Hendersonville downs TJCA boys late
Hendersonville showed they were the superior team from opening tap to final whistle, getting 28 points from Rishad Felton in just three quarters to blow past Thomas Jefferson 87-44.
“We just didn’t have an answer tonight,” said coach Ken Hines. “Sometimes that happens and when it does, you just have to continue to work on your sets and execution and we had a hard time with that tonight also. After a game like this, the team needs to respond well in practice and get ready for the next game.”
Hendersonville (10-2, 6-0 Western Highlands) began the game on an 8-0 run highlighted by a Raymond Reid dunk.
Chris Mintz broke the run on a layup, but they had trouble solving the constant pressure of the Bearcats.
Felton went on a personal 8-0 run that included two 3-pointers. Efrim Borders finally broke the pressure and scored on a layup, but Reid and Felton hit consecutive threes as the visitors led 22-4.
Borders did manage another layup late in the quarter but by that time the tally was 29-6.
The second quarter was more of the same as the Gryphons (4-11,1-5 Western Highlands) had no answer for Felton who hit two more 3s to start the second quarter.
From that point, Hendersonville went to their bench and the Gryphons began to make a slight run from the foul line. Mintz knocked in four straight from the charity stripe at one point.
After one such make, Justus Freeland stole the inbounds pass and converted the layup. That was the only field goal in the quarter as they trailed 44-16 at the break.
Felton continued h his hot shooting coming out of the locker room, knocking down his first three shots from beyond the arc.
TJCA tried to get some offense going on the inside as Mintz and Nathaniel Devon combined to score four straight points, but they couldn’t keep up with Hendersonville, tailing 72-28 at the end of the third quarter.
The Griffs continued to fight to fight in the final frame. Masson Fenner hit a driving layup and a baseline jumper while Ian Minder knocked in a 3-point basket.
Colton Hall and the rest of the Bearcat reserves kept pace as the teams traded baskets. Mathias Talbert scored a late bucket in the final seconds as the Gryphons outscored the Bearcats in the fourth quarter. It was far from enough, however as Hendersonville took the 87-44 win.
Mintz led the TJCA attack with 12 points.