By Wayne Phillips
Sports Editor Emeritus
You can call them a team of destiny, or you can call them “The Little School That Can.”
But be sure you call them champions.
Glenwood Elementary, a school whose community fretted last year during the county budget crisis there might not even be a ball team to cheer for this year as talk of closing the facility was common, claimed the Greene County Baskietball Championship Friday night at North Greene High’s Jerome Woolsey Gymnasium with a 43-34 win over regular season champ Baileyton.
Glenwood joins the Nolachuckey Lady Blazers as county champs for the 2012-13 campaign.
Nolachuckey beat DeBusk 48-44 in a thrilling showdown between the two teams that shared the
regular season county elementary title.
With a standing room only crowd looking on, which appeared to contain most of the Glenwood community decked out in their school color of red, the Chiefs got off to a terrible start but finished with a bang, outscoring the Dragons 14-3 in the final period to rally to victory.
The girls title game was equally as exciting, with Nolachuckey holding a 10-point lead going into the final quarter only to see DeBusk rally back to get within a bucket before the Blazers pulled it out at the end.
The Mosheim girls took third place with a 42-27 win over Baileyton, while the DeBusk boys won consolation honors with a 31-27 verdict over McDonald.
brown, shaw guide chiefs
Glenwood’s terrific guard tandem of Todd Brown, who was named the tourney’s most valuable player, and Ayden Shaw came up huge on championship night. Shaw scored 20 points and Brown added 13 to give the Chiefs the lift they needed to get past Baileyton.
The Dragons got 13 points from Cameron Freshour and nine from post Luke Reynolds.
It appeared early as if it would be a rout for Baileyton as they exploded to a 12-1 lead early and led 13-4 at the first rest stop. Freshour hit three 3-pointers in the first half for the Dragons, but Brown and Shaw got warmed up and Glenwood had the deficit trimmed to 23-18 by the halftime break.
With Reynolds working hard in the paint and Freshour keeping Baileyton in charge from the perimeter and baseline, the Dragons were up 29-22 before Shaw led a late quarter spurt that had Glenwood down by only 31-29 after three quarters.
Glenwood got two big baskets from Peyton Biliter in the fourth, the second one tying the count at 34-34 with 2:40 left in the game, and Baileyton would not score again. A free throw from Shaw, followed by his floater from the lane on a drive to the hoop gave the Chiefs a 37-34 lead and the Dragons could do nothing to slow the determined effort by Glenwood.
Glenwood is coached by Brandi Verran, while the Dragons are coached by Arnold Loftis.
GLENWOOD (43): Todd Brown 13, Ayden Shaw 20, Valk 1, Wisecarver 2, Biliter 4, Licker 3.
BAILEYTON (34): Page 0, Compton 6, Cameron Freshour 13, Dotson 6, Reynolds 9.
3-Point Goals: Glen-1 (Shaw). Ba-3 (Freshour 3).
Score by quarters:
Glenwood 4 14 11 14--43
Baileyton 13 10 8 3--34
third quarter spurt lifts blazers
The Nolachuckey girls knocked off rival DeBusk 48-44 in a thriller, giving the Blazers the big blue banner after the two schools had to settle for a share of the regular season title.
Taylor Lamb was named tourney MVP, and she was one of three players in double figure scoring for the balanced Blazers. Katilynn Franklin led with 12 points while Lamb and TK Franklin each scored 11.
The Lady Braves countered with the scoring punch of the Wykle sisters, Braelyn with a game-best 18 and Kinsley with 14.
The first half was about as even as you could get with the teams settling for a 23-23 draw at the horn. But Nolachuckey got the spread they were looking for in the third as they outscored the Braves 14-4 in the period to open up a 10-point advantage at 37-27.
With 4:30 left in the game, the Blazers were sitting pretty with a 12-point lead, 41-29, but DeBusk was not through. Nolachuckey missed free throws and gave DeBusk some new lift, with the Wykle girls taking advantage.
A layup by Kinsley Wykle with just under a minute left closed the gap to 46-42, then she stole the inbounds pass and scored again to make it a 46-44 game.
Both teams had some chances, with DeBusk missing two chances from close range to tie the score in the frantic closing seconds but the ball wouldn’t fall. A last second shot by Katilynn Franklin provided the final four-point margin.
Nolachuckey is coached by Roger Jones, while DeBusk is coached by Tamara Renner Wykle.
DEBUSK (44): Braelyn Wykle 18, Kinsley Wykle 14, Davis 3, Shoemaker 6, Dockery 3.
NOLACHUCKEY (48): Reaves 8, Williams 6,TK Franklin 11, Taylor Lamb 11, Katilynn Franklin 12.
3-Point Goals: DeB-1 (B.Wykle). Nola-2 (Reaves 2).
Score by quarters:
DeBusk 11 12 4 17--44
Nolachuckey 10 13 14 11--48
In the girls’ battle for third place, Mosheim got 15 points from Marissa Baker and 14 from Breeanna Daniels and beat Baileyton 42-27.
Baileyton got 15 points from Logan Smith.
Mosheim led by only 17-15 at halftime, but held the Dragons without a field goal in the third quarter in outscoring their fores 12-3 and opening up a big lead which they never relinquished.
Mosheim is coached by Allison Riddle, while Baileyton is mentored by Chris Long.
The boys’ consolation turned into a tight one with DeBusk escaping 31-27 over McDonald. Dakota Malone was high man for the game with 20 points for the Braves, while Kyler Clowers knocked down 16 points for the Hornets.
The Braves were leading 15-9 at the half and 23-19 after three stanzas. DeBusk was up by eight (29-21) with just under three minutes left, but the Hornets battled to close to 29-27 on two free throws by Clowers with 1:19 left and had a chance to tie but couldn’t score in the final minute.
DeBusk is coached by Marcey Compton, while McDonald is coached by Teddy Harmon.
BAILEYTON (27): Starnes 3, Shell 4, Cortner 2, Logan Smith 15, Maupin 0, Crawford 3.
MOSHEIM (42): Marissa Baker 15, Valentine 8, Hensley 2, Breanna Daniels 14 , Brown 3.
3-Point Goals: Ba-1 (Crawford). Mosh-5 (Daniels 3, Baker 2).
Score by quarters:
Baileyton 6 9 3 9--27
Mosheim 7 10 12 13--42
MCDONALD (27): Kyler Clowers 16, Armstrong 3, Anderson 6, Thompson 0, Bennett 2.
DEBUSK (31): Compton 0, Mease 3, Hall 7, Dakota Malone20, Brown 1.
3-Point Goals: McD-0. DeB-1 (Mease).
Score by quarters:
McDonald 4 5 10 8--27
DeBusk 8 7 8 8--31
The All-Tournament girls team consisted of Taylor Lamb (MVP), Morgan Williams, Katilynn Franklin and TK Franklin of Nolachuckey; Raina Showmaker, Kinsley Wykle and Braelyn Wykle of DeBusk; Marissa Baker and Bree Daniels of Mosheim; and Logan Smith of Baileyton.
The All-Tournament boys team was composed of Todd Brown (MVP), Ayden Shaw, Zack Licker and Peyton Biliter of Glenwood; Cody Compton, Luke Reynolds and Cameron Freshour of Baileyton; Nathan Hall and Dakota Malone of DeBusk; and Kyler Clowers of McDonald.
All-Season teams were also introduced along with the All-Season Football Team. Photos of those special awards will be presented next week.