University High took the boys’ game 72-55 after the girls’ game was a 52-15 rout.
HARLESS SHINES ON SENIOR NIGHT
Senior Joseph Harless picked the second quarter for his outburst. The 1,000-point career scorer added 14 points in the second quarter. That output helped the Junior Bucs to a 39-31 lead at the break. Harless finished with 20 points.
FIRST QUARTER GOES TO JUNIOR BUCS
University High had a battle for the first portion of the contest. Charlie Vargo knocked down a 3-pointer five minutes into the game for the 14-11 lead. That advantage would remain for the Junior Bucs the rest of the night. Kaleb Meredith got eight of his game-best 22 points in the opening quarter.
STRONG SECOND HALF SPURS JUNIOR BUCS
University High scored the first nine points in a two-minute span to seize control. Senior A.J. Simerly had four of his seven points in that stretch. Eventually the Junior Bucs led 55-33 at one point in the third. Marshall Fleenor helped the home side with half of his 10 points for the game in the stretch to make the game a 22-point margin.
TCCS DOES NOT GO QUIETLY
Isaac Hatfield did his part to bring the Eagles back. He got nine of his team-high 17 points in the final quarter. Near the middle of the fourth the rally had TCCS within nine, at 57-48. University High pushed the margin back out to 16 with two minutes left thanks to four points from Meredith in a stretch.
University High 52, Tri-Cities Christian 15
University High proved to be too much from the start in the opening game. The Junior Lady Bucs led 15-3 after a quarter and 34-6 at halftime. Gracie Crabtree scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half. Sarah Fisher also had a 12-point game for the winning side. Senior Abby Benton poured in nine points while fellow senior Ashley Daniel had two points.
It was the second time this season that University High reached 50 points. The other was in a 65-20 win over Tri-Cities Christian last month.
Both squads from University High will play Unaka in Friday’s opening round of the District 1-A Tournament to be played at Daniel Boone. The girls’ contest will be at 7 p.m. followed by the boys’ game. Friday’s winners move into Saturday’s semifinals and earn a spot in the Region 1-A Tournament as well.