Behind a balanced scoring effort, South Side Bee Branch's Hornets outlasted West Side 57-51 on Thursday night in 1A-2 South Conference play at Brady-Hipp Arena in Greers Ferry.
Behind a balanced scoring effort, South Side Bee Branch’s Hornets outlasted West Side 57-51 on Thursday night in 1A-2 South Conference play at Brady-Hipp Arena in Greers Ferry.
“We couldn’t get stops when we needed and got outworked all night on the boards and they got the majority of those 50-50 loose balls,” said West Side Coach Shane Davis. “Very tough loss being that it’s our last game heading into Christmas Break. We couldn’t get the ball inside like we needed to and settled for the three too many times. We couldn’t get to the foul line, shooting eight free throws compared to 25 for them.”
Guard Jaden Price paced the Hornets (3-10, 3-3) with 12 points, including nine in the fourth quarter as he hit five free throws to help the Hornets withstand a late charge by the Eagles (7-10, 2-4).
Forward Hunter Hall followed with 11 points for South Side, point guard Austin Lewis and forward Riley Roberson each had nine points, post player Donald Farley chipped in eight and guard Lee Gwinn added six.
West Side forward Dalton Treece scored a game-high 17 points while connecting on 6 of 13 shots from the field, including 5 of 8 from three-point land. Blaine “Pepper” Hipp followed with 14 points, hitting 5 of 18 shots and 3 of 13 from beyond the arc.
Forward Mason Treece added seven points and seven rebounds for the Eagles, who led 13-11 after the first quarter but trailed 25-18 at halftime.
The Eagles led 16-11 early in the second quarter after Dalton Treece drilled a three-pointer from left wing, but South Side only allowed one bucket for the remainder of the period, closing the first half with a 14-2 run.
Roberson sparked the Hornets with back-to-back baskets, then Farley scored deep in the paint and Hall hit a 19-foot jumper from left elbow.
After Hipp scored in transition, Hall scored off a backdoor cut, Lewis hit two free throws and Roberson used an up and under post move for two.
Dalton Treece bombed three shots from beyond the arc in the third quarter to keep West Side within striking distance, trailing 40-31 heading to the fourth quarter.
The Eagles began to chip away early in the fourth quarter when Dalton Treece hit a pull up jumper from left wing and guard Cole Broadway followed with his second three-pointer of the game.
West Side clawed within six at 45-39 after Dalton Treece hit a pull up jumper from left elbow, but Price countered with a strong drive and finish while drawing contact. Price completed the three-point play, but Hipp answered with a three-pointer up top, cutting South Side’s lead to 48-42 with three minutes remaining.
Price drove coast-to-coast and scored after using a smooth spin move to get free near the basket, but Hipp drained another three-pointer up top, keeping West Side’s hopes alive.
Following a pair of free throws by Price, Hipp nailed his third three-pointer of the fourth quarter. Price hit two more from the charity stripe and Farley added another foul shot as South Side began to taste victory, leading 55-48.
Mason Treece made a free throw and power forward Sheldon Baxter hit a hook shot as the Eagles closed the gap to four at 55-51, but Lewis canned two free throws to put the game away.
West Side shot 18 of 50 from the field, including 10 of 32 from three-point land. The Eagles made 6 of 8 free throws. South Side, which pulled down 12 offensive rebounds compared to six for West Side, connected on 17 of 34 shots from the field, 1 of 5 three-pointers and 18 of 25 free throws.