The Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs took time on Tuesday night to honor Senior Shay Tisho on the occasion of her exceeding the thousand points in a career mark in high school basketball. At the end of Tuesday’s game with previously undefeated Mountain Heritage, Tisho was recognized and granted the game ball for her 1010th point as a Mustang. She led the Mustangs with 22 points in the 69 to 63 point win over the Lady Cougars. Both teams entered the match tied at number two in the state in 2-A Basketball ranking for this week and both undefeated. The Lady Mustangs improved to 11 and 0 for this season. Freshman Keara Fowler had a career high night with 20 points. Five of her shots were from three point range. Braden Lewis had her second most productive night with 14 points. Her current high is 18 points against Cherokee. Shay Sutton added 9 points and Taylor Douthitt had a four point game.
THE MUSTANG BOYS had an 18 point lead late in the second quarter but could not hold the high powered offense of the Mountain Heritage Cougars who battled back to tie the game with about three minutes left in the game. The score changed constantly often with hit or miss at the free throw line. The crucial point was with 17 seconds left in the game when the Mustangs were called for a back court violation on an in bounds play from mid court. The Cougars got the ball and made a successful shot for three points and a three point lead. With 12 seconds left the Mustangs were not able to make a three point shot and for the second time in as many games the Cougars escape with an 84 to 81 skin of their teeth win. Last week in the Panthers Christmas Tournament the Cougars got a last second tip-in to win over Franklin 65 to 54. Tommy Brennan led the Mustangs with 21 points including 12 from three point range. Cole Lamb was next with 18 points. Tyler Waliezer added 15 points, Cody Lominac had a season high 13. Nate Coffee came through with 8 and Trey Hamilton struggled with foul calls but still added 4 points. With Hamilton spending more time on the bench with fouls Mountain Heritage has able to start their comeback. Jared Hughes added two points. Now the Mustangs regroup and head into more conference play with Hendersonville on Friday in the New Mustangs Gym. That game will be broadcast on 540 WRGC Radio.
The JV Girls last 51 to 40 while the JV Boys continued their winning streak with a 42 to 41 nail biter.