Stars unbeaten in 7-AAA

Stars unbeaten in 7-AAA


Stars unbeaten in 7-AAA



Both teams ran high-octane offenses, pushed it on fast breaks at every opportunity, and forced turnovers with in-your-face defense.

However, the Siegel Stars did it the best on Friday night.

The Stars defeated the host Wolverines 73-63 to remain undefeated in District 7-AAA, setting up a showdown with undefeated Blackman on Tuesday night.

Siegel (19-1, 4-0) dominated the game from the start, withstood a second-quarter La Vergne rally, and took control of the game back in the third quarter by forcing several La Vergne turnovers.

“We’re trying to play high speed, organized chaos,” said Siegel coach Ben Dotson. “La Vergne’s got great speed. They’re probably the closest team in the district to matching us, person to person, and we’re just trying to be on the attack mode for 32 minutes.”

The Stars jumped out to an 11-4 lead early and took an 18-10 lead after the first quarter. Ryan Jones had seven of Siegel’s early points, as did Robert Brandon.

The Wolverines erased the deficit in the second quarter, going to Isiah Reese in the paint. Reese scored the first six points of the second quarter and single-highhandedly cut Siegel’s lead to two, 18-16. After a Siegel score, Reese answered to make it 20-18.

With Reese leading the way, the Wolverines led 26-23 midway through the second quarter. Reese scored 12 second-quarter points, 20 overall to lead all scorers.

“He came in and played like a warrior for us,” said La Vergne coach Chris Chambers.

Siegel outscored La Vergne 9-6 to end the first half and take a 35-32 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, the pressure defense forced La Vergne into more turnovers (10) than the Wolverines had points (8). Half of the turnovers were unforced errors, throwing the ball out of bounds. The Stars took advantage of the La Vergne errors to outscore the Wolverines 17-3 and take control of the game.

“They’re one of those teams, they’re going to get up and get after you,” said Chambers. “Turnovers are definitely huge for them. They played one team, I don’t recall which team they were playing, they had 48 turnovers. I felt like we came out flat in the second half.”

Jones drove into the paint and created havoc for the Stars, drawing fouls and scoring on layups. He had 12 points in the second half, 19 overall, to boost Siegel.

“We had some opportunities there, trying to take advantage of some mismatches,” said Dotson. “We just want to be on the attack mode and keep some pressure on them, and he’s an outstanding guard.”

Damien Clark dominated the boards in the second half, giving the Stars some key second-chance opportunities.

“Coach told us to pull together as a team and do what we needed to do,” said Clark.

The Wolverines rallied in the fourth quarter but could not get the deficit any closer than 10.

The Wolverines fell to 13-7, 2-2 in the district.

Siegel 18 17 22 16 — 73

La Vergne 10 22 8 23 — 63

Siegel – Ryan Jones 19, Robert Brandon 18, Damien Clark 11, Charles Clark 10, Gooch 7, Roberts 6, Burton 6, McGee 2.

La Vergne – Isiah Reese 20, Charlie Sutton 16, Johns 8, Horner 7, McCarroll 4, Cook 3, Cowart 3, Fuller 2.

The Lady Stars (12-7, 1-3) won their first District 7-AAA game of the season.

Siegel overcame a slow start, leading 10-4 after one quarter, to outscore La Vergne 12-5 in the second quarter and take a commanding 22-9 halftime lead.

Amber Daniels had 16 points for Siegel.

Siegel 10 12 17 17 — 56

La Vergne 4 5 7 7 — 23

Siegel – Amber Daniels 16, Paris Lawson 12, Erica Roberts 10, As. Daniels 9, Phillips 3, Brown 2, Tracy 2, Fergusen 2.

La Vergne – Darby 9, Smith 8, Morris 3, Ross 3.


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