th and has scored 13.0 team points.
Donovan Rich’s place is unknown and has scored 7.0 team points.
Ben Scalera’s place is unknown and has scored 3.0 team points.
Kaden White’s place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.
Rashawn Robertson’s place is unknown and has scored 4.0 team points.
From December 21st thru the 23rd 14 teams will come into the Buccanasium to compete for a midseason tournament title. In the boy’s division, two out of state teams will compete, McAdory HS and Jemison HS.
McAdory HS is the tournament favorite coming in with a 10-3 record and ranked #6 in 6A in Alabama. Jemison is 7-5 and is ranked #7 in 6A. Other local teams in the tourney include Station Camp (9-1), White House (9-3), Springfield (7-5), Northwest (4-6) and East Hickman (2-7). The host team Beech comes off a Friday night thriller win over district rival Gallatin on the road.
Springfield takes on Station Camp at 11:30am to kick off the tourney on Thursday 12/20. White House takes on McAdory at 1pm. Girls action begins at 2:30pm with Northwest vs Harpeth Hall. At 4pm more girls action as Springfield takes on South Gibson.
The Beech girls team will take on the winner of the Springfield/South Gibosn game on Friday at 4pm.
Girls teams include Brentwood Academy (5-1), Northwest (6-6), Harpeth Hall (4-4), Springfield (6-6), South Gibson (7-6) and the tourney host and favorite Beech (7-3).
Story by Zach Womble
After placing 10th in the Footlocker Cross Country Championships South Regional, Beech’s David Ahlmeyer earned a trip to San Diego to compete in the Footlocker Nationals against runners from the Northeast, Midwest and West Regionals. Running on Dec. 8 at Balboa Park in San Diego, Ahlmeyer finished 36th overall.
“This wasn’t my best race of the season because I just didn’t have a lot of energy, but I still had a lot of fun,” Ahlmeyer said. “This is the first year I’ve qualified for nationals, so my season has never been this long. I’ve never raced in December, so I’m a little worn out from running since August. I guess it has taken a toll on my body; I just ran out of gas.”
Despite not having his best run of the season, Ahlmeyer said it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that he will cherish.
“Being here, you get to talk to pro runners and hear their stories and where they came from to get to where they are today,” he said. “They told us basically they were in the same spot as us and this was only the beginning. It’s up to us to train hard and focus one day at a time and eventually if we worked hard enough we could be at the World Championships or the Olympics one day.”
Ahlmeyer will take a couple weeks away from running to get mentally prepared for his senior season in the spring for track and field.
“I’m really looking forward to track and field season,” he said. “I’m just training hard so that I can beat my personal records and hopefully that will be good enough for me to win state in the two-mile.”
Ahlmeyer will not be done with running after his time at Beech comes to an end. The senior standout will continue running at Furman University on a cross country scholarship.
“I really like the coaches and team that is already there,” he said of his decision. “They have a really good program and will compete for a top five or 10-spot at the national championships. I wanted to be a part of the team environment and grow as a runner.”
Ahlmeyer will try and best his 4:19 mile and reach under the nine-minute mark on his two-mile run for the upcoming track and field championships in May.
Story by Zach Womble
GALLATIN – The Beech Lady Bucs had little trouble on Friday night in Gallatin as they handed the Lady Wave a crushing 74-46 dominating defeat.
The win improves the Lady Bucs to 7-3 overall and 3-0 in league play and feeling confident as they head into their annual Beech Christmas Tournament.
“I think now we are a little bit older and we are starting to understand the game a little bit better and really starting to understand some of our sets,” Beech coach Kristi Utley said.
Leading 43-20 at the break, Beech started out the third quarter with three straight layups on fast-break opportunities, prompting a Gallatin timeout just 65 seconds into the quarter.
“Our emphasis is to win every quarter,” Utley said. “We’ve had some games this year that we’ve won games, but we didn’t win every quarter, so we’ve been emphasizing that coming out after halftime and to start the fourth quarter.”
Leading the team offensively was guard Shiya Hoosier. The junior finished with a game-high 25 points, scoring in the paint and out on the perimeter.
“I thought we played well tonight offensively, especially on our fast breaks,” Hoosier said. “I think we need to improve defensively. Even though we play good defensively it could always be better because our offense generates from our defense.”
Gallatin struggled to score in the first half, as only eight of its 20 points came in the half-court offense.
“I really thought we did a good job tonight of playing up the line defense,” Utley said. “We’ve put a lot of emphasis on playing up the line and only giving team’s one shot per possession.”
Jo’Neca Talley poured in 19 points for the Lady Wave, while teammate Makayla Wright added 13, but it was the lack of offense in spurts that really hurt Gallatin.
“They are a good team,” Gallatin coach Jerry Landers stated. “They have good length, they get up and down the floor well and are very aggressive. We broke the pressure a couple times and then got satisfied with throwing it over the top and we can’t do that.
“It’s part of a growth process and that is what we talked about in the locker room. We have to get back to doing what got us to where we are. I am proud of our fight in the second half.”
The loss drops Gallatin to 7-3 overall with both team’s playing in their respective Christmas Tournaments on Thursday, Dec. 20.
GIRLS BOX SCORE
Beech (74): Shiya Hoosier 25, Mia Dean 15, JC Swafford 9, Kennedy Powell 7, Bri Ellis 5, Christa Dean 5, Natasia Jones 3, Kendra Mueller 2, Emily McDowell 2, Ryleigh Piotto 1
Gallatin (46): Jo’Neca Talley 19, Makayla Wright 13, Jeremia Montgomery 5, Kayla Carman 4, Autumn Pincock 1