York Girls, Clay County Boys, Take Titles In 2017 Hall’s Sgt. York Southeastern Christmas Tournament

The York Dragons and Dragonettes, host teams for the Hall’s Sgt. York Southeastern Christmas Tournament held last week at York Institute, won their first round games on Thursday, as the Dragonettes. crushed Knox Central 52-15, and the Dragons took a rather easy win over Bledsoe County 76-43.

The Tournament started Thursday morning with the Clarksville Academy girls defeating East Hickman 48-45; the Friendship Christian boys defeating Cherokee Co. (Alabama) 54-53, the Clay County Lady Bulldogs posting a 56-42 win over Bledsoe County, and the Red Boiling Springs boys taking a 61-33 win over Owsley County (KY).

In the afternoon session on Thursday, the Cherokee County (Alabama) girls took a 53-50 win over Unaka; the Clay County boys took an exciting 54-53 win over East Hickman, the York Lady Dragons crushed Knox Central 52-15, and in the nightcap, the York Dragons defeated Bledsoe County 76-43.

In the York-Knox Central girls game, the Dragonettes took an 11-7 first period lead, but pulled out to a 27-11 halftime advantage behind a 14-point first half effort by Harli Smith, and never looked back, as they continued to pull away in the second half to post the 37-point win.

Smith led the Dragonettes with 23 points, with Haylee Johnson adding 10, Hannah Conatser 9, Lilly Conatser 6, and Shelby Beaty and Mikaela Reagan with 2 points each.

Ashton Blair led Knox Central with 8 points, with Heaven Wyrick adding 4, Morgon Webb 2, and Anayancey Lopez adding 1 point.

In the final game of the evening, the York Dragons were slow getting started, but when they settled down put 42 points on the scoreboard in the first half, and added 28 more in the third period.

Luke Patton led the Dragons in the first period with 8 points, and Isaac Peavyhouse and Noah Smith combined for 17 points in the second, with Peavyhouse connecting on three 3-pointers, and Smith bagging a 3-pointer, two field goals, and a free throw.

Luke Patton added 9 points in the third period, as the Dragons continued to put the game out of reach and cruise to the 33-point win.

Noah Smith led the scoring with 18 points, with Luke Patton adding 17, Isaac Peavyhouse 14, Roger Meadows 9, Landrick Leffew 8, Caleb Christianson 6, Case Moody 3, and Jacob Jennings adding 1 point.

Dawson Frechette paced Bledsoe County with 22 points, with Tyrell Richardson adding 8, Treshon Berry 4, Scott Lewis and Camden Smith with 3 points each, and Zach Schmidt adding 2 points.

In action on Friday, in the early games, the Bledsoe County girls took a 55-51 win over East Hickman, the Cherokee County (AL) boys crushed Owsley County (KY) 70-15; the Unaka Lady Rangers defeated the Knox Central Lady Bobcats 41-29; and the East Hickman Eagles defeated the Bledsoe County Warriors 64-44.

In the afternoon/evening games, the Clay County Lady Bulldogs defeated the Clarkrsville Academy Lady Cougars 64-38; the Friendship Christian boys defeated Red Boiling Springs 58-55, the York Lady Dragons defeated Cherokee County (AL) 60-46 to advance to the finals, and the Clay County Bulldogs defeated the York Dragons 72-53.

In the York-Cherokee Co. girls game, Harli Smith scored 9 of her game-high 18 points in the first period to help York pull out to a 13-9 lead.

In the second period, York held a 13-11 advantage to lead 26-20 at the half.

In the third period, the Lady Warriors went cold, scoring only 3 points, as the Dragonettes pulled away to a 40-23 lead, and held off a late charge by Cherokee County by hitting 11 of 16 from the free throw line in the final frame to post the 14-point win and advance to the finals on Saturday.

In addition to Harli Smith’s 18 points, Haylee Johnson added 16 and Hannah Conatser 13, followed by Mikaela Reagan with 5 and Lilly Conatser and Carly Tipton with 4 points each.

Cherokee County was led by Emily Williams with 11 points, with Laney Kate Johnson adding 10, Kendal Perry and Crimson Mahann with 9 each, Kayleigh Hunter with 4, and Jenson Alexander with 3 points.

The nightcap on Friday saw the York Dragons take on a very good Class A team from Clay County, with the Bulldogs taking a big lead early and never looking back, as they handed the Dragons a 72-53 loss.

The Bulldogs pulled out to a 21-11 first period lead as Heath Kimes pumped in 8 points, and continued to pull away in the second period to hold a 44-30 advantage.

York came back in the third period, as Landrick Leffew hit four baskets to close the gap to 10 points, 44-54, going into the final frame, but would get no closer, as the Bulldogs went on an 18-9 run gehind a 10-point effort by Landen Woodcock to put the game away and post the 72-53 win to advance to the finals on Saturday.

Clay County had balanced scoring with four players in double figures, led by Landen Woodcock with 16 points, Heath Kimes and Mason Sharp with 15 points each, and BJ Emberton adding 10, Jake Ashlock 8, Gunnar Silk 4, and Sage Tiernan and Jacob Burnette with 2 points each.

York was led by Landrick Leffew, who also had game-high honors with 19 points, with Isaac Peavyhouse adding 9 points on three 3-pointers; Luke Patton and Noah Smith with 8 points each, Case Moody 6, and Roger Meadows adding 3 points.

On Saturday, the third and final day of the Tournament, in the first game, the Bledsoe County Lady Warriors crushed the Knox Central Lady Bobcats by the score of 49-14.

The second game saw the Bledsoe County boys take a 67-57 win over Cherokee County, AL; the third game saw the Unaka Lady Rangers defeat the East Hickman Lady Eagles by the score of 43-31, and the fourth game saw the East Hickman Eagles take an easy win over Owsley County (KY) 64-34.

In the afternoon/evening session, in game five, the Cherokee County (AL )Lady Warriors took a 67-37 win over Clarksville Academy to take third place in the girls’ competition.

In game six, the York Dragons took third place with a 57-52 win over Red Boiling Springs.

The game was close all the way, with York holding a 9-8 first period lead, and a 27-23 halftime advantage.

Red Boiling came back with a strong effort in the third period to tie the score at 39-all going into the final frame, but the Dragons were able to pull it out in the final period as they hit 8 of 13 free throws down the stretch to pull out the 5-point win.

In the game, York hit 16 of 24 from the free throw line, while Red Boiling hit 14 of 18 from the charity stripe.

The Dragons had balanced scoring, led by Landrick Leffew’s 14 points, with Roger Meadows adding 13, Case Moody 11, Noah Smith 10, and Isaac Peavyhouse adding 9 points..

Dalton Marsh led Red Boiling and was the game’s high scorer with 24 points, with Matthew Murphy adding 9, Jordan Powell 8, Hunter Kirk 5, Maxon Hix 4, and Dylan Gross 2 points.

In the Girls’ finals on Saturday, the York Lady Dragons and the Clay County Lady Bulldogs put on the best game in the tournament and proved that they deserved to be in the championship game.

This game had it all: offense, defense, and some great coaching.  Throughout the entirety of the game, York and Clay County exchanged leads and continued to try to take control of the game.  Late in the fourth quarter, with Clay County trailing by 2, one of their players attempted a 3-point shot and was fouled on the shot and got 3 free throws.  She made the first two, but missed the third, which sent the game into overtime.

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