By Carey Phillips
Macy Wike scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds leading Smoky Mountain to a 66-51 non--conference women’s basketball victory over Enka on Dec. 7 at the SM gym.
Kennedy Stewman added 11 points for the Lady Mustangs, and Triniti Littlejohn had 10.
The Sugar Jets got all but three of their points from two players. Hadleigh Dill led the way with 29, and Bentlee Chockley finished with 19.
After being limited to 18 points in the first half, SM erupted for 26 points in the third quarter.
“We were getting opportunities, but we were just too jacked up,” Coach Ollin Dunford said of the first half. “We couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. When we get opportunities for easy shots, we can’t blow them.”
He said the offensive improvement didn’t come from any adjustments but rather from the fact that the shots they had been missing started to fall.
“We started to crank it up a little during the second quarter,” the coach said. “I just gave them the green light for the things our offense is designed to get.”
Wike also had three steals, and Littlejohn handed out three assists.
“Macy really warmed up,” he added. “She was on fire. She just started relaxing and believing in her shot.
“Triniti, she was a driving force out there,” Dunford said. “She pushed the ball, and she had some good steals and good passes. I was proud of her effort on the defensive and offensive ends.”
Greenlee Flynn pulled down 15 boards, and the coach called her “a rebounding machine” and said, “Nobody pushes her around out there.”
He said he was proud of Aiden Nicholson’s defense and added that she hit some key shots.
He also said Stewman played well all-around.
The Lady Mustangs opened the second half on an 8-2 spurt, including five by Wike, for a 26-24 lead with 5:34 on the clock.
They ended the third quarter with 14 straight points, including five by Wike and four by Littlejohn, for a 44-30 advantage.
The margin reached 49-34 on Stewman’s two foul shots with 5:48 to play and stayed in double figures the rest of the way.
Neither team scored in the game’s first three and a half minutes. Flynn and Stewman opened the scoring with follow shots, and SM led 5-4 at the quarter break.
Chockley hit a free throw and a basket putting the Sugar Jets up 10-7 with 5:34 remaining in the half.
Dill scored six in a 9-2 spurt giving Enka a 19-14 lead with 1:12 on the clock.
The Sugar Jets led 22-18 at halftime.
Wike hit nine field goals, including a trio of three-pointers, and four foul shots. Two of Stewman’s three field goals were treys to go with three free throws. Littlejohn scored all her points from the floor.
Flynn added nine points, Nicholson and Ali Fortner both scored four, and Becca Corona-Smith had three.
The Lady Mustang JVs won 44-19. They led at quarter breaks by scores of 13-2, 18-9 and 40-13.
Tyanna Ledford scored 10 points.
“We’re getting better everyday,” Coach Jason Melvin said. “I’m proud of our whole team for having a really good week of practice which led to a very good game. Our defense is getting better, and it’s leading to some easy transition points. I’m excited to see some things start to click and watch some of our bad habits fade away.”