HV boys, T.A. Dugger girls flourish

By Ivan Sanders
Star Correspondent

   No one knew that the Jr. Warriors came to T.A. Dugger to give a lesson in Biology. The Jr. Warriors methodically dissected the Jr. Cyclones with a lesson in fundamental basketball.
   In a contest that more resembled a day at the Kentucky Derby, the Warriors outran, outjumped, and basically just outhustled the Cyclones to hand them a 57-28 defeat.
   "Our intensity level was exactly where it needed to be," stated the Warriors head coach Rik Anderson after the contest.
   Coach James Jacobs of T.A. Dugger added, "We didn't decide to play Cyclone basketball until there was about a minute left in the third quarter."
   Unfortunately for T.A. Dugger, by then the game was pretty much in the Warriors' favor after a large second-half spurt by Happy Valley pushed a meager 23-12 halftime lead to 44-21 at the end of three.
   Ryan May put the Jr. Warriors in good position in the first half as he netted 10 points for the visitors. Todd Caldwell also added seven to help the Warriors to the 11-point lead. Six players scored two each for the Cyclones going into the break.
   The Jr. Cyclones must have known how General Custer felt at the beginning of the third quarter as the Jr. Warriors put their ears back and went on a 14-2 scoring spree, and ran away from the Cyclones scoring 21 points in the period to only nine for T.A. Dugger.
   Drew Davis scored seven and Ricky Morgan six in the period in extending the lead for the Warriors.
   The Jr. Cyclones attempted to make a run at the end of the third when Cory Pearson began throwing some muscle around and made his presence known to the Warriors. Pearson scored four points, but his hustle and rebounding gave the Cyclones several second and third chances.
   It was a little too late, though, as the Warriors outscored the Cyclones 13-7 in the final quarter. J.C. Atkinson tallied eight for the Cyclones, followed by Pearson with six. Bud Webster and Derrick Nave added four for T.A. Dugger.
   Coach Anderson had this to say about his squad: "Everyone contributed for us tonight. We played 10 players and they all added something to the game. Team play is what we stress, and tonight I think that the kids got a good understanding of that concept."
   A visibly dejected Coach Jacobs added: "They came ready to play and we just didn't handle their pressure. We were overwhelmed at first and I think that spurt they had early in the third will be a good learning process for us. We're a good team, but we just need to work harder and grow up."
   In the boys seventh grade tilt, the Cyclones were a 36-21 victor over the Warriors. Austin Taylor had a large game for the Cyclones, scoring 12 points. Josh Guinn pumped in seven for the winners, igniting a run for the Cyclones in the third as he was fouled shooting a three-pointer and nailed all three free throws.
   Tony Carr paced the losers, netting seven points on the evening. Brandon Whitehead did a great job penetrating the paint and scoring six, as well as dishing out several assists.