Boyd-Buchanan basketball coach Josh Templeton didn’t see many familiar faces on Soddy-Daisy’s side of the court Friday night, but the connections were still there.
What brought the widest smile to Templeton’s face was the Buccaneers’ 45-34 home-court non-district victory over the Trojans before a near-capacity crowd.
“My dad coached me at Tennessee Temple High and then at Tennessee Temple College,” the Bucs’ first-year coach said.
“I served as an assistant for five years with dad at Soddy-Daisy. This was my first time to coach against Soddy, but there have any more emotions by just playing them.”
The Bucs (2-0) finished off a doubleheader sweep after the Lady Bucs (1-1) clipped the Lady Trojans (1-1), 35-28.
Boyd-Buchanan spread the scoring around and Elia Evans put up 12 points, the only Buc in double figures.
There was a lot of shooting, but not many found the mark, especially from 3-point distance.
“We were 4 for 28 and that’s not very good,” Templeton said.
Evans, Jacob Oliver, Ian Johnson and John Craw each connected on one shot behind the arc.
The Bucs’ consistently took the ball right at Soddy-Daisy’s defense and they made 13 of 23 from the stripe, with Evans 5 for 8 and Caden Johnson 4 for 7. The Trojans, on the other hand, got to the stripe six times and made three.
“You can’t blame the officials,” Soddy-Daisy coach Bill Eller said. “We didn’t take the ball to the rim enough and when we did we didn’t make many at the rim. The guys really played hard, but we’ve got to play smarter.”
The Trojans shot out of the gate and took a quick 8-5 lead, but when the first quarter ended the Bucs were out front 13-8 and five different players had scored.
Boyd-Buchanan closed the first period with eight straight points, eventually had a 19-5 run and put the Trojans in a 24-33 hole. At the half, the Bucs’ lead was 24-18.
Boyd-Buchanan’s defense held the Trojans turned up the defense heat after halftime, holding the visitors to 16 points while the Bucs scored 21.
“They had a really good game plan, coach Eller is a great coach,” said Temple, an off-campus coach. “They had us out of sync. Our defense played with a lot of heart and Jacob Oliver and Caden Johnson turned the game around with their defensive ball pressure. They got us going. It was a good they put on a uniform tonight.”
Boyd-Buchanan’s offense wasn’t entirely snoozing during the game. It popped up in timely situations.
The Trojans trailed 28-22 in the third quarter, but Jacob Hart and Logan Ricketts each hit field goals and the Bucs’ lead was down to two points. The Bucs responded with seven straight points that included Evans’ only 3 and pushed the lead to 35-26 after three quarters.
Soddy-Daisy was down 37-30 when Caden Johnson stole a pass and drove toward the basket and was fouled. He made both free throws. Ian Johnson jolted any chance the Trojans had of winning with a clutch 3-pointer from the right wing, extending the margin to 42-30 with 4:32 left.
“We take ourselves out of games,” Eller said. “They play a physical game and that’s OK with us. We have to forget the past and move on and play with that mindset. If you make a mistake or miss a shot, move on.”
Boyd-Buchanan girls 35, Soddy-Daisy 28: The Lady Trojans dressed only eight players. They would have had nine, but captain and starting wing Bailey Branam watched from the sidelines. Branam had been cleared by physical therapists, but the attending doctor scrubbed the idea of her playing around 2 p.m. earlier on Friday.
Branam tore her ACL during last season’s District 5-3A tournament and had worked hard during the since to hopefully play in her junior year.
“She will go back to the doctor next week and we’re hoping she can start to play soon,” Lady Trojans coach Drew Lyness said before the game. “She’s a captain and the glue that holds the team together.”
Soddy-Daisy’s Katie Hamby drove the lane for a floater to score the first points of the non-district contest. Those were the only first quarter points for the Lady Trojans. Hamby finished with 10 points.
The Lady Bucs quickly got the lead and went into halftime with a 17-11 cushion.
Hope Ingle hit a layup, scored on a put-back and Soddy-Daisy trailed by 17-15 early in the third quarter. Zacori Hill, who led all scorers with 14 points, scored to give the Lady Bucs a 22-18 lead, but sophomore Makayla Perez’s basket pulled the Lady Trojans to within 22-20 going to the fourth quarter.
On the short end of a 24-20 score, Hamby drained two shots within 25 seconds, including a 3-pointer, and the Lady Trojans had their second lead at 25-24.
Madison Taylor knocked down a 3, Dani Reeves made two free throws and Addie Stone’s put-back gave the Lady Bucs a 31-25 cushion. Hamby connected on another 3 to cut the Lady Trojans’ deficit in half with 2:40 remaining. Soddy-Daisy scored the final four points in the last 1:22 to seal the victory.
Soddy-Daisy 2 9 9 8 – 28
Boyd-Buchanan 7 10 5 13 – 35
Soddy-Daisy (28) – Perez 2, Ingle 6, Katie Hamby 10, Ledford 2, Davis 3, Lemacks 5, Lloyd, Sneed.
Boyd-Buchanan (45) – Zacori Hill 14, Stone 3, A. Taylor 4, Gardenhire 7, M. Taylor 5, Reeves 2, Garner, Dawson
3-Point Goals – Soddy-Daisy 3 (Hamby 2, Davis 1), Boyd-Buchanan none.
Soddy-Daisy 8 10 8 8 – 34
Boyd-Buchanan 13 11 11 10 – 45
Soddy-Daisy (34) – Ackerman, Branam 4, Massengale 4, Colton, Render 6, Davis, Coffelt 2, Logan Ricketts 11, Braxton, Jackson, Hart 7.
Boyd-Buchanan (45) – Eli Evans 12, Edmondson, Oliver 3, I. Johnson 6, C. Johnson 2, Gilley, Emrey, Covington 9, Craw 3, Baubach 2.
3-Point Goals – Soddy-Daisy 3 (Branam 1, Ricketts 1, Hart 1), Boyd-Buchanan 4 (Evans 1, Oliver 1, Johnson 1, Craw 1).
(Contact Larry Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @larryfleming44)