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Murphy Lady Bulldogs await first round results

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After winning the Smoky Mountain Conference and defeating Cherokee for the Region Championship Friday night at Murphy High School, the Lady Bulldogs are victims of a “hurry up and wait” situation.  They’ve tip-toed the sideline of perfection this season, suffering only one loss in conference play to the Braves, whom they beat 2-out-of-3 meetings this year.

The Lady Dawgs only other loss came all the way back on November 25, 2017 when they fell by 10 to the Cougars of Mountain Heritage (Burnsville, NC) in the Coaches vs Cancer tournament.  If you’re wondering where Mountain Heritage is, shift your focus to how good they are; 23-1, 11-0 at the time of this article and ranked 203rd in the United States (8th overall in the state of North Carolina regardless of classification).  They’re alright.  I mean, if you’re into teams that win and all that.

Which brings us to present-day basketball, where the Lady Dawgs are stuck behind the fictional chain-link fence like a kennel of Blue Ticks waiting for a full moon.

Hailey Thompson (00) and Sydni Addison (35) play defense in a game earlier this season. Photo by Jenni Dixon, TeamFYNSports.

The Lady Bulldogs are one of eight teams who have earned a first-round bye as the NCHSAA State Basketball Playoffs begin on Tuesday.  Pine Lake Prep (14) will host East Surry (16) for Tuesday’s first round games, with Murphy taking on the winner in round two Thursday afternoon.

Pine Lake Preparatory School of Mooresville, NC has had an impressive season thus far, boasting a 10-2 conference record while going 18-8 overall.  Competing in the PAC-7 1A conference, their two conference losses came by the hands of Union Academy (23-2, 13-0) of Monroe; and both games were decided by fewer than 10 points.

East Surry (13-12, 7-3) looks to be the underdog in the first round, barely breaking .500 on the season.  The Cardinals out of Pilot Mountain finished 3rd in the 1A Northwest Conference, behind Mount Airy (22-2, 10-0) and Bishop McGuinness (15-11, 7-3).

The 2018 NCHSAA State Basketball Playoffs are set to kick off and TeamFYNSports will be following the Murphy Lady Bulldogs all the way to the championship.  Be sure to follow us on facebook, instagram and twitter for updates as the post-season progresses!

1A East

1st round (Feb. 20):

1-Pamlico County vs BYE / 16-Perquimans vs 17-Northside (Pinetown)

8-East Columbus vs BYE / 9-Riverside (Williamston) vs 24-Ocracoke

4-Cape Hatteras vs BYE / 13-Creswell vs 20-Raleigh Charter

5-Roxboro Community vs BYE / 12-Vance Charter vs 21-Rocky Mount Prep

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3-Northampton County vs BYE / 14-Lakewood vs 19-Southside

6-East Carteret vs BYE / 11-Manteo vs 22-Voyager Academy

2-Plymouth vs BYE / 15-Gates County vs 18-Edenton Holmes

7-Neuse Charter vs BYE / 10-Weldon vs 23-Princeton

2nd round (Feb. 22):

3rd round (Feb. 24):

4th round (Feb. 27):

East final (March 3):

State championship (March 10):

1A West

1st round (Feb. 20):

1-Mount Airy vs BYE / 16-South Davidson vs 17-Alleghany County

8-Lincoln Charter vs BYE / 9-Highlands vs 24-Blue Ridge

4-East Wilkes vs BYE / 13-Albemarle vs 20-Hayesville

5-Chatham Central vs BYE / 12-River Mill Academy vs 21-Piedmont Community

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3-Murphy vs BYE / 14-Pine Lake Prep vs 19-East Surry

6-Union Academy vs BYE / 11-Bishop McGuinness vs 22-CSD

2-Mitchell County vs BYE / 15-Highland Tech vs 18-Robbinsville

7-Gray Stone Day vs BYE / 10-Cherokee vs 23-Hiwassee Dam

2nd round (Feb. 22):

3rd round (Feb. 24):

4th round (Feb. 27):

East final (March 3):

State championship (March 10):

 

Murphy Lady Bulldogs 2018 Season Game stats

Murphy Lady Bulldogs 2018 Defensive Season Stats

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Murphy Lady Bulldogs break Cherokee’s 30-game streak

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The Murphy Lady Bulldogs have been nothing short of legendary this season, but that’s nothing new for them.  Last year the varsity girls went 26-2, falling by only one point in the Elite 8 to the eventual state champions.

“I couldn’t ask for a better team.  They work extremely hard and do everything asked of them,” Murphy head coach Ray Gutierrez told TeamFYNSports last week.  This week was no exception.

The Lady Bulldogs (18-1, 7-0) kicked last week off with a 52-32 win on the road at Hayesville, followed by a 74-26 road win over Andrews.

At Hayesville, Jessica Beckner made herself at home inside the paint, and she defended her house.  She scored 15 points, but even more impressive was her 10 rebounds in the game.  Kaiya Pickens scored 13 points while teammate Haylie Thompson helped Beckner dominate the boards with eight rebounds.  Other notable performances on the stat sheet came from Murphy guard Aubrey Clapsaddle, who scored seven points with six scoring assists.  Clapsaddle had another great night managing the offense for the Lady Bulldogs.  Brianna Moore also had a great game offensively, assisting four times but also scoring four points of her own.

Jessica Beckner (15) pulls in a tough rebound while Sydni Addison (35) and Bri Moore (10) assist defensively in a game earlier this season. Photo by Jenni Dixon, TeamFYNSports.

Sydni Addison, the ball hawk of the night, had seven steals on defense, scored six points and pulled in seven rebounds.

At Andrews, Beckner stole the show.  She not only scored 19 points and hauled in 10 rebounds, but she also scored her 1,000th career point for Murphy High School.  “She is a tremendous student athlete and has worked extremely hard during her high school career,” coach Gutierrez said of his athlete’s outstanding achievement.
Beckner has received a full scholarship to play basketball at Young Harris College next season.
Aubrey Clapsaddle had another great night as well, scoring 11 points with five assists and five steals defensively.

 

 

How do you beat two great wins on the road?  You turn around and win two big games back-to-back at home.

How do you beat a 19-90 road win over Nantahala (Topton, NC)?  You hold them under 10 points of offense.

On Friday, Nantahala took a rough road trip down to Murphy only to leave with their lowest offensive performance of the season.  The Lady Bulldogs (wo)man-handled the Lady Hawks, coming away with a 77-8 home win, their 17th team victory of the season.  They knew Saturday night’s game would be a true test.

Following the huge win over Nantahala, the Braves of Cherokee High (then 10-4, 7-0), came to Murphy for the matchup the entire state of North Carolina has been waiting to see.

“Cherokee had won 30 straight regular season conference games,” coach Gutierrez said of their opponent.  “The gym was packed and both teams played their guts out.  It was a great atmosphere for a basketball game.”

The first quarter was a close one – much closer than many of the games Murphy has played this season – with the Lady Bulldogs holding only a 4-point margin over the Braves, 18-14.  The Lady Bulldogs, who average more than 60-points per game, were hitting their usual offensive numbers; but the Braves’ offense was up to the task early-on, making this game a true challenge for Murphy.

The ability of the Murphy Lady Bulldogs’ defense to collapse on the ball and apply pressure for four full quarters of basketball is a large part of their success this season. Photo by Jenni Dixon, TeamFYNSports.

By halftime, Murphy had extended their lead by only one point.  Trailing by five (43-38), the Braves were still in a dangerous position and neither team was a sure victor.  Sharpshooters Clapsaddle and Pickens refused to leave the game in anyone’s hands other than their own.  The two combined for 8-of-11 3-point attempts, combining for 31% of the total points for the Lady Bulldogs.

In the end, the Lady Bulldogs held on to defeat the Cherokee Braves 77-74, giving the Braves their first conference loss of the season (breaking a 30-game streak).

Clapsaddle scored 30 points, while Pickens had 14.  Beckner scored 12 points in the game while Thompson scored nine points, Bri Moore had six, Martin scored four points and Addison scored a basket for two.  Addison led the team with rebounds (8), while Beckner also pulled in eight boards, three offensively and five on defense.

Murphy hosts Andrews (1-12, 0-9) on Monday and Robbinsville (14-5, 6-3) on Tuesday, while Cherokee travels to Swain County on Tuesday and Rosman on Friday.  Robbinsville is 6-4 at home, one of those losses coming from Cherokee in overtime (53-47) on Dec 19; another home loss came from Murphy on Jan 2, 52-37.
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Live Coverage: Gilmer Parks & Rec Basketball

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Join us as TeamFYNSports, FYNTV, FetchYourNews proudly present the LIVE coverage of the entire Gilmer Parks & Recreation annual basketball tournament. Coverage begins Saturday morning and all games will be streamed LIVE on FYNTV.com and our YouTube Channel and we will be posting updates via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.

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Union County takes wins at Andrews

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Saturday, Jan 5, the Panthers headed to Andrews, NC to play a non-region matchup. The Lady Panthers tipped off at 5pm, and they got off to a hot start. The Lady Panthers outscored the lady wildcats 13-3 in the first quarter led by senior guard Bailey Daniel.

Daniel scored 7, she also reached her 1000th point during this quarter. When asked after the game how she felt about this accomplishment she said, “It’s honestly just such a blessing to have such great coaches and teammates I couldn’t ask for any other group of people.”

Sophmore forward Andelin Hill led all Union County scorers in the second quarter with five points to extend the lead to 26-16 at the half.

The Lady Panthers came out of the half and went on a 12-1 run to extend the 3Q lead to 38-21. Sophomore center  Kait Mccarter led all UC scorers with 6 points.

The final score was 48-29, and junior forward Jordan Rogers led the 4th quarter in points with 5.

Kait Mccarter led the team with 16 points followed by Andelin Hill whom had 11.

The Lady Panthers improve to 11-4 which matches last years win total.

The Panthers’ game followed the Lady Panthers, tipping off at 6:30pm and unlike the varsity girls’ game, this one got off to a bit of a slow start.
Trailing 8-12 at the end of Q1, senior guard Patrick Bagget led all UC scorers going into the half with 10 points.
The Panthers led 26-23 going into the half. The Panthers came out of the half on fire, using a 15-1 run to extend the lead to 48-32.
Senior Patrick Bagget shot 4-5 from 3 in the 3rd Quarter. Senior forward Candler Colwell led all scorers in the 4th quarter with 5 points. Senior guard Patrick Bagget led UC with 24 points which is a career high.
With the win, the panthers improved to 13-2 without sophomore forward Sawyer Drake (his status still uncertain with a Meniscus injury).

Union Girls top Darlington, Boys force ‘Mercy Rule’ against Peidmont

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By Isaiah Garrett, TeamFYNSports reporter

Wednesday Dec. 27, Union County played in the 24th annual Battle of the States tournament. The lady panthers tipped off at 4pm playing against Darlington School.

The lady panthers got off to a slow start falling behind 16-14  at the end of the first. However, Senior Bailey Daniel led a lady panther 3 point parade by shooting 3-4 from downtown in the 2nd quarter.

Union led 31-26 at the half. Both teams were plagued with turnovers in the 3rd quarter, a combined 14 turnovers led to a score of 38-33 at the end of the 3rd. However, Darlington battled back to tie the game at 52 with only 57 seconds left in regulation.

Junior forward Adeline Dockrey made an incredible fade-away hook shot with 17 seconds left to grab the lead, a shot so impressive you had to see it to believe it. A Darlington 3-pointer at the buzzer fell inches short as it bounced off the rim.  Union takes the win, 54-52.

Bailey Daniel led the panthers with 22. The lady panthers advanced to the semi-finals to play Murphy, NC at 4pm on Dec 28th. Full story to follow.

Panthers force ‘mercy rule’ in dominant 69-27 victory
The panthers tipped off at 5:30 against Piedmont AL. Piedmont was ranked the #2 team in class AAA in the preseason.
Union got off to a hot start leading 13-8 as Union had 4 steals in the first quarter. Union took a 18-5 run to extend the lead going into the half, leading 31-13.
Sophomore Pierson Allison led the panthers with 11 points in the first half. Union continued the hot start in the second half and at the end of Q3 led 54-24.
Due to the mercy rule, the 4th quarter was shortened from 8 to 6 minutes. Union finished the game with a score of 69-27. Sophomores Pierson allison (14) and Sawyer Drake (13) led a very balanced panther attack into the semi-finals. Union advanced to play Murphy at 5:30pm on Thursday.  Full story to follow.

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Battle of the States: 1st Round Recap

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The 24th Annual Battle of the States Christmas Tournament kicked off in Hiawassee, Georgia on Wednesday, Dec 27. The tournament consists of eight boys and eight girls teams, who represent GA, NC, TN, and AL.  There will be eight games a day for all three days of the tournament.

Here are the the first day results from the girls’ side of the bracket:

In the 10am game, Murphy NC beat Lumpkin County Girls by a score of 76-55. Post, Jessica Beckner led the Lady Bulldogs with 24 pts. Lumpkin was led in scoring by Makenzie Pulley, who had 19 pts.

In the 1pm game, Hokes Bluff, Alabama defeated Polk County, TN by a score of 32 – 23. Amanda Noah led Hokes Bluff with 21 pts. Nikki Ball led Polk County with 11 pts.

In the 4pm game, Union County defeated Darlington Academy in a close fought contest.  Union pulled out a 54-52 victory as Darlington missed a game-tying field goal as time expired. Adeline Mockery paced the Lady Panthers with 22 pts. Caroline Dingler led Darlington with 21 pts.

In the 7pm tilt, the Towns County Lady Indians defeated rival, Hayesville, NC by a score of 52-42. Towns County kept the lead the whole first half, taking a 22-19 lead into intermission. The two teams were tied at 26 before Towns County’s press stretched the lead to 43-30 at the end of the third. Towns closed the game with a 10pt victory. Freshman, Kennedi Henson led Towns with 16. Junior, Taylor Cornett gave 9 pts, with a trifecta of long distance shots. Senior Madison McClure had 8 pts, hitting four crucial free throws in the game’s final minutes. Hayesville was led in scoring by Junior, Savanna Annis with 18 pts. Hailea Rickett finished with 17 pts.

Day Two of the Battle of States tournament will feature 4 girls and 4 boys games through the whole day of Thursday, December 28th. The tournament will conclude on Friday, December 29th with 8 more games to determine Battle of the States’ Champions, as well as 2nd through 5th place for Boys and Girls.

Day 2 Schedule (Thursday, Dec. 28)

10 am – Lumpkin County vs Darlington Academy (Girls)

11:30- Piedmont, AL vs Lumpkin County (Boys)

1:00 – Polk County, TN vs Hayesville, NC (Girls)

2:30 – Polk County, TN vs Hayesville, NC (Boys)

4:00 – Union County vs Murphy, NC (Girls)

5:30 – Union County vs Murphy, NC (Boys)

7:00 – Towns County vs Hokes Bluff, AL (Girls)

8:30 –  Towns County vs Hokes Bluff, AL (Boys)

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