BASKETBALL: Tellico's Logan Cox

Tellico Plains’s Logan Cox (center) attempts to dribble the ball through Sequoyah’s Cole Strickland (14) and Dillon Stakely on Nov. 22 in Tellico Plains.

All teams return to action in after Thanksgiving break

Monday, Nov. 29

Sweetwater Wildcats 67, Copper Basin 14: Fourteen different Wildcats scored in a 53-point win for Sweetwater (3-1) over Copper Basin.

Crow Caiza hit a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 11 points while Jayce Upton snagged eight in his season debut. Chris Alford, Wesley Bean, Campbell Hicks, Upton and Jayden Simmons all hit triples while Kaden Duprey, Ryan Littleton, Demarth Upton, Lane Hicks, Parker Holt, Dalen Gibby, Luis Gurerrero and Gibson Alford got on the board.

Sweetwater’s defense held Copper Basin to two shots from the floor in the first half, five on the night and zero points in the fourth quarter.

Sequoyah Chiefs 80, Kingston Yellowjackets 71: On the road without starter Cooper Strickland, Sequoyah picked up a marquee win over a Kingston team that competed in the state tournament a year ago.

Dillon Stakely finished with 28 points — his fourth best number of the season — while the continued emergence of Asher Dalton, 15 points, and starter Caleb Sloan, 15 points, went a long way.

Hayden Rhea hit two first quarter 3-pointers. Sequoyah (3-2) held on in the fourth quarter despite a 34 point night from Kingston’s Colby Raymer.

Hiwassee Dam (N.C.) Eagles 63, Tellico Plains Bears 59 (OT): Ethan Teague hit a trio of 3-pointers en route to a 16-point night, but the Bears (1-2) came up short in their trip to the Tar Heel State.

Tellico started fast, scoring 19 points in the first quarter, but production slowed in the slog of the game — the Bears dropped down to only six points scored in the second quarter.

In overtime, Teague and Logan Cox both hit 3-pointers — Cox also went 6-for-6 at the line in the extra period.

Sweetwater Lady Wildcats 45, Copper Basin Lady Cougars 33: Despite only hitting two shots from the floor in the first quarter, Sweetwater (2-2) was able to overcome a two game skid by way of 14 points from Trinity Upton and nine from Alaysia Macon.

Upton made a game-high six shots from the floor — three of those coming in the final quarter — to help the Lady Cats edge out Copper Basin late.

Tellico Plains Lady Bears 77, Hiwassee Dam (N.C.) Lady Eagles 42: Ten different scorers led Tellico Plains to a rout in their trip across the state line.

Chloe Ratledge went 7-for-9 at the line and finished with 17 points followed by 15 from Kori Hamilton. Emma Moore and Tamyra Dicandio scored nine each followed by eight each from Haley Cooper and Kate Hicks.

The Lady Bears scored 26 points in the third quarter and 25 in the fourth to reach 3-0 on the year.

Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets 72, Sequoyah Lady Chiefs 56: Jesee Weese scored a season high 21 points and is averaging over 10 points a game to start her senior season, but the Lady Chiefs (1-4) dropped their third straight game in a visit to Kingston.

Lynsey Gunter went into double figures for the third time this season while Macy Miner supplied 11 points. Kingston’s Braxton Fritts became the second player to go over 20 points in two games against Sequoyah.


Chiefs lose double digit lead, Chiefs try to keep pace with William Blount

Tuesday, Nov. 25

William Blount Governors 67, Sequoyah Chiefs 51: Cooper Strickland and Asher Dalton joined Dillon Stakely in double figures despite the Chiefs (2-2) dropping their second game of the season.

Dalton hit a pair of 3-pointers, two at the line and a 2-pointer from the field — the senior is off to fast start, averaging 8.8 points per game. The challenge for Sequoyah was slowing down the Governors’ Caden Windle — who made five 3-pointers and finished with 26 points.

Strickland’s 11 moves him to 13.5 points per game while Stakely’s season low of 16 drops him to 17 points per game.

William Blount Lady Govs 64, Sequoyah Lady Chiefs 62: Sequoyah (1-3) held a 14-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but witnessed their guests make a 28-12 run behind 16-fourth-quarter points from William Blount’s McKenna Myeo.

The Lady Govs made 14 shots from the floor through the first 24 minutes before making 10 in the final quarter. Julie Beth Watson had a breakout game for Sequoyah with 25 points before fouling out.

Lynsey Gunter and Jesee Weese combined for five 3-pointers and 11 points each. Macy Miner went 8-for-9 at the line and ended with 10 points.

Monday, Nov. 22

Sweetwater Wildcats 72, Midway Green Wave 36: Behind 11 points from Kaden Duprey and nine points each from four separate players, Sweetwater dominated Midway on the road. The Wildcats (2-1) scored 19 points in the second quarter and 23 in the third after being held to 10 in the first. Chris Alford finished with nine points, as did Gibson Alford, Parker Holt and Dalen Gibby. The Cats, who have been plagued with injuries early on, had nine different scorers in their second 30-point or more win of the season.

Midway Lady Green Wave 36, Sweetwater Lady Wildcats 34: Sweetwater mounted an impressive fourth quarter flurry in their visit to Midway, outscoring the hosts 16-5 in the fourth quarter. However, Trinity Upton — who finished in double figures for the second game in a row — was the only Lady Wildcat to hit a shot in a lopsided 17-2 first quarter. Upton finished with 13 points — eight coming in the second half. Keke Norfolk scored all her points in the second half to finish with 10.

Friday, Nov. 19

Lenoir City Panthers 54, Sweetwater Wildcats 48: Chris and Gibson Alford combined for 29 points as Sweetwater (1-1) came up short in their visit to Lenoir City. Kaden Duprey hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, and ended the night with seven points. The Wildcats hit six shots from the floor down the stretch in the final quarter — their most shots from the floor in a quarter. Ryan Littleton, Robert Holt and Dalen Gibby finished the night with four points each.

Lenoir City Lady Panthers 57, Sweetwater Lady Wildcats 48: Trinity Upton scored 17 points despite Sweetwater (1-1) losing for the first time this season at Lenoir City. Keke Norfolk added 12 points with a pair of field goals in the third quarter. Lenoir City pulled away in the second quarter behind three team 3-pointers. Abbey Davis scored six points while Kaitlynn Packett and Ella Fox scored four points each.

Thursday Nov. 18

Tyner Academy Rams 84, Sequoyah Chiefs 74: Dillon Stakely broke 30 points and Cooper Strickland had 24 points, but the Chiefs (1-1) fell short for the first time this season. Stakely hit eight 3-pointers. Strickland, Stakely and Preston Abdulla combined for six triples in a 27-point first quarter. The Rams had eight team threes and went 18-for-27 at the line. Sequoyah was 9-for-18.

Sequoyah Lady Chiefs 65, Tyner Academy Lady Rams 29: Jesee Weese and Julie Beth Watson finished with 16 points each while Kaiti Johnson broke double digits for the second game in a row, powering the Lady Chiefs (1-1) to their first win of the season. Sequoyah outscored the Lady Rams 20-7 in the first quarter and 39-13 in the first half. Watson hit two 3-pointers and made all eight of her free throws.

Tellico Plains Bears 52, Oliver Springs Bobcats 43: Logan Cox’s 18 points, powered by an 11-for-13 performance at the line, and 10 points from Ethan Teague and Jace Lynn led Will Raby to his first win in his debut as Bears head coach. Tellico (1-0) went 19-for-23 at the line and hit five 3-pointers. The Bears outpaced Oliver Springs 22-14 in the second quarter to get out in front. Oliver Springs only made two shots from the floor in the second half.

Tellico Plains Lady Bears 65, Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats 27: Coach Brooke Evans and Lexy Moore combined for solid debuts. Moore hit four 3-pointers in her first high school appearance en route to a team high 16 points. Kori Hamilton continued to showcase her abilities with 14 points. Chloe Ratledge and Tamyra Dicandio finished with nine points each. Tellico outscored Oliver Springs 19-7 in the first quarter and did not look back.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Sequoyah Chiefs 72, Heritage Mountaineers 38: Dillon Stakely started his senior season with six 3-pointers and 29 points as Sequoyah cruised to a home win. Cooper Strickland finished in double figures after an early triple — Sequoyah led 24-7 after one quarter. Cole Strickland had eight points, Caleb Sloan had seven and Asher Dalton supplied six. Sequoyah held Heritage to only 16 made shots from the floor and zero free throws.

Heritage Lady Mountaineers 74, Sequoyah Lady Chiefs 37: Heritage made eight shots from the floor, jumping out to a swift lead that Sequoyah could not overcome. The Lady Mountaineers had three players finish in double figures while Sequoyah’s Kaiti Johnson and Lysney Gunter finished with 11 and 10 points respectively. Heritage outshot Sequoyah 28 to 10 from the floor.

Sweetwater Wildcats 59, Greenback Cherokees 23: Dalen Gibby buried eight shots from the floor and reached 18 points for an opening day win at Sweetwater. The Cats were without key names in the first meeting against Greenback since 2015 — including Jayce Upton — but rode to a 27 point win. Gibson and Chris Alford had seven points each. Sweetwater led 35-11 at the break. Michael Payne led Greenback with six points.

Sweetwater Lady Wildcats 43, Greenback Lady Cherokees 32: Gracie Hart led Sweetwater with 12 points, followed by seven from sophomore Keke Norfolk, as the Lady Cats won their opening game for the second year in a row. A 12-5 run in the third quarter created the gap needed for Sweetwater. Freshman Maddy Sewell and senior Trinity Upton had six points each.

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