Presley Sparks Ooltewah's Rally In 5-AAA Victory Over Soddy-Daisy

Seniors Hits Four 3-Pointers In Decisive 26-Point Third Quarter

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - by Larry Fleming

Ooltewah pulled away from Soddy-Daisy with a strong third quarter sparked by senior Ty Presley on Friday night, eventually posted a crucial 75-62 District 5-AAA victory and set up a showdown at Bradley Central on Feb. 8 in the Owls’ regular-season finale.

Presley, one of seven seniors playing their last regular-season home game in Ed Foster Gymnasium, scored 12 points on four 3-pointers in the decisive third quarter that allowed the Owls (15-7, 9-2) to remain in the battle for a top seed in the district tournament to be held at Cleveland.

Presley finished with a team-high 15 points.

“We did what we needed,” said Owls coach Jesse Nayadley. “We needed to improve.”

The top three teams – Ooltewah, Bradley (8-2) and Cleveland (9-2) – have opportunities to finish 10-2 in district play.

Bradley plays at Walker Valley on Tuesday and then hosts the Owls on Friday. The Bears whipped Walker Valley, 73-61, on Jan. 11

Ooltewah, of course, has the one league game against the Bears remaining on its schedule. The Owls beat the Bears, 57-51, on Dec. 11.

Cleveland closes its regular-season district schedule by hosting Rhea County on Tuesday. The Blue Raiders defeated the Golden Eagles, 56-49, on Jan. 11.

“The tournament is going to be wide open,” Nayadley said in an e-mail report of Friday’s game.

With Presley leading the way, Ooltewah’s seniors combined for 55 of the team’s 75 points against the Trojans, who fell to the Owls, 66-50, at Soddy-Daisy on Jan. 8.

Antonio Jackson had 14 points and six assists, Jacqueze Robinson scored 13 points, Andrew Ware had seven points and 10 rebounds, Kameron Carr added two points and Tucker Bass four. Damir Hasanbegovic went scoreless.

Junior Ben Snider scored 10 points for the Owls.

Soddy-Daisy placed three players in double figures – Andy Wright 17 points, James York 16 and Tucker Landreth 15.

The Trojans built a 33-29 halftime lead, but the Owls stormed back with a 26-12 advantage in the third quarter and had a 20-17 edge in the final eight-minute period.

SUMMARY 

Soddy-Daisy               14 19 12 17 – 62

Ooltewah                    14 19 12 17 – 75

Soddy-Daisy (62) – Tucker Landreth 15, Andy Wright 17, James York 16, Christian Amos 6, Carter, Kearny, Floyd 4, Shaughnessy.

Ooltewah (75) – Antonio Jackson 14, Jacqueze Robinson 13, Ty Presley 15, Ware 7, Turner 3, Maston 2, Carr 2, Bass 4, King 5, Hasanbegovic, Fritz, Boyd.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lookouts Topple Biscuits Monday, 9-6, Wiith Four Run Seventh

The Chattanooga Lookouts scored four runs in the seventh inning Monday to overcome a 6-4 deficit and defeat the Montgomery Biscuits 9-6 in the final game of the team's five-game series.   The Lookouts hit themselves into an early 4-1 lead with three runs in the first from RBIs by Daniel Palka, Travis Harrison and Mitch Garver and an RBI triple from Levi Michael in ... (click for more)

Cleveland State Wins 2 of 3 In Weekend Series

Cleveland State picked up another series victory. The Cougars won two of three games at Roane State over the weekend. "We finished off the regular season by winning the series at Roane," said head coach Mike Policastro. Game one was dominated by Cleveland State (30-19, 17-10), winning 12-3.   Freshman centerfielder Devin Gardner led the charge hitting two ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Schools Announces 5 Finalists For Director Of Schools

The Cleveland City Schools Board of Education announced the five finalists for the director of schools position.   The community is invited to attend the Board of Education interview session each day 6-8 p.m. at Mayfield Elementary School, 501 20 th Street NE, Cleveland. A complete schedule is attached.   Candidates:   Wednesday, ... (click for more)

Expansion By Developers Of McCallie Commons Would Raze 3 Old Houses On Oak Street

Developers of the McCallie Commons student housing at McCallie and Central are wanting to expand the project, but it would involve tearing down three old homes on Oak Street. The proposal from developer David Hudson would be an expansion of the four-story apartment building and separate parking garage with 300 parking spaces proposed that was approved earlier. The original ... (click for more)

Marvelous News From Central High School

To Roy Exum:     With all the recent news of major dysfunctions within our educational system, I thought I might alert you to something better. About a year ago you ventured up Highway 58 to Central High School to represent your late grandfather, Roy McDonald, as he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus during the annual Senior Day festivities. I sort of expected ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Yes, A Social Experiment

JoeySalads, his screen name, is widely known for his funny pranks except for the fact he calls them “social experiments.” So while we are still on the transgender-restroom issue, our boy JoeySalads got a transgender friend to approve his attire before he tried his luck at entering women’s restrooms. I don’t think you’ll be real surprised at what really happened in this video. Click ... (click for more)