Ole Barn action rendered down to semifinals10:53 am | December 30, 2011
The game of basketball will never be as pure for any basketball player as it was when he or she was five to eight years old.
Devoid of the canonization and glorification that our society often unjustily hoists upon the shoulders of young sports playing men and women; the opportunity for young players to have fun and learn the winter game shines through as it always should when those youngsters who are just grasping the sport come together to learn and play as a team in front of proud parents.
Happy Valley’s junior cadet 2nd team got the fun started in the first round of 8U play Thursday night at the Ole Barn Restaurant Christmas Tournament with a 34-3 win over Happy Valley’s junior cadet 5th team. Cole Torbett led the victorious Warrior tikes with an 18-point evening that displayed the youngster’s shooting development and ball-handling skills.
Teammate Clayton Ball also played well amidst a furious transition attack to the tune of 11 points while his brother Mason Ball added four points for the tiny stalwarts.
Although the HVJC 5th squad could not really get a rhythm in their scoring ranks all evening, Autumn Earp did display a great 15-foot jumpshot for her only points on the night — and the youngsters on the other side of the floor gained valuable experience throughout. The win earned HVJC 2 an extra game on the evening, and although they were defeated by the Crush, more experience is something any basketball player cannot afford to go without.
8U HVJC 3 vs. HVJC1
C.J. Henley paved the first stretch of the Happy Valley junior cadet 3rd team’s road to championship Saturday iwith 18 points amidst a 20-16 hard fought victory over Happy Valley’s Junior Cadet 1st team. Henley’s offensive performance coupled with steady team defense throughout allowed HVJC 3 to hold off a determined HVJC 1 team that stayed within four points of HVJC 3 for almost the entireity of the basketball game.
HVJC 1 used a balanced attack to keep the narrow margin alive as Landon Brown’s team-high 10 points was backed up by the scoring of Andrew Little and Zach Workman, who each shot well and finished with four and two points, respectively, on the evening. The win allows HVJC3 to advance to Saturday’s semifinal round to face a winner determined by tomorrow’s action.
10U Tennessee Dream versus HVC1
In what has perhaps been the most dominant team effort in the Ole Barn Tournament so far, the girls of Tennessee Dream captured a resounding 44-8 victory over Happy Valley’s cadet 1st team in the third game of 10U first-round action.
Morgan Jones displayed aggressive post moves that are usually reserved for girls much older than her amidst a 24-point, 5-board center clinic that should garner the youngster some say in the final tournament MVP voting. Teammates Adrienne Henegar and Bailey McGee each added seven points in a game characterized by the Tennessee Dream’s ability to play sound hussle-intensive basketball and score at will at the rim.
Noah Stevens was the lone offensive threat for HVC1 as the youngster triggered 4 points in the losing effort while teammates Cameron Slone and John “Deuce” Morton each finished with 2. The win propels the Tennessee Dream into the semifinal round Saturday as they will take on the Tribe with a spot in the 10U Championship game that evening on the line.
Note: Stevens had quite a performance during Monday’s tournament action, scoring 22 points in a 36-34 overtime loss to the ETSC Rebels. Stevens converted five 3-pointers, one sending the contest to OT.
10U Roan Highlands versus Rebels
The Lane Kyte/Ikey Edwards show propelled Roan Highlands to a 47-29 victory over the Rebels in the nightcap of 10U action. Kyte put his shooting and transition play on display as the youngster captured 18 points and five steals while Edwards used great post play to garner 16 points of his own. A 14-4 first quarter run proved to be key in the game that saw the Rebels fight back to outscore Roan Highlands 9-5 in the third quarter, but in the end just couldn’t muster the needed horsepower to win.
Christian Webb proved that Kyte was not the only player on the floor with guard transition skills as he led the Rebels in scoring with a 12-point effort on the evening. His Rebel teammate Colby Davidson also showed shooting prowess as he ended up with five points on the night. The win ensures that Roan Highlands will have a spot in semifinal action Saturday morning.
Tourney Notes- Other action at HV Elem.
HVJC 4, TNT and The Crush all earned spots in 8U semifinal plays with victories. JC Elite’s 10U squad also earned its place in the semifinals of the 10U division Saturday morning starting at 10.