BY WAYNE PHILLIPS
SPORTS EDITOR EMERITUS
Chuckey-Doak Coach Sam Broyles is obviously pleased with the way his Black Knights are playing.
Now winners of five straight games, the Knights moved into second place in the Blue Ridge Athletic Conference Friday night with a 77-63 win over the Claiborne Bulldogs.
"It's real important," Broyles said after the win, "because now we can say we split with them on the year. We drew the No. 1 (in the pre-season drawing that is used to break ties, in case the head-to-head rule does not break it). Now if two or three teams are tied, we need to be able to say we split with them, and we can take the seed ahead of them.
"The top two teams (in the regular season race) get a berth in the region, and that's what we're trying to do."
The Black Knights avenged a pre-Christmas doubleheader loss in a visit to Claiborne as the C-D girls won with ease 75-38.
Greeneville will play at Chuckey-Doak Monday in a make-up contest.
MEREDITH, LAMB PACE KNIGHTS
Senior wing Jared Meredith continued his torrid scoring pace Friday night, gunning in 27 points as the Knights raced past the visiting Bulldogs.
Senior post Josh Lamb bucketed 19, including 13 in the fourth quarter as he continued to break away on fast break layups as the Knights threw the ball over the top of the Claiborne press.
"Our posts are helping us get the ball down the floor, and we're taking better shots and making more of them," Broyles smiled. "I think that's one reason we're playing better, plus we played a really tough schedule over Christmas. We've played Elizabethton, Sullivan East, Cherokee, Morristown West, Tennessee High...that's helped us, too."
The Knights allowed the Bulldogs the first basket of the game, and Broyles hopped right up and called a time out with the game barely 30 seconds old. After his Knights captured the lead early, they never trailed.
"Claiborne's got a good shooting team, and they're hard to defend," he said. "I think we got after them pretty good."
Meredith, who hit four 3-pointers on the night, scored 12 in the first half and allowed the Knights to take a 30-24 lead at intermission.
It appeared in the third quarter the Knights would pull away as they broke from a 36-34 lead to take a 49-40 advantage in the final minute of the period, making great use of the foul line where they converted 10 straight in the quarter (they made 20-of-25 for the game).
The Bulldogs were unable to keep the 6-4 Lamb at bay in the fourth, and his back-to-back buckets three minutes into the quarter had the home team out front 63-49.
But Claiborne wouldn't go away, scoring six straight to close to 63-55 with 3:24 remaining.
A reverse layup by Lamb broke that streak and seemed to set the stage for the rest of the way as Claiborne lost their big post, Nick Roberts, to fouls.
A 3-pointer by Alex Reece with 2:28 left made it a 67-60 game, but the Bulldogs would get no closer as the Knights knocked down their free throws down the stretch to maintain a comfortable advantage.
Ben Gridley chipped in with 13 points and five rebounds for the Knights (12-11, 4-2).
Shawn Logan scored 21 for Claiborne (10-9, 3-2) and led three players in double-digit scoring. Tristan Noe scored 15 and Reece netted 11.
CLAIBORNE (63): Estep 3 0-2 7, Alex Reece 4 0-0 11, Shawn Logan 7 7-10 21, Tristan Noe 5 3-3 15, Roberts 1 4-6 6, Nunn 1 1-2 3. TOTALS: 21 15-23 63.
CHUCKEY-DOAK (77): Ben Gridley 2 8-10 13, Jared Meredith 8 7-7 27, Taylor 3 0-0 6, Johnson 1 2-4 4, Josh Lamb 8 3-4 19, Riddle 1 0-0 2, Beddingfield 3 0-0 6. TOTALS: 26 20-25 77.
3-Point Goals: CHS--6 (Reece 3, Noe 2, Estep). CDHS--5 (Meredith 4, Gridley).
Score by quarters:
Claiborne 11 13 18 21--63
Chuckey-Doak 15 15 21 26--77
LADY KNIGHTS COAST
The Chuckey-Doak girls had a score to settle as well with the Lady Bulldogs, who had beaten them by a bucket in an earlier season meeting.
This one was no contest, as the Lady Knights (5-14, 3-3) coasted to a 75-38 conquest of the Bulldogs (6-12, 2-2).
Coach Beth Frye's squad hit over 50 percent from the floor for the game (30-58) and they made 11-of-12 foul shots in an offensive show. Three players hit double figures, led by junior Andi Lamb with 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Katie Lawson chipped in with 12 and Keri Ricker added 10. Corrie Haynes came off the bench to score nine.
Claiborne got 12 points and 16 rebounds from post Dakota Turner.
This one was basically over after the first quarter as the Knights pulled away to a 25-7 lead and controlled a whopping 42-16 advantage at halftime. Lamb scored 15 points in the first half to lead the charge.
The Lady Knights' defense was good as they forced the Bulldogs into 12 first quarter turnovers that helped them set up some easy baskets.
CLAIBORNE (38): Bolden 1 0-2 3, Bunch 3 3-6 9, Walker 2 0-0 4, Dakota Turner 5 2-6 12, Honeycutt 2 1-2 6, Cloud 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 15 6-16 38.
CHUCKEY-DOAK (75): Andi Lamb 9 1-2 20, Katie Lawson 5 2-2 12, Keri Ricker 4 1-1 10, Broyles 2 2-2 6, Aubry 2 2-2 8, Haynes 4 1-1 9, Manuel 2 0-0 4, Myers 1 2-2 4, Sane 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 30 11-12 75.
3-Point Goals: CHS--2 (Bolden, Honeycutt). CDHS--4 (Aubry 2, Lamb, Ricker).
Score by quarters:
Claiborne 7 9 15 7--38
Chuckey-Doak 25 17 18 15--75