Concern about iffy weather caused the Chattanooga School for Arts & Sciences to hold their basketball senior night Saturday, despite having two of the four games left on their schedule at home.
But on a night where the Patriots' four seniors were duly honored, it was an 11th-grader who stepped to the fore and led the way to a 73-56 victory over visiting Pickett County. Nick Moore, only recently promoted from sixth man to starter, had his second straight 20-point performance, but he also climbed the boards for 15 rebounds and doled out five assists to push CSAS to 11-10 for the season.
“Until Friday, he hadn't started since the first of the year,” explained CSAS coach Mark Dragoo.
“Nick was such an effective sixth man, I had to be persuaded to start him, but as good as he was as sixth man, he's been great these last two games.”
What Dragoo hinted at but didn't say is that Moore might be the final part of the equation that might have confounded Einstein. Most notably, the veteran coach has changed his starting point guard eight times during the season before settling on senior Patrick Taylor. Saturday, Taylor was one of four double-digit scorers with 13 points.
“This season is not what we thought it would be,” said Dragoo. “The rebuilding season was last season. We expected better, but for whatever reason, we would not buy into what we were doing. We preached patience on offense, team defense and busting it on the boards. Maybe we're seeing that awareness finally.”
Pickett County, making the precarious drive from Byrdstown for their only meeting this year with CSAS, took a three-point lead into the half and was still just a point down, 30-29, midway through the third period. But at that point, Moore found a wide-open Monte Woods for a three-point play, Chaisen Gordon scooped in a fast break layup and Brandon Houston beat the press with one of his three 3-point shots to build a nine-point lead that held up all the way home.
“We've been much more patient these last two games,” said Dragoo. “I thought we started out that way against Howard, but the moment foul trouble hit us, we weren't the same team.”
The Patriots were balanced offensively in topping the 70-point mark for the second night. Behind Moore's 21 points (which included nine in the decisive fourth period), Houston and honored seniors Taylor and Chaison Gordon added a lucky 13 points apiece.
The Patriots next play at Grace on Tuesday before back-to-back district games with Silverdale Thursday and Friday.
Kyle Hughes, hitting three 3-pointers, led the 10-14 Bobcats with 20 points.
CSAS Girls Run Out of Time, 38-36
For want of one more timeout, the Arts & Sciences girls lost a 38-36 heartbreaker to visiting Pickett County Saturday on Senior Night at CSAS.
The Lady Bobcats, who held a lop-sided advantage in foul shooting, hit one of two to lead by four in the final moments. CSAS drove down and hit a layup, but time was allowed to expire without Pickett County having to inbound the ball since the Lady Patriots had used all timeouts.
Bnuna Bowman led the Pickett County effort with 17 points, including eight of their 10 points in the fourth quarter. Samantha Maffett was the top CSAS scorer with 13 points. Pickett County finished the game hitting 22 of 37 foul shots, including 8 of 14 in the fourth quarter. For the game, CSAS was 3 of 3 from the line.
Pickett County 12 8 14 22 – 56
Arts & Sciences 15 8 22 28 – 73
PICKETT CO. (56) – Geesling 2, Garrett 8, John Ferrell 11, Rich 2, Dalton, Kyle Hughes 20, Gore 2, Wyatt Bouldin 11.
CSAS (73) – Hamilton, O'Hara, Woods 5, Brown, Carter, Patrick Taylor 13, Chaison Gordon 13, Davenport 8, Brandon Houston 13, Nick Moore 21, Lansden.
3-point goals: PC 4 (Hughes 3, Garrett); CSAS 5 (Houston 3, Gordon 2). Records: Pickett Co. 10-14; CSAS 11-10.
Pickett County 6 12 10 10 – 38
Arts & Sciences 9 4 14 9 – 36
PICKETT CO. (38) – Bnuna Bowman 17, Rigney 2, Ferrell 9, McClellan 2, Bilbrey 5, Thurman 3.
CSAS (36) – K. Billen 2, Mitchell 6, Samantha Maffett 13, Little 6, Montgomery 1, R. Billen 8, Smith.
3-point goals: PC 2 (Bilbrey, Thurman); CSAS 3 (Maffett 3). Records: Pickett Co. 6-17; CSAS 8-12.