Patriots Dominate Dobyns-Bennett Indians, 65-55; Girls 48-38
The Jefferson County High School Patriots Basketball Teams hosted the Dobyns-Bennett Indians Saturday afternoon. Even though the air was chilly outside, things heated up quickly on the court. Both the Boys and the Lady Patriots dominated and sent the Indians back to Kingsport defeated.
After defeating Morristown East Friday night 66-49, the Lady Patriots tipped off and quickly hit the wood running. The aggressive Lady Indians defense didn’t make this an easy win for Jefferson County, limiting the Lady Patriots to only 11 Points for the first eight minutes of the game. Both teams were putting on the pressure, with a combined total of 19 fouls in the first half alone. The Jefferson County defense limited D-B to only 7 in the first quarter and went on to the second ahead. Out scoring the Indians 14-12 in the second, the Lady Patriots took the halftime break ahead by 6.
The Lady Indians found a fresh fire during halftime, and came out to battle even harder. Outscoring the Lady Patriots 13-12 in the third, and accumulating even more fouls, only poked the beast. The Lady Patriots won the fourth period battle, and, despite some tough competition who would get within a point at times to tying the score, came out the victors. The Jefferson County Lady Patriots defeated the Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians 48-38, and expanded their winning streak to 6.
Makaila Woolard led the scoring for the evening with 15. Ryleigh Fritz was just behind her with 12 points, sinking 6 of those from beyond the arch. The Ladies are gearing up to travel to Sevierville to take on the Sevier County Lady Smoky Bears on Tuesday. The 3-5 Sevier County Girls are coming off a 52-33 win at South Doyle.
After suffering a loss to Morristown East (60-52) the night before, the Patriot Boys provided more of a nail biter for the afternoon. Quickly grabbing the ball after tipoff, the Patriots were the first to make it to the hoop. The first quarter was filled with both teams having an answer for each score. Cameron Gregg and Darius Allen nailed shots from just past the three, while the Indians tried to pull ahead briefly. The Patriots only outscored the Indians by two during the first quarter. A second quarter awakening by Jefferson County proved to be beneficial. The Patriots limited the Indians to only five points during the second, three of which were freethrows. Tacking 17 to the score, the Patriots went into halftime up 29-15.
Trying to stage a comeback, the Indians opened the second half by adding 20 to their score. The Patriots had an answer to that call, and, with a pair of threes from Nathan Seal, maintained the lead by 13 going into the fourth. The Indians continued to fight, even outscoring the Patriots 20-17 in the fourth, but it was too little too late. The Patriots grabbed the win by 10, 65-55. The Jefferson County Patriot Boys Basketball team is now 4-6, 1-2 in district play.
Darius Allen topped the scorebook for the evening with a total 13. Cameron Gregg and Nathan Seal both sank 11 for the night, along with a strong performance from Elijah Dial, who had 10 for the night.
The boys will also be traveling to Sevierville Tuesday night to face off against the 5-3 Sevier County Smoky Bears. Defeating Cocke County, Seymour, and South Doyle, the Smoky Bears are 3-0 in district play. The Patriots will prove to be the most competition Sevier County has faced in a few games.