Thomas Walker's Cortney Edds (5) drives past Rye Cove's Anna Proctor during their Cumberland District game on Friday.
CLINCHPORT — Four minutes. That was the difference in the Thomas Walker boys’ 80-66 Cumberland District win over Rye Cove on Friday evening.
After an evenly played first half, the Pioneers opened up the second with a 12-1 run that all but put away the game.
Luke Rhoton’s 3-point shot with just four minutes to go in the period quelled the run, but the Eagles were never able to pull closer than nine points over the last two periods.
“We came out with a game plan and didn’t execute as well in the first half, but the second half we really did,” said Thomas Walker coach Adam Hood. “We tried to keep the ball out of (Uriah) Addison’s hands.”
The Pioneers (9-7, 6-1) had five players score in double figures. Justin Greer and Hunter Cope closed with 19 points each and Zack Bailey added 13. Justin Catron chipped in 12 and Thomas Warf tossed in 11.
Addison led all scorers with 28 points. An ankle injury kept the sharp-shooting guard on the bench for most of the second period.
Addison led a trio of players in double figures for Rye Cove (6-10, 2-4). Eric Hill chipped in 20 points and Rhoton scored 11.
In the night’s varsity opener, the Lady Pioneers’ 49-40 win came down to one factor: turnovers.
“We had 38 turnovers and everywhere else we were even except rebounds, where we led,” said Lady Eagles coach Kelly Hood.
Morgan White and Whitney Jones scored 12 points each to lead Thomas Walker (4-10, 3-4).
Vivian Roller had a game-high 14 points to lead Rye Cove (3-14, 2-6).
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