Clendenen-Led Baylor Rips Franklin County For Hoops Title

Cannon County Beats Rhea County For Girls Championship

Saturday, December 21, 2013 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

(This story has been updated)

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. – The Baylor Red Raiders’ roll through a strenuous week of basketball ended on a high note Saturday night.

With torrid Matt Clendenen again leading the way with a game-high 24 points, Baylor knocked off Franklin County, 62-44, to win the first Holiday Hoops Shootout title at Rhea County High School.

Clendenen’s collective three-day performance earned him the tournament’s most valuable player award. The Red Raiders senior scored 70 points – 16 against Sequatchie County, 30 versus Glenwood and 24 against the Rebels in the title game.

“Matt is really playing well,” Red Raiders coach Austin Clark said. “I’m really excited about how the whole team played all week. We played five games in six days, got a lot of people playing time and shared the ball with each other.

“It’s a good time to be going into a break.”

Baylor (6-2) is off until Thursday when it plays Boyd-Buchanan in the Best of Preps tournament at Chattanooga State Community College. Game time is 7 p.m.

The Red Raiders, who won three games by an average margin of 18.7 points. Sequatchie scored 35 points, Glenwood, the defending Class 3A private school state champion in Alabama, managed 51 after scoring 89 the night before and Franklin was held to 44.

“Playing that many games in a week was a concern because we’ve got a lot of new faces, but they responded really well,” Clark said. “It was no easy task considering we were playing quality opponents. I’m really proud of the guys.”

Baylor jumped out to an 18-12 first-quarter lead, pushed the margin to 34-23 at halftime and added six points to the spread heading into the final eight minutes.

Spencer King scored 13 points and Amedeo Giussani added 11 for the Red Raiders –both players were selected to the all-tournament team.

Tyler Schaub led Franklin County (9-5) with 16 points and Matt Schmitz had 10.

Madison Wallup and Abby Sissom combined for 42 points and Cannon County defeated host Rhea County, 66-44, for the girls championship.

Wallup scored 24 points and Sissom added 18 for Cannon County, which had a 32-29 halftime lead. Wallup and Sissom each had two 3s.

The champions held the Lady Golden Eagles to 19 second-half points to blow the game open.

Amber Levi paced Rhea County with 15 points. Jessee Wallis scored 12 and Julie Brown added 11.

Baylor played Franklin County in the late boys title game.

Boys Championship

Baylor                                     18 16 12 16 – 62

Franklin County                   12 11 6 15 – 44

Baylor (62) – Matt Clendenen 24, Amedeo Giussani 11, Spencer King 13, Lupas 2, Upshaw 4, Seaberg 2, Strawter 3, Jump 3, Maize, Brogdon, Riggs.

Franklin County (44) – Tyler Schaub 16, Matt Schmitz 10, Morris 5, Vanzant 4, Hayworth 9, Jackson, Brown.

3-Point Goals: Baylor 7 (Clendenen 2, Giussani 2, King, Strawter, Jump); Franklin County 8 (Schaub 4, Schmitz 3, Morris).

Girls Championship

Cannon County                     15 17 15 19 – 66

Rhea County                          14 15 9 9 – 44

Cannon County (66) – Davis 2, Abby Sissom 18, Maynard 6, Clements 2, McReynolds 4, Madison Wallup 24, Faulkner 6, King 4.

Rhea County (44) – Jessee Wallis 12, Thurman 5, Julie Brown 11, Amber Levi 15, Rader 4.

3-Point Goals: Cannon County 4 (Sissom 2, Wallup 2); Rhea County 1 (Brown).

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)




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