SEVIERVILLE, TN (WLAF) – It was a classic big school versus small school match-up on Thursday afternoon inside Smoky Bear Gym at Sevier County High School. Campbell County, with an enrollment of 1,300+, went back and forth all game long with the Lions of Section, Alabama, which sport a student body of 215. Oh, and there’s only one stop light in the tiny town that sits atop Sand Mountain overlooking the Tennessee River.
None the less, the Lions, with two state championship trophies sitting in the school trophy case, entered the game with a 13 & 6 mark while the Cougars came limping into the tournament off several one possession losses and a tournament low three wins.
The team dressed all in red opened the scoring of what turned out to be quite the close game which included 14 ties and 11 lead changes. The 14th tie, at 53, came at the four-minute mark of the 4th quarter as Campbell scored 11 of the last 17 points for the win. Though there was no shortage of nail biting as the Cougars hit their last four free throws, Devon Jones to make it 62-59 and Bryson Horton putting it out of reach with a final of 64-59.
In the end, it came down to taking care of the basketball and making free throws. The Cougars did just that. For the game, Campbell was unofficially 17 for 20 at the stripe.
Devon Jones tied Section’s Logan Patterson with high point honors at 16. Eleven of Jones points came in the first half as he led four double-figure scorers; John Long 11, Nate Walden and Zac Brady 10 each.
The CHET play(s) of the game ended up being Horton’s two free throws while Jack Leach claimed the Collectibles & More player of the game honor. The unsuspecting Leach, only playing long enough to say he did, promptly nailed back-to-back three-pointers, from the right wing and then left wing, in the second half keeping the Cougars in the thick of the fray. Campbell hit five Dr. Jill Browning 20-20 treys on the day.
The Cougars, minus Will Lester and Elijah McKinney, played nine players with seven getting into the scoring column. Spencer Boshears had eight, Leach six and Horton two. David Adkins and Gavin Cox played and did not score.
Campbell has now won three games in-a-row while claiming the Winterfest Shootout title to improve to 6 & 7. Section is 13 & 7 losing all three of its close Shootout games.
Thursday’s game was indicative of just how close Campbell and its opponents have been all season. The Cougars have scored 853 points through 13 games with opponents racking up 855. That’s 65.6 points per game for Campbell versus giving up 65.7 per outing.
Both the Lady Cougars and Cougars return to action on Tuesday as Scott comes to Brown Gym. Josh Parker has all the live radio and TV coverage right here over the WLAF – Doyle’s Tire Sports Network starting at 6pm.
Class 4A Region 2 District 3 (Halls and Clinton left the district and West is added)
Campbell Co. High School (Jacksboro, TN)
Karns High School (Knoxville, TN)
Knoxville Central High School (Knoxville, TN)
Oak Ridge High School (Oak Ridge, TN)
Powell High School (Powell, TN)
West High School (Knoxville, TN)
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|November 16||Claiborne Girls W 56-37…Boys W 90-59||Tazewell JVs W 47-31||JVB|
|November 26||Union Tourney Girls W 56-34 (Gibbs)…Boys L 77-55 (Scott)||Maynardville||—-|
|November 27||Union Tourney Girls W 47-24 (Union)…Boys L 71-70 (Union)||Maynardville||—-|
|November 29||Oneida Girls L 45-42…Boys W 71-50||Brown Gym||—-|
|December 3||Grainger Girls W 41-39…Boys L 85-78 OT||Brown Gym||JVB|
|December 7||*West Girls W 57-12…Boys L 79-77||Knoxville||—-|
|December 10||*Karns Girls W 61-46…Boys L 91-64||Karns||JVB|
|December 13||Oneida Girls W 49-34..Boys W 59-48||Oneida||—-|
|December 14||Scott Girls W 41-33..Boys L 55-54||Huntsville||JVB|
|December 17||South-Doyle Girls W 44-30..Boys L 61-44||Knoxville||JVG|
|December 18-21||Anderson Christmas Classic (Girls-Sat, Mon & Tue) |
W 42-40 (William Blount) L 53-48 (Stone Memorial) L 39-32 (Maryville)
|December 28-30||Sevier Winterfest Shootout (Boys) |
W 71-66 (Concord Christian) W 56-55 (Sevier County) W 64-59 (Section, AL)
|January 4||Scott||Brown Gym||JVG|
|January 7||*Central||Fountain City||JVB|
|January 11||*Powell||Brown Gym||JVB|
|January 14||*Oak Ridge||Brown Gym||JVB|
|January 18||*Karns||Brown Gym||JVG|
|January 21||*West||Brown Gym||JVB|
|January 25||*Central||Brown Gym||JVG|
|February 1||*Oak Ridge||Oak Ridge||JVG|
|February 4||South-Doyle||Brown Gym||JVB|
|February 7||Knoxville Ambassadors (Boys only)||Brown Gym||JVB|
|February 8||Union||Brown Gym||JVB|
|February 10||Bell (Girls only)||Pineville, Kentucky||JVG|
|February 14- 18||District 3 AAAA Tournament||Brown Gym||—-|
*Denotes District Games
Boys’Head Coach: Ernie Clawson Girls’ Head Coach: Jason Kitts
Co-Head Coach: Brandon Clawson Assistants: Ryan Browning, Adam Assistant Coaches: Don Atherton, Jake Lane Ellison, Brooke Kitts
(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/31/2021-6AM)