York Splits With Livingston; Come up Short at Upperman

The York Dragons and Lady Dragons completed their regular season schedule last week with a split with Livingston at the Dragon Pit on Tuesday, and traveled to Upperman on Thursday in the season finale’ against the Bees and Lady Bees.

In action on Tuesday against Livingston, the Dragonettes took their  first season-sweep of Livingston since their State Championship team of 1983-84.

In the girls’ game, the Dragonettes took a 15-12 first period lead and never looked back, as they extended their lead to 6 points at the half, 28-22, and put the game away in the third period behind 6 points each by Harli Smith and Mikaela Reagan to pull away to  a 47-30 advantage going into the final period, and held off a late rally by the Lady Wildcats to post the 13-point win, 57-44.

The Dragonettes had balanced scoring with Harli Smith leading the way with 12 points, Hannah Conatser with 11, Mikaela Reagan 10, Haylee Johnson 9, Amelia Hull and Isabella Blevins with 5 points each, and Shelby Beaty adding 4 points.

Leah Parker led the Lady Wildcats with 18 points, with Amy Rogers adding 10, Carson Hammock, Suzanna Hayes, and Maddie Shaw with 6 each, and Emily Green adding 3 points.

With the win, York improved to 17-9 overall and 9-5 in the district and secured a third place finish in the District 8-AA tournament at Tennessee Tech this week.

In the boys’ game, the Dragons, playing without the services of junior Landrick Leffew, who broke an ankle in the Smith County game last week, and Noah Smith, who is recovering from surgery, almost pulled off an upset of the Wildcats, as they trailed early, but came back to take as much as a 10-point lead in the game, before going cold late and letting Livingston pull back ahead.

In the first period, it was close all the way, with Livingston holding an 11-10 advantage.

York had five players get into the scoring column in the second period as they went on a 16-7 run to pull out to an 8-point lead at the half, only to see the Wildcats get hot in the third period, outscoring York 16-8 to come back and tie the score going into the final frame at 34-34.

Both teams went cold in the fourth period, but Livingston was able to hold on to the 3-point win, 42-39, as a last-second 3-point shot by York to tie was just off the mark.

Roger Meadows led the scoring for York and tied for game-high honors with 13 points, with Isaac Peavyhouse adding 11, Luke Patton 6, Caleb Christianson 5, and Case Moody and Jacob Jennings adding 2 points each.

Jakob Craig led Livingston with 13 points, with Wade Neely adding 9, Matthew Sells 8, Blake Qualls 5, Cole Smith 4, and Cody Ray added 2 points.

On Thursday night, the York teams traveled to Baxter to take on Upperman in the final regular season game, and came up short in both games, as the state’s top-ranked Class AA Upperman Lady Bees handed the Dragonettes a 94-51 loss, and the Bees held off a comeback effort by the Dragons to post a 55-46 win.

In the girls’ game, the first period was close, and despite a 6-point effort by both Harli Smith and Hannah Conatser, the Lady Bees pulled out to a 22-19 advantage behind a 10-point effort by Akira Levy, who had a career night, scoring 43 points in the contest.

Upperman essentially put the game away in the second period, as they went on a 29-8 run behind a15-point effort by Levy to take a 53-27 halftime lead, and continued to distance themselves from the Dragonettes as they outscored York 28-16 in the third period, as Levy added 18 more points, and cruised to the 43-point win.

Harli Smith led York’s scoring with 13 points, with Haylee Johnson adding 11, Hannah Conatser 10, Amelia Hull 8, Isabella Blevins and Shelby Beaty with 4 points each, and Ellie Davis adding 1 point.

In addition to Levy’s game-high 43 points,  Reagan Hurst added 17, Torie Brooks 9, Chloe Maynord 7, Riley Hurst 6 Brooke Shrum 4, and Laryn Sissom and Ashland McClellan with 3 points each.

With the win, the Lady Bees finished the regular season with a perfect 28-0 record and 14-0 in District 8-AA.

With the loss, York dropped to 16-10 on the season and 8-6  and enters the District 8-AA Tournament as a 4th seed.

(See brackets for tournament pairings)

In boys’ action, the Bees took a 16-10 lead, and held a 26-18 lead at the half.

York came back in the third period as Luke Patton and Case Moody scored 5 points each to close the gap to 33-30 going into the final frame, and pulled to within a point on multiple occasions in the final period, but the Bees managed to hold their lead, and put the game away in the closing minutes hitting 8 of 10 from the free throw line to post the 9-point win.

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