Lakelyn Bouldin Leads Van Buren Girls Past Sale Creek, 51-48

Freshman Has Double-Double As Lady Eagles Win 6-A Tournament

Monday, February 18, 2013 - by John Hunt

The Van Buren County Lady Eagles and the Sale Creek Lady Panthers split their regular-games with both teams winning at home.

The Lady Eagles now have a 2-1 advantage after beating the Lady Panthers on Monday night for the District 6-A championship.

Van Buren improved to 20-9 with the 51-48 victory in a game that was close the entire way.

"That was fun one to watch," suggested Van Buren coach Amy Russell after a post-game talk with her girls.

"These girls have worked hard all season and I feel like they earned it tonight.

  Our motto has been "Refuse To Lose" and we took it to heart tonight.

"We knew we were at a disadvantage playing on their home floor, but I just told our girls that we had to stay focused mentally and that the team making the fewest mistakes would most likely win the game.

"They did all we asked as we played smart basketball.  We can enjoy this tonight, but we'll be back in the gym tomorrow as we get ready for Boyd-Buchanan on Friday," Russell added with a smile.

Sale Creek scored the first seven points of the game, but Van Buren answered with a dozen straight and the Lady Eagles were up 12-11 at the first break.

Sale Creek's Erin Hill scored on a putback to start the second stanza as the Lady Panthers led 13-12, but the Lady Eagles scored six straight and had the upper hand until Krissy Hodge sank a short bank shot in the final minute to give the hostesses a 26-25 lead.

Back-to-back buckets from Shelby Christian and Allison McCoy allowed the visitors from Spencer to take a 29-26 lead into the dressing room at intermission.

Van Buren extended its lead to 34-26 to start the second half before Hill sank back-to-back 3s and Alexis Wolff added another as Sale Creek had the upper hand at 35-34 with one quarter remaining.

Freshman Lakelyn Bouldin, who was named tournament MVP after scoring 20 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, nailed a 15-footer as the Lady Eagles regained the lead to start the final stanza while four straight 3s allowed Van Buren to lead 48-42 with just over three minutes remaining.

Sale Creek never regained the lead, but back-to-back putbacks by Megan Storey and Hill trimmed the difference to 50-48 with 48 seconds to play.

Lacy Hankins had a chance to put the game out of reach as she went to the charity stripe for a one-and-one with 15.7 seconds to play.  She sank the first before missing the second, giving the Lady Panthers one final chance to tie the game.

Wolff missed from the corner while Hill misfired from the key at the end as that critical final shot simply would not fall as the Lady Eagles hung on for their most important win of the season up to this point.

"Van Buren backed off and gave us plenty of open looks, but we just couldn't make them," said Sale Creek coach Debbie Hill after her team's 17-game winning streak had been snapped.

"Our strength is inside, but Van Buren did a good job of shutting that down and we just couldn't hit the easy shots.  They took care of business, but we're not finished and the season is not over.  Now we have to rebound and get ready for CSAS," Hill added.

Ironically, the Lady Eagles were the last team to beat Sale Creek back on Jan. 5.

While Bouldin was the offensive leader for Van Buren, teammate Tiffany Grissom followed with 10 points while Christian added eight.

Hill and Wolff were tops for Sale Creek with 15 and 12 points, respectively.  Hodge finished with eight.

Hill grabbed 10 rebounds as Sale Creek had a 31-27 advantage on the boards.  Mikayla Crowder had seven while Storey finished with five.

PAIGE CARTER SCORED 26 points to lead the Whitwell Lady Tigers to a 68-25 win over Richard Hardy in the consolation game.

The Lady Tigers had a 35-21 lead at intermission, but the Lady Hawks could only add four more points in the second half.  A 29-4 advantage in the third quarter put the mercy rule into effect and the final eight minutes passed with only four more points being scored.

Carter led that third-quarter surge with 16 of her 26 points.  Tamika Gholston was also in double figures for Whitwell with 11 while Kasie Hedrick was next with seven.

Katie Rogers was tops for Richard Hardy with 10 points while Whitney Phillips finished with nine.

Whitwell improves to 23-8 with the victory.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Van Buren Co.    12  17  5  17  --  51

Sale Creek          11  15  9  13  --  48

VAN BUREN CO. (51) -- Hankins 4, Grissom 10, Christian 8, Hitchcock 5, Bouldin 20, Cole, McCoy 4.

SALE CREEK (48) -- Hill 15, Hodge 8, Price 2, Wolff 12, Crowder 4, Storey 4, Welch, Hixson 3.

3-POINT GOALS: Van Buren Co. 7 (Grissom 3, Hitchcock 2, Bouldin 2); Sale Creek 7 (Hill 3, Wolff 4).

CONSOLATION GAME

Richard Hardy      8  13  4  0  --  25

Whitwell              21  14  29  4  --  68

RICHARD HARDY (25) -- Case 4, Billingsley, Rogers 10, Braden 2, Provins, Phillips 9, Lane, Jordan.

WHITWELL (68) -- Gholston 11, Smith 2, Bennington 4, Allerten 4, Coppinger 4, Carter 26, Ranius, Kilgore 4, Hedrick 7, Andregg 2, Joslyn 2, Fuefer, Blair, Miller, Griffith.

3-POINT GOALS: Richard Hardy  (Rogers 2, Phillips); Whitwell 4 (Gholston, Carter 3).

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:

Carly Lane (Richard Hardy); Paige Carter (Whitwell); Erin Hill, Megan Storey (Sale Creek); Tiffany Grissom, Allison McCoy, Shelene Hitchcock, Lakelyn Bouldin -- MVP (Van Buren Co.)

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)


Lookout Rowing Earns Club National Medals

It was a good weekend on the water for Lookout Rowing Club as five boats competed at the Club Nationals Regatta in Oak Ridge, with four in the finals and two earning silver medals. Men’s Lt Weight Double : A pair of local high school coaches - David Hall (Chattanooga Junior Rowing) and Anders Swanson (GPS) - combined talents and rowed to a silver medal ... (click for more)

Dan Bailey Still Plodding Along After All These Years

Dan Bailey has been retired from the Tennessee American Water Company for more than 10 years now, so he doesn’t get in a hurry to do anything. He jokes about how slow he runs these days, but he felt better when reminded that if it wasn't for people like him, there would be no overall winners in local races. The 71-year-old Bailey is originally from Indiana, where ... (click for more)

DA Looking Into Issue Of County Commission Candidate's Campaign Sending Filled-Out Requests For Absentee Ballot To Elderly Voters

The District Attorney's Office has been provided with documents that a County Commission candidate's campaign sent filled-out requests for absentee ballots to elderly voters. Kerry Steelman, election administrator, said there have been four instances in which such requests came from the Elect John Brooks campaign. He said state law says in Section 2-6-202:  (3) A person ... (click for more)

Graham Says County School-City Lawsuit Settlement "Stinks," But County Commission Approves It

The County Commission on Wednesday approved a settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Hamilton County Schools against the city of Chattanooga, though several commissioners said they were not happy with the deal and Commissioner Joe Graham said it "stinks." Commissioner Graham was the lone no vote. He was joined by Commissioner Tim Boyd in a failed effort to defer it a week. ... (click for more)

The Truth From Weston’s Sister - And Response (3)

I try not to read the negative articles and opinions about my older brother. Growing up around politics, I learned a long time ago that thick skin is not only necessary, it’s paramount. But this time, the lies and the rumors and the inaccurate information has gone too far. It’s too ridiculous for me to ignore. So let’s clear a few things up: Weston and I do not “come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Say It Ain't So, Larry Joe!

Larry Joe Wheelon, the tainted horse trainer who was charged with 18 counts of aggravated animal cruelty when his barn was raided in April of 2013 and some animals were sored so badly that they could barely walk, finally went to a court hearing in Blount County on Wednesday and his steps toward Judge Tammy Harrington’s bench were decidedly heavy. My goodness, yours would have been ... (click for more)