York Teams Split In Season Opener Against Harriman

The York Institute Dragons and Dragonettes opened their 2015-16 basketball season by hosting Harriman in a Hall of Fame game on Thursday, November 19, with the Lady Blue Devils taking  a hard-fought 10-point win, while the Dragons blasted the Blue Devils.

In the girls’ game, the Dragonettes came out with a much more aggressive style of play than last year, and the much larger and more experienced Harriman team all they wanted until the final minutes of the game.

Led by freshman Harli Smith, the Dragonettes battled the Lady Blue Devils to an 11-12 first period score, and took the lead early in the second period before Harriman went on a 17-6 second period run to pull out to a 12-point halftime advantage.

York came back with a strong showing in the second half, as Harli Smith scored 9 of her game-high 17 points in the third period, when the Dragonettes pulled to within 3 points, with the game continued to be close until late in the contest, when Harriman pulled back out to win by a 53-43 score.

In addition to Harli Smith’s 17 points, Lexi Smith added 9, Emily Sewell and Brooke Copeland had 7 each, and Shea Sparks added 3 points.

Autumn Monkhouse and Madison Duncan shared scoring honors for Harriman with 14 points each, with Jada Johnson adding 8, emily LaRue and Marilyn Franklin with 5 each, McKenzie Breedon, Asia Bazel, and Macie Gresham with 2 each, and Katie King with 1 point.

Following the game, Head Coach Tonya Storie said that while she saw some things they they needed to work on, she was overall pleased with the intensity and effort of her team.

In the boys’ game, the Dragons took an early lead and never looked back.

The game started off a little slow, with York holding a 13-7 advantage after the opening period.

The Dragons came out in the second period breathing fire, exploding for 27 points behind a 10-point effort from Gareth Moody to pull away to a 40-17 halftime advantage and kept rolling through the second half, s senior Colton Bleving scored 14 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to pull away to a 59-27 advantage going into the final frame.

Isaac Peavyhouse scored 9  of his 14 points in the fourth period points, as York pulled away to  countinued to distance themselves from their visitors to post an impressive 82-45 victory.

In addition to the game-high 23 points by Blevins and 14 each for Moody and Peavyhouse, the Dragons got 8 from Seth Baldwin, 7 each by Damon Johnson and Isaiah York, Gage Smith adding 3, Case Moody and Lake Choate with 2 each, and Jerry Murdock and Blake Asberry with 1 point each.

Jaylen McCullum and John Johnson paced Harriman with 14 nd 11 points, respectively.

York Coach Russell Tays, obviously pleased with his team’s showing, commented:  “Overall, we did what we needed to do.  Colton (Blevins) had a good night, and we had a good team effort.  Harriman is still in the football playoffs, and don’t have their full squad, but overall, It was a good team effort,with a lot of players stepping up and getting on the scoreboard.”