The Indians opened Friday’s Big 7 Conference finale against Volunteer on 17-0 run and capped a perfect regular-season home record with a convincing 80-37 win.
“That shows that our guys are able to withstand the task of a long season,” said Tribe coach Chris Poore. “There’s not many teams that can go through the season and not lose on their own floor. We always talked about defending our home floor and making it stand for something. ...
“These seniors are all great kids. They’re high school kids and regular teenagers with all the problems and emotions of anyone else. They’re a really mature and talented group and what they’ve been through in the four years, they will carry with them the experiences they’ve learned into the future.”
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The Indians started five seniors. Brody Potter scored the game’s first six points before Jared Strickland got in on the action with an emphatic slam dunk.
Riamello Wadsworth and Zane Whitson each scored 11 points to lead Dobyns-Bennett (25-3, 11-1), which will conclude its regular season on Saturday at Elizabethton. The Indians will take a 10-game winning streak into Treadway Gymnasium.
Ethan Dean had game-high 15 points to lead Volunteer (6-23, 2-10). The Falcons lost 13 of their last 14 games and 10 straight in the Big 7 after starting conference play 2-0.
LADY INDIANS PULL AWAY
It took nearly 2½ quarters, but the Lady Indians were able to eventually pull away from the scrappy Lady Falcons for a 65-43 Senior Night win.
Courtney Whitson’s 35 points paced the Tribe (24-5, 11-1), though the play of senior Ta-Tionna White — who scored 20 — was what helped D-B seal the game.
Out of the locker room trailing only 24-18, Volunteer (7-21, 2-10) got a 3-pointer from Brynna Minton — who finished with 11 points — to cut the deficit to three.
Then White went on a personal 6-0 run, and the Lady Indians’ advantage was 11 with 1:50 left in the third quarter.
Whitson took over in the fourth when she scored 11 points.
The Lady Indians will enter the District 1-AAA tournament next week at Daniel Boone with the No. 1 seed, determined by an earlier coin flip with Science Hill.