HENDERSONVILLE — Host Hendersonville High School opened the 2021-22 hoops season with back-to-back convincing victories over non-district foe White House Heritage Thursday night.
Kelli Reed’s Lady Commandos took an 11-11 halftime tie in the night's opener and walked away with a convincing 52-27 win.
Reed, who is in her second season leading HHS, says this group of girls are bought into the culture and are ready to make the leap this season.
“This is a great group,” Reed said. “They work hard, do things the right way, play hard, together, and they have done a great job of creating a family like culture here.”
Thursday night wasn’t all good for Hendersonville, however. After jumping out to a 9-2 lead in the first quarter, Heritage made their run in the second fame to tie the game at 11. Reed says her team’s defense was nonexistent.
“We have to play defense no matter what, and that second quarter we didn’t,” she said. “I thought they did a great job coming out in the second half and playing defense. Tonight is a good win, but moving forward, we can’t wait to turn it on like that.”
Reed added Heritage did an excellent job of giving them multiple looks on defense and forcing the Lady Commandos to take care of the basketball.
“We had a hard time adjusting to the way they were playing us at the start,” Reed said. “Coach Head does a good job over there.”
Point guard Jerryn Jarrett scored a game-high 10 points for Kelli Reed and the black and gold, and with a year under her belt, Reed expects Jarrett to continue to make strides.
“She is our general on the floor,” she said. “When one of your better players is a leader and works as hard as she does, it usually makes for great success.”
Hendersonville will travel to Wilson Central this weekend to compete in the Wildcats’ play day. Their first game is set for 3 p.m. against Goodpasture Christian.
The nightcap played out nearly identical to the girls contest as a two-point halftime lead for Hendersonville ballooned to as many as 20 in the second half as HHS walked away with the 70-50 victory.
“You need to have kids that can step up and make shots, and we got that tonight,” Hendersonville head coach Clancy Hall said. “Tonight makes you proud as a coach to see the kids play with that much confidence.”
Dace Shuck and TJ Kolbe paced the Commandos with 17 points each, scoring outside and inside.
“When we can make shots and give Dace the lane, this is what you get,” Hall said. “We did an excellent job as well recognizing Daniel (Bale) was in foul trouble, so we just wanted to keep going at him. Also, we have a team that believes in one another, and that makes me proud.”
In the third quarter, Hendersonville outscored Heritage 23-4, with Shuck scoring 8 of his 17 in the frame. The eight minute quarter proved to be the difference in the game as both teams battled to a 19-18 fourth quarter.
Heritage standout Daniel Boone finished with only eight points Thursday night after battling foul trouble the entire game.
“Having him in foul trouble helps,” Hall said. “Outside of that, I was proud of our team defense tonight. They watched the film, absorbed that information, and executed the plan. That was great to see.”
The boys team will also compete at Wilson Central this weekend, where the Commandos will play host Wilson Central and Independence High Schools.
Hendersonville (52): Jerryn Jarrett 10, Brette Taylor 9, Abbie Fuqua 8, Cookie Morgan 8, Caroline Hall 6, Hailey Sebring 4, Areya Rice 3, Delaney Niemiec 2, CJ McKenzie 2
WH Heritage (27): Kinsley Caruthers 9, Nikki Morrell 4, Armanie Toliver 4, Alayna Richardson 3, Amariee Toliver 3, Claire King 2, Macey Gardner 1, Macie McFarlie 1.
Hendersonville (70): Dace Shuck 17, TJ Kolbe 17, Hayden Gill 8, Ty Lannom 7, Grayson De Graaf 4, Justin Biggs 4, Cooper De Graaf 4, Trevor Reeder 3, TJ Lane 2, AJ Owens 1
WH Heritage (50): Daniel Bale 8, Hayden Thompson 8, Dylan Tate 8, Brandon Rosa 6, Taye Francis 6, Gavin Burnett 5, Nolan Horner 4, Asher Green 2, Eli Woods 2, AJ Lopaz 1