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Originally published: 2013-01-22 16:59:55
Last modified: 2013-01-23 15:23:17

Junior varsity hoops roundup 1.24.13

Jamie Shell / (sports@averyjournal.com)

Lady Vikings downs Cougars in Burnsville, bests Lady Mountaineers

Avery Lady Vikings junior varsity basketball picked up a pair of victories in Western Highlands Conference action last week. AHS earned a 43-35 win at Mountain Heritage on Wednesday, Jan. 16, and followed up the win with a 34-21 win at home on Saturday, Jan. 19, against Mitchell.

Avery took a 13-6 lead after one quarter at Heritage and led 21-14 at halftime. The Big Red stretched its lead to double figures at 33-22 after three periods en route to the eight-point triumph.

Destiny Ollis paced AHS with 12 points, with nine points from Elizabeth Pittman and seven points from Christian Burleson.

The Lady Vikings continued its strong play in its win over Mitchell. Avery held a narrow 11-8 lead after one period and took a 19-13 halftime lead behind eight first-half points from Pittman.

The AHS defense stepped up to prevent Mitchell from building momentum, holding the Lady Mountaineers to only two points in the third period while padding its lead to 24-15 by period’s end. Avery slammed the door on a victory with a 10-point fourth quarter to seal the conference win.

Pittman paced the Lady Vikings with 13 points, with nine points from Ollis.



Vikings JV boys drops road game at Heritage, home loss to Mitchell

AHS junior varsity boys basketball team suffered a pair of tough losses to Western Highlands Conference foes.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Avery fell short by the final score of 42-35 against Mountain Heritage in Burnsville. The two clubs remained close on the scoreboard throughout the first half, as the Cougars held a 12-10 lead after one quarter and a 23-21 advantage at halftime.

Defenses ruled the third quarter, as the teams combined for only 10 points in the period. Heritage led by only four points at 29-25 with seven minutes remaining.

Avery found its offensive touch behind a pair of baskets by both Caleb Stansberry and Dalton Tennant, but the Cougars were too strong down the stretch, connecting on 5-of-6 free throws in the stanza to seal the win.

Jacob Waldroup led the Avery scoring attack with 10 points, with eight points each from Luke Crowe and Tyler Pitman.

The Big Red hosted Mitchell on Saturday, Jan. 19, and met a tough Mountaineers club, falling by the final score of 37-29.

Avery mustered only four points in the first period, while Mitchell reached double figures in the period to build a 10-4 advantage. The Vikings countered with an offensive flurry in the second period, however. Pitman and Stansberry combined to score 12 of Avery’s 14 points in the quarter. The AHS defense held MHS to only seven points in the stanza, giving the Vikings a narrow 18-17 lead at halftime.

Mitchell regrouped to start the second half, tallying 13 third-quarter points. Avery struggled to generate its own offense, managing only seven points in the frame and only 11 points for the entire second half. MHS took a 30-24 lead into the final quarter and made enough shots down the stretch to protect its lead and earn the win.

Pitman led Avery with seven points, with six points from both Tennant and Stansberry.

Avery traveled to Owen on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and hosts Thomas Jefferson this Friday, Jan. 25.

COACHES VS.CANCER NIGHTS AT AVERY HIGH SCHOOL:

This Friday, Jan. 25, Avery High School's men's basketball is holding Coaches vs. Cancer Night. The Vikings' men's basketball coaches will join coaches across the country dressed in suits and tennis shoes in recognition of the fight against cancer.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Avery's ladies basketball clubs will be holding their annual "Pink Game," as players and coaches will don pink apparel in honor of breast cancer awareness.

Donations will be accepted both evenings for cancer research. In addition, during both evenings, the Avery Athletics Department will donate $1 toward the cause for each point scored during all the games.

AHS challenges the community to come out to support this cause both with donations and with fan support. Local businesses are invited to take part in matching funds raised. For more information, call Avery High School Director of Athletics Jay Smith at (828) 733-0842.