Ooltewah Falls to Hough (N.C.) High, 72-53, In Title Game

Huskies' Clark, Maye, Mack Match Owls' Total Offensive Output

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Ooltewah’s streaking Owls ran out of steam Saturday.

Drexler Clark scored a game-high 23 points, and 6-foot-9-inch post players Luke Maye and Theo Mack combined for 30 and Hough High of Charlotte, N.C., thrashed Ooltewah, 72-53, Saturday in the Peper Law Firm Classic championship game at West Ashley High School.

The Huskies (10-1) outscored Ooltewah (9-2), 48-28, in the second and third quarters to snap the Owls’ nine-game winning streak.

Antonio Jackson, Ben Snider and C.J. Fritz each scored 10 points for the Owls, who knocked off Hanahan (S.C.) High and host West Ashley to reach the title game.

“We didn’t get enough pressure on their guards,” Owls coach Jesse Nayadley said. “We allowed them to get into their half-court (offense) too much and couldn’t match their two 6-9 posts.”

The Owls trailed by 12-11 after one quarter, but after Hough’s strong second and third quarters were on the short end of a 60-39 score going into the final eight minutes of play.

“I think we could have played them (better) on (Friday) night, maybe even beaten them, but after two days of tough full-court pressure we just didn’t have enough pressure to pull it off,” Nayadley said.

The Owls’ Jackson and Snider earned spots on the all-tournament team. The Ooltewah duo scored 42 and 41 points, respectively, in three classic games.

Owls’ guard Jacqueze Robinson, who scored 32 combined points in the first two games, was held scoreless in the title game.

Ooltewah returns to action on Dec. 27 when it participates in the Best of Preps tournament at Chattanooga State Community College.

SUMMARY

Ooltewah                  11 12 16 14 – 53

Hough, N.C.              12 22 26 12 – 72

Ooltewah (53) – Antonio Jackson 10, Robinson, Ware 9, Ben Snider 10, Presley, Hasanbegovic, Turner, C.J. Fritz 10, Boyd 1, Maston 7, Carr 2, Bass 9, Jones, Cothran, Wooden.

Hough, N.C. (72) – Jackson 7, Drexler Clark 23, Poff 8, Theo Mack 11, Thompson 4, Luke Maye 19, Friday 1.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)



Notre Dame Sweeps GPS In Volleyball

Notre Dame volleyball coach Ted Hackett  wasn't real sure how well his team would play on Monday evening against non-district rival GPS, but he seemed pretty happy following the 2-0 win over the Bruisers in a match that took just over 35 minutes. The first set wasn't close as Notre Dame broke from a 13-13 tie to win by 25-13 as senior Mallory Hein recorded the last 12 service ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Time To Weigh In

After several weeks of reading and hearing about spousal abuse, child abuse and other atrocities in the sports world, it's finally time for me to weigh in. Neither spousal abuse nor child abuse should ever be considered a racial problem. It is a problem in our society; one that we have been dealing with for years. I wanted to state that fact first before going any further. The video ... (click for more)

Erlanger Finishes Fiscal Year With $18 Million Profit

After a major loss the year before, Erlanger Health System finished the fiscal year with an $18 million profit, officials announced Monday night. It was well ahead of the $2 million gain that Erlanger had budgeted for, and far better than last year's $8 million loss. The profit was boosted by a first-time $19,587,000 from a Public Hospital Supplemental payment and essential ... (click for more)

Chancellor Rules That IDB Must Reimburse Attorney Fees, Other Legal Costs For Helen Burns Sharp On TIF Lawsuit

Chancellor Pam Fleenor has ruled that Helen Burns Sharp, who sued over the validity of a $9 million Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for a planned major development on Aetna Mountain, should be reimbursed her discretionary costs as well as her attorney fees. Ms. Sharp said in a recent court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka were $74,427 at the time. The ... (click for more)

ChattaData Is A Real Advance For The City

This past Tuesday, the city of Chattanooga's new performance management tool called ChattaData was unveiled. As the chairman of the City Council’s Budget & Finance Committee, I am excited to witness the city putting this important information online in a way that is accessible and transparent to all taxpayers. This approach shines light on how we as a city prioritize our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Apollos Hester’s Way

East View High was trailing at halftime by a pair of touchdowns in last Friday night’s game against unbeaten Vandegrift. But the players at the Georgetown, Texas, school each have a sticker on the back of their helmets that says “TPW” which is a constant reminder that “Tough People Win.” Then there is “attitude” and that is where running back Apollos Hester steps in. In what ... (click for more)