Cherryville Ironmen hoops teams end regular season with losses
Ironman Jack Mulvey gets airborne in order to make two points against the TJCA Gryphons last Friday evening at Nixon Gym.
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
In their final two regular season games, both at home at Nixon Gym’s Bud Black Court, the Ironmen hoops squads fought valiantly against two of the best SPC 1A teams and wound up on the losing end of things; the game and loss against the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Gryphons on Senior Night 2020 possibly being the hardest blow for the five senior men and the four senior ladies.
Against Lincoln Charter
The Eagles of perennial SPC 1A powerhouse Lincoln Charter visited CHS’ Nixon Gym on Tuesday. Feb. 11.
In the first varsity game, the Lady Ironmen lost to the Lady Eagle by a score of 62-9. The CHS ladies’ high scorer was senior Gracie Hester, who got four points against the onslaught of the Lincoln Charter girls and their relentless, high-octane, up-tempo pace against an injury-ridden CHS team.
Behind Hester were teammates Hailey Prince and Terayha Bess who had 2 points apiece. Freshman Gabbie McCorkle was covered from the get-go and managed to score one point. Faith Anthony and Avery Grace Walker, two of Coach Dalton’s high-scoring players, were still out with injuries.
The varsity men lost 80-60 to the Eagles, who covered the Ironmen closely during the game. High scorers for the CHS men were senior Lane Harrill with 24 points, and senior Dylan Harden with 15.
Junior Lavonte Hughes had nine points; junior Austin Thompson had eight, and senior Jeremy Varela had four points in this match-up. Harden and Harrill fouled out.
On Friday, Feb. 14, it was Senior Night for the CHS hoops teams, as well as for the championship-winning CHS Cheerleaders, but it was more like hearts and flowers for the varsity hoops teams, as the Gryphons invaded Nixon Gym and defeated the ladies by a score of 62-22, and the men by a score of 73-67.
The Lady Ironmen had no player in double digits. High scorers for them were Terayha Bess (8 pts.); Maddie Hampton (6 pts., one of which was a three-pointer); Gabbie McCorkle (5 pts.); and senior Nykera Bush (3 pts.).
In varsity men’s action immediately following the Lady Ironmen’s game, two senior Ironmen were in double digits: Lane Harrill (29pts., 5 of which were three-pointers), and Dylan Harden (14 pts., two of which were three-pointers).
Other scorers were junior Austin Thompson, who fouled out unfortunately, but was hot with close-in, two-point shots (9 pts.); Jack Mulvey (5 pts); freshman Carson Kelly and senior Dedrick Taylor (3 points apiece, all off single three-point shots); and seniors Jeremy Varela and Brent Walls, each with 2 points apiece.
The men ended their regular season 15-9 overall.
The SPC 1A Conference Tournament started Tuesday, Feb. 18, and lasts until Thursday, Feb. 20.
Sectional playoffs are Tuesday, Feb. 25, Thursday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 29.
(Additional information by Susan L. Powell)