Chattanooga Christian Sweeps Whitwell In Basketball Opener

Smith, Fikkert Lead The Way In Hall Of Champion Victories

Monday, November 11, 2013 - by John Hunt
Chattanooga Christian's Josh Fikkert pulls down a rebound for the Chargers while Whitwell's Tyler Gholston (50) battles.  Fikkert was dominant as he led the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Chattanooga Christian's Josh Fikkert pulls down a rebound for the Chargers while Whitwell's Tyler Gholston (50) battles. Fikkert was dominant as he led the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
- photo by Greg Davick

It's always hard to get a handle on any high school basketball team from the results of their first game, but Chattanooga Christian coach Jim Arnold liked what he saw from the homestanding Chargers as they totally dominated a younger and less experienced Whitwell team.

The final score was 66-33.

The Lady Chargers were equally as impressive as they raced to a big lead early and never looked back while posting a 57-34 win.

Big Josh Fikkert got the Chargers off and running with an alley-oop slam to start the game as the hosts scored the first seven points.

Fikkert had a pair of free throws late in the quarter as Chattanooga Christian had a 14-5 lead at the first break.

The Chargers played helter-skelter defense with players all over the place and arms flying everywhere.  The youthful Tigers didn't respond very well as they went more than eight minutes without scoring.

Josh Patton sank a 3 at the 3:20 mark of the first quarter as Whitwell got to within 10-5, but by the time Hunter Patton scored on a layup with 3:16 to play in the second, the difference was 24-7.

The Chargers had a comfortable 30-8 lead at intermission.

CCS came out firing to start the second half with Fikkert getting things started with a short hook before freshman Ryan Rhodes intercepted the inbounds pass and hit a 3 from the wing.  Nic Matthews scored on a drive from the wing and then sank the free throw as the Charger lead had swelled to 38-8 with less than a minute elapsed in the second half.

Whitwell never quit playing and really had its best stretch in the third quarter.  They got outscored 21-17 during that stretch, but take away that first minute and the Tigers held their own with a 17-13 advantage in the last seven minutes.

Chattanooga Christian then had another fast start to begin the final stanza as the Chargers scored the first nine points as the mercy rule went into effect with 4:36 to play following a 3 by Rhodes.

The biggest lead of the game for CCS came with 2:13 to play following a baseline drive by Andrew Card that made the difference 36 at 66-30. 

Chase White's 3 some 20 seconds later concluded the scoring as subs got to play the last couple fo minutes.

"Overall, I'm pleased as the effort was there," said Arnold after a brief post-game chat with his team.

"The biggest thing I wanted to see was a lot of high energy.  We played hard and everyone got to see some action.  We have a good group of seniors, but we also have some younger guys who contributed some valuable mnutes.  I was glad to see they didn't fold when things didn't go well.

"We turned it over way too much and we made a lot of first-game mistakes, but if you play hard, that makes up for a lot of mistakes.  This a pace that's much faster than we're used to playing, but we'll continue to get better," Arnold nodded.

Whitwell coach Keith Thacker certainly didn't like the results, but he liked the spunk and competitiveness that his team displayed.

"We're young as Hunter Patton is our only returning starter.  He and Chase White are the only two with much experience, but this was our first game together.  The good news is that we didn't quit or lay down.  We have a lot of work to do, but we're improving.

"Chattanooga Christian has an outstanding team and they clearly outplayed us, but I have no complaints when my guys play as hard as they did tonight.  There are times when we'll come out on the short end of the stick, but that's life," the Whitwell coach nodded.

Fikkert, whose arms may be longer than his legs, finished with a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Chargers.

Rhodes followed with 14 points, which included four 3s, while Aaron Jones was also in double figures with 10.  Nine of the 12 CCS players dressed scored at least two points.

White scored eight points to lead the way for Whitwell while Blake Nelson followed with seven, despite getting his nose busted when he took a charge in the fourth quarter.

Hunter Patton was next with five.

The Chargers also had a commanding 40-21 rebounding edge.  Fikkert had 10, including seven in the first half, while Coleman Dirkse had five.  Austin Monsell, Card and Rhodes all finished with four apiece.

Whitwell will be back in action at home on Tuesday when Community pays a visit while CCS will play at Red Bank Tuesday night.

CCS GIRLS 57, WHITWELL 34: The Lady Tigers had a 3-2 lead early before the Lady Chargers went on a 15-0 run and the outcome was never in doubt after that.

The biggest lead of the game came at the end when Joanna Smith tallied two of her game-high 17 points.

Hannah Henry was also in double figures for CCS with 11 points while Rachel Delashmitt was next with eight.

Tanika Gholston was tops for Whitwell with 13 points while Alyssa Coppinger was next with 11.

Girls Summary

Whitwell    5  12  11  6  --  34

Chattanooga Christian   19  9  14  15  --  57

WHITWELL (34) -- Muir, Young, Gholston 13, Smith 3, Andregg 7, Rogers, Coppinger 11, Rains, Pickett, Hedrick, Worley.

CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN  (57) -- Hughes 4, Delashmitt 8, Henry 11, Loyal 2, R. Farlett 4, S. Farlett, Balch, Smith 17, Kelly 2, Dirkse 5, Van Horn, Royer 4.

3-POINT GOALS: Whitwell 2 (Gholston, Smith), CCS 4 (Delashmitt 2, Smith, Dirkse).

Boys Summary

Whitwell    5  3  17  8  --  33

Chattanooga Christian   14  16  21  15  --  66

WHITWELL (33) -- Nelson 7, H. Patton 6, White 8, J. Patton 3, Parris, Meade 2, Sullivan, Morrison, Burdette 5, Lockhart, Chambers, Dawson, B. Gholston, T. Gholston 2.

CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN (66) -- Matthews 3, Rhodes 14, Jones 10, Card 6, Fikkert 20, Alston 3, Fortmiller 4, Mansell, Dirkse 2, Baker, Aldridge 4, Farlett.

3-POINT GOALS: Whitwell 5 (Nelson, White 2, J. Patton, Burdette); Chattanooga Christian 5 (Rhodes 4, Jones).

(email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net

CCS's Rachael Delashmitt dribbles the ball past a Whitwell's Tanika Gholston during Monday night's 57-34 victory over the Lady Tigers.  Delashmitt had eight points for the victorious Lady Chargers.
CCS's Rachael Delashmitt dribbles the ball past a Whitwell's Tanika Gholston during Monday night's 57-34 victory over the Lady Tigers. Delashmitt had eight points for the victorious Lady Chargers.
- Photo2 by Greg Davick

CFC Men Tie, Women Fall 2-0 In Memphis

The Chattanooga FC men clinched their fifth NPSL conference title Saturday night with a 1-1 win at Memphis.  The men are now 7-0-1 in league play.   The game was tied 0-0 at the half.  CFC David Finlay finished a Luis Trude pass in the 47th minute to take the 1-0 lead.  Memphis scored int he 53rd minute to tie the game at one.  The men will host ... (click for more)

UTC Runner Paul Stuart Named Academic All-American

 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Paul Stuart (Brentwood, Tenn.) was named Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).   Stuart just completed his junior season on the men's cross country team and led the Mocs on the course. He earned all-conference honors at the Southern Conference Championships last fall with ... (click for more)

Fire Destroys Highway 58 BBQ

A fire destroyed a barbeque restaurant on Highway 58 on Friday afternoon.   Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to the Highway 58 BBQ around 6 p.m. The business is located at 4921 Highway 58. Though the business was housed in a small building, the flames and smoke could be seen from a long distance away.  Captain Teri Rose with Quint 6 said the ... (click for more)

2nd Independent Candidate May Be On Walker County Ballot

A second Independent candidate may be on the ballot for sole commissioner of Walker County in the election on Nov. 8. Perry D. Lamb, Jr. has been working toward collecting the necessary 1,640 signatures of registered voters on a petition. His campaign said he is close to the goal. Incumbent Bebe Heiskell is running an an Independent. Election officials said since she was ... (click for more)

Save Coolidge Park - And Response (2)

Last Monday morning while at work a good friend messaged me concerning a matter that I had not heard anything about dealing with Coolidge Park and its future. Apparently that night the City Council was to read an ordinance that would allow the mayor to start negotiations with the relocation of the Medal of Honor Museum. This ordinance would enable the city to lease approximately ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Looking For A Wife

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is a really cool place. I tried to buy a huge mounted buffalo head in an antique store there one time until I found out the shipping charges were four times what the head was worth. But suddenly my rapt attention is riveted on Coeur d'Alene again because a dazzling social experiment is taking place this very moment at a plush resort in north Idaho. Several ... (click for more)