Dragons Fall to Smith Co. In District Opener

The York Dragons saw their season come to a close on Friday, February 16 as they fell to a solid Smith County team by the score of 57-46 in the quarterfinals of the District 8-AA Basketball Tournament at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.

The Dragons playing without the services of junior Landrick Leffew and sophomore Noah Smith, whose season was cut short by injuries, played the Owls close, but a poor-shooting second period proved to be the difference.

The teams were deadlocked at 8 points each in the first period, but saw the Owls, behind a 10-point effort by Matthew Enoch, pull out to a 22-13 halftime advantage, and never look back.

Although theDragons couldn’t buy a field goal in the third perod, they kept close as they hit nine of ten free throws to cut the lead to 8 points going into the final period.

Despite six 3-pointers by York, including three by Isaac Peavyhouse and two by Case Moody, the Owls outgunned the Dragons 25-22 in the final quarter to post the 11-point win.

For the game, York  hit 14 of 19 from the free throw line, while Smith County hit 7 of 10.

Case Moody paced the Dragons with 15 points, with Isaac Peabyhouse adding 11, Luke Patton 10, and Roger Meadows and Caleb Christianson with 5 points each.

Jaylon Shepperson led the owls and took game-high honors with 16 points, with Shermar King and Matthew Enoch adding 14 each, Isaac Dick with 6, Tanner Marshall with 4, Bryant Goolsby 2, and Noah Murray contributing one point.

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