Trojans escape Burns
HENRIETTA — Senior Night was one to remember for Chase (11-8, 4-5 SMAC) as their boy's team narrowly escaped a pesky Burns team Friday night at home, 54-51.
"This was a big win in the conference," head coach Joe Jessen said after the game."It was a real good night for our seniors."
Shad Blanton led the Trojans with 25 points.
"There were times in the night where I just let [Blanton] take over," Jessen said. "Then Caleb Lancaster stepped up big for us in the fourth quarter to give us a boost."
Chase returns to the floor Tuesday, Feb. 5 when they host Shelby for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
Hilltoppers fall to Freedom
RUTHERFORDTON — It was a tough conference battle but R-S Central (11-10, 5-4 SMAC) came up short against Freedom (16-3, 7-2 SMAC) Friday night at home, 71-65, despite shooting 61 percent from the floor.
"Our effort was tremendous and we really matched their intensity," Central head coach Greg Wright said after the game. "We battled hard and played tough, but we just had a few possessions that we didn't execute the way we needed to and their kids made the plays."
Jay Blanton led the charge for Central with 15 points while Jaylen Hollis added 14 and Rashaun Whitesides scored 12 to go along with 12 rebounds and six assists.
"I think my guys proved again that we're capable of really competing with the upper echelon teams," Wright said. "We're taking the necessary steps towards beating those teams."
Central takes on Patton in Morganton Tuesday, Feb 5. at 7:30 p.m.
Lady Cavs outrun Veritas
FOREST CITY — Rachel Camp led East Rutherford with 30 points as her Lady Cavs downed Veritas Christian at home Friday night, 68-49.
"There wasn't much to say about this one," East head coach Larry Ross said after the win. "This was a team we should have beaten."
Shay Dewberry added 17 points for East while Cassandra Allen scored 13.
East travels to Burns Tuesday, Feb. 5. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
TJCA downs Mtn. Heritage.
BURNSVILLE — After suffering a big loss to Madison earlier in the week , Thomas Jefferson wrestling bounced back with a 42-31 win on the road over Mountain Heritage.
"We took advantage of some missing people in their line up. That is something we have never had the opportunity to do, but great things comes with team numbers," said TJCA head coach Jamie Hicks. "I am very proud of our team tonight."
TJCA got individual wins from Kalea Williams, Keaton Poole, Coty Flynn, Will McCraw, Justin Haney, Ryuki Deyton and Seth McCraw.
The Gryphons return to the mats Friday, Feb. 8 when they travel to Mitchell for the WHC Conference Tournament.
138 Kalea Williams (TJCA) won by forfeit
145 Black Elkins (MH) won by major decision over Vinny Davis (TJCA) 16-7
152 Keaton Poole (TJCA) won by pin over Corey Chandler (MH)
160 Aaron Robinson (MH) won in overtime over Michael Minder (TJCA) 7-5
170 Coty Flynn (TJCA) won by pin over Manuel Leyva (MH)
182 Will McCraw (TJCA) won by pin over Timothy Edwards (MH)
195 Lochlin Austin (MH) won by pin over Vincent Boudreau (TJCA)
285 Tyler McFarland (MH) won by forfeit
106 Ethan Wilson (MH) won by pin over Chance Storey (TJCA)
113 Tony Phillips (MH) won by forfeit
120 Justin Haney (TJCA) won by forfeit
126 Ryuki Deyton (TJCA) won by forfeit
132 Seth McCraw (TJCA) won by forfeit