DUNLAP, Tenn.–The inside-out due of Noah Bartley and Tanner French added a nice touch to the Indians’ 71-38 victory over Marion County Monday night.
That nice touch was miles away from the down-to-the-wire, early season matchup in Jasper where the Indians snuck away with a 62-61 victory. Some of it can be blamed on the action from behind the arc, but most of it came from the lack players on Marion County’s bench.
“They were missing some guys,” Indians head coach Jason Smith said. “He had a few out sick. That gave us a chance to get some guys in there, get some stuff done. Down there we had a lead and we took bad shots. They had some go in. Tonight they didn’t. It doesn’t matter how they go in if they go in.”
Early on, the Indians got hot as French went 5 for 6 on three-pointers in the first half outscoring the visiting Warriors. Bartley and French would combine for 38 points on the night in just three quarters of play, matching MArion County’s total for the game.
Before the reserves came late in the second half, the Indians built a 20-point cushion that was nearly pushed to forty by the end of the game. Sophomore Collin Hudson scored eight points playing mostly in the later parts of the game while freshman Austin Mitchell ran point and put up five in a very limited time on the court.
Monday night was the first of a six-game stretch in the span of two week for the Indians. They currently ride a four-game win streak, which is the longest since December of 2015.
“We were able to save some legs tonight,” Smith said. “That’s a key thing getting through the week. How much leg can you use? How much can you save? We’ll spend a little more time on strategy, but two three-game weeks is a tough stretch. We play on Thursday and Friday and then turn right around play Monday in a game with huge district implications.”
The Indians take on Whitwell at home Thursday while the Warriors travel to Richard Hardy on Tuesday night.
MCHS — 11 | 15 | 6 | 6 || 38
SCHS — 16 | 19 | 19 | 17 || 71
MCHS (38) — Nicq Ivory (11), Ty Heifner (8), C.J. Bowman (6), Isaiah Sampson (6)
SCHS (71) — Noah Bartley (19), Tanner French (19), Collin Hudson (8)