Brindlee Mountain basketball

Brindlee Mountain’s Caleb Scott (0) hits from long range against DAR last Friday night. He scored 10 points in the win, then had 13 on Monday.

Brindlee Mountain coach Seth Kelly knew going in that Skyline would be a challenge for his basketball team in its rescheduled opener last week.

Slated to start against a softer opponent on the road, the Lions’ schedule was changed when Oakwood announced it wouldn’t start its season until after Jan. 1 because of the pandemic.

Enter Skyline, which went 30-4 last season. The Lions lost at home, 68-39.

So, Kelly wasn’t discouraged, and his players went back to work at practice the next day. Two days later, it was a different story. The Lions beat DAR 44-43, also at home.

“It was a total team effort,” Kelly said. “I’m extremely proud of the way that we prepared for the game and the way that we defended for four quarters.

“We went 7-of-14 from 3 and shot 86 percent from the line ­– including the go-ahead free throw with five seconds to go in the game.”

Caleb Scott, who scored 13 points and had eight rebounds in the opener, led the way again against DAR. He had 10 points.

Blake Westbrook added nine points and Devin Lewis had eight.

In all, six Lions contributed points.

Christian Adams and Andrew Byars scored six apiece and Ian Garner added five.

Westbrook scored seven points and had five rebounds in the opener.

“It was a tough test to start the season. Skyline won 30 games last year, and we struggled with turnovers and shot selection,” Kelly said.

“We had two great days of practice coming off the loss. The team really committed to improving from game one.

“I’m excited to see what this team can do if we keep improving.”

BMHS 69, Valley Head 40

The Lions did continue to show improvement in their first road game of the season.

Westbrook stayed hot, scoring 14 points, as did Lewis. Scott, fueled by three 3-pointers, added 13 points and Jacob Shaver had 10.

Also scoring were Byars (seven points), Tyler King and Adams (four each) and Garner (three).

Asbury 58, BMHS 43

The Lions’ modest winning streak came to a close against the hot-shooting Rams on Tuesday night. Asbury hit six 3’s and was 16-of-22 from the line. The Lions, by contrast, were 2-of-16 from 3-point range and 9-of-17 from the line.

Scott led the Lions with 15 points. Lewis had nine, Byars seven, Westbrook six, Shaver three Christian Adams two and Garner one.

• BMHS girls

The girls games against DAR were postponed to a later date because many of the Lady Lions were on a scheduled church outing.

After that outing, at least one team member tested positive for COVID-19, forcing all the players to quarantine. That meant no games for the varsity and JV girls teams against Valley Head on Monday and Asbury on Tuesday.

• JV boys

The JV Lions weren’t so fortunate against DAR last Friday, falling 57-26. Trent Caviness scored nine points, Will Compton added six, Colton Hall had 5 and Austin Simmons three. Andrew Scott added two points and Gavin Daniel one.

Against Valley Head, Will Compton scored 11 points but the JV Lions lost, 44-26.

The JV Lions weren’t so fortunate against DAR last Friday, falling 57-26. Trent Caviness scored nine points, Will Compton added six, Colton Hall had 5 and Austin Simmons three. Andrew Scott added two points and Gavin Daniel one.

Against Valley Head, Will Compton scored 11 points but the JV Lions lost, 44-26.

The JV boys did record their first win of the season Tuesday night, beating Asbury on the road, 47-35, behind Daniel’s 15-point performance.

Simmons also reached double figures, scoring 11. Caviness made three 3-pointers, all in the second quarter, and finished with nine.

Compton added seven, John Paul Taymore had three and Hall had two.

• Schedule update

Brindlee Mountain’s home games against Douglas, scheduled for Friday (Nov. 20), have been postponed. All four games now will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

• George Stone contributed to this roundup.

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