By Carey Phillips

 

Natalie Parris and Macy Wike both scored 20 points leading Smoky Mountain to a 57-34 Mountain Six Conference women’s basketball victory Feb. 10 at East Henderson.

Sontee Moore had 20 points for the Lady Eagles.

“Macy was truly a spark for us,” Coach Ollin Dunford said. “She hit three straight three-pointers at one point. Natalie went to work as well and had an outstanding game. I think it was her best game of the season.”

Parris had eight rebounds, five steals, four assists and four blocks.

“Our defense came together, and everything just started clicking,” Dunford said. “We have stepped up defensively recently.”

Both teams got off to a slow start. Baskets by Wike and Greenlee Flynn in the final minute gave the Lady Mustangs a 9-4 edge at the end of the first quarter.

Wike hit three consecutive treys, and Parris had six points in a 17-2 run for a 28-11 lead with 1:25 on the clock.

The halftime margin was 28-14.

Parris scored five in a 9-2 spurt to start the second half. Kennedy Stewman went coast to coast for a 37-16 lead at the 4:14 mark.

SM led 44-21 going into the fourth period.

The game’s biggest lead was 52-26 on Aiden Nicholson’s layup with 3:53 remaining.

Wike’s points came on eight field goals, four of which were three-pointers. Parris made eight field goals and was four of five from the line.

Addison Buchanan added seven points, Flynn scored six, and Stewman and Nicholson both had two.

The Lady Mustang JVs won 21-15. Vivian Bell scored eight points.

After a scoreless first quarter, SM led 8-2 at halftime and 16-6 entering the fourth period.

“The girls played hard and hustled the entire game,” Coach Jason Melvin said. “We really stepped up the intensity on defense and played one of our better games in that sense. We are becoming tough basketball players. Everyone is doing their job well, holding each other to a higher standard, and they are absolutely great teammates to each other.”