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January 17, 2018

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Washburn takes two from J. Frank White

Elmer Smith
Grainger Today Correspondent

HARROGATE – It was an exciting night of basketball action last Tuesday when the Washburn High School basketball teams traveled to Lincoln Memorial University to take on the Knights from J. Frank White Academy.

In the boys game, the Pirates got five first-quarter points from Skyler Hurst and Keegan Nicley. Cameron Setsor and Noah Waller added two points each, but the Pirates found themselves trailing 20-14 after the first eight minutes of play. In the second quarter, it was Noah Waller’s turn to take up the scoring burden as he poured in seven points to lead the Pirate charge. Included were three points each from Setsor and Hurst, two points from Brandon Harville and a point from Nicley. The two teams were tied at 30-all at the half.

In the third quarter, the Pirates earned five points each from Nicley and Setsor, four from Waller and two each from Hurst and Austin Coffman to outscore the Knights by two points. The Washburn lead stood at 48-46 heading into a wild last quarter of regulation play.

In the last stanza of a foul-filled game for both teams, the Pirates received 12 points from Setsor, who converted five-of-eight attempts from the line. He was followed by Hurst, who knocked down five-of-six free throw attempts for five points. In addition, Nicley added three points, while Austin Coffman knocked down two-of-two attempts from the charity line. Coffman added a deuce as Washburn burned the nets for 28 points. Late in the game, the Pirates held a seven-point lead, but the Knights connected on a pair of three-pointers and scored a total of 30 points in the quarter to knot the score at 76-all at the end of regulation, forcing overtime.

In the fourth quarter of the game, the Pirates shot 12-of-16 from the line. That turned out to be only a prelude of what would occur in the four minute overtime. The Pirates connected on 13-of-20 chances at the foul line to pull away for a hard-fought and whistle-infested game. In the overtime period, Hurst connected on seven-of-nine from the charity stripe. Coffman and Waller added two free throws each, while Nicley and Cody Coffey added one free throw each. With the 13 points from the foul line and two-point basket, the Pirates blitzed the Knights by15 points to three to post an exhausting 91-79 victory.

Cameron Setsor led the Pirates in scoring with 24 points and was closely followed by Skyler Hurst, who added 22 points. In addition, Noah Waller and Keegan Nicley were also in double figures with 18 and 16 points respectively. Austin Coffman scored six points, Cody Coffman added three and Brandon Harville contributed two points.

Lady Pirates 34

J. Frank White 29

In contrast to the boys game in which 170 points were scored, the Lady Pirates game was one in which every possession was important as the points were hard to come by. In the first quarter, the two teams battled to a 10-to-10 score. The low scoring continued in the second eight minutes of play as Washburn outscored the Lady Knights seven to four to hold a 17-14 edge at the half.  In the third stanza, the Lady Knights outscored Washburn 10 to eight to cut the Washburn lead to 25-24 headed into the final eight minutes of play. In that final quarter, the Lady Pirates outscored the Lady Knights by four points to record a 34-29 victory and improve their season record to 3-0. Sierra Bailey, with 11 points, led the Lady Pirates in scoring. She was followed by point guard Haley Nicley, who scored 10 points while recording three steals and two assists. Rikelle Bowlin, who connected on a pair of treys, added four additional points, and McKensey Lay scored three points on a trey. BreAnna Scearce, who pulled down 10 big rebounds for the Lady Pirates, also added two points to the Washburn total. The Washburn basketball teams will travel to Thomas Walker in Virginia Thursday for their next games.


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