Prep Basketball

Tuscola cages East Eagles

Henley and Westhusing lead boys to win, Robinson key to girls’ rally
By Dennis Smathers | Feb 05, 2017
Photo by: Diana Gates Tuscola sophomore Landon Henley, 30, gets off a turnaround jumper in the paint with two East Henderson players guarding him during Friday night’s WNCAC game in East Flat Rock.

EAST FLAT ROCK — The Tuscola varsity girls and boys basketball squads completed a clean regular season sweep over East Henderson Friday evening in WNC Athletic Conference games.
Lead by sophomore Landon Henley’s 20 points and senior Anthony’s Westhusing’s 17 (10-of-11 free throws), the Tuscola boys cruised to a 64-45 win over East Henderson.
The Tuscola boys, who improved to 14-9 overall and 8-5 in the WNCAC, jumped out to a commanding 15-3 after the first eight minutes, took a 37-20 lead into the break, and padded its insurmountable lead to 54-24 going into the fourth quarter.
East Henderson, who dropped to 5-17 overall and 3-10 in the conference, was led by Daniel Parker’s 12 points.
In addition, Brooks Wilson scored 10 points for the Mountaineers, while Jack Sutton chipped in five, Hayden Swanger finished with four points, Grayson Perkins had three, Max Rogers  scored two and Jarred Swanger finished with one.
Next game for the Mountaineers will be the regular season finale and Senior Night as Tuscola host Franklin on Tuesday Feb 7. The usual tipoff time of 5 p.m. for th JV boys with the varsity girls game following immediately after.  The varsity boys game will tipoff approximately 12 minutes after the conclusion of the varsity girls’ game.  

Varsity Girls
Tuscola 42
East Henderson 39

EAST FLAT ROCK — In the girls varsity game, the Mountaineers overcame a sluggish first half with a strong second half to defeat the Eagles, 42-39,
Junior Faith Robinson led the Tuscola girls with a team-high 13 points, Shelby Glance, Keturah Bryson chipped in seven points each, Mariah Huskey added six points, Cierra Jackson had five, while Kourtney Krege and Ashlynd Young-Scavatto finished with two points each.
The Tuscola girls, who improved to 13-10 overall and 7-6 in the WNCAC, trailed the Eagles, 14-11, at the end of the first quarter and, 28-22, at the half. But head coach Ann Gardner’s Mountaineers got back into the game by outscoring East Henderson, 10-4, in the third quarter to tie the game at 32 going into the final eight minutes.
The Eagles were led by Drew McMillan’s 13.

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