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Eagles, Bobcats can’t match ACHS firepower

Anderson County’s Ryan McGhee puts up a deuce against Oliver Springs during Saturday’s matinee at ACHS. (photo:Ken Leinart )
The Anderson County Mavericks picked up a big road win over region rival Seymour Tuesday by a score of 71-42.

Making the win more impressive was that they won without leading scorer Connor Martin, who missed several games last week due to illness.

“We had extremely balanced scoring and we played unselfish basketball,” said Derek Wallace, head coach of the Mavericks. “It’s hard to go on the road in a place like Seymour.

“Brandon McGhee, Bryson Vowell, Tate Russell, and Zeke West — those guys picked up the slack where we missed Connor,” he said. “They all upped their point total a little bit. We played that game early in the week and we’ve not lost early in the week except for the Christmas tournament and the Carter game.”

Both teams got off to a fast start as the Mavs went up 19-16 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Anderson County managed to extend its lead and go into the break up 33-22.

The Mavs put the game away in the third quarter as they took a 54-33 lead.

“It was good to see us play together like that,” Wallace said.

Brandon McGhee led all scorers with 16 points, while Bryson Vowell added 11.

AC 19 14 21 17 71

SHS 16 6 9 11 42

AC - Brandon McGhee (16), Bryson Vowell (11), Tate Russell (9), Brandon Dake (8), Jacob Dooley (6), Zeke West (5), Ryan McGhee (4), Trent Strickland (4), Gracen Bradshaw (4), Cole Russell (3), Carter Nelson (1)

SHS - Eli Williams (12), Connor Hilton (8), Cameron Soulages (8), Stan Pennington (6), Balyn Wolfe (4), Bryce Chapman (2), Tanner Sullivan (2)

On Saturday, the Mavs beat visiting Oliver Springs 53-49.

The Bobcats took a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, but the Mavericks battled back to tie the game at 21-21 at the half.

Oliver Springs took a 32-31 lead in the third quarter but Anderson County answered with a 22-point fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

“We got down early and I think we were still feeling the effects of the night before against Clinton and it was an early afternoon start,” Wallace said. “I don’t think our mindset was ready. It took us a while to get going and I think missing Connor caught up with us.”

Carter Nelson led the Mavs with 10 points.

The Mavericks (10-8, 0-4 in district play) return to action Friday when they host district rival Scott. They visit region rival Carter next Tuesday. Tip-off for both games is 7:30 p.m.

OS 14 7 11 17 49

AC 7 14 10 22 53

OS - Keaton McDonald (15), Javon Barger (12), Tanner Mellon (5), Dakota Adkins (4), Karson Seeber (4), Michael Tuck (3), Bobby Schultz (3), Drake Maupin (1)

AC - Carter Nelson (10), Brandon Dake (9), Tate Russell (8), Zeke West (8), Brandon McGhee (6), Jacob Dooley (4), Bryson Vowell (4), Ryan McGhee (4)