The Brindlee Mountain boys basketball team took a big step toward contending for the regular season area title by winning two 3A, Area 13 games this past week, setting up a huge area home game Friday against Susan Moore.

Coach Seth Kelly’s Lions improved to 3-1 in area play with wins over J.B. Pennington last Friday and Holly Pond on Tuesday. Susan Moore is 4-1 in area games and currently holds the tiebreaker edge over the Lions because of its win in the first game.

The Lions can reverse that edge by winning Friday night, and that would give them a clear path to the area title, needing only to defeat Holly Pond on the road next week to finish 5-1.

The regular-season area winner hosts the Area 13 Tournament.

Meanwhile, coach Tony Mabrey’s Lady Lions stayed in contention for the second seed in the area tournament by splitting a pair of area games, defeating J.B. Pennington before falling to Holly Pond on Tuesday.

Brindlee Mountain is now 2-2 in area games. The Susan Moore girls, ranked No. 2 in 3A in the most recent poll (a new one is due out today), are 20-2 overall and a dominating 5-0 in area games.

• VARSITY BOYS

Brindlee Mountain 49, J.B. Pennington 42

Caleb Scott poured in 18 points and Devin Lewis had 11 for the Lions.

It was a much different game than the one the teams played the previous week, when the Lions won at Blountsville, 65-60. In Tuesday’s game, the Lions were 14-of-32 overall from the line and missed 12 free throws (6-of-18) in the fourth quarter alone.

Christian Adams added seven points, Ian Garner had six, Taylor King added three and Blake Westbrook and Elijah Bell had two each.

Brindlee Mountain 60, Holly Pond 51

Four players scored in double figures as the Lions raced out to a 39-17 halftime lead before holding on for the critical area win.

Adams scored 14 points, Westbrook had 12, Scott had 11 and Lewis added 10. Garner had another solid game with six points, and King had five. Bell added two points.

• VARSITY GIRLS

Brindlee Mountain 39, J.B. Pennington 32

The Lady Lions turned a seven-point halftime advantage into a 36-17 lead after three quarters, then survived a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Lady Tigers to secure an area win.

Pennington outscored the Lady Lions 15-4 in the final period, but it wasn’t enough to undo what the Lady Lions accomplished in the first three quarters.

Chanztley Kirland scored 12 points, Kailyn Childress had nine and Adrienne Knepper had seven to lead the Lady Lions.

Kyleigh Wilks added five points, Anna Claire Garmany had three, Zoie Decker had two and Natasha Williams had one.

Holly Pond 49, Brindlee Mountain 32

Childress knocked down two 3-pointers in en route to scoring 14 points but it wasn’t enough against the Lady Broncos.

The large deficit can be largely attributed to the Lady Lions’ fouls and poor free throw shooting. Brindlee Mountain committed 22 fouls to Holly Pond’s 17, but the Lady Broncos hit 19-of-32 from the line compared to 4-of-12 by the Lady Lions.

Kirkland added seven points for Brindlee Mountain, Wilks and Decker had five apiece and Abbey Mooneyham had one point.

• JV BOYS

J.B. Pennington 47, Brindlee Mountain 25

John Paul Taymon scored eight points, Gavin Daniel had six and Colton Hall had four to lead the Lions.

Trenton Caviness added three points and Austin Simmons and Brodie King had two each.

• George Stone contributed to this roundup.

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