Volume 51, Number 47

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, November 20, 2014


14-15 PCHS Bobcats & Lady Bobcats Basketball Schedule

Nov. 24 Community High Away
Nov. 25 Pisgah, AL Away
Dec. 2 Monterey Away
Dec. 5 Jackson Co. Away
Dec. 9 Clarkrange Home
Dec. 11 Livingston Academy Home
Dec. 15 White Co. Away
Dec. 19 Red Boiling Springs Away
Dec. 22 Gordonsville Home
Dec. 27,29 & 30
Sonic Shootout (Boys) Sparta Away
Winterfest Shootout (Girls)
Sevierville Away
Jan. 2 Clay Co. Home
Jan. 5 White Co. Home
Jan. 6 Clinton Co. TBA
Jan. 8 Oneida Away
Jan. 16 Jackson Co. Home
Jan. 17 Goodpasture Away
Jan. 23 Clay Co. Away
Jan. 24 Red Boiling Springs Home
Jan. 27 Gordonsville Away
Jan. 30 Clarkrange Away
Feb. 3 Monterey Home

Lady Bobcat Coach: Brent Smith
Lady Bobcat Assistant: Kayla Gibson
Bobcat Coach: Nathan Aaron
Bobcat Assistant: Luke Mason

Lady Bobcats
beat Pisgah team

The basketball season opened Friday night with the Lady Bobcats taking on a very good Pisgah, Alabama team which had won its first two games in convincing fashion. It was a very tight game throughout with the Lady Bobcats leading throughout most of the game. The Eagles had taken a 10-6 in the first quarter before Abbi Buck's three cut it to a one point game. Freshman Courtney Pritchett's basket gave them the lead at 13-12 and by the end of the quarter the Lady Bobcats were ahead 17-13.
Pisgah regained the lead at 18-17 and after hitting a three went up 21-17. Baskets by Courtney and Jayna Ferrell tied the game at 21 all before the visitors took a 29-25 advantage. But at this point the talented Lady Bobcats went on a tear and outscored the Eagles 13-2 for a 38-31 halftime lead.
In the third quarter Adrianna Thurman's three put the Lady Bobcats up 41-33 before Pisgah came right back to cut it to 43-39. As time was running out, the Eagles got to within one before a Ferrell assist to Pritchett made it 49-46 after three.
The final quarter began with Jayna hitting a three. A charge was called on an Eagle with their coach protesting too much resulting in a technical. Adriana sank both free throws to put the Lady Bobcats ahead 54-47. Pisgah could get no closer than five down the stretch as the Lady Bobcats won 69-60.
Pickett County was led in scoring by Courtney Pritchett with 20 with Jayna Ferrell adding 18.
Scoring by quarters:
Pickett Co. 17-21-11-20=69, Pisgah 13-18-15-14=60
McClellan 9, Buck 9, Thurman 10, Ferrell 18, Pritchett 20, Bilbrey 1 (team 2, Pisgah scored a basket for Pickett Co. on an errant pass)

Bobcats crush Pisgah

It was all Bobcats in their opener against the Pisgah Eagles Friday night. The game started out slowly for the Bobcats as Pisgah took an early 7-2 lead before the Bobcats came back to tie it at 7 all. The Eagles regained the lead until the Bobcats caught them for good at 14-12 after a John Michael Ferrell steal and basket. Freshman Brian Gibson then hit a three to up the lead to 17-12. With the score 19-12 the Bobcats ran away with three consecutive three pointers by freshman Dawson Abbott, which of course fired up the Bobcat faithful. The first quarter ended 28-12 Bobcats.
Ben Neal added two threes making it 38-18 early in the quarter. But that 20 point lead wouldn't last as the Eagles began to cut into it. Up by 11 at 40-29, another Abbott three made it a fifteen point game. The half ended 43-32 Bobcats.
In the third quarter the Eagles continued to close the gap coming to within 4 points at 52-48. Two free throws by Trent Young put the Cats up by 6 and a Blake Hughes basket to end the quarter made it 56-48 Bobcats. Dawson Abbott's 5th three of the night gave the Bobcats a 60-48 lead and they began to roll from there. They quickly pulled away winning 85-62. The Bobcats were led in scoring by Dalton Gore with 18 with Dawson Abbott adding 17.
Scoring by quarters:
Pickett Co: 28-15-13-29=85, Pisgah 12-20-16-14=62
Ferrell 10, Gore 18, Parris 2, Neal 11, Hughes 13, Gibson 6, Abbott 17, Rector 2, Davidson 2, Gray 1, Young 3
Threes: Abbott 5, Neal 3, Gibson 1

Bobcats win 58-53

The Bobcats followed the Lady Bobcats win with a 58-53 thriller to up their record to 2-0. The school with an enrollment of 1500 (to Pickett County's 248) took a 5-2 lead on a three pointer but consecutive baskets by John Michael Ferrell put the Bobcats on top by a point. The Cherokees retook the lead and held it until late in the quarter when the Bobcats went ahead 12-11. As time was running out Ben Neal stole the ball passed it ahead but the Bobcat three point shot at the buzzer was off.
Ferrell's three gave the Bobcats a 4 point lead to start the second quarter and another by Abbott made it 19-14. David Parris hit a three making it 24-17 but McMinn Co. came right back to tie the game at the half, 26 all at the half.
Ben Neal gave the Bobcats the lead again with a three to start the 3rd quarter but it was matched by the Cherokees. Abbott scored, then added a three to make it 34-29 and the Bobcats began to pull away. Blake Hughes made the last score the the Cats in the quarter for a 45-35 lead.
The fourth quarter began with Ben scoring, Blake blocking a Cherokee shot and John Michael making it 49-35. Just when it seemed the young Bobcats were putting the game away, they threw the ball away on poor passes four times and missed several shots allowing McMinn Co. to cut it to 49-46. After a time out McMinn Co hit a three to tie the game.
But just before that shot, Coach Aaron had called a time out to settling the boys down. That time out seemed to restore their confidence as they took control of the game. Dalton Gore scored, McMinn missed their shot and an Abbott to Hughes pass ended with Blake scoring making it 53-49 with 1:20 to go. McMinn Co scored and fouled John Michael. His one of two free throws made it 54-51. The Cherokees scored again. After a time out with 22.9 seconds to go, David Parris was fouled. That was the wrong man to foul. His two shots were all net. With time running out, McMinn Co took a two point shot but missed and again fouled David and it was two more points for the Bobcats. The Cats won 58-53.
John Michael Ferrell led the Bobcats with 18 points.
Scoring by quarters:
Pickett Co 12-14-19-13=58, McMinn Co 11-15-9-18=53
Ferrell 18, Abbott 10, Parris 10, Hughes 12, Neal 5, Gibson 2, Gore 3
Threes: Neal 2, Gibson 2, Ferrell 1

Abbi Buck's 8 threes lead to win
The only question of the night Monday against Oneida wasn't who would win, but just how many threes a red hot Abbi Buck would make. The Lady Bobcats first quarter was highlighted by two threes by Adrianna Thurman and one by Abbi Buck as they took a 23-16 lead. They continued to roll in the second quarter with two more threes by Abbi and very impressive play by freshman Courtney Pritchett. The half ended 35-25 Lady Bobcats.
Abbi added 3 more threes in the 3rd quarter with Adrianna hitting two. Abbi made it 8 threes on the night with two more threes in the final quarter as the Lady Bobcats went to 3-0 with the 72-51 win. Tristan McClellan's ball handling and 8 points helped the Lady Cats' cause, with Abbi Buck scoring 24 and Jayna Ferrell 16. The Lady Bobcats had 12 threes on the night.
Scoring by quarters:
Pickett Co: 23-12-21-16=72, Oneida: 16-9-17-9=51
Threes: Buck 8, Thurman 4

Bobcats roll 62-34

Oneida usually fields a strong basketball team but they must have been missing athletes Tuesday night as their football team is still in the playoffs. The result was an easy win for the Bobcats. Dalton Gore's two threes, one by Dawson Abbott and solid all around play by the Bobcats helped them to take a 19-5 lead after one quarter. David Parris added two more threes, and Dalton another, in the second quarter as the Bobcats took a 42-16 halftime lead. Everyone got to play in the second half as the Bobcats led 55-25 after three and came away with a 62-34 win. Jake Smith's three pointer was the highlight of the final quarter. John Michael Ferrell went out with a ankle injury and it is not clear if he would play in Tuesday night's game at Livingston. Dawson Abbott led the Bobcats with 14 points. The Bobcats had 10 threes in the game.
With the Livingston boys a solid contender to go to the state, the game will be one of the Bobcat's toughest games. The Lady Bobcats will also face one of their toughest challenges in the Lady Wildcats.

Scoring by quarters:
Pickett Co: 19-23-13-7=62, Oneida: 5-11-9-9=34
Ferrell 12, Neal 7, Parris 7, Gore 9, Hughes 3, Abbott 14, Gibson 2, Rector 1, Sells 3
Threes: Abbott 4, Gore 3, Parris 1, Neal 1, Sells 1

Lady Bobcats win 72-46

On Saturday, our Lady Bobcats traveled to McMinn Co. to take on the AAA Lady Cherokees and crushed the hosts 72-46. The Lady Cherokees weren't without talent, as they gave the Lady Bobcats a game for the first half. Two threes by Adrianna Thurman and another by Abbi Buck, as well as several steals, helped the Lady Bobcats to a 19-16 first quarter lead.
Ahead 21-16 another Thurman three gave them an 8 point lead and McMinn Co. could come no closer than 4 points in the quarter. The half ended 34-26 Lady Bobcats. It was all Pickett County in the third quarter as they pulled ahead for a 59-32 lead. A desperation half court shot by the Lady Cherokees went in to end the quarter with the score 59-35.
Threes by Jayna Ferrell, Abbi Buck and Emilee Anderson highlighted fourth quarter play. The final score of 72-46 Pickett Co. gave the Lady Bobcats a 2-0 record. Jayna Ferrell had 18, Courtney Pritchett 14 and Abbey Buck 13 to lead the Lady Bobcats in scoring.
Scoring by quarters:
Pickett Co. 19-15-25-13=72, McMinn Co. 16-10-9-11=46
McClellan 10, Ferrell 18, Thurman 11, K. Geesling 2, Buck 13, Pritchett 14, Hammock 1, Anderson 3
Threes: Thurman 3, Buck 2, Ferrell 1, Anderson 1


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