HAZARD – February 2, 2021 – BRENDON D. MILLER
Wolfe County headed to the Food City WYMT Mountain Classic on a three game win streak, and definitely looking like the team that was a preseason 14th Region favorite. The Wolves continued their impressive play by jumping on the Buckhorn Wildcats early and rode both their offense and improving defense to an impressive 75-43 win on Tuesday Night. The Wolves head on to the Semi-Finals on Saturday afternoon.
Elijah Tolson led the early charge for the Wolves starting the game with three 3-pointers and 11 points in the period. Jaz Johnson, Sawyer Thompson, Sylar Ritchie and Andrew Mayabb each had a bucket. Christian Collins led the Wildcats with six and Logan Stidham scored the remaining four. End of the 1st, Wolfe was up 20-10.
Freshman Ritchie came up big with six in the paint for the Wolves. Hayden Neace had two buckets for the Wildcats and Collins and Dillon Newberry each had a field goal, as the Wildcats were held to eight in the period. At the half, Wolfe led 34-18.
The Wolves opened the game up after halftime, out scoring the Wildcats 24-11 in the 3rd. Thompson had nine, Johnson six, and Mr. Energy, Cody Peyton added four. Dylan Knight was high man for Buckhorn with four. Headed to the fourth, Wolfe led 58 – 29.
Johnson scored seven to total his game-high 17, while dynamic point guard Wilgus Tolson had five of his nine. Collins had four to total his team-high 15, and Neace also had four.
Wolfe County made eight 3-pointers on the night.
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WOLFE COUNTY – Jaz Johnson 17, Elijah Tolson 16, Sawyer Thompson 11, Skylar Ritchie 10, Wilgus Tolson 9, Andrew Mayabb 5, Cody Peyton 4, Dalton Voils 2, Reece King 1.
BUCKHORN – Christian Collins 15, Hayden Neace 10, Logan Stidham 6, Dylan Knight 6, Dillon Newberry 2, Evan France 2, Austin Riley 2.
Wolfe advances to play the winner of Knox Central and Betsy Lane on Saturday.