The Dogwood District basketball crown will reside in Ringgold once again as Dan River clinched the district title with victories over Appomattox County and Altavista this week. It was a tough week for the Wildcats (19-2, 11-0 Dogwood) as they played both games with leading scorer Tavion Belcher, who is currently out due to an injury.
Dan River fought off foul trouble and strong effort by Appomattox County as they defeated the Raiders 46-42 on Tuesday evening. That victory gave the Wildcats their tenth consecutive Dogwood District regular season championship, Dan River’s 11th in 12 years going back to the 2009 state runner-up team.
DR took a 20-15 into halftime but was held to just six points by the Raiders in the third as Appomattox clung to a 27-26 lead. The Wildcats would come back strong in the fourth as Zavihian Durant and Emmanuel White combined for 15 of the Wildcats’ 20 points in the final period. Durant and White would finish the night with 14 and 13 points respectively. Robert Carter also reached double figures with 10 points, Jorden Price had four points, and Ethan Lewis and Quinton Gunn each scored for the Wildcats. Appomattox was led in scoring by Timmy Clements (12 points) and Tevin Hurt (11 points) as DR held Tyler Gilliam to six points on the evening.
The Wildcats overcame a first quarter deficit to take down Altavista 75-63 on Friday. Junior Robert Carter scored a career-high 28 points to lead all scorers. Jorden Price poured in 16 points while senior Ethan Lewis had 12 to finish the night in double figures. Emmanuel White chipped in nine points, Zavihian Durant had eight points and nine rebounds, and Tracy Glass had two points. Jayllen Jones had 15 points and Bailey Stinnette had 14 to lead Altavista in scoring.
Tuesday night will be the regular season finale for Dan River as they host Gretna. Currently, the Wildcats are the second seed in the upcoming Region 2C tournament.
Dan River’s playoff hopes took a serious blow on Tuesday as the Lady Wildcats came up short at Appomattox County 48-45. For the second time this season, Dan River fell to the Raiders by a three-point margin. The Wildcats fell behind early and played catch-up the rest of the night. DR would cut the deficit down to 1 before the Raiders would push is back up. The free throw line was also a key factor in the loss; Appomattox (17-of-29) made as many free throws as Dan River shot as a team (11-of-17). Alicea Farmer was one of three Wildcats to land in double figures as the freshman guard/forward had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Takiya Smith had 12 points and Alexis Crews had 11, while Makiyah Hardy added in five points. Appomattox had three players in double figures as Hayley Carrico had 16 points, Shaniya Johnson had 14 (and eclipsed the 1,000 point mark), and Cari Vrooman had 12 for the Raiders.
Friday night was senior night for the Lady Wildcats and in front of a solid home crowd, Dan River came away with a 40-38 victory over Altavista. Dan River led for much of the night, holding a 28-17 advantage entering the fourth quarter. However, the Colonels charged back behind a big night by Charlotte Mabry as she had 11 of her game-high 21 points in the quarter. Altavista would take the lead at 33-32 before the Wildcats responded with a 6-1 run. Despite this, the Colonels would get a three-pointer by Casey Allen to tie the game at 38 and the Wildcats would turn the ball over to Altavista.
However, junior Takiya Smith would come up with a crucial block/steal and she was fouled on the play. Smith made both of her free throws to put the Wildcats up 40-38 in the final seconds of the game and the Wildcats’ defense forced a short shot that sealed the win. Smith led Dan River with 16 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Seniors Alexis Crews and Savannah Bowes each had solid performances in their final game in Ringgold. Crews chipped in 10 points, including a pair of clutch fourth quarter free throws and an assist to Smith that sparked a 6-0 run by DR. Bowes pulled down eight rebounds, scored six points, had two steals, and a block. Freshman Alicea Farmer just missed securing a double-double as she grabbed 16 rebounds, scored eight points, and dished out four assists. Junior Shamyra Richardson did not have a basket, but played solid defense throughout the night for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats (9-12, 5-6 Dogwood) will wrap up their season on Tuesday at Gretna, needing a win and some help to get the last spot in the Region 2C playoffs.
The JV girls lost a close game to district-leading Appomattox County by the score of 19-14 on Tuesday. Jayla Marable had seven points and seven steals while Tiesha Ferrell had four points and 10 rebounds. Jade and Jordan Marable combined for three points and five steals. Dan River would rally in the fourth quarter to defeat Altavista 22-17, winning their last home game. Jayla Marable had 11 points and seven steals while Tiesha Ferrell had five points and 11 rebounds. Jade Marable had three points, Jordan Marable had two, and Kortni Fitz had a point.
“54” would be the magic number for the Dan River JV boys’ team they scored that amount in both victories this week. The JV Boys were also victorious by a score of 54-35 over Appomattox County. Nasir Coles and Darius Dickerson led the team in scoring. The JV Wildcats also won 54-29 over Altavista on Friday. TyLyric Coleman was the team’s top scorer.