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Hawkins and Millsaps lead Chiefs past Bears

Published: 12:23 PM, 11/29/2012

Author: Brandon Keys
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

TELLICO PLAINS-The Tellico Plains High School Bears were undefeated heading into Saturday's game with the Sequoyah High School Chiefs. The Chiefs needed a statement win, after a tough loss at William Blount.

Taylor Hawkins netted 25 and Andrew Millsaps had 19 to lead the Chiefs to a 67-56 win on the road.

The game was close early as the Chiefs led 15 to 11 after the first quarter.

Robert Vandervort led the Bears with 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Dakota Stone netted 10 points. Ryan Bookout had nine points and Tyler Peeler added eight.

The second quarter is really when the Chiefs build a lead. Shon Stevens hit two three-pointers and finished with eight of his 13 points in that quarter.

The Bears did make a rally in the third, outscoring the Chiefs 16-13 in the stanza.

Hawkins and Millsaps were just too much in the end. The duo combined for 16 of the Chiefs' 20 points in the final quarter.

Adding to Sequoyah's cause were Braden Strickland, Casey Denham and Brett King. Seth Schaffer also logged significant minutes. Denham had four points and two assists, while Strickland added a basket and four steals. Both played well at the point. King manned the paint and made a free throw, as did Schaffer.

Tellico's effort was equally wide spread. Dakota Rinehart had six points. Austyn Balcom and Devon Collier added three a piece, while Bryan Cook had a basket and Lee Gooch tossed in a free throw.

The night belonged to the Chiefs though. Sequoyah head coach Daniel Curtis was pleased with the effort.

"This is a tough place to play. Shawn [Yates] always had the guys ready to go. We just played hard, and we have to finish at the rim more, but we played tough and we just have to continue to fight," said Curtis.  

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