By TODD LAMBERTH
Teams all across Sumner County were able to return to the court on Friday night after the snow has kept students out of school and basketball teams out of action.
In a tale of two different games, Beech was able to sweep their games at Station Camp on Friday night.
Lady Bucs dominate the Lady Bison 74-56
The Beech Lady Buccaneers were able to keep from going cold during their time off, as they improved to 7-0 in district 9-AAA play with a 74-56 win over Station Camp.
The two sides played even for much of the opening period, but a full-court press defensively from Beech eventually got to the Lady Bison. That pressure forced turnovers and bad looks for Station Camp, allowing Beech to go on a 22-0 run and build a 31-9 lead. The Lady Buccaneers would maintain that 22-point lead at halftime with the score at 43-21.
The Lady Bison (9-10, 3-4) were able to get things going in the second half, outscoring Beech 35-31, but the lead would prove to be too much to overcome.
It was a total team effort on the offensive side for Beech (16-5, 7-0), with 11 players scoring. Junior Kennedy Powell was the top scorer for the Lady Bucs with 14, followed by sophomores Deshyia Hoosier with 13 and Jana Claire Swafford with 11.
Senior Jane Deason led the Lady Bison scoring with 22 points, while sophomore Faith Eubanks chipped in 10.
Beech (74): Kennedy Powell (14), Deshyia Hoosier (13), Jana Claire Swafford (11), Ryleigh Piotto (8), Mia Dean (7), Kendra Mueller (6), Taylor Nix (6), Destiny Tinker (4), Savannah Jarratt (3), Gracie Hines (2), Maggie Medley (1)
Station Camp (56): Jane Deason (22), Faith Eubanks (10), Ty Holt (8), Keely Gasterland (6), Bre Burns (4), Sidney Holt (3), Darryan Walker (3)
Beech slips past Station Camp in Overtime
On the boy’s side, they needed an extra period to decide things as Beech rallied from behind to defeat the Bison 66-63 in overtime.
Station Camp (11-9, 3-4) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and would control things for most of regulation. They would maintain that lead at halftime, as the score stood at 25-19.
The Bison lead would grow to as many as 10 late in the third quarter, but they headed into the final frame holding on to a 39-31 advantage.
Beech (12-11, 2-5) came storming back to start the fourth quarter, however. Behind two big three-point shots from senior Jake Butler, the Buccaneers were able to get the lead down to just three with just under six minutes left in regulation.
While the lead would get down to one point, Station Camp appeared to have held off the comeback as they held a 57-54 lead. The Bucs weren’t done, however, as with just two seconds left on the clock, Beech inbounded the ball to senior Dyilin Hoosier, who was able to turn and bank one in from just inside half-court to force overtime.
Scoring chances were limited in the overtime period, as neither team was able to score anything from the filed in the first three minutes. The tide turned in favor of Beech with a minute and twenty seconds remaining when a technical foul was assessed to the Station Camp bench. A made free throw and a score on the ensuing possession would give the Bucs their first lead of the game.
Scoring would pick up in the final minute, but Beech managed to finish their comeback with the 66-63 win.
Nine players for Beech contributed in the win, with senior Jayson Brown leading the way with 15 points. Hoosier and senior Mitchell Sorenson chipped in 13 and 10, respectively.
Station Camp sophomore Kavon Blankenship led all scorers with 18 points. Senior Matt Mathiowdis followed him with 13 points.
Beech (66): Jayson Brown (15), Dyilin Hoosier (13), Mitchell Sorenson (10), Jake Butler (9), AJ Robertson (5), Ty Dean (5), Seth Holmes (5), Jalen Woods (3), Kaleb Powell (1)
Station Camp (63): Kavon Blankenship (18), Matt Mathiowdis (13), Jonathan Gillard, Jr. (11), Justin McMurrey (10), Alex Vaughn (5), Dane Diaz (2), Max Barnett (2), Nick Diaz (2)
Both schools will be back in action on Saturday due to rescheduled games from the snow. Beech travels to
Hendersonville to take on the Commandos, while Station Camp plays host to Gallatin. Both games are set to begin at 6:30.