After losing its season opener at Randolph last Friday night, the Brindlee Mountain varsity boys basketball team won its home opener against Ider, 52-24, on Tuesday.

“It was great to win the home opener,” said coach Seth Kelly. “We had a really good crowd and enjoyed the support of our basketball band.

“The guys did a great job of making adjustments after game one and working to improve our weak areas.”

Nick Knepper, who scored 12 points in the opening 45-28 loss to Randolph, came back to score 12 points again to lead the Lions in their win over Ider. Knepper also had six steals.

“Ian Garner gave us a big spark off the bench and had 10 points,” Kelly said. “Christian Adams played well on both ends of the floor.”

Adams finished with eight points, seven rebounds and four steals.

As for the opening night loss, Kelly said many of his young players had trouble adjusting to the speed of the varsity game.

“This led to poor shot selection and turnovers,” he said.

The Lady Lions fell to a very big and talented Ider squad 58-17. That evened their record at 1-1 following their 31-29 win over Randolph in the opener.

“They had three players listed at 5-foot-10 but were every bit of 6-foot-plus,” said assistant coach Evan Lemons. “They went nine players deep and not a single one who couldn’t shoot it. 

“They were an older team and very fundamentally sound.”

Still, Brindlee Mountain got off to an 8-3 start, running the floor, but went ice cold from the field and fell victim to a lack of depth due to illness and conflictng schedules.

The JV girls played a very competitive game but fell short late. Anna Claire Garmany, Abbey Mooneyham and Emma Rowland led the Lions, who were without starter Courtney Long, who was expected back for last night’s game at home against Asbury.

Against Randolph, Chantzley Kirkland led with nine points, followed by Adi Knepper with seven. Zoie Decker added six points.

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