WASHBURN – The Hancock High School Indians came to play the Washburn High School Pirates Saturday, February 6.
After a closely-contested first half, the Indians broke the game open in the third quarter and coasted to a 60-35 win over the Pirates.
It was Washburn’s final home game of the 2020-21 season. Seniors Daniel Greene, Austin Bailey and Drew Farmer made their last appearance before the home fans.
Rance Shipe was the leading scorer with 17 points and Greene added six points. Bailey and Tanner Williams had four points each, Farmer earned three points and Nick Evans had two points.
Washburn will end its regular season with two road games. They were scheduled to meet Hancock High School in Sneedville Tuesday, February 9 and play at Cumberland Gap High School Thursday, February 11. The District 2A tournament starts Monday, February 15. A road game Monday night at University High in Johnson City was canceled due to COVID-19 issues.
Washburn vs. Jellico
The Pirates trailed Jellico High School by 20 points going into the fourth quarter of their Friday, February 5 home game. Washburn staged a furious rally to trim the lead to six points with plenty of time left on the clock. But the Blue Devils hit their free throws to close out the game, 73-62.
Jellico took the early lead in the game when a three-point barrage by a single player scored four of the team’s nine threes in the game, all in the first half.
Rance Shipe led the Pirates in scoring with 25 points. Daniel Greene, whose specialty is defense, had 17 points, Tanner Williams added nine points and Austin Bailey earned seven points.
Washburn vs. Clinch
The Pirates finally took the lead against Clinch High School early in the fourth quarter on a three-pointer by Daniel Greene in their game Thursday, February 4. It was the first of three home games in three days.
The Wildcats responded with five straight points to take a three-point lead in the final minutes. They had a chance to ice the game with 3.8 seconds remaining but missed two free throws.
The Pirates rebounded the ball, got it to Greene in the corner, but his shot from downtown bounced off the side of the backboard as the buzzer sounded.
Rance Shipe led the team in scoring with 13 points.
Shipe also scored 10 points in a game against Bell County, Kentucky Saturday, January 29 and was named player of the game, which the Pirates lost, 76-22.