York Takes Two From Smith Co.

The York Dragons and Dragonettes opened 2018 by taking two big District 8-AA wins over visiting Smith County on Tuesday, January 9.

The girls’ game was a thriller, with Haylee Johnson hitting a short jumper with 3 seconds to Go in overtime to give York a come-from-behind 51-49 win.

Harli Smith scored 5 of her game-high 20 points to give the Dragonettes a 10-7 advantage in the first period, only to see Smith County come back and go on a 14-8 second period run to take a 21-18 halftime lead.

The Lady Owls continued to pull away in the third period to take a 7-point lead, 32-25, going into the final period.

Smith County led by as many as 10 points midway through the fourth period before the Dragonettes mounted a comeback, led by  back-to-back baskets by Harli Smith to pull to within 4 points, after which Carly Tipton’s basket cut the lead to 2, and Smith hit two free throws in the final seconds of regulation to tie the score at 45-45 and send the game into overtime.

In the fourth period, Smith scored 10 of her game-high 20 points, with Haylee Johnson and Isabella Blevins adding 4 points each, and Carly Tipton with 2 points.

In the overtime period, after Samantha Lewis gave the Lady Owls a 47-45 lead, Hannah Conatser tied the score with a pair of free throws.

York took a 49-47 lead on a basket by Ellie Davis with 2:30 left on the clock, but Samantha Lewis tied the score from the free throw line with less than a minute left.

With the score tied at 49, and Smith County going for the last shot, York got a break when the Lady Owls were called for a 5-second violation, giving the Dragonettes the ball back with 9.9 seconds to go in the overtime, setting up the winning shot by Johnson, who bagged a short jumper in the final seconds.

In addition to Smith’s game-high 20 points, Johnson added 11, Carly Tipton and Isabella Blevins with 6 each, Shelbi Beaty 3, Ellie Davis and Hannah Conatser with 2 each, and Amelia Hull with 1 point.

Makenna Moore led Smith County with 15 points, with Kristen Shoulders and Samantha Lewis adding 7 each, Lacey Mitchell with 6, Lauren Beasley 5, Allyssa West with 4, Madison Hoper 3, and Natalee Brown adding 2 points.

York hit 13 of 17 from the free throw line, while Smith County was 16 for 24 from the charity stripe.

The boys’ game was also close, before the Dragons were able to pull away in the second half to post a 73-64 win.

York took a 17-16 first period lead behind a 12-point effort by Landrick Leffew, and continued to hold the advantage at the half, as they outscored their visitors 17-15 in the second frame to take a 34-31 halftime lead.

Smith County took the lead briefly in the third period, before the Dragons, led by 6 points by Roger Meadows and 5 from Isaac Peavyhouse to take a 5-point lead into the final frame, which saw the Dragons go on a 22-18 run behind a 13-point effort by Roger Meadows, which included 6 of 7 free throws down the stretch, to post the 9-point win,

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