Sonic Shootout works overtime on Saturday

by | December 29, 2008 12:00 am

Checking out the defense. Josh Turner keeps an eye on the defense as he pushes the ball up the court in the win over McMinn County.

    The Sonic Shootout got underway at Roy Sewell Gymnasium Saturday with eight games hitting the hardwood.
    The bookends for the day were overtime games with a little bit of everything in between.  The tournament opened with an overtime win by the Loudon girls over Oakland and ended with an overtime win by the home standing Warriors over McMinn County.  In between, there was a little bit of everything.
    There were decisive wins, close wins, come-from-behind wins and teams that built big leads and held on to win.  The day ran the complete gamut of outcomes and that was just the first day.
    Three point shots were falling in many of the games.  The Warriors themselves hit 14 threes in the nightcap while their opponent, McMinn County, hit six.  Stewart Mitchell set the WCHS school record for most threes in a game for boys and tied the girls’ record.  He knocked down seven threes.  Red Bank had a player hit six threes while Franklin County’s Josh Cannon knocked down five.  DeKalb County had a girl hit five while a Loudon girl added four long-range shots. 
    All in all, it was a little bit of everything on the day and there are still two days to go. 
    Tournament director and Warriorette coach, Bryan Haley had this to say about the first day of the event, “It’s a good tournament.  We’ve had lots of compliments on the way everything has been handled and the organization.  The teams are happy.  I have seen a lot of folks from White County here watching games all day.  They love basketball and just want to watch games.  That’s what we want to do for the community.  To be honest though, I was a little disappointed in the crowd for our games tonight.  I’d like to challenge the fans to get out here and fill this gym up.”
Game number 1 – Loudon vs. Oakland (girls):  Oakland (2-7), who trailed by seven at the half, forced the game into overtime tied at 53. Loudon (9-3) outscored the Lady Patriots 8-2 in the extra period for the 61-55 win.  Janell Menard led the winners with 18 points including a three to open the extra period.  She hits four treys in the contest.  Mardessa Hampton added 15.  Laycee Small was also in double figures with 10 including four of four free throws in overtime. 
Game number 2 – Loudon vs. Franklin County (boys):  Loudon, coached by former Warrior assistant coach, Colt Narramore, played from behind for most of the first three quarters, but finally got the shots to fall.  Loudon (7-5) trailed 19-11 after one quarter and 27-24 at the half.  They came back and tied the score at 39 going into the fourth quarter.  The Redskins went on to defeat Franklin County (10-6) by a score of 58-54.  David L. Haskins led Loudon with 20 points followed by Josh Strange with 16.  Girodani Taylor and Josh Cannon each had 15 to lead the Rebels.  Huston Heatherly added 14. 
Game number 3 – Clinton girls vs. Meigs County (girls):  Clinton (7-2) led for most of the contest as they picked up a 58-40 win over Meigs County (3-8).  Clinton had two players, Amber Taylor and Lailah Farmer, combine for 33 points in the game.  Kirstie Jennings led Meigs County with 13.
Game number 4 – Upperman vs. Meigs County (boys):  Upperman (8-4) scored first in this contest and never looked back on the way to the 64-46 win.  Currin Nash led the Bees with 23 points while Kelsey Hamlet and Dustin Baxter added 13 each.  Nathan Daniels led Meigs County (5-7) with 13 points. 
Game number 5 – Daniel Boone vs. DeKalb County (girls):  One of the closest non-overtime games of the day was a 40-37 win by DeKalb County over Daniel Boone (3-9).  DeKalb County (5-7) is coached by WCHS alum and former coach, Mike Shockley.  The Lady Tigers led 9-6 after one trailed 17-16 at the half.  The score was knotted at 29 after three.  Cynthia Woodward poured in 23 points to lead the winners.  Brooke Barnard led Daniel Boone with 15. 
Game number 6 – Red Bank vs. Daniel Boone (boys):  Red Bank built a 17 point (39-22) lead, but had to hold off a late charge by Daniel Boone to escape with the 81-75 victory.  Daniel Boone, who was whistled for three technicals in the contest, trailed by 16 going into the fourth quarter, but outscored the Lions 28-18 in the final period.  Bradley Britt poured in 31 points hitting six threes to lead Red Bank (8-2).  Nick Ross added 19.  Nick Jones led Daniel Boone (6-6) with 16. 
    Second day action on Monday pits Daniel Boone against Meigs County (boys) at 9 a.m. followed by Oakland and Meigs County girls at 10:30 a.m.  The noon game matches McMinn County and Franklin County boys.  At 1:30 p.m., McMinn will square off against Daniel Boone in girls’ action.  The 3 p.m.  game will be between Upperman and Red Bank (boys).  That will be followed by Loudon and Clinton’s girls at 4:30.  The Warriors take on Loudon at 6 p.m.  The Warriorettes wrap up the day of games against DeKalb County at 7:30 p.m.

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