Prep basketball roundup: McCormick's fast start leads Notre Dame to victory

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Notre Dame (3) Cole McCormick shoots a free throw at Notre Dame on Friday, December 17, 2021.

Cole McCormick's scoring prowess helped Notre Dame take control early to start the Smokey Mountain Christmas Classic in Gatlinburg.

The versatile 6-foot-4 sophomore guard scored 16 first-half points to lead the Irish to a 61-43 win over Fairview (Ky.). DJ Brown also was sharp as Notre Dame improved to 9-3 overall.

Jackson County 48, Bradley Central 43: The Bears fought back with a 24-point fourth quarter, but could not climb back from a 13 point deficit. Brandon Shumbera led Bradley with 14 points.

Bledsoe County 57, Sale Creek 42: Five different Warriors scored at least seven points while Garrett Tharpe scored a team-high 12 points.


Notre Dame 46, Russell County 32: Stingy defense led the Lady Irish to their ninth straight win and improve to 10-3 overall. Senior Kenzie Campbell scored 12 points while freshman guard Maliyah Maples made two 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.

Ringgold 39, Northwest Whitfield 27: The Lady Tigers improved to 9-2 with the nonregion win at the Mistletoe Madness Tournament at North Murray as Rachel Lopez had 10 points and three assists.