York Teams Fall to Central Magnet

After picking up two big district wins at Macon County on Friday, January 15, both the York Dragons and Lady Dragons dropped two big games at Murfreesboro Central Magnet on Tuesday, January 19.

In the girls’ game, Central took an early lead and held a 3-point advantage after the first period, 12-9, and pulled out to a 29-20 lead at the half, primarily on the strenth of hitting 15 of 20 free throws, including 11 in the second period.

York made a run in the third period to cut the lead to 38-33, but could get no closer, as Central hit 6 of 10 free throws down the stretch to maintain their lead and hold on for the 48-42 win.

While the Dragonettes outshot Central Magnet from the field,with 14 to 12 two-point goals and 4 to 1 three-pointers, the difference came from the free throw line.

For the game, Central Magnet hit 21 of 31 free throws, while York hit 2 of 3.

Harli Smith and Lexi Smith led the Dragonettes with 17 and 11 points, respectively, with Emily Sewell adding 6, Sidney Ipock 4, and Maddie Sandman and Brooke Copeland adding 2 each.

Central Magnet was paced by Kylea Carver, who was also the game’s leading scorer with 21 points, with Catherine Faulk adding 16, Sydney Smith and Becca Stockton with 4 each, and Jhuna Cariaso adding 3 points.

In the boys’ game, the Dragons were slow getting started, scoring only 6 points in the opening period and finding themselves at an 11-6 deficit.

They continued to struggle through the second period, as Central Magnet went on a 15-8 run to take a 26-14 halftime advantage.

The Dragons came back with a strong third period behind a 9-point effort by Colton Blevins, who only had 2 points in the first half, to cut the lead to 4 going into the final period, 36-32, but could not get any closer, as Central Magnet hit 12 of 17 free throws in the final frame to hold on and take the 5-point win.

Colton Blevins and Seth Baldwin shared scoring honors for York with 17 points each, with Pacey Pyle and Damon Johnson adding 6 each, and Blake Asberry, Gareth Moody, and Isaiah York 1 point each.

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