MIDDLEBOURNE -- Josey Jones got her fourth straight 20-plus point game against South Harrison on Friday as she knocked in a game high 26 points including a three ball. She also added nine rebounds and five steals to lead the Silver Knights to a 59-47 senior night victory. The Knights took a 20-9 first quarter lead which proved to be the difference as they played nearly even the final three quarters.
Also scoring in double figures for the Knights was JoLee Walton, who added 11 plus five rebounds and Amanda Reynolds with 10 plus two steals. Miranda Weekley and Autumn Wells both scored a bucket while Joralda Rice and Peyton Kocher each added a foul shot. Aleah Black continued to dominate the boards for Tyler as she collared 11 rebounds and blocked two shots. South Harrison was paced by Jenna Montgomery with 14 markers.
Photos by Ed Parsons
Silver Knights’ Aleah Black and Bethany Littell with their parents at TCHS’ Senior Night.
Not every night is a easy night when you come to the Tyler Consolidated gym. Monday night proved that point as the Wirt County Tigers girls basketball team quickly found out. Just one week after taking two of the state's top ranked teams down to the wire, the Silver Knights were not going to let this one get away.
Jumping out to a 24-12 first quarter lead, the scrappy Knights never let up and outscored the Tigers in every quarter to come away with an 86-45 rout. The young Knights had four players in double figures with Josey Jones leading the way with her third straight 20 point plus game.
Combine Jones, who is a driving force to the basket, with the outside game of Kocher, who knocked in 15 points including four three's, and Reynolds, who finished with 14 and four three's, and you have some lethal weapons. Add in Walton, who does it all by finishing with 15 rebounds and 13 points for her eighth double double on the season, plus Black 15 rebounds and five points and you have what is becoming one of the better Class A schools. Plan on them making some noise come the sectionals.
Coming in off the bench and adding support are Weekley, who hit for seven points including a three and Wells, who pulled down 11 huge rebounds while also hitting six points. Rice added four points and Summer Miller got a bucket to round out the scoring.
Jones also had four assists and two steals. The Knights got a big floor game from Kocher besides her scoring as she barely missed a double double with nine assists. She added four steals as well. Black, who has been a force on the boards lately, also had a big night with four blocked shots.
The Knights, who are rounding into their own under Coach Cathy Boggs, can go about nine deep without losing a step.
"We had a great game against Wirt. Everyone contributed," she said. "It was an all around team effort. If we play like we have the past two weeks, we can make some noise come tournament time. What a good group of girls to work with. They all do what they're asked and they give it their all night in and night out. We are really hitting the boards and we go to the floor for the loose ball. Those things win ball games."