The Chilhowee Indians host the Northeast Vernon County Knights tonight at 5:30. It is the 2015 Courtwarming for the Indians, as the teams look to improve their records against the Knights.
Tonight, Seniors Beth Harness and Shyanne Metz lead the Lady Indians against the Knights as they look for their third win of the season.
The men’s team is looking to improve their record to 8-3 with a win over the Knights. This year’s squad has had a successful first half of the season, with several notable performances.
Coach Joe Murphy has led this year’s resilient Indian squad to big wins earlier this season. The Indians kicked off the 2015 season with a 78-50 win at Malta Bend, where the men in the post dominated the action.
“Our two big men in the post had great shooting nights. Tony Stamper went 12-12 from the floor and senior Cody Grant went 5-5.” Coach Murphy said. From there, the Indians set their sights on the Mid-State Conference Tournament.
There, the Indians beat the Kingsville Tigers to advance to the Conference Championship, after trailing by double digits going into the fourth quarter. Coach Murphy: “We then outscored Kingsville in the 4th quarter 35-16. Daniel Harness had 24 points, Tony Stamper 18. We had 3 players, Daniel Harness, Ethan Bohannan, and Dakota Plemmons who went 8-11 from beyond the 3 point arc (73%).”
That set the stage for a rivalry game against the Leeton Bulldogs for the tournament crown. Leeton was ranked #1 in the state when they played the Indians for the championship. The Indians came up short in a hard fought game against their Highway 2 rivals.
“We were back and forth in the first half going to intermission down 21-20. We then battled to the fourth quarter falling slightly behind.” Coach Murphy said about that early season match-up. “We were able to get within 3 in the final minutes, but Leeton was able to pull away with the victory.”
Determination has been a key part of the Indians success this season, as they stormed back after trailing Ballard by 9 points in the final minute of the fourth.
“Sophomore Ethan Bohannan (Ebo) hit three 3-pointers in the final minutes to push us to the victory.”
The Indians came up short however, as they played Montrose earlier this week. The team fell as foul trouble mounted for the Indians. Coach Murphy: “We may have had a different result had three of our starters and two of our leading scorers not fouled out. Daniel Harness, Tony Stamper, and Jordan Lankford all fouled out. CHS shot only 6 free throws while Montrose found there way to the double bonus both halves. It’s tough to play down in Montrose.”
The Indians have played the kind of ball that has Coach Murphy excited moving forward this season. There are several important games coming up for the team as the 2014-2015 season begins to wind down.
“In January we have two tournaments. The Appleton City tournament Jan. 12-17th and the Leeton tournament Jan. 26-31st. We also have some extremely important conference games kicking off in late January and early February.”
Included in those conference games is a much-anticipated rematch against the Leeton Bulldogs at home February 10th.
Coach Murphy described the Indians 2015 squad:
“We are a up-tempo team. We look to push the ball on the fastbreak and transition into our offense without missing a beat. We also focus on a pressure style defense. Whenever possible we try to create chaos for our opponent. Our boys are hard-nosed blue collar kids. They’d go through a brick wall if I asked them to, and I’d do the same for them. I’ve had some awesome opportunities coaching at large high schools and even the college level, but I love working with these young men. We have formed a program, a brotherhood, that goes way beyond the sport of basketball.”
Come out tonight as the Indians try to defend home court against the Knights. Wear red and be loud. This year’s team has given us plenty to be proud of.