Patience, determination and a little luck are why the LaFollette Middle boy’s basketball team is still unbeaten.
Down 10 points early in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s home game against H.Y. Livesay, the Owls stuck to their game plan and watched the Eagles miss a bushel of free throws.
LaFollette was able to come away with a 36-35 victory after forward Isaac Phillips made a pair of foul shots with 10 seconds left and then intercepted a baseball pass at the other end of the court to prevent a last-second basket by the visitors.
Phillips scored eight of his 10 points during the fourth quarter when the Owls outscored the Eagles, 17-6. LaFollette guard Corey Poteet led all scorers with 15 points, including a pair of treys.
Blake Franklin paced H.Y. Livesay with 12 points—all in the second half—while Blake Arnold added seven. The Eagles made only 2 of 12 foul shots during the fourth quarter.
Currently 4-0 overall, the Owls are scheduled to host rival Jacksboro tonight (Thurs.).
LaFollette trailed most of Monday’s game before rallying over the final six minutes. Poteet hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds left to get the Owls within one. Five seconds later, Phillips made two free throws for the winning margin.
Also scoring for LaFollette were Matt Bolton and Brandon Lee with four points each, Cody Seiber with two and Tyler Tomblin one.
The Lady Owls also defeated H.Y. Livesay’s varsity girls by a final score of 36-14 to improve their record to 3-1 on the season.
Every player on LaFollette’s roster found their way into the scoring column.
Samantha Leach scored 10 of her team-high 12 points in the first half to lead the Lady Owls. Leach also made half a dozen steals.
Madison Griffith chipped in six points for LaFollette followed by Niki Ward and Kendra King three each; and Lauren Heatherly, Emily Byrge, Chelsea King, Rachel Harris, Cheyenne Powers and Hannah Ayers two each.
Harris and Powers had six rebounds each. Powers also blocked four shots.
Ashley Ridgeley led H.Y. Livesay with five points.
The Lady Owls’ jayvee team defeated county rival Elk Valley, 35-25, during Monday night’s opening game. Kendra King was LaFollette’s top scorer with 11 points. Courtney Seymour led all scorers with 17 points.
Last week, LaFollette split with Norris in varsity action.
The Lady Owls lost their game, 44-27. Ward paced LaFollette with nine points followed by Byrge with seven and Powers six. Chelsea King made five steals while Powers hauled down five rebounds.
Head coach Marsha Morton said many of her players seemed sluggish after spending the first half of the week at Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend. She is anxious for a rematch with Norris on Dec. 18.
Poteet scored 16 points to lead the LaFollette boys to a 46-35 victory.
Tomblin contributed 11 points to the Owls’ attack followed by Gunner St. John with eight points, Phillips with seven and Steven Etters four.