Cherryville Ironmen down Piedmont Charter but lose to HT Rams
Feb 13, 2020 11:45AM
Ironman Brent Walls, one of five seniors on the CHS hoops team, prepares to shoot a free-throw shot.
Varsity men currently 15-7 overall; 5-4 in SPC 1A play
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
Against Piedmont Charter
Coach Scott Harrill said his CHS Ironmen got into a fast-paced game at Piedmont Charter last Tuesday night, Feb. 4, but came away with a commanding 72-61 victory.
Harrill noted the Ironmen were led by balanced scoring from players Lane Harrill, Lavonte Hughes, Dylan Harden, Austin Thompson, and Jeremy Varela.
Said Harrill, “We built at seven point lead after the first quarter behind six (6) points and four (4) steals from Harden and four (4) points and four (4) rebounds from Thompson.”
Coach Harrill said the second quarter saw Lane (Harrill) get hot and score 13 points in the second quarter for a halftime lead for the Ironmen. Freshman Carson Kelly hit a three-pointer in the third quarter, followed by Jeremy Varela scoring six (6) points in the third quarter.
Point guard Lavonte Hughes provided his normal stellar performance with 4 in the quarter, said Coach Harrill, and finished with 12 points and 9 assists on the night.
The Ironmen increased their lead to 24 in the fourth quarter, where junior Noah Abernethy chipped in a three-pointer.
Final stats for the Ironmen were: Lane Harrill – 27 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals; Dylan Harden – 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 steals; Lavonte Hughes – 12 points and 9 assist.
Remaining scoring was by freshman Carson Kelly (6 points), junior Noah Abernethy (3 points), junior Austin Thompson (6 points, 6 rebounds), and senior Jeremy Varela (8 points and 8 rebounds).
Coach Harrill said, “I am proud of the effort from the team in this one. Our defense inside was amazing Tuesday night. Brent (Walls) and Austin (Thompson) battled very hard in the paint versus big man Akiem Hudson from Piedmont Charter. The Ironmen improved on the boards which helped provide a great win.”
In women’s basketball action, the Lady Ironmen lost to Piedmont Community Charter 68 – 22.
Against Highland Tech
The Ironmen teams traveled to Highland Tech last Friday night to play the Rams teams on their home boards. In their Jan. 17, 2020 meeting at Nixon Gym, the CHS Ironmen varsity men came away the victors. but it was a hard-fought battle. This time out they weren’t so lucky as a Kobe Christian-led Rams team downed our men by a score of 87-70.
The JV squad won their match against the HT JV squad, but a score wasn’t currently forthcoming. They were the only team of the CHS teams that won that night.
The Lady Ironmen lost to the Lady Rams by a score of 45-28. They are currently 1-16 overall; 0-10 in SPC 1A play. The ladies have battled player injuries as well as losing a couple of players on their roster, for various reasons.
Still, they play hard each game, and the primary scorers for the ladies in this one were Terayha Bess with 10 points.
Gabbie McCorkle and Gracie Hester each had 5 points, followed by Nykera Bush’s 4 points, and Maddie Hampton’s one point.
After the women’s game was over, the varsity men came out and the game was on!
The Ironmen had a tough night of it from the outset as the Rams’ big men came out guns blazing, covering Lane Harrill and Lavonte Hughes tightly and providing general mayhem in keeping our shooters from doing what they do best, namely drop “three’s” out of the sky, or rushing in for poetically beautiful lay-ups. That said, the Ironmen hoops squad had other shooters we can trust, such as senior Dylan Harden and junior Austin Thompson. Unfortunately for Harden, whose driving style is a wonder to watch, he got in foul trouble and was soon out with five fouls. Hughes and Harrill had to watch out as the refs hit them with four fouls apiece. Senior Jeremy Varela had three on him as well.
That said, and in spite of only knocking down one three-pointer, Lane Harrill was the top scorer with 21 points on the night, most of which were made on the free-throw line. He was followed by “Tay” Hughes’ 18 points (one of which was a three) and Thompson, who was in double digits with 14 points.
Before he fouled out, Harden scored 8 points, followed by freshman Carson Kelly’s three-pointer. Next up were Jack Mulvery and Gavin Cease, who each had 2 points apiece, with Carter Spangler and Brent Walls each getting a point.
The first half saw the Ironmen trailing 36-29, and they never got closer than three points the entire game. They score 22 points in the second quarter and 25 points in the fourth quarter; the most points of any of the four quarters played. For their part, the running Rams held the CHS men to just seven points in the first quarter, probably the least amount of points the Ironmen have scored in one quarter in a hoops game in quite some time.
The remaining regular season games for the Ironmen are both home games. They played at home against the Lincoln Charter Eagles on Tuesday, Feb. 11, then are at home again Friday, Feb. 14, for Senior Night and a game against the visiting Gryphons of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. The JV game starts at 4:30 p.m., and the varsity games start immediately after that at 6 p.m.
The SPC 1A Conference Tournament is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 18, continuing Wednesday, Feb. 19, and Thursday, Feb. 20. The Sectional playoffs are scheduled to be played Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 25, 27, and 29. The venues are yet to be determined.
(Additional information by Susan L. Powell)