Commandos and Bison honor Military personnel
Hendersonville - Sometimes sports take a backseat to life.
Honoring Military personnel Tuesday night, Hendersonville High School played host to Station Camp for what turned out to be an event bigger than the game.
“We are just really thankful to Hendersonville High School for allowing us to play in this game,” Station Camp head coach Seth Massey said. “I think what they are doing is great for the community, the military, and we are honored.”
Hendersonville head coach Clancy Hall also expressed his thoughts on the night’s events.
“I think today went great,” he said. “There are so many people to thank for this and we thank them. I think it’s really cool that after battling on the basketball court we can come together and honor those who have served. That is really neat.”
Wearing special red, white, and blue uniforms that read “honor” across the Commandos chest and “valor” across the Bison’s chest, the two teams battled for those who have served, are serving, and will serve.
“I’m hopeful that this group of seniors who helped start this tradition will come back in however many years married and have their sons and daughters play for Hendersonville and we are still doing this night,” Hall added.
Four in double figures lift Lady Bison
Following a special singing of the National Anthem before the girl’s game, the Lady Commandos and Lady Bison battled for four quarters before the Lady Bison came out on top, 51-44.
Faith Eubank led her team with 14 points while Taja Carey and Marissa Wirtz each added 11 points. Maren Franchek chipped in 10 points off the bench.
“She (Franchek) definitely gave us a lift tonight,” Station Camp head coach Miranda Cravens said. “She is one of those players that may or not get in so for her to come in without major minutes and produce the way she did says a lot about her character. Her lift tonight for us was huge.”
The Lady Bison jumped out to a commanding 14 point second-half lead, but turnovers and timely shot-making from the Lady Commandos put them within five points in the final quarter.
“We shot better tonight than we have in the last month minus the free throw line,” Hendersonville head coach John Filson said. “I was pleased overall with our offensive performance.”
Trailing by 14 to start the fourth quarter, Hendersonville responded with a layup then back-to-back 3-pointers to get within six with just under two minutes left.
Down the stretch in a close game, it was the Lady Bison who knocked down their free throws to hold on for the District 9-AAA victory.
Trailing by five with a chance to cut the game to three points with just under one minute left, senior Janaeya Mayes missed both foul shots that seemingly sealed the win for Station Camp.
“It’s tough because she is a good free throw shooter,” Filson said. “We shot 0-for-8 from the foul line in the second half - that is the game.”
Station Camp (8-7) will take on Lebanon (13-4) Friday night while the Lady Commandos (6-7) travel to Portland (7-8).
Girls Box Score
Station Camp (51): Faith Eubank 14, Taja Carey 11, Marissa Wirtz 11, Maren Franchek 10, Reagan Morris 3, Tinsley Thompson 2.
Hendersonville (44): Janaeya Mayes 13 Cookie Morgan 12, Kayla Minchey 11, Jean Jarrett 4, Allie Hines 2, Delaney Niemeic 2.
Bison run away with road win at HHS
Station Camp picked up their 12th win of the season relatively easy Tuesday night on the road defeating host Hendersonville 58-30.
Kheller Die and Eli Thurston chipped in 12 points each while Trey Moore added 10 points for Seth Massey’s crew.
The Bison dominated from the jump, racing out to a 10-4 lead after the first quarter and a 27-7 lead at halftime before letting off the gas pedal in the second half.
“Tonight had a whole lot to do with Station Camp,” Hendersonville head coach Clancy Hall said. “They are bought in, coach Masey does a great job, and they have about six or seven seniors that really know their roles. But, the biggest thing for them is they all defend. As coaches, we have to do a better job of getting things going at the goal when they run you off the 3-point line like that. We need to start attacking.”
The Bison held a 34-10 advantage in paint points and a 12-4 edge in offensive rebounds.
“We’ve played one of the tougher schedules since I’ve been here and we are hoping that pays off for us down the line,” Station Camp head coach Seth Massey said.
The Bison carried their double-digit lead into the fourth quarter 44-15 allowing younger kids to get valuable playing experience.
Station Camp (12-5) will take on Lebanon (13-3) on Friday while the Commandos (7-6) play at Portland (10-7)
Boys Box Score
Station Camp (58): Kheller Die 12, Eli Thurston 12, Trey Moore 10, Kavon Blankenship 8, Cameron Gerlach 6, Sam Bailey 4, Isiah Davis 2, Jack Gold 2, Tyler Moore 2.
Hendersonville (30): AJ Owens 6, Owen Lampton 6, Ellis Ellis 5, Justin Biggs 4, Drew Hohenbrink 3, Steven Simerka 3, Andruw Stratton 2.