The Hayesville Yellow Jackets had another busy week coming off a game on Saturday the previous week the Jackets got right back at with a Monday Game. In all the Yellow Jackets played three times this past week, playing more times than practicing lately can challenge any team. Yet the results speak for themselves, the Yellow Jackets were up to the challenge going 3-0 on the week.
In the first game of the week Hayesville played host to the Highlands Highlanders from Macon Co. The Yellow Jacket men were the favorites and many thought this may be a lopsided game. Highlands had other plans though even after a first quarter deficit and were carried for a while by Sophomore Reid Carrier. Carrier is player thats really emerging for Highlands and behind his 23 point effort he did all he could to keep the Highlanders in the game. Yet the Yellow Jackets were too much for the Highlanders and would wind up winning 61-41. Don’t let the score fool you though up until late in the 4th quarter it was very much a hotly contested game.
In their second game of the week Hayesville traveled across the county line down to Hiwassee Dam. Hayesville has been trying to get into a groove with their shooting and things started to click for the team. When this Yellow Jacket team is shooting good there are not too many teams in the area that can hang with them. Hiwassee Dam played hard but Hayesvilles talent was just too much winning 73-33.
In the third game of the week Hayesville hosted Andrews in a game most had been waiting for all season. Before the season started Hayesville and Andrews were considered the conference favorites. Both teams while having played in some close conference games were undefeated in conference play up to this point. With first place place position on the line both teams competed at a very high level all night. Their was not a seat to be had and was maybe the most packed I have ever seen the gym at Hayesville.
Hayesville controlled the pace all night and made Andrews play a way they were not accustomed to. The frustration was evident from the Wildcats and even with a great performance from their star point guard junior Kabe Ellis it was not enough. Thanks to some timely free throws in the fourth quarter and two huge three Hayesville pulled out a 54-49 victory.
Hayesville will play only two games this week, finally giving Hayesville some rest and practice time. Hayesville plays at Cherokee on Tuesday night in another highly anticipated matchup. Then the Yellow Jackets will end the week with a non conference bout at home against Nantahala.
In the first game Hayesville travels to cherokee in their second game in a row that will be very competitive. Their 8-8 record is deceiving because they have probably played the hardest non conference schedule of any one in the area. They are 2-2 in conference having lossed to Swain and Andrews but had late leads in both of those games. This Cherokee team is a little up and down having played really well at times. Hayesville will need to handle their high pressure and aggressive play on both ends of the court. Can Hayesville control they pace like they against Andrews on Friday night? If they can they should be able to win this one but strange things can happen in the gym at Cherokee so they need to bring their A game.
In their last game this week Hayesville host Nantahala in their second game against them this year. The first time they matched up it was Hayesville first game of the year. Even so they were able to win 79-67 but were just getting started for the year. This Hayesville team has grown quite a bit since then and I would expect them to play better this time around. Nantahala is dangerous though they love to shoot the three and have tendencies to get hot. When they are hot they can play with anyone, as we know three point shooting can be a great equalizer.