Regan Vaughn's team did not get the win but the first-year Auburn boys coach had to appreciate the competitive fervor displayed in a nip-and-tuck 33-30 setback against Woodland Thursday (Nov. 11).
Auburn pushed Woodland to limit in what developed into the best game of the early season before succombing to the undefeated Warriors. Garrett McReynolds was a one-man wrecking crew for Auburn, narrowly missing a triple double. McReynolds finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine stills.
Auburn (5-2) suffered a blow when Reagen Scott injured his ankle in the second quarter. Woodland led 9-7 after a first quarter that provided a glimpse of the exciting game that would unfold. The Knights stormed back in the second half and led 17-14 at the half.
Woodland carried a a 25-21 lead into the final quarter and Auburn was never able to get over the hump.
"I'm proud of our team," Vaughn said. "We have had a good start and the boys are improving with every practice and game. We put together a strong effort against a solid Woodland team but it wasn't enough this time."
West Side 52
East Side 43
Jacob Nave and Sam Sissom carried West Side to an impressive 52-43 win against East Side Thursday (Nov. 11). Nave led West Side with 20 points and Sissom added 12. Collin Anderson added seven points in the winning effort.
Jake Hoskins was the source of offense for the Tigers with a game-high 27 points. Austin Brock added eight points for East Side.
Coach Roger Haley's West Side squad put the clamps on East Side defensively, allowing just three field goals in the second and third quarters combined. It was that defensive effort that turned the game after East Side stayed within 26-18 at the half.
The Eagles used a 17-5 third-quarter blitz to build a commanding 43-23 fourth-quarter lead. Nave and Sissom combined for 10 of the team's 17 points during the decisive third quarter.
West Side improved to 3-3.
Woodbury Grammar 59
Short Mountain 3
Skylar Thomas led a balanced Cubs attack with 12 points and four rebounds as Woodbury Grammar rolled to a 59-3 win against Short Mountain. Anton Knox added eight points, followed by Tyler Gilley with seven. Quentin McMackins, Dakota Grandstaff and David Fonoti tallied six points each.
East Side 39
Auburn used a 17-0 first quarter and never looked back on the way to a 46-39 win against East Side Monday (Nov. 8).
The Knights stretched their lead to 32-5 at the half and were never threatened in the second half. Garrett McReynolds led Auburn with 20 points and Marshall McReynolds scored 10. All 15 Auburn players saw action.
West Side 30
Woodbury Grammar 21
Tyler Gilley netted 10 points and Skylar Thomas chipped in eight in a 30-21 setback against West Side. Tayler Thompson and Dakota Grandstaff had three rebounds each to lead the Cubs.
Auburn powered to 7-0 on the season with a 39-27 win against Woodland Thursday (Nov. 11) with Erin McReynolds and Kristen McReynolds putting on a clinic.
Kristen McReynolds narrowly missed a triple double; however, she did register a double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while also collecting six steals. Erin McReynolds finished with 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and six steals. Cheyenne Fann scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds for the Knights.
Woodland was led by Cyndy McPeak's 12 points, followed by Paulina Tarawa with six.
West Side 39
East Side 32
Ten of West Side's 12 players scored as the Eagles secured a 39-32 win against East Side Thursday (Nov. 11). The balanced scoring attack was led by Kendra Maynard's nine points, with McKenzie Adams and Mary Neall adding six points each. Katie Hickman and Sydney Elrod each scored four.
Kelli Davis led East Side with a game-high 14 points, and Katie Hoskins finished with 13.
West Side, which improved to 2-2, took control of the game with a 13-4 third quarter run and never looked back.
East Side 27
Kristen McReynolds scored a game-high 22 points to lead Auburn to a 42-27 win against East Side Monday (Nov. 8). Erin McReynolds added 10 points in a winning effort, followed by Paige Tenpenny with five points as Auburn improved to 6-0. Kellie Davis led East Side with 16 points.
West Side 34
Woodbury Grammar 31
West Side had to hold off a strong Woodbury Grammar push to earn a 34-31 victory Monday (Nov. 8). Emily Sissom led Woodbury Grammar with 12 points in a tough loss, and Haily Peterson finished with seven. Kaylee Hayes and Ashley McVay controlled the glass with eight rebounds each.
Woodbury Grammar 31
Short Mountain 17
Kaylee Hayes and Emily Sissom combined for 23 points as Woodbury Grammar earned a 31-17 win against Short Mountain. Hayes led all scorers with 12 points and also added six rebounds. Sissom tallied 11 points. Sara Hunt also came up big for the Cubs with eight points and five rebounds. Ashley McVay led Woodbury Grammar in rebounds with seven.
(The Cannon Courier thanks Auburn, West Side and Woodbury Grammar for reporting their scores and player stats last week).