By Mark Darnell
This past week Macon County High School honored Gary Carter. The ceremony took place between two games against Clay County.
On Friday the 16th Macon County played hosted the Bulldogs. Many considered the girls game to be closely contested. Macon jumped out to an early 1st Qtr lead 23-18 behind balanced scoring from all five starters. Clay Co. stayed in the game by hitting three point shots and MCHS led 34-32 at the half.
The Tigerettes asserted themselves and pulled away in the second half. Calamity Coley kept filling the basket as she went 6 of 6 in the period and Macon led 54-42 at the end of three. Terra Pryor had 9 of her 18 points in the final period as Macon went on to win 77-61.
Scoring for MCHS was: Kailyn Brooks 11, Terra Pryor 18, Katie Reid 10, Katelyn Bean 10, Calamity Coley 21, Kelsey Gregory 5, and Reece Shrum 2. Briley Driver played but did not score.
In between games, both the girls program and the boys program honored Gary Carter. Carter coached both the boys and girls teams in over 30 years of MCHS basketball. He amassed over 800 wins and had a positive impact on many young men and women. Many of his former players were on hand to see a banner unveiled in the gym which will hang in his honor.
In the Boy's game, Macon never trailed. The athleticism and pressure of MCHS guards Grace and Manning proved too much as the Tigers won by a final score of 57-35.
Scoring for the Tigers was: Tyler Manning 17, Trey McPherson 8, Dallas Grace 16, Dalton Shrum 4, Brantley Russell 2, Tyler Clark 4, Dillon McCormick 2 Peyton Clark 2, and Dustin McClard 2. Andrew Kempf, Aaron Carter, Justin Tucker, Daniel Gregory, and Mason Shrum all played but did not score.
Earlier on December 13th MCHS split two games with Hendersonville. The Girls won by a score of 61-43. Scoring was: Brooks 13, Pryor 8, Reid 18, Bean 9, Coley 6, Shrum 5, and Wilburn 2. Gregory, Driver, Thompson, Kemp, Tuck, Ellis, and Anderson all played but did not score.
The Boys game was a close on but the Tigers lost by a score of 42-48. Scoring was: Manning 9, McPherson 8, Grace 11, Shrum 4, Russell 5, Carter 1, and Clark 4. Carter played but did not score.
The girls play in Gatlinburg next week in their holiday tournament.