Siegel's boys used a hot hand from 3-point range and continued their hot run in the District 7-AAA race with a 72-59 home win against Stewarts Creek on Tuesday night.
Jaylan Wetzel led the 3-point barrage with six of his own to add to his 23-point performance. Siegel shot 11-of-21 from 3 and 50-percent from the floor.
“I took what the defense gave me and shot it well,” Wetzel said. “Coach told us they would play a lot of zone and be ready for the open looks. We played really well as a team especially with smarter defense in the second half.”
Stewarts Creek shot 57-percent in the first half to keep pace with the Stars. However, Siegel caught fire in the second period with 5-of-7 long range to take a 38-32 halftime lead.
“Our effort was good but we just did not play smart defense in the first half,” Siegel coach Dyron Birdwell said. “At one point, our guys did not think we were a great shooting team. I always knew they were and it looks like they are starting to gain come confidence shooting.”
Wetzel picked up where he left off, scoring twice more from 3 in the second half. The Stars first four field goals of the half came from 3. Siegel had a knack for finding the open man, assisting on 19 of their 26 field goals.
Siegel’s Matthew Schneider scored 10 points with seven boards. Guards Zion Swader and Martise Jackson each scored nine. Swader dished out six assists, while Jackson shot a perfect 3 for 3 from 3. Vonterrius Reed scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench.
“We have struggled with moving the ball and playing too much one-on-one,” Birdwell said. “Tonight (the ball) did not stick. We did a good job reversing it, finding the open guy, and knocking down the shot.”
Stewarts Creek’s Trevor Chatman scored 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting in the effort.
STEWARTS CREEK (57): Trevor Chatman 22, Bryce Jackson 11, Brandon Goggins 8, Blake Dixon 7, Kaine Severance 5, Tristan Davis 4
SIEGEL (72): Jaylan Wetzel 23, Matthew Schneider 10, Zion Swader 9, Vonterrius Reed 9, Markise Jackson 9, Elijah Buckner 8, Ethan Vanhook 2, Brennon Marsh 2
Stewarts Creek 69, Siegel 39
The Stewarts Creek Lady Red Hawks had no problem against the Lady Stars in the 30-point victory.
“Our girls brought great effort on the defensive end that led to great offense,” Lady Red Hawks coach Bianca Hensley said. “I am proud of how we played coming off our loss to Blackman last week. Every game we aim to fix our problems from the previous and get better each and every day.”
Madison Henegar got off to a hot start, pouring in 12 points in the first half before finishing with 16 on 7 of 9 shooting. Point guard Kamaria Hurse completed a 13-point, seven-rebound, five-steal night.
“We always look for Madison cutting to the goal,” forward Zhordan Shannon said. “We get a lot of assist from her because she is always looking to get open and we take pride in playing as a team.”
Shannon’s double-double led the Lady Red Hawks with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Shannon’s versatility shined as she contributed four assists and three steals.
Siegel’s Serenity Lillard completed a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
STEWARTS CREEK (69): Madison Henegar 16, Zhordan Shannon 16, Kamaria Hurse 13, Zyion Shannon 8, Reese Hale 7, Taylor Turner 4, Autumn Adams 3, Mariah McCrary 2
SIEGEL (39): Serenity Lillard 20, Atira Davis 8, Azariah Bell 7, Ansley Barry 4
Stewarts Creek 69, Siegel 39
Central Magnet 49, Forrest 40
Oakland 66, Smyrna 12
CPA 51, MTCS 41
Riverdale 73, La Vergne 26
PCA 58, FRA 45
Blackman 67, Rockvale 15
Huntland 63, Eagleville 38
Siegel 72, Stewarts Creek 59
Blackman 65, Rockvale 27
La Vergne 52, Riverdale 49
Oakland 57, Smyrna 42
Eagleville 87, Huntland 68
Central Magnet 51, Forrest 35
CPA 71, MTCS 43
FRA 63, PCA 33