Prep Basketball

Tuscola girls rally past Hayesville

Gardner’s squad win the fourth quarter to even overall record
By Dennis Smathers | Nov 27, 2012
Photo by: File Tuscola's Shelby Tricoli.

The Tuscola varsity girls basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter to beat visiting Hayesville in a defensive non-conference game, 46-42, Monday night in the Mountaineer gym.
“The play down the stretch was the difference in the game,” said Tuscoila Head Coach Ann Gardner.
Shelby Tricoli pumped in 13 points and Alex Swanger scored 11 points for to lead the Mountaineers, which led 10-4 after the first quarter but saw their lead shrink to a point by halftime, 20-19.
Hayesville used the momentum it gained in the final minutes before the break to outscore Tuscola, 14-10, in the third quarter and carry a 33-30 lead going into the final eight minutes.  But the Mountaineers’ defense turned the tide by holding the Yellowjackets to just nine points in the fourth quarter, while scoring 16 to pull out the win.
Ashley McClure scored eight points, Peyton Fisher and Taylor Gibson had six points each,  while Jasmine Duncan finished with two for the Mountaineers.
Meghan McQuade was high-scorer with 20 points.
In the JV game, the Hayesville girls beat Tuscola, 48-36.

Varsity Boys

Tuscola 66, Hayesville 44

Logan Hardin scored 18 points, and Kendrall Harlen chipped in 14 to lead the Tuscola boys basketball team to a 66-44 win over visiting Hayesville Monday evening in the Mountaineer gym.
Tuscola, which hosts Enka tonight, improved to 2-0 on the season.
The Mountaineers took a 22-12 lead after the first eight minutes and expanded the advantage to 16 points (36-20) at the break. Tuscola shot 59 percent from the field, and held Hayesville to 34 percent shooting for the game.
The Tuscola second-half lead swelled to 22 points (49-27)  going into the fourth.
Making a contribution in the win for the Mountaineers were Brandon Singleton (nine points), Woody Cornwall (eight points), Aaron Westhusing (six points), Hunter Bradley (four points) Thomas Hay (three points, nine boards), Paul Leveritt (two points) and Ashe Pettay one point).
THS JV boys won, 50-39.

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