Unbeaten Bell wins Section 7 title with victory at Whitley

Published 11:05 am Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Bell County stayed perfect on the season and advanced to 2A state competition with a 49-47 win Friday at Whitley County in the Section 7 finals.

Cameron Hall scored 18 points and Blake Burnett added 17 for the 15-0 Bobcats.

Evan Ellis paced the Colonels with 16 points.

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“This was a great win for our guys. Whitley County has a really good team. It was a great environment. Our kids played tremendously hard the entire game, and we found a way to win down the stretch,” Bell County coach Brad Sizemore said. “I’m happy for them, and we are very excited to advance to the next round of the tournament.”

Another close game ended in another Bell victory as the Bobcats edged Daniel Boone, Tenn., 61-60 in overtime at the Winter Classic at East Tennessee State University.

Hall poured in 25 to lead the 16-0 Bobcats. Burnett and Ethan Buell added 14 and 10 points, respectively.

The Bobcats will face their toughest test of the season Tuesday at home against Harlan County.


Scoring summary

Game 2

Bell County (49) — Cameron Hall 18, Blake Burnett 17, Jaxon Thomas 3, Ethan Buell 3, Cayden Huff 8.

Whitley County (47) — Lucas Queener 4, Bryce Anderson 7, Danny Ellis 3, Jackson Petrey 8, Evan Ellis 16, Bryson Mahan 9.

Bell County 20-6-12-11 — 49

Whitley County 16-11-11-9 — 47

Game 1

Bell County (61) — Cameron Hall 25, Blake Burnett 14, Jaxon Thomas 6, Ethan Buell 10, Cayden Huff 6.

Daniel Boone (60) — Brayden Blankenship 14, Tim McGenigle 15, Clay Rowland 2, Gavin Pearce 13, Henry Hamlin 12, Garrison Jones 4.

Bell County 23-13-9-7- 9 — 61

Daniel Boone 8-21-12-11-8 — 60