- Collin Riggs
Dr. Curtis Sexton is pictured speaking to a gymnasium full of people after receiving his proclamation from the Anderson County County Commission. The commission and Anderson County Board of Education renamed the Lake City Middle School gymnasium the Dr. Curtis C. Sexton Gymnasium in recognition of his many, many contributions to Anderson County.
Jackson Garner jumps for a shot against a Halls defender
Clinton nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in their game against Halls after allowing the Red Devils to go on an unchallenged nine-point streak.
Clinton travelled to Halls to face off against the Red Devils in a nailbiter of a game where Clinton came out strong after their holiday break.
The final score was 66-56.
Clinton gave a strong start, scoring a phenomenal 19 points in the first quarter against the Red Devils and taking an early lead that they struggled to hold on to for the rest of the game. They were outscored for the next three quarters, culminating in a nine-point hot streak during the third quarter that put the two teams flush with one another for the first time the entire game.
Anderson County sophomore Anthony White draws a foul while driving the lane against Oak Ridge Friday night. The normally sure shot Mavs had a cold night against the Wildcats, losing 81-34.
Oak Ridge got their revenge on the Mavericks after last year’s close defeat, finishing the night with a resounding victory of 81-34. This came the day after Oak Ridge beat out Powell 77-38.
Answering for their embarrassing loss from last year and beating a powerhouse team like Powell in two days has undoubtedly left the Wildcats riding high.
The game was strongly one-sided from the start, with the Wildcats up 22-6 after only the first quarter. It only got worse from there, and Oak Ridge finished the half 43-19.
Carter Jett lead the Mavericks with a strong eleven points. Unfortunately, none of his teammates came close to matching him, with the second highest scorer for the Mavericks, Nick Reed, only managing six points in the entire game.
The Mavericks did make 73-percent of their free throws in the game, but, unfortunately that and offensive rebounds were the only places where the Mavericks came out ahead, and their 23 turnovers ensured the Wildcats plenty of opportunity to score. The Mavs finished with an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) of only 17-percent and they only made six of their 34 two-point shots.
Connor Martin jumps over Powell defenders to shoot.
Anderson County High School hosted the Powell Panthers on Jan. 7, 2019
The Mavericks lost 70-49.
The Mavericks never once held the lead during the game, but they certainly gave their all. Unfortunately for Anderson County, between Powell’s speed and strong shooting game, they were outmatched.
Anderson County seemed off-kilter for the match. Whether that was from facing off against such a strong opponent as Powell or just from getting back into things after the Christmas season is anyone’s guess. At the Maryville Tourney, the Mavericks were finishing games with an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) over 50-percent, and against Powell they missed shots they’ve hit hundreds of times, only managing 13 two-point baskets in total to Powell’s 26.
Clinton’s Demarcus McKamey dunks against Campbell County.
Both Clinton and AC have rematch games this week with Halls and Powell.
Anderson County travels to Powell after their loss against the Panthers at home on Jan. 7. The Mavericks have even more of a reason to take a strong stand against the Panthers after their loss, but ultimately their success will be determined by how much they learned after their last encounter and whether they can adjust their play-style accordingly.
Both of Anderson County’s games are away this week as the Mavericks also travel to Karns for a rematch after last year’s heartbreaking loss. Last year, Karns and Anderson County had two incredibly close games, with Anderson County winning the first encounter by four points, only to lose by three in the rematch. This will be a big game for Anderson County as they hope not only to beat Karns, but also to break last week’s unfortunate losing streak after their games against powerhouses Oak Ridge and Powell.
Anderson County’s Lady Mavericks lose against Oak Ridge after only managing four points in the first half.
The Lady Mavericks have had a rough season, and facing off against one of the best teams in the division is never easy. Unfortunately, both facts together produced a hard loss for Anderson County, who finished the game 20-77.
Anderson County only managed four points in the first half, two points each quarter, but they did come alive in the second half. Kylee Alvis scored 16 of Anderson County’s ultimate 20 points, meaning she scored 80-percent of the total points for the team. The second highest scorers were Lydia Meldrum and Katelyn Flatford, who scored two points each.
The Lady Dragons and Lady Red Devils faced off in a high-scoring game that ended with a Clinton girls victory.
The final score was 90-70.
The girls scored 27 points in the first quarter with five three-pointers. They slowed down in the last three quarters, but not by much, going for 22, 18, and 22 points for each respective quarter.
Sarah Burton and Naiyah Sanders came away with the highest scores for the Dragons, with 32 and 31 points, respectively. Sanders also came away with three three-point shots.
Alayjah Whitt and Jazmine Moore got into foul trouble with four each before the end of the game, but Moore also finished with a respectable 10 points.
For the Anderson County Mavericks, it was colder inside the gym than out when they hosted the Powell Panthers on Jan. 7, 2019
The Mavericks lost 70-49.
Carter Jett and Anthony White both tried their hardest to keep the Mavs in the game, though, with Jett finishing with 12 points and White finishing with 11.
White may have scored higher if he hadn’t fouled out 19 minutes in. He still came away with three offensive and five defensive rebounds.
The Anderson County wrestling team pinned down the team trophy during the Battle of the Bull Ring wrestling tournament last weekend. - Ricky Williams