SAWMILLS — After never having done so in its first nine seasons, the Draughn boys basketball team sought a third consecutive 3-0 start under coach Yates Jensen on Tuesday at South Caldwell.

However, a sharp Spartans bunch coached by Caldwell County legend Danny Anderson (in his first year at South) used a 16-2 scoring run spanning the opening two periods to run away and hide in a 65-46 Wildcats’ setback.

Draughn (2-1) led three times early and still trailed just 13-11 on a Denver Treadway wing 3-pointer, part of his seven early points. But the deficit grew to double digits at 21-11 by the end of the first quarter and was as much as 16 prior to halftime before Draughn climbed within 12 at the break.

Things got as lopsided as 49-25 late in the third following another Spartans’ scoring run capped by back-to-back 3s, and the Wildcats only got within 14 down once afterward.

A bigger South squad dominated the glass and got major production off its bench, where it outscored Draughn 29-9.

Draughn’s two leading scorers entering the game, senior forward Isaac Walker (19.0 ppg) and sophomore guard Daylin Pritchard (17.5 ppg), were limited to two and nine points respectively. Walker blocked a team-high two shots but was saddled with foul trouble most of the way, fouling out late.

Treadway scored a team-high and career-high 16 points, also leading Draughn with four assists and tying for top honors with a pair of steals.

Nick Chrisco added eight points and four rebounds, and Zaydin Pritchard added a team-high five rebounds with three assists and two steals to go with his two points off the bench.



S. Caldwell 57, Draughn 41

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The Lady Wildcats (2-3) rallied from a double-digit deficit to go into halftime tied 21-all but couldn’t carry over the momentum. After an 8-0 South run to open the third period, Draughn only got within seven once afterward, and the gap stayed in double digits over the final 6 minutes as the Spartans swept the teams’ nonconference early-season series.

Senior Hailey Kincaid poured in a career-high 21 points (14 in second half) to lead the Lady ’Cats. Junior Haley Lowman scored eight and sparked the second-quarter rally with her energy, finishing with four assists, four steals, three boards and a block.

Abby Parker (four points) led Draughn with seven rebounds, and Bailey Shuping finished with three boards and three assists.


Paul Schenkel can be reached at pschenkel@morganton.com or 828-432-8950.

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