York Falls To State-Ranked Upperman, Split With Macon Co.

yai_TNP5042The York Dragonettes and Dragons traveled to Baxter on Tuesday, January 17 to take on two very strong Upperman teams, and came away on the short end of both games, as the Lady Bees crushed the Lady Dragons 90-51, behind a school record 42-point performance by Gracie Maynord, including an incredible 13 three-pointers.

In the boys’ contest, the Bees were also impressive against the Dragons, pulling out to a 41-20 halftime advantage, and winning going away by the score of 83-47.

In the girls’ contest, Maynord hit five 3-pointers and scored 18 points in the first period, as the Lady Bees jumped out to a 29-12 advantage, and continued to widen the gap in the second period to hold a 50-21 halftime lead.

Maynord continued to blister the nets with three more 3-pointers in each of the third and fourth period, as Upperman continued to pull away, holding a 78-37 advantage at the end of three periods, and cruising through the final frame to post the 39-point win.

In addition to Maynord’s game-high 42 points, Upperman got 18 from Akira Levy and 16 from Abby Greenwood, with Riley Hurst adding 6, and Lexie Strickland, Brooke Shrum, Kori Moss, and Ashland McClellan with 2 points each.

York was led by Lexi Smith with 16 points, which included four 3-pointers, with Harli YAI_TNP5284Smith adding 13, Hannah Conatser 10, Brooke Copeland 6, Carly Tipton 3, Olivia Reagan 2, and Lily Conatser 1 point.

With the win, the Lady Bees, the No. 1-ranked team in class 2A, improved to 19-2 on the year and to 7-0 in District 8-AA, while the Dragonettes dropped to 7-11 overall and 1-5 in district play.

The boys’ game was much like the girls, as Upperman, led by multi-sport standout and Cincinnati baseball signee Josh Endicott, who pumped in 8 points in the opening period, opened up a 10-point advantage early, and continued to pull away, holding 41-20 halftime lead.

The Bees continued their run in the third period, outscoring the Dragons 23-13 to hold a 31-point advantage going into the final period, where they again outscored York by a 19-14 margin to post the 36-point win.

York did not have a player in double figures, with Damon Johnson and Landrick Leffew sharing scoring honors with 9 points each; Gareth Moody, Isaac Peavyhouse and Case Moody with 6 points each, Luke Patton with 5, and Jerry Murdock and Roger Meadows with 3 points each.

Josh Endicott led the Bees and was the game’s leading scorer with 17 points, followed by Austyn McWilliams with 16, Tanner Dillon with 14, Jake Dronebarger with 12, Cade Stover and Jayden Kanipte with 9 each, Dylon Cushing with 4, and Blake Metzgar 2 points.

With the win, Upperman inproved to 16-4 overall and 6-1 in District 8-AA, while the YAI_TNP6211Dragons dropped to 11-10 overall and 3-4 in the District.

On Friday night, January 20, the York teams hosted Macon County in District 8-AA action, and took a split, with the Dragonettes posting a 72-64 win while the Dragons fell to a strong Tiger team by the score of 65-37.

In the girls’ game, Macon County took an early lead and held a 16-14 advantage at the end of the opening period behind a 7-point effort by Jenna Russell and 6 points by Keeley Carter, but York came back with a strong second period, led by Lexi Smith’s 15 points on five 3-pointers, to pull out to a 36-26 halftime lead.  Harli Smith picked up the pace in the third period, scoring 15 of her 24 points on four field goals and 7 of 10 free throws, to help York extend the lead to 13 points, 56-43, going into the final period.

In the fourth period, with Macon County forced to foul, the Dragonettes were able to maintain their lead and hold on for the win as they hit 14 of 18 free throws.

For the game, each team hit 21 of 30 free throw attempts.

Lexi Smith led the Dragonettes and was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points, with Harli Smith adding 24, Brooke Copeland 13, Olivia Reagan 5, Lily Conatser 3, and Hannah Conatser 1 point.

Keeley Carter led Macon County with 24 points, with Jenna Russell adding 15, Kendal YAI_TNP6772Bullington 9, Laci Allen 6, Jamie Ashburn 5, Mattie Goolsby 4, and McKaylee Mix 1 point.

In the boys’ game, Macon County jumped out to a 17-10 first period lead and never looked back, as they continued to pull away to double the score at the half, 34-17, outscored the Dragons 14-11 in the third period, and 17-9 in the final period to post the 28-point win, 65-37.

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