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Gene Henley

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — When he first took a call from Bradley Central boys' basketball coach Chuck Clark saying he was chosen for induction into the Bear Hall of Fame, Alphonso Push didn't believe it. But after Friday night's ceremony, he can't help but believe it now.

There were times Thursday evening that Baylor coach John Gibson wondered if his girls' basketball team was going to hit a shot against chief rival Girls Preparatory School. But once the Lady Red Raiders shook off the dreadful start, they became more of what he's come to expect.

If Tyner coach Gerald Harris could have bottled up his team's second-half performance against The Rock on Thursday, and sprinkled some of that on the first half, there's no telling what the final outcome might have been.

Nestled in the 61-student enrollment of Hamilton Heights Christian School lies one of the best prep basketball teams — if not the best — in the area.

Cleveland boys' basketball coach Jason McCowan admitted that the early part of the season was a lot of chaos. The football team advanced to the state semifinals; then came the news that Cleveland's gym was going to be unfit to play in.

For the most part, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster and his staff have done a good job of game-planning ways to take away an opponents' top offensive weapon so far this season -- namely in conference play.

The Western Carolina women's basketball team chose to focus its defensive efforts on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's inside game Saturday afternoon — an effort that proved futile as the Mocs scored 32 points in the paint. And the person the Lady Catamounts continually left open, Chelsey Shumpert, hurt them just as much.

The Western Carolina women's basketball team chose to focus its defensive efforts on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's inside game Saturday afternoon -- an effort that proved futile as the Mocs scored 32 points in the paint.

Halfway through the 2013-14 season, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team has been killing opponents with their numbers. Not just the numbers on the scoreboard, but the ones from the reserves as well.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — When games get tight, Walker Valley girls' basketball coach Jessica Stone has the luxury of being able to lean on senior Lyndsey Macon's ability to make plays. The three-year starter was needed late in the team's game Tuesday against Cleveland, and as usual she delivered.

Not one to take many shots, Alicia Payne was presented a dilemma late in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball game against Davidson on Monday.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team started its offseason workouts Monday morning in preparation for the 2014 season. Monday afternoon, the Mocs got a reminder of how successful the 2013 campaign was.

Not one to take many shots, Alicia Payne was presented a dilemma late in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball game against Davidson on Monday.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team was able to claim a 69-60 Southern Conference victory over Georgia Southern Saturday despite blowing an 18-point second half lead. They probably shouldn't try that again tonight.

In a game of spurts and runs, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team made the one that mattered most.

Aryanna Gilbert admitted she was "caught off guard" when University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head women's basketball coach Jim Foster inserted her into the starting lineup prior to the Dec. 10 game against Jacksonville State. Five games later, she's still there and seems to feel a lot more comfortable in that position.

The only way for the Restoration Academy basketball team to pull off an upset of Hamilton Heights in the championship game of the SCORE International Holiday tournament Monday was to use its speed to get out in transition in hopes of creating layup opportunities.

The Tyner basketball Rams have a lot of talent on the offensive end, but they pride themselves on defense. And in an eight-minute stretch Saturday night in the Times Free Press Best of Preps championship game against Boyd-Buchanan, they showed just how good they could be.

How Baylor's girls pulled away from Heritage on Friday wasn't exactly pretty: a basket here, a stop there. Yet they're in the same position as they were a year ago -- in the Times Free Press Best of Preps tournament final.

In future games this season, the GPS basketball team could find itself in a position similar to Friday afternoon in the Times Free Press Best of Preps semifinals — down double digits with less than a quarter to play.

For the most part Thursday, McCallie did a good job stopping Tyner as far as shooting the basketball. But the Rams did an even better job.

The Ooltewah Owls have shown throughout this basketball season that they can attack opponents in waves in the course of a game. Thursday night against Ringgold, the eruption came in the second quarter.

It didn't take very long for Jordan Atkins' sophomore basketball season to be cut short. Matter of fact, he never got the chance to have a varsity basketball season, but he's been making up for it this year.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley Central wrestling coach Ben Smith wanted his team to put themselves in a position Saturday afternoon to claim the title of the Bradley Invitational. They gave themselves that chance -- but fell short of their final pursuit.

Tyner basketball coach Gerald Harris wasn't going to be picky about how his team claimed a 22-point victory over Brainerd on Thursday despite 22 turnovers and 14 missed free throws. The stats would suggest that it wasn't pretty -- and it wasn't -- but to most coaches, there's really nothing ugly about a win.

TRENTON, Ga. — For much of the season so far, the Gordon Lee girls' basketball team has relied heavily on its post duo of Katelyn and Madelyn Lee. Tuesday evening, though, the sisters were neutralized by the Dade County posts and foul trouble, so the Lady Trojans had to turn to their guards.

Call it a pleasant surprise.

Alicia Payne might have understated it Monday evening when she said the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team played "good" defense in the second half against Elon.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team found itself at an uncomfortable pace in the first half of its Southern Conference opener Saturday at UNC Greensboro. But in the second half, the Mocs kept scoring and UNCG didn't.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Gordon Lee girls' basketball coach Lester Galyon couldn't remember the last time his program had lost three consecutive games. Because of Friday night, it's not a stat he'll have to look up again for a while.

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — Jim Foster has been experimenting with a bunch of different lineups, trying to find the right combination for his University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team. He had a simple solution Tuesday night against Jacksonville State: Just give the ball to Ashlen Dewart.

There were some surprised when University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster scrapped his lineup in the second half of the game against Colorado State on Dec. 1. But don't count any of his players among them.

After a bad performance Tuesday night against Central, the Brainerd basketball coaches challenged their players before their big District 6-AA matchup Friday night against rival Howard.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The top-ranked Cleveland High School wrestling team found itself tied with No. 5 Soddy-Daisy with one match to go Thursday night, but Cleveland's best wrestler was headed to the mat.

Moses Johnson and the rest of the freshmen on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team have been waiting their chance to show that they can contribute to the 2013-2014 basketball team. Sunday afternoon, they got their chance -- and made the most of it.

Moses Johnson and the rest of the freshmen on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team have been waiting their chance to show that they can contribute to the 2013-2014 basketball team. Sunday afternoon, they got their chance — and made the most of it.

Coach Jim Foster was none too pleased with his University of Tennessee at Chattanooga team's effort after the Mocs dropped a 60-55 decision to Hawaii in the Waikiki Beach Rainbow Wahine women's basketball tournament Saturday.

KNOXVILLE — Managing a slight smile, Cleveland senior Parker Smith tried to wrap a bow around the 2013 Blue Raiders football season as best as he could Friday night.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team lost by a single point, 63-62, to Minnesota in the first game of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu on Friday.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The versatile Cleveland High School offense is capable of leading the team to victory, but the key to a win over Knoxville West in the Class 5A state semifinals tonight will be about how well the Blue Raiders' defense performs.

The 30-game home win streak enjoyed by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team -- one of the top current streaks in the nation -- is safe until 2014.

Through five basketball games this season, the Silverdale boys' basketball team has scored 162 points.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- For a lifelong tennis player, Brandon Williams has done a pretty good job picking up the concept of football. It just took him a while to get that opportunity.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — With his team having played Hamilton Heights four night earlier, Bradley Central boys' basketball coach Chuck Clark crafted a game plan to stop 6-foot-4 Hawks point guard Aleksa Jugovic -- who had scored 19 points in the prior meeting -- when the teams played again Tuesday.

It might take a day or two for University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach Jim Foster to realize how well his team played against Auburn on Sunday afternoon, but once he does, it's going to be hard to find out much they did wrong.

For the second time this season, the football matchup between Cleveland and East Hamilton came down to who could make one more play at the right time. During the regular season, it was East Hamilton's Hurricanes who made that play in a one-point victory.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Riverdale girls' basketball coach Cory Barrett has a plethora of options when his team needs a basket. Yet with the Murfreesboro team leading Bradley Central by four points in the fourth quarter and the Bearettes riding a wave of momentum, there was only one real option -- Alexa Middleton.

Although they've been somewhat of an unknown this season, T.J. Parker and Raekwon Bunion realize their importance to the Cleveland High School running game. So does the offensive line, and so does coach Ron Crawford.

For the first 20 minutes of their Sunday afternoon battle against Belmont, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team was not sticking to the script laid out by head coach Jim Foster.

On paper, it was the worst loss of Tyner basketball coach Gerald Harris's six-year coaching career. In the moments after that game, he said his team simply was outplayed, but his Rams knew exactly what happened, and heading into this season they feel they know what it's going to take to ensure that won't happen again.

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