Prep Basketball

Tuscola boys hammer North Knights by 46

Swanger, Gibson and Tricoli lead Gardner’s girls to victory
By Dennis Smathers | Jan 31, 2013
Photo by: Leonard Lollis Tuscola senior Kendrall Harlan, 23, scores two points on a running jumper against North Henderson Tuesday night.

Just before tipoff, Logan Hardin was honored for tying a school record last week of 39 points in one game, which was set back in the 1971-72 season by Jody Lee.
The Tuscola boys basketball team should have also honored North Henderson for having the guts to show up as the Mountaineers hammered the Knights, 93-47, Tuesday night.
With the victory, Tuscola improved to 18-2 and a perfect 10-0 in the WNCAC, while North Henderson fell to 9-9 overall and 5-5 in the conference.
Lee, who scored his 39 points in a game against Cullowhee High School, which was also during Tuscola best season in school history as that team finished 21-5 overall.  
“I was happy to be here to congratulate Logan on his accomplishment,” said Lee. “I just wish we had a three-point line back in my day.”
After the ceremony, Hardin and the Mountaineers wasted no time in dispatching the Knights by building a 53-25 halftime lead.
State rebound leader Thomas Hay (11 points) added 16 to his total in limited playing time, while Hardin continued his hot-shooting, finishing with a game-high 27 points.
For the Mountaineers, Ashe Pettay came off the bench and contributed his season-high 11 points (all in the fourth quarter, Aaron Westhusing added 15 points, Woody Cornwall chipped in 13 and Kendrall Harlan (10 rebounds) scored eight points.
In the JV boys game, Tuscola defeated North Henderson, 51-33.

Varsity Girls
Senior Alex Swanger scored 13 of her 19 points in the first quarter as Tuscola opened up a 24-8 lead that North Henderson could not recover from as the Tuscola varsity girls basketball team defeated North Henderson, 60-42, Tuesday evening in the Mountaineers’ gym.
Tuscola improved to 14-6 overall and 8-2 in the WNCAC, while the Knights slipped to 6-12 overall and 4-6 in the conference.
Seniors Taylor Gibson and Shelby Tricoli had strong games with 16 and 15 points, respectively.  Tuscola maintained leads of nearly 20 points for most of the game before a late run by the Knights closed the gap at the midpoint of the fourth quarter to eight points. But Tricoli hit a three-point dagger that ended the Knights’ comeback hopes.    
“We stopped taking care of the basketball during that stretch, but we stepped it up from that point,” said Tuscola Head Coach Ann Gardner.
Tuscola led at halftime, 32-17 and at the end of the third quarter, 45-30. alftime score
In the JV girls game, North Henderson edged Tuscola.
The Mountaineers host rival Pisgah tonight.