By ZACH BIRDSONG
The East boys team turned the ball over 31 times and West took advantage, coasting to an easy 63-16 victory at THS on Monday.
After the Panthers turned the ball over six-straight times to start the contest, West capitalized, taking a 10-0 lead. Joseph Duncan put up a four points during that run for the Bobcats, while Jacob Dixon and Justus Chadwick each scored three points.
Ashton Dodd followed by adding East’s only points of the quarter, hitting a shot, to cut the score to 10-2 with 1:40 left in the opening period. West went on to score the final points of the opening quarter as Dixon and Keenan Johnson each hit 3-pointers, giving their team a 16-2 advantage.
East was able to add seven more points in the second quarter, but couldn’t slow down the Bobcats’ offense. Duncan led the way in the period for West, scoring six of his team’s 20 points, helping give East a 36-9 lead at the break.
Ragan Tomlin and Dixon each added four points of their own in the second quarter for the Bobcats, while Brody Melton, Mays Snipes and Chadwick each added a basket.
East was able to hold West to 10 points in the third quarter, but only scored six points of its own. Chadwick knocked down a 3-pointer and Duncan followed with a basket as the Bobcats took a 41-9 lead with 5:08 left in the third quarter. Snipes hit a shot before Johnson added a 3 for the final points of the third quarter for West.
Ryan Scott did the bulk of the scoring for East in the third quarter, putting up four points as his team trailed 46-15 heading into the final period of play. D.J. Dillehay added the final basket for the Panthers in the third quarter.
East managed just one point in the final quarter as the Bobcats dominated the period. The Panthers’ lone point came when Jaiden Sanchez knocked down a free throw.
Tomlin put up eight points in the final two minutes of play for West, leading his team in scoring in the period. Duncan added four points in the fourth quarter for the Bobcats, while Johnson knocked down a 3-pointer and Dixon added a basket of his own.
Monday night’s matchup concluded Central Tennessee Conference play this semester. Each team will get CTC play back underway when school resumes in January.
The Bobcats (10-2, 9-2) will open CTC play at home on Jan. 8 when they host White County. Tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 10 minutes after that contest concludes.
The Panthers (2-10, 0-10) will start conference play also on Jan. 8 when they host North. Start time of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys game taking place 10 minutes after that initial game ends.