Cherryville Ironmen lose two games in last week’s hoops action
Jan 17, 2020 09:05AM
Lady Ironman Gracie Hester dribbles around the BCHS Lady ’Jackets defender.
Varsity men currently 10-5 overall
by MICHAEL POWELL
Against Lincoln Charter
The Lady Ironmen lost on Tuesday, Jan. 7 in an away game to the Lady Eagles of Lincoln Charter, 59-19. Scorers for the ladies were Gracie Hester, with 4 pts., Nykera Bush, with 5 pts., Terayha Bess, with 2 pts., Faith Anthony, with 5 pts., and Gabbie McCorkle, with 3 pts.
Lincoln Charter defeated the CHS men in the game following the Lady Ironmen game, by a score of 97-82.
Coach Scott Harrill said three four-time defending conference champs continued their hot shooting last Tuesday night as Lincoln Charter hit 12 three-pointers in the first half to rush out to an 18-point lead on the Ironmen.
Harrill noted the Ironmen kept fighting back in the game and cut the lead to 9 three different times. The Ironmen got in early foul trouble with starters Dylan Harden and Jeremy Varela both picking up three fouls in the first half. Lane Harrill came out hot in the second half and had the lead under 10 toward the end of the third quarter after he scored 13 points in the third.
However, foul trouble would later be the problem the Ironmen couldn’t overcome, noted Harrill, with Harden and Varela fouling out and Lane Harrill, Lavonte Hughes, and Jack Mulvey all adding in with four fouls apiece.
Late in the game with the Ironmen down seven, Coach Harrill said they had to start fouling to extend the game. Lincoln Charter hit all the foul shots to extend the lead.
Lane finished with a game high 36 points, 5 three pointers, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Lavonte Hughes had 14 points and 7 assists; sophomore Jack Mulvey had a career-high 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals, senior Jeremy Varela had 14 points and 6 rebounds; while senior Dylan Harden had 5 points; Carson Kelly, 2, and Gavin Cease, with 1.
In this Friday, Jan. 10, away game, the Ironmen teams traveled to rival Bessemer City to play the Yellow Jackets.
The Lady Ironmen’s game was shortened due to an injury to one of the Lady 'Jackets, but it was called in favor of the home team as the BCHS ladies were ahead 60-19, with just over two minutes left in the game.
Freshman Gabbie McCorkle was the leading scorer for the CHS ladies in this one with 8 points, two of which were three-pointers.
Next up were Gracie Hester and Terayha Bess who each had 4 points in the game. Alexis Thomas scored 2 pts., and Nykera Bush had 1 point.
The varsity men were up next and were in a battle the entire game, eventually losing to their cross-county rivals by a score of 79-72.
Two Ironmen fouled out; Dylan Harden and Jack Mulvey, and four other Ironmen were in foul trouble as well.
The leading scorer in this one was Lane Harrill, with 38 pts., five of which were three-pointers; followed by Lavonte Hughes with 13 pts., and Jeremy Varela with 11 points.
Others scoring for the CHS men were Dylan Harden and Carson Kelly, who each scored 5 pts., apiece.
The men are currently 10-5 overall.
Next up for the Ironmen and Lady Ironmen is a Friday, Jan. 17, home game against the Highland Tech Rams’ teams, with the JV staring at 4:30 p.m., and the varsity games starting at 6 p.m.
The CHS hoops teams will be away Tuesday, Jan. 21, against Thomas Jefferson (JV 4:30/VAR 6 p.m.); and on Friday, Jan. 24, at Christ the King (JV 4:30/VAR 6 p.m.).
(Additional information by Susan L. Powell)