Ironmen varsity boys squeeze by a tough Rams hoops team
Jan 24, 2020 09:26AM
Ironmen varsity player Lane Harrill gets around the Rams defender at the Jan. 15, win over the Rams at Nixon Gym. See more photos on Page 3B
Lady Ironmen tough scrappers still but lose heartbreaker by two points to Lady Rams
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
The varsity Ironmen hung on to win one of the tougher challenges they’ve faced in a while from a Highland Tech Rams hoops team last Friday night, Jan 15, as they eked out an 89-81 OT win over the Kobe Christian-led Rams, who came knocking hard on the door of the Ironmen’s house at Nixon Gym.
That same tough, Ironmen battling spirit was evident in the Lady Ironmen who almost ground out a win over a scrappy Lady Rams team, led by Sarah Word and others, who brought their A-game and lots of excitement to venerable old Nixon Gym.
Though Coach Carrie Dalton’s ladies lost to the Lady Rams by a score of 57-55, they played hard and with grit, and were tremendous in the battle on the court, even though they have suffered the loss of scrappy little shooter Avery Grace Walker and (it is hoped) the temporary loss of “never-say-it’s-over” shooter Faith Anthony, the other ladies all stepped up and played serious roundball that night.
For the 1-10, 0-5 CHS ladies, the top sharpshooters for the night were Gracie Hester, with 19 points, and speedy freshman Gabbie McCorkle, with 16 points, one of which was a three-pointer.
Terayha Bess was fantastic under the net and gave it her all as she collected 13 points on the night.
Maddie Hampton came on board and had a three-pointer, as well as a point from a foul shot, for 4 points.
Lady Ironmen senior Nykera Bush had two points but played some great defense for Coach Dalton, and surprising newcomer Ragan Hovis (1 pt.) provided more speed for the ladies during the game, both on offense and defense.
For the 11-5, 2-3 CHS men, it was a tight game as Coach Scott Harrill’s hoops squad battled a tough Rams team who came to Nixon looking to upset the CHS team, who was back home after two road losses (Lincoln Charter and Bessemer City) the week before.
The leading scorer for the Ironmen varsity men was senior Lane Harrill, who scored 43 points in spite of having four fouls on him. Young Harrill also had 14 rebounds.
Lavonte Hughes and Jeremy Varela were next in double-digit scoring, with Hughes getting 15 points, and Varela getting 13. Senior Dylan Harden scored nine (9) points, and Carson Kelly dropped in a three-pointer, followed by Austin Thompson, Jack Mulvey, and Brent Walls getting two points each in the game.
The breathless comments by many of the fans as they left the gym that night were of the order that it was the “best game they had seen at Nixon in some while,” and “a real nail-biter!”
In JV action, Coach Antonio Griggs’ young men defeated the JV Rams’ squad by a score of 66-52.
Hot shooters for the JV’s were Numarius Good, Landon Hahn, and T.J. Thompson.
The Ironmen are on the road for the next three games.
They played TJCA on Tuesday, Jan. 21, then, on Friday, Jan. 24, the CHS teams will play Christ the King in an away game (JV at 4:30 p.m./VAR at 6 p.m.). On Tuesday, Jan. 28, they will be at Cabarrus Academy (JV at 4:30 p.m./VAR at 6 p.m.); and then they will be back home to take on the Yellow jackets of BCHS on Friday, Jan. 31 (JV at 4:30 p.m./VAR at 6 p.m.)
(Additional information by Susan L. Powell)