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Tuesday Night Around UC Sports Nation: York Dragons Clinch District Title

The York Institute Dragons sewed up the District 5-2A Regular Season Championship, while the Dragonettes took another step closer, Tuesday night in Monterey. The Dragons (19-6, 6-0 District) scored the first 12 points against the Wildcats and never looked back in a 70-42 rout. The win moved York a full two games up on Jackson County in the district race, with two games left to play. The Dragons own the tie-breaker over the Blue Devils by virtue of their regular season sweep.

The Dragonettes (18-5, 6-0), meanwhile, got 20 points from Gabby Beaty and 19 more from Ellie Leffew in their 63-27 win over Monterey. The district race could be decided on Wednesday night, as York hosts second-place Sequatchie County (13-10, 5-1). The Dragonettes won the previous meeting between the two teams, 75-65, in Dunlap, back on January 20. A York win tonight would clinch the regular season crown.

In other games, the Upperman Bees and Lady Bees enacted some payback on Livingston Academy, Tuesday night. The Lady Bees rallied from a 16-3 deficit at the end of the first period, to grind out a 36-32 victory in the opener. Abigail Johnson and Jayla Cobb each tallied 10 points in the victory, which was the 20th of the season and the fifth in a row for the UHS girls (20-5, 6-4).

Livingston (21-5, 8-3), meanwhile, lost for the third time in the last six games, and fell a game-and-a-half behind White County for first place in District 7-3A. After a 70-23 blowout of Macon County Tuesday night, the Warriorettes (21-4, 9-1) need just one win in their final two district games (both against Cumberland County) to clinch the regular season title.

In the UHS-LA boys’ game, it was a defensive grind that produced only 43 total points going into the final period. Leading by only three entering the fourth, Upperman (12-10, 5-5) used an 18-point outburst to push the lead into double figures for an eventual 41-31 win. Daniel Metzger scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds in the win. The Wildcats (13-12, 6-5), who led District 7-3A just a couple of weeks ago, lost their fourth district game in their last six outings and dropped to fourth place in the standings with one game to play.

Here’s Tuesday night’s scores from across the Upper Cumberland:

Girls
Clay Co. 60
Jackson Co. 33
(CCHS: Halle Buford 12, Abby Head 11)

Cumberland Co. 52
DeKalb Co. 48

Upperman 36
Livingston Academy 32
(UHS: Abigail Johnson 10, Jayla Cobb 10)

York Institute 63
Monterey 27
(YAI: Gabby Beaty 20, Ellie Leffew 19)

Knoxville Webb 57
Stone Memorial 36

Gordonsville at Van Buren Co.

White Co. 70
Macon Co. 23
(WCHS: Alaina Stiles reaches 1,000-point milestone)

 

Boys
Jackson Co. 63
Clay Co. 54
(JCHS: Tre Monette 22, Ramon Cuevas 21)
(CCHS: Grant Strong 31)

DeKalb Co. 71
Cumberland Co. 66
(DCHS: Elishah Ramos 17, Jordan Young 17)
(CCHS: Carson Conaster 19, Jackson Inman 17)

Upperman 41
Livingston Academy 31
(UHS: Daniel Metzger 11 pts, 6 rebs)

York Institute 70
Monterey 42
(MHS: Silas Randolph 11)

Gordonsville at Van Buren Co.

White Co. 74
Macon Co. 39

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