Justin Biggs

Justin Biggs scored a team-high 16 points for the Commandos in their win over White House.

HENDERSONVILLE - Both the Hendersonville girls’ and boys’ basketball teams defeated visiting White House High School Monday night. 

The Lady Commandos improved to 3-0 with a 46-39 win. 

The Lady Commandos were led by senior Janaeya Mays, who scored a game-high 20 points.

“At some point this year the switch flipped with Janaeya,” Hendersonville head coach John Filson said. “I’m not sure when it was but it flipped. She has played every day like this and really has become a factor other teams cannot handle or game plan for. White House scouted us well, but you can’t appreciate or prepare for how fast she is until she blows right by you.”

Of Mays’ 20 points, 10 came on fast-break layups after she out-ran everyone on the court for 50-50 balls.

“She was an incredibly tough matchup for us tonight,” White House head coach Kelly Smelcer said. “We had the game plan to put Emma Waller on her, but she got into foul trouble pretty quickly so that forced us to change things up and put a freshman on her. I thought our girl did a good job at times but she was definitely much quicker than her and it hurt us.”

Mays also added three 3-point field goals.

Defensively the Lady Commandos forced White House into 17 turnovers, something that cannot happen if you want to compete down the stretch of any ball game. 

“It certainly doesn’t help when you turn the ball over that much,” Smelcer added. 

“I thought we were scrappy tonight on the defensive end,” Filson said of his bunch. “That was probably our worst game of the season but we played hard, and when you do that you give yourself a chance.”

Despite the 17 turnovers, White House found themselves tied at 40 with four minutes remaining, but an 8-1 run by the Lady Commandos to close out the game sealed the victory for HHS.

Of those eight points, six came from the charity stripe where the Lady Commandos finished 6-for-13 in the final frame. 

“You don’t win very many games like that when you can’t hit your free throws,” Filson added. “We didn’t hit a single free throw until the final quarter. I guess we made them at the right time.”

Of the Lady Devils’ 39 points, 30 came inside the paint. 

“I thought we executed well offensively,” Smecler said of her team. “I thought we got really good looks out of our half-court offense. We only got one look at a 3-pointer and that hurt us for sure.” 

The Lady Commandos poured in six 3-pointers and 22 paint points. 

“I thought we attacked the rim very well tonight,” Filson said. “As far as shooting goes, we have four girls that can consistently knock that shot down. It certainly helps in games like this.”

The Lady Devils will be back in action on the road at White House Tuesday night for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off. 

 

Girls Box Score: 

Hendersonville (46): Janaeya Mays 20, Jeryn Jarrett 15, Brette Taylor 6, Ellen Tate Baker 3, Cookie Morgan 2. 

White House (39): Faithe Johnston 15, Sarah Cartwright 6, Danielle Williams 6, Chloe Hart 5, Emma Wall 4, Bailey Newman 2, Avery Droz 1.

 

Commandos improve to 2-1 

The Commandos sank clutch free throws at the end of the game Monday night to seal a hard-fought 52-46 victory over visiting White House. 

The win improves Hendersonville to 2-1 overall and drops White House to 0-3 on the season. 

“Coach Cooke does an excellent job with his team, and they are just as good as the teams we play in our district and that is great for us because it will better prepare us for our league,” Hendersonville head coach Clancy Hall said after the scrappy win. “Our guys stepped up tonight with huge rebounds. We did a nice job of high-pointing the ball and going up and getting it and then once we got it chinning it. I told them from the four-minute mark on the game would be won at the free-throw line and it was. I’m really proud of them.”

Leading by just two points, 47-45, with 39 seconds left, Owen Lampton knocked in two free throws for a four-point advantage. White House responded with a free throw of their own from Evan Webster to cut the led to three points with just 24 seconds remaining. 

The Blue Devils had a chance to tie the game, but a 3-pointer from Jacob McDonald hit off the back of the rim before Justin Biggs soared in the air to secure the rebound and the foul from the Blue Devils. 

“Justin had a huge game for us tonight,” Hall said of the sophomore’s 16 points. “People will remember the points but the rebounding and decision making impressed me.”

Biggs followed up his rebound knocking down 1-of-2 free throws to ice the victory for the Commandos. 

For White House, Durstin Adams led the Blue Devils with 26 points, but it was not enough to overcome the Commandos as he was the only White House player in double figures. 

“Durstin did really well tonight, he killed us,” Hall said of Adams. “Our focus tonight was to not let them get as many 3-pointers off, but he just took over for them.”

White House head coach Caleb Cook was quick to give praise to his big man’s performance. 

“He is good around the rim, has great hands, and good feet,” he said. “I thought he missed some bunnies he usually makes but we do absolutely like to run things through him.”

Monday night’s loss marks the third consecutive game the Blue Devils have not shot well from behind the arc.

“It’s still early and we are trying to find our identity as a team right now,” Cook said. “We need to figure out what works for us and just try to get better every day.”

On the flip side, Hendersonville knocked in seven 3-point field goals, impressing coach Hall. 

“I thought we did a good job of going inside out for those shots,” he said. “That is who we are. I thought Owen Lampton responded well in the second half because he was nowhere to be found in the first half. He made two huge shots for us in the second half that we desperately needed.”

Along with the seven 3-pointers, Hendersonville added 24 points in the paint. 

“That is a good team that benefits us as we move along in our season,” coach Cook said. “They will get us ready for the stretch run.”

Both teams will be back in action Tuesday night on the road when White House visits Portland and Hendersonville visits Centennial. 

Boys Box Score: 

Hendersonville (52): Justin Biggs 16, Owen Lampton 13, Andruw Stratton 8, Drew Hohenbrink 6, Jordan Zuger 5, Jackson Alford 3, AJ Owens 1.

White House (46): Durstin Adams 26, Jacob McDonald 8, Evan Webster 7, Logan Neufeld 5. 

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