Only a third-quarter blip marred the Henry County High School boys’ basketball team’s performance in posting a 68-53 triumph over Clarksville Northwest Thursday at Gamlin Gymnasium.
The Patriots improve to 6-12 overall and 2-6 in District 10-AAA play.
Henry County was scheduled to host Clarksville Northeast tonight, but those games were called off on Thursday because of the predicted winter weather.
The games with Clarksville Northeast will be made up starting at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at Gamlin Gymnasium.
Henry County is scheduled to play host to Clarksville High School 6 p.m. Tuesday.
PATRIOTS 68, VIKINGS 53
Henry County got off to a fast start in racing to an 18-6 first-quarter lead. James King hit for eight points for the Patriots in the opening frame, while Ashton O’Daniel sank two 3-point shots.
Northwest began to find its offense some in the second period, but Henry County still took a 16-12 scoring edge. King hit for nine points to give the Patriots a 34-18 halftime lead.
The Vikings turned hot in the third period and went on a 25-18 scoring run that trimmed the Patriots’ advantage to 52-43. Ty Cook erupted to toss in 13 points for the Patriots in the third quarter, including three 3-point baskets.
Henry County put down the Northwest uprising by posting a 16-10 scoring edge in the fourth quarter to finish off the 68-53 victory. Cook hit five of eight free throws in the last period, while Ethan Thompson sank two 3-point shots for the Patriots.
King led the Patriots in scoring with 23 points, while Cook finished with 18.
Thompson put in 12 points, and O’Daniel scored eight. John Odoms added four points with Evann Boley contributing two points and Deon Young scored one.
Northwest got 15 points from Isaiah McCoin, while Isaiah Farrior scored 11. Tyrell Holland chipped in 10 points with ZayShawn Taylor scored six. Amonte Briscoe tossed in four points with Malik Brooks hitting for three. Both Traishawn Stokes and Ametri Moss had two points.