Ironmen hoopsters win their first two games; one away, one at home
Nov 27, 2019 09:15AM
Lady Ironman Faith Anthony dribbles past the PCA Lady Eagles defender.
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
Against Pinnacle Classical Academy
In this away game on Tuesday, Nov. 19, the CHS Lady Ironmen lost 38-20 to the Pinnacle Classical Academy Lady Eagles. It was a tight match until the Lady Eagles pulled ahead in the second quarter for their win.
Scorers for the Coach Carrie Dalton’s ladies were: Avery Grace Walker with 7 pts.; Terayha Bess with 4 pts.; and Nykera Bush with 3 pts. They were followed by Faith Anthony, raven Hampton, and freshman Gabbie McCorkle with 2 pts. apiece. Coach Dalton was assisted by new assistant coach Callie Hahn.
The varsity boys hit the boards and beat the Eagles 89-18, taking command of the game early on as they scored 28 points in the first quarter, followed by 29 more in the second quarter.
High scorers for the men were: senior Lane Harrill with 22 points; senior Lavonte Hughes with 14 points; and freshman Carson Kelly with 11 points. Other scorers for the varsity men were Dedrick Taylor (10 pts.), senior Dylan Harden (9 pts.), Gavin Cease (8 pts.), senior Austin Thompson (6 pts.), senior Jeremy Varela (4 pts.), Noah Abernethy (3 pts.), and Brent Walls (2 pts.).
There was no JV team for Eagles.
Against North Lincoln
In home action on Thursday, Nov. 21, against the visiting Lady Knights of North Lincoln, the CHS ladies lost 62-38, in a tough, physical game.
Scorers for the ladies were Avery Grace Walker (14 pts.), Terayha Bess (11 pts.), Faith Anthony (6 pts.), Grace Hester (3 pts.), and Ragan Hovis and Raven Hampton with 2 points apiece.
In varsity men’s action, it appeared the game would belong to the visiting Knights, who played tough basketball, but the Ironmen roared back after the half, battling hard and playing the “run and gun” style of roundball for which they are known far and wide, forcing the game into OT!
When the last buzzer sounded at Nixon Gym, it was the Ironmen, 91-90 over the stunned Knights, thanks to the hero of the hour, senior Jeremy Varela whose pints broke the 90-all tie.
Harrill, an All-Conference, 1,000-point-plus scorer for the Ironmen, tied a school record, according to Coach Scott Harrill, when he scored 51 points for the night on the Knights!
Young Harrill was accompanied in the CHS team’s points fracas by teammates Lavonte Hughes (23 pts.), and Austin Thompson, Carson Kelly, Jeremy Varela, Dylan Harden, and Gavin Cease. In the second half, just about everyone on the CHS bench got to see some action in the OT nail-biter!
Said Coach Harrill, “Lane finished with 51 points and 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and tied school record, first set by Kenny Poston II, in 2014. He’s only the sixth player in Gaston County basketball history with over 50 points in a game. Dylan Harden finished with four points and nine rebounds, three steals; Lavonte Hughes had 23 points and eight assists, and of course, those there last Thursday night saw Jeremy Varela’s game-winning, three-point play.
In action before the Lady Ironmen’s game, JV coach Antonio Griggs said his men lost 67-24, to the JV Knights.
(Additional information by Susan L. Powell)