The Smoky Mountain High School basketball teams raced to victory four times on Tuesday starting with a dominating performance by the Mustang JV girls team with a 45 to 18 point win over the Owen Junior War Lassies. The JV boys built a 35 to 13 point lead at the half and limited the Warhorses to just five points in the third while the Mustangs added eight. In the fourth quarter the Mustangs matched Owen who also scored 14 points. The JV’s settled with a 57 to 32 point win.
The Lady Mustangs had a battle on their hands facing the undefeated Owen War Lassies on Tuesday night in Sylva. The Lady Mustangs trailed 11 to ten after one quarter and 31 to 24 at the half. In the third quarter the Mustangs began a came back from what had become a 12 point 28 to 40 disadvantage finishing behind 51 to 45. Shea Sutton led the Mustangs charge with 11 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter. Sutton missed last weeks game with Tuscola due to being in the concussion protocol but was in perfect form Tuesday. The Mustangs outscored Owen 25 to 9 in the final quarter to win 70 to 60. Taylor Douthitt scored 14 points and Me Li Jackson scored 12 points for the Lady Mustangs. Shea Tisho had 9 and Braden Lewis chipped in six from the free throw line and a field goal to finish with eight points. Sutton earned the Lewis Carpets Player Of the game Award.
In Boys action the Mustangs started pulling away from the win less War horses early and took a first quarter lead at 19 to 12. Owen mounted several rallies but the Mustangs always answered with overpowering offense and crunching defense. At the half it was 37 to 23 and the Mustangs had the lead. In the third Cole Lamb dropped in two three pointers and Cody Lominac added six from the field as the Mustangs took control 62 to 40. The fourth quarter was a 23 point Mustangs run while holding Owen to 16 points. The Varsity evened their season at 1 and 1 with a 85 to 56 point win. Cole Lamb was recognized with the Lewis Carpets Player of the Game award. The teams will travel to Cherokee on Tuesday.