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Avery’s Dylan Bauer sails to the basket against the Bearcats. Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-02-06 14:32:03
Last modified: 2013-02-06 14:32:03

Varsity boys basketball comes up short against conference-leading Bearcats

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Avery boys basketball played Hendersonville to a standstill through the first period of its initial meeting on the road in early January before a second-quarter flurry put the Bearcats out front for good for a decisive victory.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, however, the Big Red played nip-and-tuck with the Bearcats in its home rematch. In a replay of the team’s first encounter, however, Hendersonville found its shooting touch in the second half, as the Bearcats used the three-point shot and deft guard play to defeat the Vikings by the final score of 91-72.

Hendersonville took an early lead and built an early advantage. The Bearcats appeared to take a five-point edge at the end of the first period, but a heave from beyond half court by Vikings point guard Shea Buchanan found the basket to cut HHS’s lead to only a pair at 20-18 after one quarter.

Avery played the Bearcats well from inside the paint with tough defense, but Hendersonville built a double-digit lead in the second quarter from beyond the arc. Guard tandem Shawn Rogers and Rishad Felton drained six three-point baskets in the first half to push the HHS lead to 34-25 midway through the period. The Vikings rallied, however, as seven different Vikings scored baskets to cut Hendersonville’s edge to 38-33 at halftime.

An 8-2 scoring run by HHS opened the second half and propelled the Bearcats to build a 67-53 lead after three periods and a working margin through the remainder of the game.

The Vikings was unable to find the answer to the hot shooting hand of HHS, particularly Felton. The shooting guard finished the game with 28 points, including nine three-point baskets. Teammate Rogers, who was the thorn in Avery’s side in the teams’ first meeting, scored 21 points and recorded 16 assists in the rematch.

For AHS, Ty Polsgrove led the offensive display with 19 points on eight-of-11 shooting from the field. Luke Wottell added 12 points, with 11 points from Chance Watson and eight points and seven assists from Shea Buchanan.

Avery’s record fell to 10-10 overall, and will play a trio of games this week. The Vikings hosted Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and travels to Polk County this Wednesday, Feb. 6, to make up its contest that was postponed last week. Avery returns home to host Mountain Heritage for Senior Night this Friday, Feb. 8.

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