Dan River’s boys’ basketball team is off to a fast start this season, rolling through its first six games while averaging 67 points per game. The Wildcats improved to 6-0 and 2-0 in the Dogwood District with victories over Chatham, William Campbell, and Tunstall respectively.

The Wildcats hosted county rival Chatham for their Dogwood District opener on Monday, and they didn’t disappoint the home crowd, posting a 67-37 victory over the Cavaliers. Robert Carter, Tavion Belcher, and Emmanuel White each were double figures, while Zavihian Durant had a solid night rebound and had eight points. Ethan Lewis knocked down three treys while Jorden Price also played well defensively off the bench.

Junior Robert Carter poured in 17 points while sophomore Emmanuel White added in 15 as the Wildcats whipped William Campbell 63-25. Carter and White put on a defensive clinic against the Generals, coming up with numerous steals and forcing several turnovers. Tavion Belcher chipped in 12 points while Zavihian Durant (four points) and Isaac Farmer (three points) rounded out the starting five. The Wildcats’ bench played well too as Jorden Price had four points, while Tracy Glass, Ethan Lewis, Xavier Luck, and Tyler Gammon each had a field goal.

The Wildcats closed out the week by completing the season sweep of Tunstall 69-37 on Thursday in Ringgold. DR held a 45-15 advantage at the break and the second half was played under running clock as all 12 players scored for the Wildcats. 

Dan River will be the #2 seed in the Harry Johnson Holiday Classic on Dec. 26-28 at George Washington High School. The Wildcats will face Holy Cross Regional Catholic School at 3 p.m. on Thursday. 


Girls Basketball

The Lady Wildcats bounced back from a loss to Chatham Monday by winning two games to close out the week. Dan River lost to the Cavaliers 63-39 despite a double-double performance from junior center Takiya Smith. Smith had 14 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth.  Freshman guard Alicea Farmer had 12 points and four assists. Alexis Crews chipped in eight points and had four assists, India Edmunds had three points and 10 rebounds, and Andresia Conley had a free throw.

Dan River held off a fourth quarter rally by William Campbell to pick up their first district victory by a score of 55-46 on Tuesday. The Wildcats controlled the game for the first three quarters, holding a 49-25 advantage entering the fourth. However, the Generals put up a strong final fury as they cut the deficit to nine before the game ended. Freshman Alicea Farmer had 18 points, four steals, and four assists while senior Alexis Crews had 16 points and four assists. Takiya Smith and Allie Wells each had five points, Jasmyn Noble chipped in four, and Savannah Bowes and Makiyah Hardy each had two. India Edmunds scored two points but was strong on the glass, pulling down 14 rebounds. 

The Wildcats escaped Dry Fork on Thursday with a 39-38 victory over Tunstall in a foul-plagued game Thursday that went down to the final horn. DR trailed 8-7 after a quarter, but woke up in the second quarter to take a 29-19 lead into the break. However, the Wildcats failed to score in the third quarter and had to play most of the second half with four players with three or more fouls as the Trojans cut the lead to 29-25. The fourth quarter saw the Trojans get to within one on multiple occasions. 

Additionally, the Wildcats would hurt their own cause by failing to convert their free throws. Dan River went 4-of-21 at the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.  Luckily for the Wildcats, Tunstall also struggled at the foul line as they were 2-of-11 in the fourth – including two free throws with 8.9 seconds left in regulation. The Wildcats were able to prevent the Trojans from scoring and pulled out the slim victory. Takiya Smith had 17 points and 15 rebounds while Alexis Crews had 10 – all in the second quarter. Alicea Farmer had nine points and five assists, Andresia Conley came off the bench to score four points, and India Edmunds pulled down 11 rebounds before fouling out.

Dan River will play in the Morehead Christmas Tournament on December 26-27. The Wildcats will face McMichael (NC) at 3 p.m. Thursday and Morehead (NC) on Friday at 4:30 p.m.


JV Girls

The younger Lady Wildcats moved to 5-1 as they closed out 2019 with victories over Chatham, William Campbell, and Tunstall. The JV girls defeated Chatham 28-21. Tiesha Ferrell had eight points and seven blocks while Jayla Marable had eight points and six steals. Jordan and Jade Marable combined for eight points, while Kortni Fitz and Q’Lexus Stork each had two points and a combined 13 rebounds.

Dan River struggled offensively but came away with a 22-18 win over William Campbell on Tuesday. Jade Marable led the way with eight points while Jordan Marable had seven points. Tiesha Ferrell had five points and 11 rebounds, while Jayla Marable added in two points. The Wildcats would end their week with another low-scoring victory, defeating Tunstall 20-8 on Thursday. 


JV Boys

DR’s JV Wildcats dropped a close home game to Chatham on Monday 62-54. Darius Dickerson led the Wildcats with 16 points while DaMari Glass came off the bench and chipped in nine points. Jalil Deshazor had eight points, Trevon Brooks had six, and TyLyric Coleman had four points. Dorian Griffith and Jailyn Edmonds each had three points while Jayson Beck and Nasir Coles had two points apiece.

The Wildcats would rebound on Tuesday to take down William Campbell 58-39. Darius Dickerson had 13 points while Shamar Ferguson and TyLyric Coleman each scored nine points. Jalil Deshazor had eight, Dorian Griffith and Jailyn Edmonds each chipped in six, Jayson Beck scored five, and Trevon Brooks had two in the win.

Dan River came out with a 45-40 victory over Tunstall on Thursday evening in Ringgold. Nasir Coles led the way with 11 points while Jailyn Edmonds added in eight points. DaMari Glass and Jalil Deshazor each had seven points, Trevon Brooks added in six, Nai’Shaun Henry had three, and Dorian Griffith had two points. The Wildcats are now 3-3 on the season, 1-1 in the Dogwood District. 

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