Kings Mountain sweeps Chase
One might assume coach would be discouraged after a 92-63 loss, but not Chase head coach Joe Jessen after his Trojans lost by that final to Kings Mountain at home on Friday.
“If two starters don’t pick up three fouls in the first quarter and another leave due to injury, we are right there with them,” Jessen said. “They made their big run when our starters went out. When they came back in we caught back up. That shows me that this team has not quit. They are going to continue to play hard.”
Chase took an early 5-3 lead in a very deliberate contest on a Bruce Squires layup at the four-minute mark of the first quarter. Moments later, Daniel Freeman hit a 3 and Caleb Lancaster went backdoor as the Trojans led 12-7.
After Josh Sherer gave Kings Mountain a 17-15 lead, Squires tied the game with a layup. The visitors then fished the frame on a 10-0 run to lead 27-17.
Chase was whistled for 10 fouls in that first quarter (three each on Lancaster and Tyrell Boykins) so the Trojans had to play several reserves. Kings Mountain took full advantage using the full-court press and hot shooting to build as much as a 30-point lead. The main culprit was James Tillman who put in 10 points in the stretch. In fact, the Mountaineers only missed three shots from the field in the quarter.
Tyrell Boykins tried to keep his team in the game with a quick 5-0 personal run to end the quarter, but Chase still trailed 51-26 at the break.
Lancaster dominated the paint in the third. Time and again the senior center got the ball on the inside and scored a layup. By the time he dished off to Bruce Squires for a three-point play, Chase cut the deficit to 68-48. Tillman scored the final four points for Kings Mountain to end the quarter 72-48.
Lancaster helped the Trojans pull to within 16 points twice in the fourth quarter before Jessen emptied his bench and Kings Mountain padded their margin.
Lancaster led Chase with 22 points while Tillman scored 23 for the Mountaineers.
Kings Mtn.^27^29^16^20 — 92
Chase^17^15^17^15 — 63
KM: J. Tillman 23
CHS: C. Lancaster 22
Girls’ game: Kings Mountain 55, Chase 25
For the Chase Lady Trojans, the 2013-14 basketball season has been stuck on repeat. Young players play well for stretches and then they won’t. The latest example came in 55-25 loss to Kings Mountain Friday where Chase played step for step with the Mountaineers in the second quarter.
“It’s this way every game,” said Chase head coach Todd Davis. “You can see flashes of how good we are going to be, but then we take a step back that comes from being young. We are going to get better.”
Chase (1-20, 0-14 SMAC) got off to a good start as Jamie Phillips and Alisha Bennett scored early. The home team could not score for the rest of the quarter while Kings Mountain’s Tiffani Thompson scored 12 points in the quarter. As a result, Chase trailed 16-4 after the first quarter.
Chase played much better in the second quarter as Kyra Davis hit a pair of foul-line jumpers. By the time Phillips canned a jumper of her of own, the Lady Trojans cut the deficit to 20-11. But there was no stopping Thompson in the middle as she scored 20 of her team’s 27 first-half points as Chase trailed 27-15.
Takirah McKinney opened the second half with a bucket, but the Lady Mountaineers responded with a 14-1 run to take 42-18 lead. Kealynn Watkins did hit a free throw but it did little to break momentum as the visitors led 46-19 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter was a sloppy one for both teams. Each side only made one field goal by the midway point of the frame. McKinney did hit a layup late in the quarter to account for the 55-25 final.
Davis and McKinney led Chase with seven points apiece while Thompson had 20 points, all in the first half, for Kings Mountain.
Kings Mtn.^16^11^19^9 — 55
Chase^4^11^4^6 — 25
KM: T. Thompson 20
CHS: K. Davis 7, T. McKinney 7