Man boys, girls sweep past Phelps (Ky.)
By Jerry Fekete Banner Correspondent
MAN — It was a great night to be a Man High School basketball fan as the Man boys and girls swept a pair of games from Phelps (Ky.) on Friday night at the Man Memorial Fieldhouse.
In Game One the Lady Billies defeated the Phelps Lady Hornets 42-32. The Man girls were led in scoring by senior Morgan Conn with 13 points. Mika McCoy had 11.
In the second game, the Man boys were a 77-53 winner over Phelps. The Man boys won behind the scoring of John Thomas Keffer with 22 points. Jake Adkins had 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Erik Files chipped in with 15 points.
In the first game, the Man Lady Billies took a slim 12-11 lead after the first quarter of play.
Man outscored the Lady Hornets 7-5 in the second stanza.
Conn hit a runner in the lane to tie the game at 15-15 at the 2:14 mark of the second quarter.
Hannah Harvey hit two key baskets in the final two minutes of play to give the Lady Billies a 19-16 halftime advantage.
Harvey then jumpstarted the Man squad with an offensive stickback to give MHS a 21-16 lead with 7:07 to go.
Haley Daniels scored two key buckets midway in the stanza to give Man a 25-20 lead.
Harvey added another floater in the lane as Man would take a commanding 11-point lead into the final eight minutes of play at 31-20.
McCoy gave the Lady Billies their biggest lead of the game at 14 points at 35-21 midway in the fourth quarter as Man would go on to a 42-32 win over the Lady Hornets.
Harvey finished with eight points, while Haley Daniels and Hunter Harvey had five points each. Tiffany Belcher did not play due to injury.
Phelps was led in scoring by Catilyn Norman with 16 points. Danessa Maynard had 10 points.
The Phelps girls’ basketball team is coached by former Marshall University standout J.R. VanHoose, a former Mr. Basketball winner in the state of Kentucky. VanHoose played his high school ball at Paintsville and led the Tigers to the 1996 state championship.
In Friday night’s Man-Phelps boys’ game, the Hillbillies jumped out to an early 16-5 lead and never looked back. Files scored on a three-point play and Keffer hit two techinal fouls shot as Man took the 11-point advantage.
Man went on to take a 20-9 advantage after one period of action.
Daniel Buchanon hit a jumper in the lane to open the second stanza to give MHS a 22-9 lead.
Files added a basket midway in the quarter to push the Billies’ lead to 26-15.
The Billies took a 10-point advantage into the locker room at 32-22.
Files scored on a fastbreak layup to open the second half to give Man a 34-22 cushion.
Phelps’ Kyle Sneed later hit a basket to make it 36-29 with 4:20 to play.
Jake Adkins then got an offensive putback to push Man’s lead to 42-33 with 2:43 remaining on the third period clock.
Adkins then hit the final shot of the third stanza to give Man a 48-37 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Buchanon got two key field goals to give the Billies a 52-40 lead with 6:07 to play.
Buchanon got an offensive rebound and score to give Man its biggest lead at 14 points at 59-45 with 4:25 to play.
Man would hit its free throws down the stretch as Keffer was 10-for-12 from the line, preserving the victory.
“We played a lot better tonight,” Man coach Harvey Arms said. “We got after it and played more aggressive.”
Keffer added six rebounds and seven assists for Man. Files also had seven rebounds.
Buchanon had eight points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. Kenny Joe Adkins had five points and four assist, while Gabby Brown had three points and Josh Adkins added one point.
Phelps was led by Elijah Branham with 14 points. Davon Smith had 12 and Matt Hatfield nine.
Man upped its season record to 6-7 and host River View on Tuesday before travelling to Phelps, Ky., on Wednesday in a rematch with the Hornets.
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