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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Maroon Devils outlast Bulldogs, 29-27

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By Tiffany Santos, TeamFYNSports Reporter:

The crisp October air set the tone for the friday night football game between the Murphy Bulldogs (7-2, 3-1) and Swain County Maroon Devils (5-4, 4-1). The last time Murphy went up against this rival, the Bulldogs handed the Maroon Devils a harrowing loss (35-3). October 20th’s game between the rivalry schools was a different story. The Bulldogs put up a great effort but fell short by a 2-pt loss with a final score of 29-27; Swain taking home the win and the bragging rights.

In the 1st Quarter, senior #12 Brodie Bowman from Swain County scored the first touchdown with a 9-yard blast to paydirt. However, #11 Tanner Wiggins’ PAT was no good. With the missed kick, Swain started the game with a lead of 6-0.

Murphy answered with a touchdown by senior quarterback (#1) Joey Curry, who threw a pass complete to senior receiver (#4) DeAndre Jackson for 58 yards. The PAT was spot on by senior kicker and female football superstar (#3) Katelyn Jones. With this touchdown Murphy led Swain 7-6 as the 1st quarter came to a close.

The 2nd quarter exploded with two touchdowns for Murphy, and two for Swain. It seemed like each team was coming in strong without backing down. With 0:51 seconds left in the 1st half, Murphy quarterback (#1) Joey Curry threw a 17-yard pass complete to (#2) Micah Nelson.  Jones once again showed how she earned her jersey, making good on her PAT kick.  The TD and PAT tied the score up 20-all going into halftime.

By the end of the 3rd, Murphy was leading Swain with a score of 27-26, but a 24-yard field goal was successfully attempted by Swain County #11 Tanner Wiggins, bringing the lead to Swain County with a 29-27 score. It’s safe to conclude that penalties and mental mistakes may have cost Murphy the game, as the Bulldogs were penalized a total of 14 times for 131 yards on the night.

Nearing the end of the 4th Quarter, a player for the Bulldogs made a mistake that put Murphy in a 4th and 72 play. The player recovered the ball that was fumbled by his own team, but mistakenly ran the wrong way. Thankfully a teammate was able to stop him from running any further.

“I ain’t blaming this on anybody, I blame this on everybody. Not just one side,” Murphy Bulldogs Coach Gentry told TeamFYNSports.  “Everybody that stepped on this field tonight didn’t do their job. It’s that simple. It’s not what tonight is, it’s how you react to it, and how big you come back!”

All-in-all, the Bulldogs and Maroon Devils put up a good fight, but in the end the Maroon Devils were the ones to taste victory. Sportswriter’s note:  They say those that never win, never learn from loss. From hearing Murphy’s head coach speak about this defeat, I believe the Bulldogs will be able to learn from this game and make any changes necessary to continue on the road to the State Championships.

The Murphy Bulldogs (7-2, 3-1) have a home conference game vs Rosman (2-7, 1-3) this Friday, October 27th, 2017 @ 7:30pm.

 

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GEORGIA MEN ARRESTED AFTER HOME INVASION

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GEORGIA MEN ARRESTED AFTER HOME INVASION

Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the January 20, 2017 arrest of 20 year old Christian Pelicie-Mederos, 23 year old Selburn Abraham Ridley, 19 year old Monte Terrell Stewart, 19 year old Chevez Jamar Herron, and 23 year old Marquez Deshaun Hall, all who reported Atlanta Georgia addresses, for charges stemming from a home invasion in the Andrews Community on January 19th, 2017.

At about 9:45 pm January 19th, 2017 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence north of Andrews North Carolina to a report of shots fired. As the responding deputy was arriving in the area the vehicle that had been described containing the individuals that had broken into a residence was found disabled on the roadway. The vehicle was occupied by the five individuals and upon the approach of the responding deputy two of the individuals fled on foot. Two officers with the Andrews Police Department, additional deputies and investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office arrived and all five of the individuals were apprehended. Among the items seized at the scene was firearms, illegal controlled substances and a large amount of U.S. currency.

Pelicie-Medros, Ridley, Stewart, Herron and Hall were all booked into the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for ROBBERY WITH DANGEROUS WEAPON, ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, FIRST DEGREE BURGLARY, and RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER. All five are currently housed at the Cherokee County Detention Center under $100,000.00 secure bond. Herron has an additional $100,000.00 secure bond for charges from another incident in Clay County during 2016.

Sheriff Palmer stated “We have not completed our investigation but have some good indication why these individuals were in Cherokee County. We are continuing our investigation and are checking additional leads and information. I want to thank the officers of the Andrews Police Department for their assistance. I would like to remind the public that we appreciate any assistance they can provide but highly discourage any activities that would place them in harm’s way!”

Sheriff Palmer encourages any one that has information on this crime or any other to report it. To report crime in Cherokee County you can call the anonymous tip line at 828-837-1344 or email a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov or call 911 if you observe a crime in progress.

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