Towns County wins Battle of the States for first time ever
The final day of the Battle of the States tournament came to a close, and highlighting the action was an insane finals game between bitter rivals Union and Towns County for the boys. Here was the action throughout the day.
Lumpkin beat Hayesville (NC) in the consolation game, 50-34. Kate Jackson had 16 points to lead the girls, while Isabel Davenport had 15, and was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Lady Panthers beat Polk County, 59-41 in the 3rd place game. Ava Hunter led the way with 17 points, while teammate Andelin Hill was named to the All-Tournament team.
In a consolation game, the Lady Indians beat Walhalla (SC), 56-54 in a tight one. Kennedi Henson dropped 26 points and was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Indians fell in the 3rd place game to Hayesville (NC), 57-45. Jacob Cumbie had 13, and Lumpkin’s Pat Jackson was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Towns & Union County
The game of the night was the finale, a Battle of the States Tournament Championship against host Towns and neighboring Union County, longtime rivals. It was a doozie, as the Indians were up 27-19 at the break, holding Union’s Pierson Allison scoreless at that point. The Indians won 67-61.
By late in the third, Towns had pulled away to 40-24 before Union rallied from 18 down to just 9 down (50-41) going into the 4th. Kyle Morlock led the Panthers to a furious comeback to cut it within 2, but Towns County iced the game in the final seconds. Aside from the opening seconds of the first, Union never led as Towns County made history with its first win in its own tournament in 26 years.
Kolby Moss was named the Tournament MVP and scored 23 in the win, while Union’s Morlock finished with 19. He and Allison were named to the All-Tournament team, while Colin Crowder and Aiden Berrong for Towns were named to the All-Tournament team as well.
Feature photo by Towns County HS