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2021-2022 University High Basketball Schedule
High School Basketball District Tournament Bracket
DATE OPPONENT TIME
Nov. 19 Cedar View 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Nov. 24-26 Sullivan East Thanksgiving Tournament TBA
Dec. 2 West Greene 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Dec. 3 Davy Crockett 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Dec. 7 KACHEA 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Dec. 9 @ North Greene 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Dec. 11 Jellico 3:00, 4:30, 6:00
Dec. 14 Chuckey Doak 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Dec. 17 Happy Valley 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Dec. 27-30 Charleston Tournament (varsity only) TBA
Jan. 4 @ Davy Crockett, JV and V only
Jan. 7 Unaka 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Jan. 11 Hampton 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Jan. 14 @ Cloudland 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Jan. 17 @ Happy Valley 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Jan. 22 @ Jellico 3:00, 4:30, 6:00
Jan. 25 KACHEA 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Jan. 28 North Greene 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Feb. 1 Unaka, @Brooks Gym 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Feb. 4 @Hampton 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Feb. 8 Cloudland 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Feb.10 @ West Greene, Varsity only
Feb. 11 @ Chuckey Doak 5:00, 6:30, 8:00
Feb. 12 @ Oak Hill TBA
District Tourney - TBA
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Hampton pulls away for District 1-A title
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ELIZABETHTON — When it counted, Hampton got going.
The Bulldogs held off North Greene to claim the District 1-1A championship game with a 51-42 victory over the Huskies at Happy Valley on Tuesday night.
Hampton will host Cosby in the quarterfinals of the Region 1-A tournament, scheduled to begin on Saturday, while the Huskies will host Washburn.
In the consolation game, University High took a 60-34 victory over Unaka.
Hampton’s Cadon Buckles had 14 points to lead Hampton and was named the tournament MVP. Morgan Lyons and Conor Burleson joined Buckles in double-digits with 10 points apiece.
Logan Whitehead added eight points, and joined Buckles, Lyons and Burleson on the All-Tournament team.
The title fight lived up the hype.
After North Greene took a 12-10 lead into the second quarter, Hampton used a 9-2 run to end the second to take a 27-21 halftime advantage. The Bulldogs pushed the advantage to double-digits — leading by as many as 12 before the Huskies trimmed the lead to 10 after three complete quarter.
North Greene closed the gap to five points with two minutes left in the game, but Burleson scored four straight points and Buckles added a jumper to snap the North Greene run.
Jason Britton led North Greene with 14 points, while Jasper Brand had 12 points.
University High 60, Unaka 34
University High outscored Unaka 41-12 in the second half to pull away for the win in the consolation game.
Both squads will travel to open Region 1-A play on Saturday.
John Carter had a game high 21 points to lead the Bucs, while AJ Murphy added 13 points.
Unaka’s Ryan Sexton had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Rangers.
After a defensive first quarter that saw the teams tied in an 8-8 stalemate after eight minutes of play, UH used a quick run to pull ahead and take a 19-15 halftime lead.
After Unaka’s Landon Ramsey hit a 3-pointer to pull the Rangers within one-point with just under five minutes to play in the third, Carter added a pair of free throws and Joseph Armstrong hit a jumper to kickstart an 11-2 run to end the quarter to take a 32-22 lead.
Momentum stayed with the Bucs in the final quarter as they outscored Unaka 28-12 in the final eight minutes to secure the win.
Drew Finney and Armstrong finished with eight and six points, respectively, for the Bucs.
Bulldogs, Huskies set stage for District 1-A final
Feb 19, 2022
(article photo on press) Racing alongside University High’s Drew Finney (22), Morgan Lyons pushes the ball up the floor for Hampton on Saturday night.
ELIZABETHTON—Hampton held on for a physical win in Saturday’s District 1-A boys basketball semifinals.
The Bulldogs held off a determined University High squad for a 82-70 victory at Happy Valley to advance to Tuesday’s District 1-A championship game.
Hampton will square off against North Greene — which dispatched Unaka 71-50 in the other semifinal — after University High and Unaka face off in the consolation contest.
Cadon Buckles had a night as the junior led all scorers with 26 points. The Bulldogs produced a total of four scorers in double digits with Morgan Lyons adding 13 points while Logan Whitehead and Conor Burleson each scored 10.
Hampton led 22-17 after a quarter of play, but was unable to get any separation in the second quarter as University High answered each Hampton shot and the Bulldogs took a 44-41 advantage to the break.
Burleson kick-started the second half with back-to-back buckets, and Hampton opened the quarter on an 8-0 run. UH responded with 9-1 run. However, Michael Harrison hit a 3-pointer and the Bulldogs took a 58-50 lead into the final quarter.
After the Bucs closed the gap to five points with John Carter free throws, the Bulldogs reeled off eight straight to push the lead back to double digits — then held off UH for the win.
Carter led three Bucs in double- digits with 17 points. Pete Boynewicz had 12 points and Andrew Cole 11 points.
North Greene 71, Unaka 50
The Rangers were unable to overcome a strong second half by the top-seeded Huskies.
Landon Ramsey led Unaka with 16 points, while Joseph Slagle added 12 points.
North Greene jumped out to a 16-5 lead to open the game before Unaka trimmed the lead to 16-8 after a quarter of play.
The Rangers closed the gap to five points midway through the second, but NG was able to answer to push the lead back to 12 points.
Unaka used a pair of free throws from Ramsey and a free throw from Ryan Sexton to trim the lead to nine at the half.
North Greene, though, pushed the lead back out to double figures in the third quarter and used an 11-3 run to open the fourth to take full control.
Jasper Brand had a game-high 21 points to pace the winners. Jason Britton and Cody Freshour joined Brand in double digits with 17 and 13 points, respectively.
Dead-eye North Greene tops University High to earn top seed
Feb 15, 2022
North Greene made the most of its opportunities at the free-throw line to down a fired-up University High team on Tuesday night.
The Huskies hit 21 of 22 free throws to take a 75-66 victory at Brooks Gym. With the win, the Huskies (27-4, 7-1) earned a share of the Watauga Valley Conference championship with Hampton as the teams split head-to-head matchups.
North Greene will be the No. 1 seed for the upcoming District 1-A tournament after winning a coin flip earlier Tuesday. Jason Britton paced the Huskies with 29 points. Cody Freshour scored 15, while Mauro Garcia and Olli Saarela each had 10. All of Saarela’s points came at the foul line.
“We will take it. Anytime you can come out and shoot that high percentage, that’s good,” North Greene coach Sam Tarlton said. “I’d like to have seen us come out with more energy playing for the No. 1 seed. They scored the first nine on us.
“But it was a game of runs and we were able to make enough plays to win and lock up the No. 1 seed. We put ourselves in the best position, but now everyone is 0-0 as we try to go get the district championship.”
The Bucs (13-11, 4-4), already hit hard with injuries this season, suffered another blow as A.J. Murphy missed the game with sickness. John Carter stepped up with 32 points and Joseph Armstrong scored 10.
University High scored the first nine points of the game, but the Huskies stormed back to take a 23-20 lead at the end of a high-energy first quarter. North Greene extended the lead to 40-29 midway through the second quarter before University High rallied to cut the deficit to 42-36 at the half.
Twelve unanswered points by the Huskies in the third quarter put the momentum solidly in their favor. They took a 58-44 lead into the final eight minutes.
The Bucs did their best to rally in the end, but were hurt by costly turnovers.
“We cut it to six and throw it away two of the next three possessions,” University High coach Herman Rice said. “They’re too good of a team to do that. We played hard, just had a lot of mental breakdowns. We were without three of our top players, but I’m not making excuses because the kids played hard tonight.”
North Greene 58, University High 24
The Lady Huskies (19-12) outscored the Lady Bucs 23-4 in the third quarter to complete their undefeated run through the Watauga Valley Conference.
Shelby Davenport paced North Greene with a dozen points and Hailee English scored nine.
The much-improved Lady Bucs (1-21, 0-8) trailed 17-13 in the second quarter before North Greene went on a 9-0 run.
Catie Leonard led University High with 11 points.
Murphy’s 30 boosts UH to WVC win over Cloudland
February 8, 2022
It was senior night on Tuesday at Brooks Gym, but sophomore A.J. Murphy stole the show in University High’s 61-40 Watauga Valley Conference win over Cloudland.
Murphy netted a game-high 30 points to lead all scorers as 22 came in the second half. He finished 10 of 17 from the field and sank eight of his nine foul shots.
“A.J. is capable of that every night,” UH coach Herman Rice said. “We’ve been encouraging him all season to score more because he’s a phenomenal scorer.”
Even though the Buccaneers (13-9, 4-3) got off to a sluggish start on the festive evening, the third quarter proved to be the main difference-maker. Rice’s crew went 8 of 16 from the field and opened a big lead.
Murphy’s 11 huge markers powered a big third quarter for the Bucs as they doubled their score from halftime and led by 18 going into the final quarter.
“Anytime we have homecoming or senior night, we always come out flat,” Rice said. “We did it again tonight, but we’ve got three kids with the flu. That’s not an excuse though because Cloudland came out and executed their game plan very well.”
Cloudland’s Caleb Sluder finished the game with 12 points while Dylan Shell netted 10.
Neither team could do much of anything going in the first quarter as the Bucs led by only three points. Then, Murphy got things going in the second.
Murphy netted the final six points for University in the second quarter and was one of just two Bucs to score in the period.
Cloudland (5-18, 0-7) struggled mightily in the first half, shooting just 4 of 21 in the first 16 minutes. UH wasn’t much better, going 8 of 21 in the first half.
“We’re just trying to get everybody feeling better,” Rice said. “We definitely had a better second half. I thought we stood around too much and didn’t run our offense in the beginning. Once we started to go that third quarter, we really got rolling
Hampton takes WVC twin-bill from UH
Feb 4, 2022
HAMPTON — Despite a bad start to Friday night’s Watauga Valley Conference game with University High, the Hampton boys basketball team kept its league record unblemished.
The Bulldogs ripped off their fifth consecutive victory with a 65-56 victory inside VanHuss White Gymnasium. Hampton has also won 9 of 10 with its only loss in the stretch coming to Providence Academy back on Jan. 15.
Logan Whitehead finished with a career-high 21 points to lead Hampton and all scorers. Cadon Buckles also contributed 11.
Hampton boss Ned Smith believes that second-half defense was what really turned the game around.
“UH came to play and they hit us in the mouth,” Smith said. “Our guys started playing with a lot of fire and getting after it on defense. They matched UH’s intensity, especially in the second half.
“In the second half, the defense turned into offense and that’s when we started playing well.”
The ’Dogs (18-5, 5-0) trailed 20-11 after the first quarter, but proceeded to go on an 18-6 run that put them ahead 28-26 with 90 seconds remaining in the second stanza.
After a 30-30 halftime tie, Hampton outscored the Buccaneers 18-10 in the third and all but sealed the deal.
John Carter finished with 17 points to lead UH (10-9, 3-3) while A.J. Murphy netted 14 and Andrew Cole tallied 13.
The Bucs could not find the bottom of the net much in the second and third quarters, going just 8 of 29 from the field.
Hampton’s next two games against Providence on Saturday and North Greene on Tuesday are both big games for different reasons. The game against the Huskies could help Hampton all but wrap up the WVC.
“Providence is a really good team and they’re athletic,” Smith said. “We have to take care of the basketball and not turn it over.”
Hampton 57, University High 20
The Lady Bucs got off to a good start — leading 4-1 in the early going — but Hampton caught fire in a hurry thanks to a multitude of turnovers.
The Lady Bulldogs (14-10, 2-3) picked up a Watauga Valley win thanks to 17 points from Linsey Jenkins on four 3-pointers.
Hampton had a diverse scoring sheet as 11 players scored. Breanna Davis also finished with double figures, netting 12.
Catie Leonard led UH (1-18, 0-6) with eight points.
University High Boys Basketball Defeats Unaka! The following article was printed in the Johnson City Press:
Roundup: University High downs Unaka in Watauga Valley rivalry game
February 1, 2022
John Carter pumped in 29 points as University High defeated Unaka 64-53 in boys basketball action Tuesday night at Brooks Gym.
The Bucs had a stout defensive effort, especially in the first quarter, when they held the Rangers to three points. Brayden Ryder added eight points on the offensive end for University High, which generated balance with Jacob Pealer and Andrew Cole each scoring seven.
Joseph Slagle got the ball rolling for Unaka with 11 points and Joe-Z Blamo was right
behind with 10.
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University High 71, KACHEA 38
The Bucs rolled to a 28-9 lead at the end of one quarter and coasted to a 71-38 win over the Wildcats.
Joseph Armstrong muscled his way to a 22-point effort. John Carter tallied 11 points as Jacob Pealer finished with 10 and Brady Weems netted nine.
KACHEA’s leaders were Caleb Graham with 13 points and Spencer Nelson with 11.
University High 40, Tri-Cities Christian 22
The Lady Bucs had a big second half and broke through with their first win of the season against the Lady Eagles.
Catie Leonard led the way for the Lady Bucs with 13 points and Lemy Ortiz added eight.
Michalea Dixon scored 12 of Tri-Cities’ 22 points.
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University High 58, Cloudland 31
ROAN MOUNTAIN — John Carter guided the Bucs to the win over the Highlanders with a 26-point effort. AJ Murphy came through with another 12 points.
Dylan Shell led Cloudland with nine points and Gage McKinney ended with eight.
Cloudland 72, University High 16
ROAN MOUNTAIN — The Lady Highlanders dominated from the opening tip, taking a 39-8 halftime lead and rolling to the victory.
Karah Fields was Cloudland’s offensive leader with 18 points as Izabella Christman and Ella Benfield scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Lakin Blair chimed in with eight.
Anna Wells dropped in five points to lead University High
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High school roundup: Carter, Bucs work overtime to defeat Rangers
Jan 8, 2022
ELIZABETHTON — Going 14 of 14 from the free-throw line and finishing with 27 points, John Carter keyed University High’s 65-60 overtime win over Watauga Valley Conference rival Unaka on Saturday.
Carter totaled all nine of his team’s OT points. Hank Stott produced 11 points and Joseph Armstrong powered his way for 10 in the Buccaneers’ victory.
Joe-Z Blamo cut loose for a game-high 27 points to lead the Rangers. Marcus Shoemaker came through with 15.
High school roundup: Hampton doubles up University High
January 11, 2022
Hampton doubled up University High in a Watauga Valley Conference boys basketball matchup Tuesday night at Brooks Gym.
Hayden Campbell went 6 of 8 from the floor to lead the Bulldogs with 12 points in their 64-32 rout of the Bucs. He also blocked four shots on the defensive end.
Morgan Lyons totaled 11 points, while Cadon Buckles had an all-around effort with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. The Hampton defense was a difference with five deflections for Dalton Holtsclaw.
Brayden Ryder had six points to pace University High.
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UH keeps KACHEA an arm’s length away
December 7, 2022
Happy at home in December, University High came out smoking hot and dropped 27 first-quarter points on KACHEA.
The second period wasn’t quite as friendly, and it turned out to be a four-quarter
But the Buccaneers didn’t let the Wildcats stay happy, eventually working their way
to a 63-46 win in boys’ high school basketball Tuesday night at Brooks Gym.
UH, which scored the last eight points of the game, improved to 3-3 on the young season.
“I think the kids got too comfortable and stopped playing,” UH head coach Herman Rice said of the drop off after the first quarter. “You have to give KACHEA credit. They battled and played hard.”
In the girls’ game, UH played Washburn and wound up on the short end of a 58-21 decision.
UH scored only 10 points in the second quarter, and took a non-too-comfortable 37-24
lead into the locker room. Rice said he was concerned about a letdown after recent
tough losses and an important conference game coming up Thursday against North Greene.
“We talked to the kids about this being a possible trap game,” Rice said. “We started
out ready to play, but we sure weren’t ready in the middle of the game. We’ve had
breakdowns in the middle of the game where we’re just a totally different team. That’s
something we’ve got to fix.”
UH outscored KACHEA 15-12 in the third period, but the Wildcats battled to within
a single-digit deficit in the fourth quarter. When things got tight, however, the
Bucs found their swagger again.
John Carter led UH with 17 points, with 15 coming in the first half. Hank Stott added
13 points. Jacob Pealer added nine points while freshman Brady Weems chipped in with
eight, hitting a pair of third-quarter treys when KACHEA was trying to make a move.
The most positive takeaway?
“We ran the clock and had more points than they did at the end,” Rice said. “I didn’t see a whole lot more positive things out there.”
Preston Diamond led KACHEA with 17 points while Caleb Graham totaled 14.
WASHBURN 58, UH 21
The Lady Pirates jumped out to a 13-2 advantage after one quarter and University High
was unable to mount an effective rally.
Braelyn Coffey led Washburn (5-2) with 20 points. Teammate Tori Coffman hit a trio of treys and finished with 13 points.
For University High (0-5), Catie Leonard scored a little over half of her team’s points with 11.
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Roundup: UH wins thriller over West Greene
Dec 2, 2021
Despite 34 points from Leyton Frye, the University High boys basketball team was able to pull off a big nonconference win inside Brooks Gym over West Greene, 78-72.
A.J. Murphy had another big game for the Bucs, netting 22 while Hank Stott scored a team-high 29. Joshi Haase (12) and Ethan Turner (13) also finished in double-figures for the Buffaloes.
The Bucs led throughout the game, but could not push their advantage to more than two possessions.
Pioneers rally for win over University High
Dec 3, 2021
Down 11 points at the half and the other team shooting nearly 80% from long range?
No panic at all from the David Crockett boys basketball team.
The Pioneers, behind a hot-shooting second half, rallied to upend University High 64-58 on Friday night inside Brooks Gym.
Crockett’s comeback was primarily fueled by Dawson Wagner’s 28 points and Clint Pierce’s 20. The pair combined to go 18-of-26 from the field.
“For us to be only down 11 at the half and they were shooting the way they were, that means we battled,” Crockett coach Cody Connell said. “It would’ve been easy for us to roll over and quit, but we battled back.
“I challenged my team to play the way we have been every single day.”
The Bucs shot a blistering 8-for-11 from long range in the first half, but made only a pair in the second half. Crockett forced 12 second-half turnovers.
“We started going man defense and got out of the zone,” Wagner said. “We got a lot of those steals out of that man and if we didn’t get it, it was an open 3.”
The Pioneers’ furious man-to-man defense in the last two periods shut down UH high scorer Hank Stott. Stott netted 17 for the game, but had just five in the second half and none in the fourth.
The Pioneers were also hot in the second half, shooting 65.4%.
Also, Bucs point guard AJ Murphy went down near the end of the first half with an ankle injury and didn’t play for the rest of the game. He finished with 10.
John Carter also finished in double-figures for UH, scoring 10.
The Pioneers have a lot of momentum coming off of the Hardee’s Classic title last week and a road win at Morristown West earlier in the week.
And getting another non-conference win provides more opportunity to build for Cornell’s squad.
“Any win you have in the non-conference is big,” Connell said. “We don’t have any rollovers. They will prepare us for conference play.”
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