Dragons and Dragonettes Split With Oneida and Macon County

York’s Lilly Conaster goes up for the shot.

The York Dragons picked up two big wins and the Lady Dragons dropped two games in action last week against Oneida and Macon County.

On Tuesday, November 28, the York teams went on the road to Oneida, where the Lady Indians took a hard-fought 70-62 win over the Dragonettes, and the Dragons overcame a 4-point deficit going into the fourth period to post a 54-52 win over the Indians.

In the girls game, York’s Harli Smith had a career night, scoring 35 points, but it was still not enough to overcome the balanced scoring of the Lady Indians, which saw nine players get into the scoring column.

Oneida took a 20-15 first period advantage, as six players got on the scoreboard, led by 7 points by Emily Bertram.

In the first period, Harli Smith scored 8 points and Haylee Johnson 7 to account for all of York’s scoring.

Oneida continued to pull away in the second period to post a 38-27 halftime lead, with seven players getting on the scoreboard, while Harli Smith, Mikaela Reagan, and Hannah Conatser had four points each to account for York’s 12 second period points.

The Dragonettes came back in the third period to outscore the Lady Indians 18-14, behind 13 points by Harli Smith to cut the lead to 7 going into the final period, 52-45, but they would get no closer, as Oneida held on with an 18-17 advantage in the fourth period to post the 70-62 win.

In addition to Harli Smith’s game-high 35 points, York was paced by Haylee Johnson with 13, Mikaela Reagan and Hannah Conatser with 6 points each, and Amelia Hull with 2 points.

Emily Bertram led Oneida with 19 points, with Jayden Thomas and Logan Lamb with 10 each, Chloe Terry and Harley Boyatt with 7 each, Jace Lowe and Katelyn Stiltner adding 6 each, Chelsea Newport with 3 points, and Shay Buttram with 2 points.

In the boys’ game, Oneida took a 15-12 first period advantage as Zachary Kazee pumped in 9 points, and extended that lead to 32-24 at the half behind a 7-point second period effort by Dalton Yancy.

York came back with a strong second half,  with six players getting on the scoreboard in the third period to cut the lead to 43-39, and pulled out the win in the fourth period, as Case Moody led a 15-9 run with 7 points to post the 2-point win, 54-52.

York’s Caleb Christianson gets a shot off from the outside.

Case Moody led the Dragon scoring with 12 points, with Luke Patton and Landrick Leffew adding 10 each, Isaac Peavyhouse with 8, Noah Smith and Roger Meadows with 6 each, and Caleb Christianson adding 2 points.

Zachary Kazee led the Indians and was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points, with Dalton Yancy adding 9, Chancery Botts with 7, Logan Stephens 6, Zac Burchfield 4, Dawson Branstetter with 3 points, and Dante West adding 2.

On Friday, December 1, the York teams hosted two strong District 8-AA teams from Macon County, and again took a split, with the Lady Dragons coming up on the short end of a 64-41 score, and the Dragons having to go three overtimes before prevailing 83-78.

In the girls’ game, Macon County took advantage of hot shooting by Kyndal Ballington and Keeley Carter, who had 10 and 7 points in the first period, to take a 7-point advantage, 19-12, into the second period.

The Dragons went cold in the second frame, scoring only 4 points, which allowed Macon County to take a commanding 33-16 halftime lead and never look back, as they continued to pull away in the third period to hold a 54-30 lead, and cruised to the 23-point win.

Haylee Johnson paced the Dragonettes with 16 points, with Harli Smith adding 11, Shelby Beaty and Hannah Conatser with 5 each, Carly Tipton with 4 points, and Ellie Davis adding 2.

Keeley Carter led the Lady Tigers with 23 points, with McKaylee Mix adding 12, Kyndal Ballington 10, Marah King and Jalynn Gregory with 8 each, Jamie Ashburn 2, and Abby Shoulders 1 point.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.