Blaze opens its hoops season

  • Teagan Bunch get ready to put up two of her 17 points against Tate Thursday night for the Blaze.

  • Blaze Ty Wright goes for the basket while Briceville’s Ken- ny Neely defends last Thursday at Arowood Arena.

The Clinton Blaze started its 2021-22 basketball season last week with a couple of barn burners.

On Tuesday, the Blaze introduced not only the basketball teams with intrasquad scrimmages, but the Blaze cheerleaders, dance team, and flag corps, which also performed.

Tuesday night, Teagan Bunch showed signs of things to come by leading girls’ scorers. Raelynn Britton had eight points.

Julieah Cooper and Anslee Carmichael each had four points.

Tora Beeler and Ceci Brooks each scored two points.

Thursday night, the Blaze took to E.T. Stamey Court at Arowood Arena for the first game of the season.

The season opener was the Blaze’s 20th home game with a standing-room-only crowd.

Teagan Bunch broke open a tight game just before half as the Lady Blaze won 27-28 over Tate (Knoxville) JV. She finished with 17 points and five rebounds. Raelynn Britton had six points and four steals. Emma Bauly led Tate with 12 points.

The Blaze won over Briceville. Kada Webb had seven points and three steals, Calab Rice had six points and three rebounds. Briceville’s Kenny Neely and Isaiah Lindsay each had four points.