South Side Bee Branch power forward Colter Hinchey pumped in half of his game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter, propelling the Junior Hornets over West Side 32-29 on Tuesday night in 1A-2 South Conference action in Greers Ferry.
South Side Bee Branch power forward Colter Hinchey pumped in half of his game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter, propelling the Junior Hornets over West Side 32-29 on Tuesday night in 1A-2 South Conference action in Greers Ferry. West Side (9-3) jumped out to a 6-1 lead after one quarter of play as point guard Blaine Hipp followed his own miss and scored in heavy traffic, post player Mason Treece made a shot from left block over two defenders and guard Jake Lawson hit a reverse layup. Southside (8-3) only managed a free throw from Hinchey in the first period but the Jr. Hornets came alive in the second quarter, outscoring West Side 15-10 behind six points from Hinchey and four points from post player Trystan Hall. After exchanging leads throughout the second quarter, South Side jumped on top when guard Dylan Bonds ripped a three-pointer from left elbow, but West Side forward Dalton Treece answered with a three-pointer from right corner, giving the Junior Eagles a 14-13 advantage. Hinchey turned a smooth up and under post move into an old-fashioned three-point play as South Side regained the lead for a brief moment before Dalton Treece, who scored seven points in the second quarter, recorded a putback, tying the score at 16-all at halftime. The Jr. Hornets edged West Side 6-4 in a defensive-minded third quarter as forward Donald Farley scored four points and point guard Lee Guinn added a basket in transition, which gave South Side a 22-20 lead entering the final six minutes of play. West Side tied the game early in the fourth quarter when Dalton Treece stole an inbound pass and drove to the floor for a layup but Hinchey quickly answered in the paint. The Jr. Eagles reclaimed the lead with a free throw from Hipp and putback by Dalton Treece but South Side responded with three straight, including a strong rebound bucket by Hinchey after he blocked a shot on the defensive end. West Side knotted the score at 27-all when Hipp dropped a tough hanging bank shot from left side but forward South Side forward Brian Dumas hit a bank shot from right side in transition then Hinchey notched a stick back, giving the Jr. Hornets a four-point cushion with 1:00 remaining. Southside came up with a defensive stop and Dumas sealed the game with a free throw but the Jr. Eagles hustled to the end as Hipp grabbed a loose ball at mid-court following a wild scramble and drove to the basket for a layup, setting the final at 32-29. Following Hinchey's game-high 14 points, Guinn, Hall and Farley each chipped in four points for South Side. Dalton Treece led West Side with 11 points, Hipp added 10 and Mason Treece finished with four.