Kingsport Times-News: Indians throttle 'Blazers for seventh straight win
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Indians throttle 'Blazers for seventh straight win

Tanner Cook • Feb 2, 2019 at 2:43 AM

KINGSPORT — The Dobyns-Bennett boys basketball team made a quick turnaround from Thursday night’s game at Cherokee, returning to the friendly confines of the Buck Van Huss Dome to win another Big 7 Conference contest, 73-40 over Daniel Boone on Friday night.

The Indians (22-3, 9-1) won their seventh straight and 12th in the past 13 games.

Riamello Wadsworth and Charlie Browder each had 15 points to lead the Tribe and Marae Foreman chipped in with 13. Cade Norris led the Trailblazers (10-11, 5-5) with eight.

The Indians used a 9-0, second-quarter run to build a 27-15 lead. Four of those points came on a technical foul for Boone for not having a player written in the scorebook and also a common foul. Foreman made all of those attempts plus banked in a 3-pointer at the halftime horn to put the Tribe up 19 at the intermission.

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With the Tribe up 42-23 coming out of the break, Foreman threw a lob pass to Browder for an alley-oop dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.

“It was back and forth there for a while, but that was a big series,” Indians coach Chris Poore said. “We took advantage of it, making free throws and executing out of the timeout and in the press. We went on that run and that was the difference in the game. It never really got close after that.”

D-B has a tough nonconference home matchup on Saturday evening with Elizabethton, which is currently leading the Three Rivers Conference. Poore knows it will be a challenge, but his squad is prepared for a physical contest.

“This is going to be an excellent test for us late in the season,” Poore said. “They’re a very good team and have a lot of confidence coming in. They have everything that a successful team has. They’re disciplined, well coached, have the players to make big plays and they can score the ball.”

The girls teams play at 6 p.m., followed by the boys.

LADY INDIANS SURVIVE

The Lady Indians escaped with a 43-40 victory despite trailing until just 3:02 remained in the game.

After Dobyns-Bennett went up 34-33, the game seesawed until the very end.

Senior Bethany Welty was huge down the stretch for the Lady Indians. She scored seven points, but the plays she made that don’t appear on the stat sheet were what made the difference.

Welty made a putback bucket off a Courtney Whitson miss from 3-point range, putting the Lady Indians up 41-37. Whitson picked up her fourth foul with 7:06 to play and had to sit most of the final minutes.

On the next possession for the Lady Trailblazers (18-9, 5-4), Bayleigh Carmichel — who finished with 23 points — rolled in a 3-pointer to pull Boone to within one with 44.5 seconds left.

After Ta-Tionna White made one of two free throws for D-B, Boone got the ball with 27.2 seconds left.

Welty induced an offensive player control foul by Carmichel with 6.1 seconds to go. Boone did have one last chance off an inbound pass with 4.4 seconds remaining, but Welty intercepted the pass at halfcourt to seal it for D-B.

Whitson and White each had 11 points to lead the Lady Indians (21-5, 9-1).

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