Cruise Control: North Varsity sweeps North Buncombe
By: Bradley Cole
Boy’s Basketball: North Henderson 68, North Buncombe 65
North gave their crowd something to cheer about on Friday night in their first home game of the season.
The Knights (1-1), led by Austin Nelson’s 23 points, edged out the Blackhawks of North Buncombe by a score of 68-65.
The early season game started out physical and close as both teams wouldn’t back down.
North only held a two point lead over the Blackhawks after the first quarter, and things stayed tight as a growing Knight team only led North Buncombe by one point going into the halftime break.
Although, North came out of their shell and got back to electrifying basketball as the third quarter got underway. The Knights fought to separate themselves from the visiting team and did so by leading the Blackhawks by eleven points at the end of the third.
However, as they proved earlier, North Buncombe wasn’t down for the count.
They fought back themselves to get North’s players’ nerves going.
With ten seconds left in the game, the Blackhawks sunk a three and got the ball back with four seconds left and took a trip to the free throw line while down by three.
After North Buncombe missed the first free throw, Hunter Stackhouse grabbed a rebound to end the game and gave North its first win of the season, 68-65.
Also scoring for the Knights was Darren Lammons, who had twelve points on the night, and Kyle Decker and Hunter Stackhouse each had seven.
Girls Basketball: North Henderson 48, North Buncombe 34
The Lady Knights came to play on Friday after losing their first game of the year on Tuesday at Owen.
After trailing at the end of the first quarter 9-6 to the Lady Blackhawks, they left no doubt in the second quarter by only allowing four points as they held a 26-13 lead over North Buncombe going into halftime.
After physical play from Zoe Phillips, all around play from Karlee Honeycutt and Caroline Marsh, North kept their strong play going by finishing their opponent by a score of 48-34 to also grab their first win of the season.
Statistical leaders for the Lady Knights were Caroline Marsh (12 points), Karlee Honeycutt (10 points), and Shelly Banz (9 points).
It is unclear if North will play Hendersonville Tuesday due to the Bearcats winning their playoff football game on Friday night. Stay up to date with NHHS Daily whether or not the non-conference game will be played.