Red Wolves fall short title gameHCA’s Womack named player of the year
CLYDE — The Haywood Christian Academy Red Wolves (12-7) advanced to the conference championship game but lost to No. 1 seed Victory Christian School Cardinals 40-35.
Victory, located in Jackson County, effectively employed a slow-down tempo to bottle up the fast-paced Red Wolves out of their style of play.
“We made some adjustments at half-time and came out with a 1-3-1 half-court trap defense. It helped pick up the pace and led to some transition baskets,” said HCA Head Coach Jon Overbay. HCA’s fast break has been their key to winning this year. “We work hard to get the outlet pass quick and everybody fills the lanes to try and get a lay-up,” said senior center Tristan Baldwin.
Baldwin had 18 points in the semifinal but was held to nine points in the championship game.
In the semifinal, HCA defeated Providence 69-64.
Junior forward Luke Noland scored a season high 23 points in a game where neither team led by more than four points until HCA’s senior point guard Joe Womack drained a three pointer in the final two minutes of the game.
The Blue Ridge Christian Conference awarded Womack the player of the year as he h