Baylor Thumps Soddy Daisy In Hoops For Hope Gathering

GPS, Notre Dame, Signal Mountain Also Victorious In Breast Cancer Benefit

Saturday, December 14, 2013 - by John Hunt

Pink was the color of the day on Saturday at Signal Mountain High School.

There were five basketball games and most were one-sided, but the biggest winner was the Mary Ellen Locher Foundation as the Fifth Annual Hoops For Hope was held to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

The GPS Bruisers beat the CSAS Lady Patriots by a 46-33 final in the first game of the day that also turned out to be the closest.

Notre Dame defeated Red Bank by a 54-32 final before Baylor recorded a 60-27 victory over Soddy Daisy.

  Then in the final two games, Signal Mountain easily defeated South Pittsburg with the girls prevailing by a 55-28 margin and the boys rolling to a 71-35 win.

But on a day where pink was everywhere, the mood was upbeat all day as money was raised to fight this dreaded disease.

Several teams wore pink uniforms and most had pink shoelaces and socks to match.  There were lots of balloons and ribbons and even the basketball that was used was pink.

Signal Mountain coach Steven Redman, who started this event when he was the girls coach at Red Bank, was a big prize winner as he and his coaches earned the award for the "Best Dressed Coaches" while he also was the grand prize winner of a hand-made quilt that was created with this event in mind.

There were also six scholarships awarded and the cash amount will be determined by how much money was raised throughout the day.

Those winners included Copeland Cobb, Lauren Hood and Lucy Whitfield of GPS and the trio of Jonathan Shander, Ryan Claxton and Lauren Nix from Signal Mountain.

BAYLOR 60, SODDY DAISY 27: This game was never really close, although Soddy Daisy did a good job of overcoming a 14-0 Baylor run to start the game and was behind by only four points (22-18) at the half.

The Lady Red Raiders came out smoking to start the second half and that four-point lead quickly swelled to 35-18.  Another 11-0 run by Baylor from the end of the third quarter to midway through the fourth was the final straw as Baylor outscored the Lady Trojans by a 38-9 margin in the second half to win going away.

"We made a lot of shots in the first and third quarters, but we were too sloppy in the second when we didn't hit anything," said Baylor coach John Gibson after watching his girls even their record at 4-4.

"We're in the middle of a tough stretch where we have a lot of games, but we have to get better with our half-court offense.  Our press created some turnovers which led to some easy looks, but we normally don't score like we did today," Gibson added.

Soddy Daisy coach Drew Lyness liked what he saw in the first half, but the second half was a totally different story.

"We were on cloud nine at halftime after finishing strong before the break, but we went completely backward in the second half as we just totally panicked.  We were beginning to handle their press, but they made some adjustments and we let it affect our play.

"We couldn't make a shot and we turned it over way too much.  Our effort was lacking in spots and the conversation in the dressing room following the game was not positive.  It just wasn't a fun afternoon for us," Lyness nodded after his team had dropped to 2-8 overall.

Abby Hubert scored 18 points to lead the Baylor attack while Kaleigh Clemons followed with 11.  Skyla Looper came off the bench to score eight points.

Hubert also snagged 10 rebounds as Baylor won the battle of the boards, 30-19.  Hannah Smith had five boards for the Lady Trojans while Hannah Harris grabbed four.

Morgan Hopkins was tops for Soddy Daisy with seven points while Mallory Wade was next with six.

GPS 46, CSAS 33: The Bruisers slowly built a nice lead in the first half and had the upper hand at 28-13 when the horn sounded for intermission, but the Lady Patriots made it interesting in the second half.

However, the Bruisers were able to regroup in the final stanza to claim the double-digit win, their ninth in 10 games.

Akia Harris scored 14 points to lead a trio of GPS players in double figures.  Kelby Crownover and Kara Ware both followed with 10 apiece.

Keturah Billen was tops for the Lady Patriots with 15 points.  Brooke Mitchell was next with eight.

NOTRE DAME 54, RED BANK 32: The Lionettes stayed in contention for the first half and trailed by six at intermission, 24-18.

The second half was a different story as the Lady Irish used their depth to pull away.

Taelor Hill had another outstanding game for Notre Dame and finished with 22 points to lead both teams while teammate Morgan Cantrell was also in double figures with 11.

Autumn Babb, who was hot from the outside and had four 3s for the game, finished with 14 points to lead Red Bank.  Jasmine Simpson was next with seven.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN GIRLS 55, SOUTH PITTSBURG 28: The Lady Eagles raced to a 14-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as they almost doubled South Pittsburg's score.

Aryn Sanders, probably the best athlete on the Signal Mountain roster, scored 24 points to lead her team while Kelsea Wilson was tops for the Lady Pirates with nine.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN BOYS 71, SOUTH PITTSBURG 35: The Signal Mountain boys got a chance to do a lot of sitting around before they finally got to play, but they were ready when the ball went up for the opening tip.

It really wasn't close as the Eagles raced to a 23-5 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

All 11 players who dressed for the Eagles scored at least one point, including Lannom Sowell, who topped the Signal Mountain scoring list with 14 points.  Jack Teter was next with 13 while Luis Guutierrez finished with 11.  Sam Allison was the only Signal Mountain player who didn't score and he was at home sick.

McKenna Blevins was tops for South Pittsburg with 16 points.

GIRLS SUMMARIES

CSAS     7  6  11  9  -- 33

GPS      14  14  5  13  --  46

CSAS (33) -- Little 2, Billen 15, McElvain 3, Mitchell 8, Walker 3, Randolph, Montgomery 2.

GPS (46) -- Williams, Ware 10, Spears 2, Morgan 2, Shutters 8, Crownover 10, Harris 14.

3-POINT GOALS: CSAS none; GPS 4 (Shutters 2, Crownover 2).

RED BANK       7  11  8  6  --  32

NOTRE DAME    10  14  14  16  --  54

RED BANK (32) -- D. Brown, Hayman, A. Brown 2, Babb 14, Jones, Jackson 2, Pratt, Simpson 7, Usher 4, Hughes 3.

NOTRE DAME (54) -- Cantrell 11, Ripper 8, Wittler, Hill 22, Bouchard 6, Masterson, Hoffer, Bombassi 2, Champlin 2, McMeen 1, Siler 2.

3-POINT GOALS: Red Bank 4 (Babb 4); Notre Dame 3 (Cantrell, Hill, Ripper).

SODDY DAISY   7  11  5  4  --  27

BAYLOR     18  4  22  16  --  60

SODDY DAISY (27) -- Harris 3, Hopkins 7, Smith 1, King 4, Ward 3, Phillips 3, Wade 6.

BAYLOR (60) -- Clemons 11, Cornell 2, Hubert 18, Birdsong 6, Looper 8, Smith 2, Long 5, Popp 4, Blackmon 2, McMahan 2.

3-POINT GOALS: Soddy Daisy 2 (Ward, Phillips); Baylor 1 (Clemons).

SOUTH PITTSBURG      2  6  12  8  --  28

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN     14  15  12  14  --  55

SOUTH PITTSBURG (28) -- Aker, Branham 2, Wilson 9, Jenkins 6, Coffelt 3, Haskew, Adams, Quick 3, Calhoun 5.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN (55) -- Peterson, Sanders 24, Althaus 5, B. Whitmire 4, Bledsoe 6, M. Whitmire 4, Leun 2, Heisser, Gravett 4, McGowan 2, Boals 4.

3-POINT GOALS: South Pittsburg 1 (Coffelt); Signal Mountain 1 (Althaus).

BOYS SUMMARY

SOUTH PITTSBURG   5  13  5  12  --   35

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN   23  19  16  13  --  71

SOUTH PITTSBURG (35) -- McDonald 6, Kelso 3, Pryor, J. Blevins, Mosley, Frame 7, C. Blevins, Porter, M. Blevins 16, Downs, Cooper 3, Moats.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN (71) -- Nolen 3, Greer 4, Teeter 14, Heinichen 2, Gutierrez 11, McCaffrey 4, Palmer 5, Sowell 14, Van Dyken 5, Hodge 9, Elwell 1.

3-POINT GOALS: South Pittsburg 8 (McDonald, Kelso, Frame 2, M. Blevins 4).

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net



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