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Cherryville Ironmen varsity teams win at first day of Bud Black/Dennis Tate Holiday Classic

Jan 03, 2020 09:51AM

Ironman Lavonte Hughes passes the ball, watching out for Pinnacle’s Amari Kimball Coker (#25).



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The CHS men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams did well in the first day of action at the 2019 Bud Black/Dennis Tate Holiday Classic, winning against Pinnacle Charter School teams. 

In the Thursday, Dec. 26 game at Nixon Gym, the Lady Ironmen defeated the Lady Eagles of Pinnacle Charter School by a score of 44-34, moving the ladies into a Friday, Dec. 27, 6 p.m. showdown with the Lady Green Wave of Ashbrook, who earlier defeated the Lady Gryphons of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy by a score of 56-15.

Leading scorer for the Lady Ironmen was Avery Grace Walker with 19 points (one of those was a 3-pointer). She was followed by Grace Hester with 8 points, two of which were 3-point shots. 

Other shooters and scorers for the CHS ladies were Nykera Bush, with 7 pts.; Terayha Bess and Faith Anthony with 4 points apiece; and Gabby McCorkle with 2 points.

The CHS “B” squad, comprised of the JV Ironmen team, took on the varsity team of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy at 4:30. The JV Ironmen fought hard, losing to the Gryphons 57-40. Coach Antonio Griggs said he was proud of his young men as they gave the varsity TJCA team a good fight on the court. The CHS JV Ironmen, or “B” squad, will face Pinnacle Charter School at 4:30 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 27, at Nixon Gym. The Pinnacle Lady Eagles will face the Lady Gryphons of TJCA on Friday, Dec. 27, at 3 p.m.

In the last game of Thursday’s first game of the 2019 Holiday Classic, the CHS Ironmen, playing without Lane Harrill and Austin Thompson, who were both sidelined by injuries, took on the Pinnacle Charter School Eagles, defeating them 81-34. Pinnacle is coached by former CHS Ironmen hoops standout Darius “Zeke” Howell, who, along with Terry Whisnant, II, and Thomas Bess, made the basketball Ironmen varsity squad a force to be reckoned with just a few short years back.

The Ironmen had four players in double digits in this one: junior Lavonte Hughes had 13 points (1, 3-pointer); senior Jeremy Varela had 12 points (1, 3-pointer); Jack Mulvey sank 11 points before an injury took him out of the game; and senior Dylan Harden bagged 10 points.

Next up was Carson Kelly with 9 points (2, 3-pointers); Gavin Cease with 8 pts.; Dedrick Taylor with 7 pts. (1, 3-pointer); Noah Abernethy (6 pts.); and senior Brent Walls (5 pts.).

The Ironmen were slated to face the TJCA Gryphons varsity club on Friday, Dec. 27, that championship game slated for 7:30 p.m., at Nixon Gym.

(Additional information by Susan L. Powell)