LEXINGTON — In a game in which neither team was separated by more than four points, Wilson scored just enough in overtime to outlast Lexington 53-50 in boys basketball Tuesday night.
The Warriors jumped out to a 14-10 lead after one quarter, but Lexington chipped into the lead, outscoring the Warriors 25-22 in the second half to tie the game at 50 at the end of regulation.
But Wilson outscored the Golden Bears 5-2 in the extra session to take the win. Lexington had one final chance to tie it after Wilson missed a free throw with 1.8 seconds left, but a long pass was knocked away at the buzzer.
Lexington’s Jake Rogers led all scorers with 20 points while Wade McNutt chipped in with 13 for the Bears (1-1). Nick Boudoin led Wilson (1-1) with 16 points.
n Mars Hill 87, Shoals Christian 47: Harrison Chastain and Joe Wilson combined for 36 points to lead Mars Hill past Shoals Christian. The Panthers (1-1) dominated the game offensively, having 56 points at halftime and 78 through three quarters before emptying the bench in the final period. Chastain led the way with 20 while Wilson had 16.
Matthew Russ led Shoals Christian with 22 points.
n Tharptown 67, Covenant Christian 51: Tharptown overcame an early deficit to beat Covenant Christian.
Covenant led 11-6 after the first quarter, but Tharptown outscored the Eagles 21-8 in the second quarter to take a 27-19 halftime lead. Kelby Hallmark led Tharptown (3-0) with 20 points while Riley Nolen had 15 and Max Nolen added 13. John David Lawler led Covenant with 17 points, while Andrew Marks and Sam Griffin each scored 14.
n Central 46, Colbert Heights 39: Josh Byrant won his debut at Central, as the wildcats downed Colbert Heights.
Cole Michael scored nine of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter and Central outscored Colbert Heights 30-20 in the second half to overcome a halftime deficit.
Austin Gean added 12 points for Central.
Tyran Rae led Colbert Heights with 14 points.
n Phillips 72, Cherokee 45; Phillips erased a seven-point deficit by holding Cherokee scoreless in the second quarter on the way to a season-opening win.
The Bears (1-0) trailed after the first quarter but went on a half-ending 17-0 run in the second quarter to take control and continued to pull away in the second half.
Rodney Camp scored a game-high 25 points in the win, while Jake Bonner added 18 points and Tyler Crumpton scored 16. Austin Campbell finsiehd with 10.
Dylan Harris led Cherokee with 15 points, while Jeffrey Patrick scored 13 for the Indians.
n Lewis County 61, Wayne County 51: Jaylen Bevis scored a game-high 20 points for Wayne County, but Lewis County pulled away at the free-throw line down the stretch.
Wayne County (2-2) took its first lead, 48-47, with 4 minutes left, but Lewis County made 8 of 10 foul shots to close it out.
Caleb Brewer (14), Charter Helton (13) and Zach Nonchman (11) scored in double digits for Lewis County.
n Lexington 47, Wilson 33: Lexington took an early lead on the way to a second consecutive win to open the season.
Sydney Corum and Haven Albright had 11 points each to pace Lexington (2-0). Ciarra Edwards paced Wilson (1-1) with 16 points.
Lexington outscored Wilson 24-15 in the second half.
n Mars Hill 58, Shoals Christian 20: Mars Hill jumped out to a 22-4 lead on the way to a win against Shoals Christian.
Mary Willis led the Panthers (2-0) with 14 points, while Carley Harrison added 11 and Tatyana Rutherford chipped in with 10.
n Hatton 60, East Lawrence 40: Sydney Terry scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Hatton past East Lawrence.
Boston Claborn added 10 points for the Hornets (2-0), who outscored the Eagles 20-6 in the second quarter to take control.
n Phillips 40, Cherokee 36: Raven Lolley scored a game-high 14 points as Phillips won its opener over Cherokee. Phillips took the lead in the second quarter and held on the rest of the way. Morgan Sennett led Cherokee with 11 points.
n Lewis County 60, Wayne County 41: Just like in the boys game, Lewis County converted late at the free-throw line to seal the win.
Lewis County made 10 of 12 fourth-quarter foul shots while outscoring Wayne County 23-12.
Morgan Ann Mathis’ 12 points paced the Wildcats (2-2). Bailey Feitchinger scored 16 for Lewis County.
n Central 60, Colbert Heights 40: Central roared back from a first quarter deficit to overwhelm Colbert Heights. The Wildcats trailed 14-12 after the first period, but outscored the Wildcats 21-12 in the second quarter to take the lead, and then pulled away in the second half.
Abby Keener led Central (1-0) with 17 points while Madison Floyd chipped in with 10.
n Covenant Christian 55, Tharptown 26: Covenant Christian started out strong and never looked back, cruising past Tharptown. The Eagles’ defense was especially strong, holding Tharptown to seven points in the second half.
Anna Claire Noblit led Covenant (6-0) with 21 points while Bailey Hill added 16. Jessica Wilson and Kamri Sears scored six points each for Tharptown (1-2).