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Llewellyn scores career-high 55 in Elk win

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By Robby O'Daniel

Elk Valley star eighth-grade guard Hayden Llewellyn scored a career-high 55 points in powering his middle school boys basketball team past Jellico Middle, 72-58, last Thursday on the road.

“We kinda had to go to him,” Elk Valley head boys coach Jerry Llewellyn said. “Jellico played well, pushed him and I knew it’d be a tough game. Darrell does a good job. He always has them ready. They’re a mature team. I was kinda dreading it, but we came through and pulled away. But it was tough, yeah.”

Hayden Llewellyn had three fouls in the first quarter but never fouled out and never went to the bench.

“It was such a tight game,” Jerry Llewellyn said. “I just told him that he had to keep his feet, not try to block a shot. If they came at him, he kinda had to shy away. He didn’t pick up his fourth foul until the fourth quarter, and he didn’t foul out. He was a little excited. We live here in town, so I knew he was looking forward to playing his buddies.”

Jellico Middle took advantage, driving to the basket constantly.

Elk Valley led 19-15 after a quarter and 33-23 at halftime.

“I thought that we played pretty good,” Hayden Llewellyn said. “We could’ve been a lot smarter with the ball. I can hit a lot more layups than I did. I thought that Chandler Dople played good and Tyler Moore stepped up and Tyler Baird played pretty good.”

Jellico Middle would close the gap to just 3 points at 49-46 with 5:10 to play and later, 51-48.

“A little disappointed, we knew it’d be a good shootout, but I didn’t like our defense on the second quarter and the last part of the fourth quarter,” Jellico Middle head boys coach Darrell Byrge said. “I think we get a little tired, though, but I was pleased overall as far as our offense was going.”

Hunter Baird led Jellico Middle with 21 points, followed by Kenny Webb (20), Raymond Jeffers (11), Johnny Moore (4) and John Zecchini (2), according to Jellico Middle team stats. Besides Hayden Llewellyn’s 55 points, Tyler Moore scored 8 points for Elk Valley, followed by Chandler Dople (5), Michael Gillenwater (2) and Tyler Baird (2).

“Raymond Jeffers really stepped up tonight, and I’ve been waiting for him to do that because he’s a good athlete,” Byrge said.

The Lady Elks defeated Jellico Middle 33-19, with Emilee Morgan leading the way for the Lady Elks with 12 points, according to Elk Valley team stats, followed by Alysse Douglas (7), Avari Owens (4), Hayleigh Greene (4), Isabella Botts (3) and Alissa Ward (3). Chelsea Hatfield led Jellico Middle with 8 points, followed by Jacee Lay (7) and Kristen Wood (4).

Thanks in part to a late 2-pointer from Hayden Llewellyn, the Elks defeated Fairview, 55-53, at home on Monday night, Jerry Llewellyn said. Hayden Llewellyn scored 41.

The Lady Elks lost 37-19 to Fairview on Monday night, Jerry Llewellyn said.