HBHS doubles up on tourney crownsPublished 12:01pm Wednesday, December 26, 2012
By Ed Bailey
The Horseshoe Bend High school basketball squads are heading into the winter break with momentum thanks to taking the Clay-Central Tournament this past weekend.
The boys squad beat Reeltown in the finals by a score of 51-43, avenging an earlier defeat.
Jay Glenn led the Generals in scoring with 13 points. Cory Glenn chipped in 12 points.
Cory Battle scored nine points for Horseshoe Bend and Chase Chaney netted six points.
The tournament win put the boys’ record at 7-6 entering the winter break.
With a 38-26 win over Clay-Central in the tournament championship round, the Lady Generals improved to 9-5 on the year.
Asia Stowes paced the girls with 12 points. Amber Hardnett scored eight points and Ranley Clayton added six points of her own.
HBHS boys and girls coach Mike Boyd said the girls’ win was a result of a fast start and strong defense.
“We started out on a 12-0 run to open the first quarter,” he said. “We did a much better job playing defense. It was a big win for us.”
Boyd said that the tournament victory was particularly important for the boys.
“For a lot of the seniors that we have, this was the first time that they won a tournament so this was a big deal for them,” he said. “We’ve went through some tough times but it was a real deal for them to win it and I’m really proud of them.”
As a majority of the team also play football, Boyd said the Generals will now rest a few days before getting back to the grind.
“This is really the first time that they’ve got a break so I think the best thing for them to do is to get a little rest and get away from this whole thing. Having the whole week off will really help them.”