Karlie Curtis is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lady Wildcats!

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Karlie Curtis is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lady Wildcats!

Curtis, a senior, had a strong game in a loss to Rosman on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at home, before posting an all-around big stat line against Swain Co. on Friday, Dec. 6, on the road.

Against Rosman, Curtis posted a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals.

In the loss to Swain Co., Curtis scored six points, pulled down five rebounds, netted two assists and two steals, and added a block for Andrews (0-2, 0-2 Big Smoky Mountain 1-A).

For her efforts, Curtis is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lady Wildcats!

 

To be considered for the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week, a player must play in all games the team plays during that week and must not have any unsportsmanlike conduct (ejections, etc.). Stats considered for Player of the Week run from Monday through Saturday, with Player of the Week being revealed Sunday each week.

 

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Kabe Ellis is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Wildcats!

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Kabe Ellis

Kabe Ellis is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Wildcats!

Ellis, a 5-foot-9 junior point guard, went off for 41 points in a win at Big Smoky Mountain 1-A opponent Swain Co. on Friday, Dec. 6, in a 90-69 win for Andrews (3-0, 2-0).

He also added three rebounds, five assists, and six steals in the win.

Ellis is averaging 20.3 points per game this season, which is second on the team.

Earlier in the week, Ellis had an all-around strong game at home against region-foe Rosman on Tuesday, Dec. 3. In that game, Ellis scored seven points to go with three rebounds, five assists, and three steals in the Wildcats/ 69-22 victory.

For his efforts, Ellis is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Wildcats!

 

To be considered for the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week, a player must play in all games the team plays during that week and must not have any unsportsmanlike conduct (ejections, etc.). Stats considered for Player of the Week run from Monday through Saturday, with Player of the Week being revealed Sunday each week.

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Bulldogs fall to visiting Bobcats in season opener

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A scrappy Murphy Bulldogs basketball team pushed visiting Gilmer to the limit last night, Thursday, Dec. 5, but ended up losing their season opener 58-52 to the Bobcats.

With nearly a dozen players coming in from the Murphy football team, which finished its season less than a week before, the Bulldogs (0-1) took Georgia’s Class 4A Gilmer (5-1) to the wire before finally falling late in the fourth quarter.

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Junior Abram Abling goes up to score two of his team-high 21 points Thursday night.

Junior Abram Abling led Murphy with 21 points from the point guard position. Abling tried to single-handedly will the Bulldogs to the victory, scoring six points in the first and nine points in the fourth.

Despite taking a 30-28 lead into halftime, the Bulldogs couldn’t overcome a Bobcats defense that held them to just three points in the third quarter.

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Junior Dawson Hensley hits a free thrown for one of his 18 points Thursday.

Trailing 39-33 entering the final frame, Murphy fed off the crowd and made a push to tie the game with less than five minutes to go.

But the discipline of the visiting team was too much for the Bulldogs, who couldn’t keep the Bobcats from earning the victory.

Junior Dawson Hensly scored 18 points in the loss, including scoring 11 points in the second to push the Bulldogs into the halftime lead.

Junior Isra Smith seemed destined to keep Murphy in the game late. He scored eight points on the night, all of them coming in the pivotal fourth quarter.

Jesse Kephart scored three and senior Devonate Murray added two to round out the scoring for Murphy in the loss.

After a Friday, Dec. 6, game at Nantahala, the Bulldogs visit Robbinsville at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, before traveling to Rosman at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13. Both Robbinsville and Rosman are Big Smoky Mountain 1-A region opponents for the Bulldogs, who have a chance to take a commanding lead in the region.

 

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Murphy girls come back to take down visiting Gilmer

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The Murphy girls basketball team is going to one to watch this season in North Carolina’s Class 1-A.

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Senior Sydni Addison goes up to score two of her game-high 19 points in the win against Gilmer on Thursday.

Despite trailing by six entering the fourth quarter to Georgia’s Class 4A Gilmer in the home and season opener Thursday, Dec. 5, the Lady Bulldogs blew up in the fourth quarter, outscoring the visiting Lady Cats 21-13 in the final frame to earn the two-point, 61-59 victory.

Heading into that final period, things didn’t look great for Murphy at home.

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Junior Sarah Pullium drives for two of her 10 points in the win against Gilmer on Thursday.

The Lady Bulldogs took a 28-27 lead into halftime, but were outscored by seven in the third to fall behind by what most would assume would be enough for the visiting Lady Cats to earn the road win.

But senior forward Sydni Addison put up six of her team-high 19 in the fourth, along with five points from sophomore Torin Rogers and four points from junior Sarah Pullium, to will the Lady Bulldogs to the home victory to start the 2019-20 season.

While Murphy was able to score in the fourth period, it was the defense that earned the victory.

The Lady Bulldogs played a full-court, zone press for most of the game, which gave the visiting Lady Cats fits and enable the home team to earn the win.

Pullium finished with 10 points, while Rogers and junior Kaiya Pickens each scored nine.

Sophomore guard Mia Wilson scored 11, and fellow sophomore Taylor Phillips hit a 3-pointer in the fourth to round out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs.

After a Friday, Dec. 6, visit to Nantahala, the Lady Bulldogs will travel to play Big Smoky Mountain 1-A opponent Robbinsville on Tueday, Dec. 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Three days later, Murphy will visit Rosman for a 6:30 p.m. region game Friday, Dec. 13.

The Lady Bulldogs are trying to get back to the state semi-finals, where their dreams of a state championship fell short last season.

 

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Lady Wildcats fall in region opener 76-45

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Senior Karlie Curtis scored 10 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and added four steals in the Lady Wildcats’ loss.

The Lady Wildcats from Andrews fell to Rosman last night, 76-45, at home.

Andrews (0-2, 0-1 Big Smoky Mountain 1-A) fell behind early and couldn’t recover in the home loss.

Junior Abby Hedden led the way for the Lady Wildcats, scoring 16 points. She also pulled down seven rebounds and had six assists.

Sophomore Emily Mealer added 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists in the loss.

Senior Karlie Curtis scored 10 points, while pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds and adding four steals.

Senior Sydney Postell and junior Ravin Wright each scored three points. Postell added five rebounds, while Wright added two rebounds and a steal.

The Lady Wildcats next visit Swain Co. at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, in Bryson City.

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Andrews boys earn first region win of season

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The Wildcats from Andrews posted their first Big Smokey Mountain 1-A victory last night, taking down Rosman 69-22 at home.

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Junior Tucker Holloway scored 23 points in the win against Rosman.

Andrews (2-0, 1-0) was led by junior Tucker Holloway, who scored 23 points and added seven rebound in the win. Holloway is scoring 20 points per game so far this season through two games.

Junior Gavin Wilson scored nine, while fellow juniors Spencer Bateman and Bryson Holloway each added eight points in the win. Bryson Holloway also pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds.

Junior Kabe Ellis scored seven points, while adding five assists and three steals.

Andrews is trying to improve upon a 19-8 overall record from last season. The Wildcats went 9-3 in region play to place second in the conference. The Wildcats fell in the first round of the state playoffs a year ago.

In the win against Rosman, junior Gage Gillespie scored six, while senior Landon White put up four. Seniors Jose Martinez and junior Aidan O’Dell each chipped in two points in the victory.

Up next for the Wildcats is a visit to Swain Co. for another region game. Tip-off for that match-up is set for 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, in Bryson City.

 

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TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week, No. 22 Micah Anderson

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Micah Anderson

Micah Anderson is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Eagles!

Anderson consistently helped the Eagles break the full-court pressure of all three opponents from this week: Fannin Co., Gilmer, and Pickens. Hiwassee Dam played in the annual Thanksgiving tournament in Blue Ridge and Anderson was a consistant presence on defense and offense.

He tied a team-high with 10 points against Gilmer, was second on the team with 11 points against Pickens, and added five points against Fannin Co. in the team’s most lopsided tournament loss.

For his efforts, Anderson is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Eagles!

To read about how the Hiwassee Dam boys basketball team did last week, click here.

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Eagles show development in tournament

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The Eagles from Hiwassee Dam developed quickly in a three-day Thanksgiving tournament at Fannin Co. High in Blue Ridge, GA.

While the Eagles started the tournament with a 21-point loss to the home team Saturday, Nov. 23, they rebounded to give Class 4A’s Gilmer fits through the first three quarters in a loss Monday, Nov. 25, before playing their best game of the tournament in a 13-point loss to Pickens, also from Class 4A.

With less than 200 students and playing in the Little Smoky Mountain 1-A Conference in North Carolina, Hiwassee Dam doesn’t get many chances to play teams from higher classifications.

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From left, Redford Cheek, Micah Anderson, and Conner Davis were named to the all-tournament team for the Eagles.

The Eagles took full advantage of the opportunity and played each game better than the last.

Through the first two quarters against Pickens, who won the tournament with the victory, the Eagles were proving they can play with anyone.

Four players scored in the first and the defense limited the Dragons to just 12 points.

In the second, Micah Anderson scored seven points, Conner Davis added six, and Sam Bradford scored two to keep pace with Pickens’ 15 in the quarter and head into halftime trailing by just three, 27-24.

In the second half, the Dragons (4-0) pulled away from the short-handed Eagles, using depth and height to finally overwhelm the slowing group in the third to build a 10-point lead at 46-36.

The Eagles wouldn’t go quietly as Davis and Bradford continued to attack. The team put 16 points on the board in the final quarter, but couldn’t slow the Pickens offense enough and fell, 65-52.

Davis finished the game with a team-high 17 points, followed by Anderson with 11, Radford Cheek with nine, and Bradford with seven. Jacob Dockery (4), Seth Hooper (2), and Michael Simms (2) rounded out the scoring for the Eagles.

The day before against Gilmer, Anderson and Simms each scored 10, while Cheek put up eight, Davis scored four, and Hooper added three in the 52-35 loss.

Against Fannin Co. in the first game of the tournament, Cheek scored a team-high 15 points, including going 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. Cheek was just one of the seven Eagles who scored in the game: Anderson, Simms, and Bradford each scored five, Hooper and Davis each scored four, and Dockery scored three.

Hiwassee Dam fell in the game 62-41.

Anderson, Cheek, and Davis were all named to the all-tournament team for the Eagles.

Hiwassee Dam is slated to begin region play Tuesday, Dec. 3, against Nantahala at home. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

To read about the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Eagles, click here.

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