Highland Rim entered the Thanksgiving break with an out-of-region game against the Elkmont Red Devils.
The Highland Rim Lady Hornets defeated Elkmont. The Hornets entered the break with a regional record of 5-1 and sole possession of second place. They have eight regional games left in the second half of the season to try and catch the undefeated South Lincoln Eagles.
On the boys’ side, the Hornets would dismantle the Red Devils, 51-23. Maddox Franklin was the Hornets’ leading scorer with 21 points, followed by Rhett Persell with 11. The Hornets are in first place with a regional record of 5-1.
The Lady Bobcats finished halfway through the season with a regional record of 2-5. Coach Tyler Jean’s teams have been competitive even in their losses this year. The Cats have improved and some have said they wouldn’t be surprised if they knocked out one of the top teams in the area in the second half of the season.
Coach Trent Boyett’s Flintville men’s side were the surprise of the first half of the season.
They got off to a 4-0 start, then suffered a few losses. The Cats stabilized before the break at 5-2. Flintville is the only team to have defeated the Highland Rim Hornets this season. The Bobcats are well positioned to try to win the regular season title.
Fayetteville Middle Tigers
The Fayetteville Middle School Tigers took on the South Lincoln Eagles to close the midseason.
Coach Andrew Martin’s Lady Tigers lost a tough game to the Eagles by a score of 44-30. The Tigers fell to 4-5 and fourth in the region. Fayetteville’s talent could bring down any of the remaining teams in front of them.
The Fayetteville boys’ team upset the South Lincoln Eagles, 39-34. Ayden Hedgepeth carried the Tigers with 12 points. With the victory, Fayetteville improves to 6-3. The Tigers are ready to race when the season resumes.
The Unity Lady Lions sit 2-4 and sixth in the region during the holidays. The Lions still have eight games to play in the region, which gives them enough time to accumulate victories and climb the standings.
Coach Dakota Brown’s Boys’ Lions have one of the league’s most exciting players at Eli Groce, who has already scored 25, 33 and 40 points in games this season. Unity is at 4-2 and comes in fourth place. It’s a team to watch in the second half of the season.
The Lady Eagles led the class in the first half of the season as they broke an 8-0 record. Coach Zach Fearn’s Eagles haven’t faced many challenges so far this year.
With teams like Highland Rim and Moore County still trailing South Lincoln in the standings, every game after the break becomes important.
The South Lincoln boys’ team stumbled a bit as they headed into the holiday intermission, abandoning their last two games. The Eagles are still alive for the title with potential Player of the Year candidate Trashawn Jean in the lead. South Lincoln could be in contention for the regular season title at the end of the season.
The Blanche Bulldogs’ women’s team didn’t have the season they hoped for, but the team has improved every week and are looking for a few wins after the break.
Before his first season at Blanche, coach Ryan Browning knew it would take time to get the boys’ team where he wanted them to be. Although they started 0-7 to start the season, the Bulldogs have been competitive and tight in some games. Blanche has been single-digit in most games this year after three quarters. If the Bulldogs resolve their issues in the fourth quarter into the second half of the season, wins could follow.