WHITWELL, Tenn.–Noah Bartley is known for his heroics, but this time accolades came with it as he claimed his 1000th career point at Sequatchie County in a victory over bitter rival Grundy County, 51-38.
Bartley scored exactly 14 points on the night, which was exactly what he need to hit the amazing accolade. It was his first attempt in the 2nd quarter, though, that stole the show and made decibels go up inside of Van Hooser Gymnasium as he barely missed an alley-oop dunk right up the lane.
“We’ve had several guys come through the program and get a thousand points,” Smith said. “Bartley’s been a catalyst for us, and he’s not the only one. He’s really worked on his game, and he’s got the ability to be an inside-outside guy. He’s got the ability to from the perimeter. We can post him up. A lot of those points are from a lot of different places on the floor because he’s a dual threat.”
There was an alley-oop involved in Bartley’s 1000th in the 3rd quarter, and though it may not have been a dunk, there was enough celebration to make you think so. The entire team came off the bench in a single motion.
Before Bartley could pick up his accolades, though, the Indians dominated the Yellow Jackets early, holding them scoreless in the first quarter. The Jackets took less than a minute to hit a three-pointer in the second quarter, but that all they could hit in that period as they pulled within twelve with five baskets from outside the arc.
Boo Goins and Trey Hampton picked up the slack in the third quarter as they pulled within nine of the Indians before Smith put his offense into overdrive late, maintaining a comfortable double-digit lead through the tail end of the second half. And Bartley only scored the two points he needed to reach the milestone in the second half leaving the offense to several key players.
“It’s all about team,” Jason Smith. “It doesn’t matter how much you play. You don’t have to play a lot to have a great value. All that matters is what you do while you’re out there on the court. Braden Lawson was hurt and couldn’t play tonight. We got some guys like Alec and Collin Hudson, Evan Dennis, and Logan Campbell who stepped in–and didn’t play a lot, but they contributed.”
Not only did some players step up, one in particular lit up the scoreboard with seven threes and 23 points on the night.
“Tanner French is a really good shooter,” Smith said. “He’s been pretty consistent all year, but he made five in the fourth quarter alone. He pretty much sealed the game for us. They were concentrating on Bartley, and it was hard to get stuff into Barrett Lawson. They leaving him open, and he knocked the bottom out of it. I’ve got to tip my hat to him because he did a great job when we needed him to.”
The Indians picked up third in the Whitwell Christmas Tournament after falling to Howard on Thursday in the winner’s bracket. The Yellow Jackets knocked off Whitwell before dropping one to Heritage on the other end of the winner’s brackets. Sequatchie County gets ready to take on another heated rival at Bledsoe County next Friday while Grundy takes on Chattanooga Christian in a district bout.
SCHS — 11 | 17 | 6 | 17 || 51
GCHS — 0 | 16 | 9 | 13 || 38
SCHS (51) — Tanner French (23), Noah Bartley (14), Barrett Lawson (5), Evan Dennis (5), Jarrett Lyn (2), Alec Hudson (2)
GCHS (38) — Boo Goins (9), Johnie Adkins (6), Noah Bean (6), Kenzie Hill (5), Trey Hampton (5), Kollen Cooper (4), Blaine Harris (3)