HCA boys split opening week
ASHEVILLE — The Haywood Christian Academy varsity boys team (1-1) won their home opener against Nantahala High School, but lost to North Asheville Christian School on the road during the opening week of the 2012-13 season.
HCA is playing an up-tempo game and has added sophomore Zach Hartzog to an already fast backcourt.
“Our boys already have a height advantage on most of the conference teams, and now that we can get out and run I think we will do well this year,” said HCA Director of Basketball Operations Rachael Heisler.
HCA’s Head Coach Jon Overbay returns for his second year at the helm.
“I was pleased with our effort against Nantahala,” said Overbay. “Our boys were on the floor for every loose ball. We still hustled at North Asheville, but we didn’t play smart. We will learn a lot from this week.”
In Tuesday’s opener, the Red Wolves defeated Nantahala, 58-40. Senior Tristan Baldwin led all scorers with 20, while senior point guard Joe Womack scored 15 and junior Luke Noland chipped in 10.
In Friday night’s road contest, the Red Wolves faced last season’s conference champion, Nor.
HCA led at the end of each quarter thanks to the outstanding play of Womack, who scored 23 and dished out eight assists. He worked the ball inside to forwards Baldwin and Noland as they scored easily against a man-to-man defense.
However, North Asheville made an adjustment for the second half, employing a zone defense and it caused HCA’s front court to go cold from the floor.
HCA lost the lead in the fourth quarter after a technical foul was called on Baldwin for slapping the backboard.
North Asheville sank a pair of treys to pull away 56-51 in the final minutes.
In the girls game, HCA lost 50-10 to Nantahala and 30-21 to North Asheville.
Sophomore Emily Fish led the Red Wolves, scoring seven and eight points, respectively.
Junior point guard Sarah Womack had seven points and three steals in the loss to North Asheville.
HCA scored 11 points in the final six minutes to make a run at the more experienced Crusaders.
Red Wolves resume play this week against NCSD and Trimont Christian Academy in Franklin.