The Hayesville Yellow Jackets have secured the #2 seed in the west. They will play host in a very intriguing 1st round matchup. Their opponent? Winston Salem Preparatory Academy. Quite a draw for a first round playoff game, but that’s the way it goes especially amidst the Covid season we are in.
Only 32 teams made the playoffs and the nine conference winners out of the west were given a random seeding 1-9. With that said Hayesville got a bit of good luck getting a #2 seed, granted being ranked first in the state one could say it’s well deserved. Chances are as long as Hayesville wins they will be at home for the entirety of the playoffs up until the state championship game.
Hayesvilles Opponent, Winston Salem Prep
The defending state championships, also 6 time state champions were granted a wild card seed being the second best team in their conference. They are forced to be reckoned with in 1A basketball, or at least they have been since the schools inception. Yet every season of that was under one coach, Andre Gould who has now left to a different school. It is well known that WSPA has an open enrollment policy.
This has allowed them to build all star rosters leading to their many state championship wins. Interestingly enough their open enrollment policy may have hurt them when their former coach left. WSPA leading scorer, a junior from their state championship team, should have been back. Yet he followed his coach to his new school along with several of WSPA other players. In fact only four players return from there state championship team. This team is no longer filled with a boat load of sure fire D1 basketball recruits.
Rather they are a very athletic scrappy bunch who has gotten better as the year went on. They still came in second place in traditionally one of the best boys basketball conferences in the state. As well in their last game of the season it was essentially a win and get in situation. They did just that winning ,when it was that or season over. They are playing their best basketball of the season and Hayesville will need to be on their game to win.
Opposing Coach Interview, with Winston Salem Prep Head Coach William Tibbs Jr.
Q: What do you know about your 1st round opponent Hayesville?
A: I know they are a #2 seed overall, undefeated in conference and overall. They probably should have been the #1 overall seed in the state.
Q: Describe your team a little, what do you do well, do you play fast, slow, like to press, shoot the three, pound it inside etc.
A: Were made up of Seniors and Juniors, We like to push the ball but can play anyway we need to play. We had some tough games at the beginning of the year that showed us who we are.
Q: How is your team’s overall health coming into this game?
A: We’re pretty healthy little knicked up and banged up at this time of the year. Nothing that’s going to keep anyone from playing though.
Q: What does your team need to do to win on Tuesday?
A: We need to play our game, respect the opponent but we are not afraid of them.
Interview with Hayesville head Coach Michael Cottrell
Q: What are your expectations/goals in the playoffs
A: We are a unique team. We love to compete and want to measure ourselves against the best teams in the state. Teams that are traditionally strong in the playoffs, obviously every team wants to win state. But first you gotta beat some real good teams to do that and this is one of those teams.
Q: What do you know about your opponent Winston Salem Prep?
A: seen them on film and scouting reports, very athletic strong team team, play in one of the best conferences and typically win that conference. Also have won several state championships in the past ten years or so.
Q:If there was a key or keys to your playoff success what would they be?
A: Rebound to be competitive at the highest levels we are not real big but we compete.
Q: To beat Winston Salem Prep tomorrow night what does your team need to do?
A: rebounding obviously, generate some offense against their athleticism. Not sure if we will out rebound them but if we rebound with them it will give us a good chance. If they are out rebounding us 3 to 1 we won’t beat a team as good as them. We expect this game to be a war, a battle, it is a tough first round matchup with a good team. We anticipated tough games with not as many teams making the playoffs this year.
What to watch for
Hayesville will have to play to the level they are capable of to win this game. Hayesville should be the better shooting team in this game. Yet as usual Hayesville will be the undersized team in this game just as they have been many times this year. A big key to this game will be rebounding for the Yellow Jackets. As well Hayesville is the more fundamentally sound team, playing better team offense and defense. While Prep will have some athletes the likes of which Hayesville has yet to see this year.It will be a big advantage for Hayesville though getting to play at home, while Prep will have a 250 mile five hour drive on a bus.
Hayesville wins 70-58
The Hayesville Yellow Jackets played the Swain Maroon Devils in Bryson city Thursday night. The Yellow Jackets were chasing history looking to become only the second team in Hayesville history to play a regular season undefeated. It looked like Hayesville would fall short of this goal entering the fourth quarter down 55-42. Yet playing the best quarter they had played all season, led by star guard Kolbe Ashe, Hayesville stole a victory from the clutches of defeat. They outscored Swain by 22 points in the fourth quarter winning 71-62.
In the first quarter Hayesville and Swain traded blows early with Swain landing the last few punches in the quarter. Hayesville did not seem quite in sync and were having some turnover troubles that would plague them for the first three quarters of the game. They did get some good finishes from their forward duo. With both Brady Shook and Kyle Lunsford chipping in four first quarter points each. Yet Swain got scoring from four different players and edged Hayesville in the quarter 17-13.
The second quarter once again saw the teams seemingly play pretty evenly, that is until Hayesville found themselves in foul trouble. Starters Brady Shook and Kolbe Ashe finished the quarter on the bench as they had two fouls each. Swain took advantage of a rare occasion for Hayesville, that is having Kolbe Ashe on the bench. Swain played a full court press defense and forced multiple Hayesville turnovers. This allowed them to extend their lead going into halftime to 33-28.
The third quarter saw Swain come out as hot and put Hayesville in an unfamiliar position. That is being down double digits, something that has happened very few times, if any this season. The Yellow Jackets were up against it and appeared to be on their way to their first loss of the season. That is until Kolbe Ashe and company seemingly flipped the switch, starting to finally fight back. It looked like it might be too late though as Swain took a 55-42 lead into the fourth quarter.
After a quick opening bucket by the Devils, the Yellow Jackets found themselves down 15 points looking for answers. From that point forward though it was all Hayesville and they were chipping away at the lead possession by possession. Led by Ashe who had ten fourth quarter points, Hayesville all of sudden found themselves in a dogfight. Swain fighting for a chance at a playoff berth and Hayesville fighting for a chance at history.
Hayesville hit five three pointers in the fourth quarter, each feeling more important than the previous one. The last of those five threes put them up by three with under two minutes left in the game. After regaining possession Swain had no choice but to foul with the game on the line. Swain waited to foul until the ball was in the hands of freshman Asher Brown. Brown calmly went to the free throw line and nailed two free throws, only to do the exact same thing on the next possession. After the four biggest free throws of Brown’s young career, the Yellow Jackets had a seven point lead with only seconds left.
Hayesville not only finished the game off winning 71-62 but made history completing an undefeated regular season. It was a very cool moment for myself as a media member. Having played myself on Hayesvilles last regular season undefeated team (2011-2012), now getting to cover the second team in school history to do it. Both teams being very similar, undersized but scrappy, great defensively and playing great unselfish team ball. With each team having a bona fide star guard leading the way. The question remains though, can this Hayesville team do what the first undefeated regular season team could not? That is to win a North Carolina 1A state championship.
Hayesville notable stats:
Kolbe Ashe: 30 points 8 rebounds 8 assists
Blake McClure:14 points 6 rebounds
Kyle Lunsford: 10 points 9 rebounds
Click link below to see post game interview with Kolbe Ashe and Blake McClure
Playoff brackets will come out on Sunday afternoon and Hayesville will find out their seeding for playoffs as well as their first round opponent. FYN will have all that coverage as the state releases the information. As well FYN will also be providing playoff game previews for each round of the playoffs. So make sure to tune in to all the latest coverage from FYN sports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports.
The Hayesville Lady Yellow Jackets played at the Swain Lady Devils in their last game of the season on Thursday evening. Hayesville and Swain, both likely already out of playoff contention, did not play like two teams whose seasons were coming to an end. Both teams played hard for four full quarters. The game came down to the wire with Hayesvlle almost pulling off the comeback win. Yet they came up short on the last possession losing 51-53.
In the first quarter Hayesville got out to a quick lead, thanks to three first quarter three pointers. Yet Swain battled back late in the quarter and hit some big shots of their own. Both teams were executing well on offense but the Lady Devils struck the last blow in the quarter. This allowed them to take a 16 to 13 lead into the second quarter.
The second quarter saw each team ratchet up the defense and buckets were not coming easily for either team. Hayesville offense was only salvaged in the quarter thanks to two big threes from Lizzy Brusini. While Swain was led by Savannah Smith who had seven of her teams nine third quarter points. Hayesville was able to edge Swain by one point in the quarter cutting the lead to 23-25 going into halftime.
In the third quarter the Hayesville offense really faltered only managing seven third quarter points. This allowed Swain to increase their lead and take the momentum. It was Swains senior night and they were playing with great energy. With some strong inside play Swain outscored Hayesville by four points in the quarter. They carried a 36-30 lead and the momentum going into the fourth quarter.
It appeared the Lady Devils may cruise to victory going into the fourth quarter. Yet Hayesville had one last run in them looking to steal a victory away after trailing for the majority of the game. Behind a big quarter from Brianna Foster who had 10 fourth quarter points Hayesville brought the game all the way back even. Yet they couldn’t finish it off losing in the final moments of the game 53-51.
One has to wonder if this was a regular season with 20 plus games what this Hayesville girls team would have become. It seems this team is just starting to play their best basketball of the season, only to have their season end.
Hayesville leading scorers:
Brianna Foster: 20 points
Lizzy Brusini: 9 points
Lila Payne: 9 points
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The Hayesville Yellow Jackets hosted the Rosman Tigers in their final home game of the regular season. The Yellow Jackets came into this game with a conference championship already clinched but they are now chasing after an undefeated season. Hayesville was obviously the superior team in this matchup winning 85-24.
The first quarter of this game was the only one that had any back and forth action. Rosman came out, actually taking a narrow lead but it would not last long. Hayesville played all 11 players in the quarter getting scoring from seven different ones. By quarters Hayesville had taken a 20-10 lead.
In the second quarter Hayesville took total control of the game, leaving the game beyond reach by halftime. Once again getting scoring from multiple players, six in total it was a complete team effort in the first half. The Yellow Jackets took a commanding 39-17 lead into the break.
The third quarter saw the Yellow Jackets play even better, scoring 25 points in the quarter while only allowing Rosman to score only two points. The Yellow Jackets got scoring from eight different players in the quarter. Oftentimes in games like this you may see selfish play with a few players doing the bulk of the scoring. Not this Yellow Jacket team they played some great team ball getting everyone involved throughout all four quarters.
Coming into the fourth quarter with a 64-19 lead the clock was running and the game was coming to a quick end. Even with a running clock Hayesville still scored 21 points in the quarter. The Yellow Jackets had five double figure scorers on the night and ultimately won the game 85-24.
Hayesville leading scorers:
Tyler Jones: 15 points
Asher Brown: 11 points
Kyle Lunsford: 11 points
Blake McClure: 10 points
Brady Shook: 10 points
The Hayesville Yellow Jackets next play on Thursday at Swain, this is their last regular season game. The Yellow Jackets come into this game undefeated and are looking at becoming only the second team in Hayesville history to have a undefeated regular season. To get updates or see how the Yellow Jackets have done tune in to all the latest coverage FYN sports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports.
The Hayesville Lady Yellow Jackets hosted the Rosman Lady Tigers in their last home game of the season. The Lady Yellow Jackets played very well and went toe to toe with Rosman for the entire game. Hayesville had multiple opportunities to take a late lead and steal a win. Yet it was difficult to overcome a large disparity in the fouls and overall officitiating of the game. The Lady Yellow Jackets ultimately fell 60-56.
In the first quarter Hayesville got off to a rough start, while Rosman came out firing. It did not help that there were several calls from the officials that were incorrect and helped Rosman. The Lady Tigers got their lead up to fourteen points, but Hayesville chipped away at it late in the quarter. Thanks to a few late buckets Hayesville only trailed 18-10 to end the quarter.
In the second quarter Hayesville came out hot, outplaying Rosman for much of the quarter. The Lady Yellow Jackets got scoring from six different players in the quarter. They got six a piece from Breanna Foster and Lila Payne, creating a nice inside out game. It was obvious for much of the game that Hayesville had a big advantage in the post. A big part of their success in the second quarter was their rebounding effort and inside defense. Hayesville came all the way back in the quarter almost taking a lead into the half only trailing 30-29.
The third quarter was back and forth but Rosman hit some timely threes towards the end of the quarter to extend their lead. Hayesville struggled offensively in the quarter having some good looks just unable to finish. Rosman took a 45-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
Coming into the fourth quarter it was anyone’s game and Rosman looked like they may extend their lead beyond reach. The Lady Tigers had a 10 point lead with about three minutes left, with Hayesvilles window to possibly win closing quickly. Yet with a couple of big threes Hayesville all of a sudden found themselves down only four. Then they narrowed the lead to just two points but just couldn’t get over that last hump losing 60-56.
It needs to be pointed out that the officiating seemed to favor Rosman throughout the game. At one point during the fourth quarter the second half foul count was Hayesville 13 fouls to only 4 for Rosman. As well, Rosman shot 14 more free throws in the game than Hayesville. It was a rare instance where officials probably did alter the final outcome of the game.
Hayesville leading scorers:
Brianna Foster: 21 points
Lila Payne: 11 points
Jocelin Buckner 11 points
The Lady Yellow Jackets will next play Thursday at Swain in their final game this season. To get updates or see how the Yellow Jackets have done tune in to all the latest coverage FYN sports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports.
The Hayesville Yellow Jackets took their undefeated record into what many thought would be a tough away game on Tuesday evening. Away games are always tough in the SMC and their opponent Andrews looked ready to give the Yellow Jackets all they had. Andrews though could not have been prepared for what they ended up facing though. That is an absolutely incredible night from Hayesville star guard Kolbe Ashe. His 21 first half points led Hayesville to an overwhelming 78-39 victory over the Wildcats.
The Wildcats played Hayesville tough in the first quarter going back and forth early. Hayesville had some early turnover troubles that led to some easy baskets for Andrews. This led coach Mike Cottrell to switching out four players earlier than usual. It worked to perfection as the second unit gave Hayesville the jolt they needed. Hayesville took the lead back midway through the quarter, then extended it further thanks to a couple of late baskets.
Hayesville carried a 14-8 lead into the second quarter, came out firing and looked to push the pace. Hayesville was playing for what they knew would at least be a share of the conference championship with a win. Kolbe Ashe knowing this played one of his best games of the year and wanted to not give Andrews any reason to believe they could beat Hayesville on this night. Ashe put on a show in the first half and almost single handedly outscored Andrews. Behind Ashe’s 21 first half points Hayesville carried a 33-22 lead into the half.
In the second half Andrews knew they would need to come out hot to have a chance to hang with Hayesville. The Yellow Jackets though were the team that came out firing, leaving Andrews with no chance at a comeback. Hayesville got on an early run and had basically put the game out of reach by the middle of the third quarter. Then with Hayesville bringing on their entire second unit they still continued to stretch their lead. By quarter’s end Hayesville led 52-27 and could start to taste the conference championship.
Andrews, desperate to get back in the game in the fourth quarter, started a half court trapping defense, playing frantically trying to force turnovers. Yet freshman Asher Brown, who was playing at the point guard position handled it masterfully for Hayesville. Brown playing with the savviness of a senior battle tested point guard, led the Yellow Jacket offense in the fourth quarter helping clinch a share of the conference championship. With a big performance out of Jose Espinal who had 8 fourth quarter points and a highlight reel block on defense, Hayesville won 78-39.
Hayesville Leading Scorers:
Kolbe Ashe: 31 points
Brady Shook: 11 points
Asher Brown: 9 points
Jose Espinal: 8 points
While Hayesville knew they had clinched at least a share of the conference championship. It wasn’t until later in the night when they found out both teams in second place had lost, making Hayesville the outright conference champions with three games left to go in the season. Hayesville will next play at Cherokee Friday night looking to stay undefeated on the season.
Click link to see interviews with Hayesville players Brady Shook, Kolbe Ashe, Blake McClure and head coach Michael Cottrell reflecting on their conference championship and what’s left in their season.
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The Hayesville Lady Yellow hosted the Murphy Lady Bulldogs on Friday evening in a conference matchup. The Lady Yellow Jackets played the Lady Bulldogs tough and after getting down early played with them for much of the game. Ultimately though the Lady Bulldogs were too much for Hayesville, pulling away in the fourth quarter winning 53-33.
In the first quarter the Lady Yellow Jackets got off to a rough start as Murphy couldn’t miss from three early. Lady Bulldogs guard Kaiya Pockens got off to a hot start scoring 11 first quarter points including three three pointers. After the rough start Hayesville battled back but still trailed at the end of the first quarter 20-8.
In the second quarter the Lady Yellow Jackets were playing well in many facets of the game. They did much better than in the first game against Murphy at breaking the press. Yet even when breaking the press they struggled to score in the half court. A problem that has plagued Hayesville all year, simply put they struggle to the ball in the hoop. They finished the quarter trailing 33-16.
The Lady Jackets came out in the third quarter battling hard and playing very evenly with Murphy. They held the Lady Bulldogs to only 11 third quarter points giving themselves a chance to get back in the game. Yet the Lady Jackets could only muster 10 points themselves in the quarter. On nights when this Hayesville team finds ways to score they can play with anyone. Yet tonight was not one of those nights and they ended the third quarter trailing 44-26.
Once again Hayesville held tight defensively against Murphy in the fourth quarter. In each successive quarter tonight Hayesville held Murphy to less points. Yet with the game already out of hand it was too much for a Lady Yellow Jacket comeback tonight. The Lady Yellow Jackets still trying to fix their offensive woes fell to Murphy 53-33.
The Lady Yellow Jackets next play on Saturday, February 6th hosting the Robbinsville Lady Black Knights. To get updates or see how the Yellow Jackets have done tune in to all the latest coverage FYN sports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports.
The Hayesville Yellow Jackets traveled to the western most geographically located school in the state, Hiwassee Dam. This Friday matchup against the host Eagles while being non conference still meant a lot for the Yellow Jackets. Hayesville was looking to continue on their undefeated streak and build momentum going into the second half of their schedule. Well momentum was built alright with an impressive 68-58 victory.
The Yellow Jackets trotted out five new starters on the night, giving some important role players the opportunity. With two early threes, one by Rudy Seaker and another by Jose Espinal, Hayesville had an early lead. It did not last though, the Eagles had some strong post play in the first quarter and fought back to take a lead. Thanks to a basket-saving block by senior Blake McClure that lead was kept to just four points. Hayesville finished the quarter trailing only 16 to 12.
The second quarter was a different story though, Hayesville had a prolific quarter scoring the ball. They put up an incredible 34 points in the quarter, leaving Hiwassee Dam baffled looking for answers at the halftime break. They got points from seemingly everywhere the fastbreak, free throw line, three pointers and inside. To top it off their defense held the Eagles to only 7 second quarter points resulting in a 46-19 halftime lead.
Going into the third quarter most thought Hayesville would cruise to an easy victory. This could not be further from the truth though as Hiwassee Dam started the quarter on a 13-0 run to bring the game to 46-32. Hayesville responded with a 8-0 run of their own to quickly put some distance between themselves and the Eagles. The quarter ended with Hayesville leading 54-36 and the Eagles on the ropes.
Hiwassee Dam would just not go away though starting the quarter with a quick four points to once again cut the lead within striking distance. This was truly a game of runs though with Hayesville answering right back. The Eagles still fought hard down the stretch, slowly shrinking the Hayesville lead. With the stunning third quarter that Hayesville had, Hiwassee Dam could never catch up with Hayesville winning 68-58.
Hayesville leading scorers:
Kolbe Ashe: 13 points
Paul White: 13 points
Kyle Lunsford: 12 points
The Hayesville Yellow Jackets next play on Tuesday, February 2nd hosting the Robbinsville Black Knights. To get updates or see how the Yellow Jackets have done tune in to all the latest coverage FYN sports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports.
The Hayesville Yellow Jackets hosted the Swain Maroon Devils in a big conference matchup on Tuesday night. This game marked the halfway point in conference play. With Swain in second and Hayesville in first with a one game lead, this game was to decide who might be the top team in the conference. It was a back and forth game but thanks to a strong 4th quarter Hayesville grinded out a big win. This now gives Hayesville a two game lead in the conference.
In the first quarter there was plenty of Yellow Jacket offense, getting off to a great start setting an early tone. Hayesville got scoring from six different players, paced by sophomore Kyle Lunsford who had six early points. Swain got a few early buckets and looked like they may stay on pace with Hayesville in the quarter. Towards the end of the quarter, Hayesville tightened up their defense and were able to build a lead. The Yellow Jackets finished the quarter leading 20-12.
In the second quarter Hayesvilles offense was still humming and once again, spread the scoring around. The Yellow Jackets got scoring from five different players in the quarter and almost matched their first quarter scoring output. Yet in this quarter Swain started to heat up, scoring 17 points of their own to make sure Hayesville would not run away with it. The game went to the halftime break with Hayesville leading 39-29.
In the third quarter Swain fought hard and were able to outpace the Jackets for the first time all game. This was thanks to a huge output by their star center Isaiah Collins who had 12 of his 25 points on the night in the third quarter. In the meantime Hayesvilles offense struggled in the quarter and Swain was able to shrink the lead to a one possession game. At the end of the quarter Hayesville was holding onto a 49-47 lead, with it looking like anyone’s game.
Typically this season the fourth quarter has belonged to star guard Kolbe Ashe but not on this night. Swain refused to let Ashe beat them single handedly as he has many other opponents this year. With the defense tight on Ashe he made some great passes and was awesome leading the break. Many of those passes went to senior guard Paul White who had a breakout night. He led the Jackets in fourth quarter scoring with 9 points.
It was great to see some other Yellow Jackets step up on this night in the battle for first place in the conference. As opponents put more and more focus on Kolbe Ashe, it is leaving other Yellow Jackets with scoring opportunities and they are coming up clutch, just as White did tonight. Hayesville finished the game off winning 68-58 securing their poll position in the Smoky Mountain Conference.
Watch Senior Guard Paul White discuss his team’s big win and his strong fourth quarter performance.
Hayesville leading scorers:
Kolbe Ashe: 20 points
Paul White: 13 points
Blake McClure: 10 points
Kyle Lunsford: 8 points
Asher Brown: 7 points
Hayesville will next play at Hiwassee Dam on Friday, January 29th. To get updates or see how the Yellow Jackets have done tune in to all the latest coverage FYN sports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports.
The Hayesville Lady Yellow Jackets hosted the Swain Lady Devils on Tuesday night. The game was an important one for the Lady Yellow Jackets. Coming off a three game losing streak this was an opportunity for Hayesville to get back on track. While it was by no means an easy game they did get back on the right side of the win column. They defeated the Lady Devils 39-32 to pick up their second conference win.
In the first quarter the Lady Yellow Jackets got off to a good start, playing as hard as we have seen all season. Hayesville got scoring from five girls in the quarter and got out to an early lead. This is while they played great defense which was a theme throughout the game for the Lady Jackets. They finished the quarter with a 15 to 7 lead.
In the second quarter the Hayesville offense came to a screeching halt. While only scoring six points in the quarter, it seemed that may leave the door open for Swain to fight back. This was to no avail though as the Lady Jackets defense continued to impress holding Swain to a measly five points in the quarter. This actually allowed Hayesville to extend their lead even further, going into halftime with a 21-12 lead.
The Lady Yellow Jacket offense was still asleep at the wheel in the third quarter unfortunately. Only scoring three points in the quarter allowed Swain to get right back in it. While Hayesvilles defense was still solid, their low scoring output really hurt them. At the quarters end Swain had come all the way back to take the lead. It appeared that Hayesville was about to let another winnable game slip away. Swain led going into the fourth quarter 26-24.
Coming into the fourth quarter, Hayesville knew they were going to have to find more ways to score to have a chance. They got back to much of what they did in the first quarter. They spread the ball around and got multiple players involved. Four different players scored in the quarter totaling 15 fourth quarter points. This matched their first quarter output and this is all while holding Swain to only six fourth quarter points. This allowed Hayesville to fight off the Lady Devils and win 39-32.
Watch head coach Chad McClure discuss his teams win, toughness and his thoughts on the conference this year.
Hayesville leading scorers:
Lila Payne: 12 points
Kynnly McClure: 8 points
The Lady Yellow Jackets will next play at Hiwassee Dam on Friday, January 29th. To get updates or see how the Yellow Jackets have done tune in to all the latest coverage FYN sports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports.
The Hayesville Yellow Jackets hosted their rival Murphy Bulldogs on senior night. This game was a tough physical battle from start to finish. Hayesville went blow for blow with Murphy all game and never lost their head. Credit to not only their physical toughness but their mental toughness. Especially with the trash talk being constant from the Bulldogs players and bench all night. Thanks to a great fourth quarter the Yellow Jackets pulled away winning 60-46.
In the first quarter Hayesville got out to an early lead thanks to a 7-0 run. The Yellow Jackets went cold late in the quarter unable to extend their lead further. Yet due to some great defense and rebounding Hayesville was able to hold Murphy to just four points in the quarter. This gave the Yellow Jackets a 9-4 lead heading into the second quarter.
At the start of the second quarter Murphy started to fight back and appeared ready to give Hayesville a tough game. It was back and forth for much of the quarter with Bulldogs outsourcing the Yellow Jackets in the quarter. Murphy had the chance to narrow the lead further as Abram Abling stole the ball and got a good look at the basket to end the quarter but just missed. Hayesville went into halftime leading 20-17 but the Bulldogs had gained some important momentum.
In the third quarter the Bulldogs chipped away at the lead even further getting it down to just one point. Yet Hayesville never shied away from the challenge coming back strong late in the quarter with some big plays by Kolbe Ashe. He made two threes in the quarter, got fouled on another three pointer making all three and had an old-fashioned and one three point play in the quarter. Simply put Murphy had no answer for him. This resulted with Hayesville ending the quarter with a 39-32 point lead looking to close it out.
Hayesville responded with a big fourth quarter scoring wise leaving Murphy no chance at a comeback. Hayesville scored 21 in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach and vaulted them to a double digit win 60-46. This game not only put Hayesville one step closer to a conference championship but also kept them undefeated on the season. Hayesville now stands just three wins away from at least a share of the conference championship.
Hayesville leading scorers:
Kolbe Ashe: 26 points
Kyle Lunsford: 10 points
Blake McClure: 10 points
Brady Shook: 9 points
To see post game interview with star guard Kolbe Ashe click below:
The Hayesville Lady Yellow Jackets traveled to Hiwassee Dam on Friday night to take on the Lady Eagles. This was a non conference matchup but a good opportunity for Hayesville to continue their momentum from a win earlier in the week. After a good start to the game it looked like the Lady Jackets may be able to do just that. Yet offensive woes hit hard in the second half and they lost in a nail biter 40-38.
The first quarter went back and forth with both teams making good on a few early opportunities. Hayesville came out in their 2-2-1 press early in the game, forcing turnovers early and often. Yet even with the stolen possessions, the Lady Jackets struggled to finish around the basket after their early success. Hayesville got their offense going though late in the quarter though making several long jumpers, building a first quarter lead of 15-5.
It was evident that the Lady Eagles offense was going to flow through their post scoring. Hayesvilles defense was stifling the guards but struggling to stop it when Hiwassee Dam got the ball in the post. As well the free throw opportunities were plentiful behind some happy whistles. This was partially responsible for the Lady Eagles cutting into the lead. Hayesville, hot from three, were able to maintain a lead going into halftime 23-17.
The third quarter has been a struggle offensively for the Lady Jackets this season and this night was no different. While getting some open looks, it felt like there was a lid on the basket. Yet because of their always stellar defense the Lady Jackets were able to keep their lead going into the fourth quarter. Also due to two late three pointers extending the lead to 32-26 even after some frustrating misses.
Going into the fourth quarter it felt like the game could be slipping away from the Lady Jackets. Hiwassee Dam got a few early points to make it a one possession game. Hayesville did not just go away though, they answered with some key baskets of their own. It was a very entertaining fourth quarter from both teams, going back and forth with each possession feeling more important than the last.
Due to a few untimely turnovers though the Lady Eagles were able to fight all the way back and take a late fourth quarter lead, their first of the game. With the deficit at four Hayesville got a big three from junior Lila Payne to cut it to one. Hayesville had two straight possessions with a chance to take the lead but couldn’t get good shots to fall. Hiwassee Dam had a chance to push their lead beyond reach but missed several free throw opportunities. The Lady Jackets though could not get a single shot to fall in the closing moments losing 40-38.
Hayesville leading scorers:
Lila Payne 18 points
Brianna Foster 8 points
The Lady Yellow Jackets next play on Tuesday, February 2nd hosting the Robbinsville Lady Black Knights. To get updates or see how the Yellow Jackets have done tune in to all the latest coverage FYN sports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports.
The Hayesville Yellow Jackets hosted the Andrews Wildcats on Friday evening in an important conference matchup.
In the first quarter the game looked as if it was going to be a good matchup as the teams went back and forth. It was easy to tell what type of team Andrews is looking to be this year as they were letting threes fly early and often. They knocked down a few of those looks and built an early lead. Hayesville was still very much in striking distance though looking to pull close towards the end of the quarter. Even with a strong effort to end the quarter Hayesville trailed Andrews 17-12 to end the first quarter.
The Yellow Jackets charged back quickly to open the 2nd quarter. As Senior Blake McClure had 5 straight points to open the second quarter and bring the game back even. The Yellow Jackets carried McClure’s early momentum into team success as they played probably their best quarter of basketball this season. They held Andrews to just 10 points in the quarter while scoring 19 themselves. With a differential of plus nine for the Yellow Jackets in the quarter they held a 31-27 lead at the half.
The second half started slow with both teams ratcheting up the defense and the buckets hard to find. About halfway through the second quarter though the Yellow Jackets started to find their groove again and put some points on the board. A large part of this was due to their press defense that caused turnovers and helped them get some easier looks. With the Hayesville offense humming to end the quarter, they were able to extend their lead 45-36 going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter had plenty of scoring early, but Hayesville was able to incrementally build on their lead, to a point where it was out of reach. As a common theme coming down the stretch of many games this year for the Yellow Jackets Kolbe Ashe took over. Making several big baskets down the stretch left Andrews with no chance for a last minute comeback. Hayesville won 68-54, staying undefeated on the season.
The Yellow Jackets will next play Tuesday, January 19th. They will play host the Cherokee Braves, in a conference matchup. To get updates or see how the Yellow Jackets have done tune in to all the latest coverage FYN sports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports
The Hayesville Lady Yellow Jackets played host to the Andrews Lady Wildcats on Friday night. This was an important conference matchup, as the Lady Jackets were trying to get back to .500 in conference. Hayesville was the superior team in this game and dominated through all four quarters. The Lady Yellow Jackets secured the win on the night 61-13.
Hayesville started the game out on an 18-0 run to give themselves an early cushion. The early lead allowed the Lady Jackets to play comfortably and share the ball getting everyone involved. It was a good night for head coach Chad McClure to try some things both defensively and offensively. As we saw Hayesville run full and half court traps on defense. At the half the Lady Yellow Jackets led 43-9.
The second half was much of the same with Hayesville dictating the game on their terms. Hayesville extended their lead to over 40 points with 5:30 left in their third quarter. This resulted in a running clock as by the rulebook. At this point the game was all Hayesville and the final result came quickly.
The Lady Jackets did have some strong individual performances regardless of the score. Sometimes games like these can be great for a players confidence and result in continued high level play in future contests. Hayesville finished the game as strong as they started, winning 61-13. While they may have been the better team, they also played hard and shared the ball on well this night.
The Lady Jackets will look to continue on their momentum built in their first conference win next week. They will have another conference home game on Tuesday, January 19th as the Cherokee Lady Braves come to town. To get updates or see how the Yellow Jackets have done tune in to all the latest coverage FYN sports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports
The Hayesville Yellow Jackets traveled to Murphy on Tuesday night to take on their rivals the Murphy Bulldogs. While in the past few years Hayesville has dominated this match up, you always have to come ready to play when facing a rival. The game was a close one throughout with Hayesville sustaining a narrow lead for the majority of the game. With some solid free throw shooting and good ball control Hayesville was able to secure a 64-56 win on the night.
In the first quarter Hayesville was executing well on offense and rebounding really well. Hayesville got scoring from five different players in the quarter. Led by Paul While who had 7 first quarter points. Hayesville after having been roughed up by Robbinsville in their last game came ready to be more physical in this contest. They did not shy away from the contact and there was plenty of contact from the first quarter all the way through the fourth quarter.
Hayesville carried an 18-11 lead going into the second quarter and appeared ready to extend their lead even further. That is until Murphy’s Dillon Brown got hot off the bench, scoring 13 2nd quarter points to keep the Bulldogs in it. Hayesville’s defense was focused on Murphy star Abram Abling leaving Brown several open looks from three. Credit to the Jackets though because after the half, they made adjustments and held Brown to only two second half points.
At the half Hayesville had a 33-28 lead and it looked to be anybody’s game. In the second half though Hayesville was getting steady contributions from multiple players. Each time Murphy made an adjustment it seemed another Hayesville player would step up. One of those players Brady Shook, had one of the better nights of his career. Shook scored 12 points and had a bunch of rebounds but possibly most importantly played great defense on Murphy’s star Abling all night. While Abling did have 19 points but he had a low percentage from the field and took lots of shots to get that 19. Hayesville ended the third quarter with a 48-41 lead.
Going into the fourth quarter Murphy’s bench received a technical, gifting Hayesville two free throws and possession to start the quarter. This hurt the Bulldogs as it allowed Hayesville to extend their lead even more. Making the Bulldogs comeback attempt that much tougher. The game was incredibly physical and while no flagrants were called on the night several times referees discussed the possibility. Fans on both sides probably wanted a few flagrants called, yet it’s early in the year and just as the players are getting into their groove, so are the referees.
Hayesville possessed the ball well and hit their free throws down the stretch. This allowed them to handle any comeback attempt and put the game away winning 64-56 over their rival.
Postgame quotes from Hayesville head coach Michael Cottrell:
“Thought it was a very good road win”
When asked about Brady Shooks performance
“That’s what we expect to see and that’s what we have been seeing in practice. Was glad to see him play well he had a really tough assignment”
“We need to clean up some of the stuff we are struggling with early in the season, we don’t have long but we clean them up and we will have a nice team.”
Kolbe Ashe: 19 points
Brady Shooks: 12 points
Paul White: 11 points
Kyle Lunsford 10 points
The Hayesville Yellow Jackets will next play on Friday hosting the Andrews Wildcats. To get updates or see how the Yellow Jackets have done tune in to all the latest coverage FYN sports on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at https://claync.fetchyournews.com/category/teamfynsports
The Hayesville Lady Yellow Jackets played at Murphy on Monday night. They took on the defending co-state champion Lady Bulldogs. Murphy came into the game as heavy favorites after only losing one player off the state championship team. To make things even tougher it appeared Hayesville only dressed 9 out of the 15 players listed on their roster. Murphy got out to a big first quarter lead and never looked back winning 53-28.
It appeared in the opening moments of the game that Hayesville may be ready to give the Lady Bulldogs some trouble. Lila Payne opened up the game with back to back threes giving Hayesville their only lead of the night. Murphy quickly fought back using a stifling press defense that gave Hayesville fits. The times Hayesville broke the press their offense actually did well. Yet those opportunities were not coming often. Murphy hounded Hayesvilles guards for the entirety of the first half to go along with some great shooting.
It is easy to see why this Murphy team is a favorite to repeat for a state championship this year. They are loaded with talent and play as aggressively as any girls team you will see. Behind six first half threes Murphy took a 38-13 lead into halftime.
After the half Hayesville did a much better job of handling the pressure and looked to give Murphy a hard time. It appears when a team gets the Lady Bulldogs into a half court game that may be one of their only weaknesses. Head coach Chad McClure’s pregame keys were handling pressure, don’t give open looks and rebound. Hayesville rebounded pretty well all night even when at a size disadvantage. They handled pressure better in the second half along with playing better defense. Hayesville actually tied the Lady Bulldogs when it came to second half scoring 15-15.
One could wonder if Hayesville had their full complement of players if they could have given Murphy a better game. It will make for an intriguing match up the second time they play at Hayesville if both teams can be at full health. Regardless the Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Yellow Jackets 53-28.
Lila Payne 11 points
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