Stars stay perfect

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LA VERGNE

Charles Clark took over when Siegel needed him the most.

The Siegel senior scored six unanswered points to help the Stars pull away from rival La Vergne 84-79 on Friday night to remain unbeaten for the season, and complete a sweep for the week of two of the top three District 7-AAA teams of the preseason.

Clark, who finished with 22 points, nailed a 3-pointer with a little more than two minutes to play to give the Stars (9-0, 2-0 District 7-AAA) a five-point lead. He then completed a three-point play on Siegel’s next trip to put the game out of reach.

“It’s about contesting (shots),” La Vergne coach Chris Chambers said. “We knew from the beginning of the game, he’s one of those kids that we have to get our hand in his face and keep it in his face.

“At the same time, Clark is an all-around player. He can put it on the floor. He makes you respect him both ways.”

Clark hit four of the Stars’ five 3-pointers.

Clark’s teammate Ryan Jones added 22. Aden Burton had 17 and Braxton Eddings finished with 13 for the Stars, who also defeated two-time defending District 7-AAA champion Blackman earlier this week.

“Every win is a big win,” Clark said. “But (La Vergne is) supposed to be No. 2, we’re supposed to be No. 1. They tried to take it from us.”

Siegel began its warm ups with its black road jerseys, before returning to the locker room and swapping them out for neon yellow uniforms to surprise the crowd.

“We were hyped,” Jones said. “I always like it when the crowd goes wild.

“It was something different. We’ve never had these before.”

The win was Siegel’s fifth straight over La Vergne, which included four wins over the Wolverines last season.

Isaiah Reese and Dolorean Sparks led La Vergne (8-2, 0-1) with 21 points apiece. Marquis Johns added 16, included three of La Vergne’s seven 3-pointers.

La Vergne jumped out to a 25-17 lead with 1:10 left in the opening quarter behind Reese’s eight points in the paint.

“We’ve had quick starts with Siegel for the last few years,” Chambers said. “The biggest thing has been that fourth quarter.”

La Vergne girls 43, Siegel 40 (OT): La Vergne used some late heroics to win its first District 7-AAA game since Feb. 4, 2011.

The Lady Wolverines scored the first five points of overtime, then held off Siegel’s last attempt.

“Our kids kept their composure,” La Vergne coach Kim Francis said. “We’ve been preaching all week about playing one quarter at a time, and win the quarter. “This is the first overtime that I can remember since I’ve been here for four years.

“I thought they played resilent. We kept our composure, and we played as a team.”

La Vergne’s Jasmine Smith led all scorers with 15 points. Teammate Seana Morris added 11.

Siegel’s Erica Roberts and Morgan Clemmer each finished with nine points. Clemmer’s points all came off the bench from the 3-point line. Clemmer’s third trey cut La Vergne’s lead to 35-34 with 1:38 left in regulation.

LaToya Darby’s two free throws extended the lead to three. But Rachel Tracy converted a three-point play with 10.4 seconds left to send it into overtime.

BOYS

Siegel 84, La Vergne 79

Siegel 20 15 22 29 — 84

La Vergne 25 12 14 28 — 79

Siegel: Braxton Eddings 13, Ryan Jones 22, Charles Clark 22, Gooch 6, Ryan Jones 22, McGee 4, Aden Burton 17.

La Vergne: Marquis Johns 16, Dolorean Sparks 21, Shaw 9, Horner 9, Sutton 3, Isaiah Reese 21.

GIRLS

La Vergne 43, Siegel 40 OT

Siegel 7 3 3 24 3 — 40

La Vergne 6 11 8 12 6 — 43

Siegel: Roberts 9, Clemmer 9, Bush 8, Francescon 3, Wilson 6, Tracy 5.

La Vergne: Jasmine Smith 15, Seana Morris 11, Reynolds 7, Biggs 2, Darby 6, Hart 2.

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