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Frye Fires In 40 As West Greene Earns 70-54 Win Over Cherokee

Frye Fires In 40 As West Greene Earns 70-54 Win Over Cherokee
Written by 
Tyler Nichols
January 10, 2023

ROGERSVILLE - Leyton Frye seems to enjoy playing at Cherokee High School. The senior guard came just two points shy of breaking his single-game record that he set just three weeks ago with another 40-point performance to lead West Greene to a 70-54 win over Cherokee on Monday night.

“What can you say? He plays hard and he played good defense. He held that kid to one point. It’s not just that he only cares about his offensive game he takes pride in his defense too and I feel like that gets overlooked a lot,” Coach Tolliver stated.

Will Price scored 28 points the last time West Greene played the Chiefs in their home gym and was limited to only one point in tonight’s matchup.

In four games at Cherokee High School this season Frye has averaged 37 points per game. He set West Greene’s program record with 42 points in a win over Jenkins, KY in the Big H BBQ Bash over Christmas break. To go along with his 40-point performance on Monday Frye also scored 32 points and 34 points over the holiday break.

Frye wasted no time getting things started by snatching the ball away on a steal and finishing at the rim with a layup to crack open the scoring. Another fast break lay in by Frye occurred on the Buffs’ next possession. Frye’s hot start continued with a mid-range fadeaway. West Greene led 6-0 before Cherokee would settle things down with a timeout.

Elisha Jones came out of the timeout and splashed a triple to give the Chiefs a boost.

Austin Wampler had a great first quarter run with five-straight points on a pull-up jumper and a three-pointer to help the Buffs grow their lead.

Colton McLain was given enough separation along the perimeter to spot up and nail a three-point bucket. McLain would be limited to only seven points total.

Frye proved to be a menace on defense too by intercepting a pass and taking it home for a layup.

Wampler attempted a layup under the goal and didn’t get the shot off at the angle he had wished for and put up a miss. He’d more than make up for it seconds later by hustling back on defense and poked the ball away from behind that led to a layup on the other end by Frye.

West Greene led 18-9 at the end of one.

Ethan Turner had a quiet first quarter with zero points and changed that at the beginning of the second quarter with a coast-to-coast trip down the floor capped off by a running floater.

Joey Henley knocked down a mid-range jumper from the elbow.

Austin Wampler slashed through the lane for a tough reverse finish with just the right spin on the ball to land it through the hoop.

Manning Brooks created a quick four-point sequence for the Chiefs and Parker Travis knocked downed a three-point jumper.

Leyton Frye and Conner Campbell took turns hitting three-point buckets and Frye put the ball off the glass for a layup right before the half ended to extend West Greene’s lead to 32-21 entering halftime. Frye would finish the first half with 18 points.

The Buffaloes shot the lights out in the first minute of the second half with seven quick points to bring the score to 39-21. Frye began with another three-pointer from downtown. Ethan Turner grabbed Frye’s next miss and put it back up for two more points. Frye ended the run with a free-throw line pull-up before Cherokee calmed things down with a timeout.

Joey Henley nailed another mid-range bucket after the timeout.

Ethan Turner showed his guard skills on back-to-back possessions with two coast-to-coast layups following two defensive boards.

“I don’t think there was a time tonight that we didn’t score when he ran the break. He ran the break four times and hit two layups and hit Leyton on a pass and Conner on a pass. It was two threes and two layups,” Tolliver mentioned. “Anytime you can get your big man to get a rebound on the floor it’s great stuff.”

West Greene scored at a high velocity in the paint with Frye earning two more layups and Wampler adding one also.

Lofton Hayes splashed a three from outside the arc and got a layup to fall through contact to give the Chiefs a quick boost.

A long cross-court inbounds pass from Ethan Turner found its way to Leyton Frye for another quick lay in.

Elisha Jones added an and-1 play before the third quarter was over.

The Buffs lead grew to 57-37 entering the final frame.

Leyton Frye had already amassed 33 points going into the final eight minutes and showed no signs of slowing down with a layup to begin the quarter.

Cherokee put up their highest scoring quarter of the night in the fourth with 17 points. Elisha Jones landed a wide-open three through the nets off a screen play. Lofton Hayes stripped the nets with a three and had a foul call added on but missed the opportunity to convert the four-point play.

Dawson Daniels was a blocking machine under the goal with back-to-back blocks at the rim and played lockdown defense in the post.

Leyton Frye ended his night with one more jump shot to eclipse 40 points for the second time this season. West Greene would get a much-needed 70-54 win on the road Monday night. Ethan Turner followed behind Frye with a 15-point effort. Austin Wampler added nine and Conner Campbell scored six.

“Overall, I’m proud of our performance tonight and I’m ready to carry it into tomorrow against North Greene,” Tolliver said.

The Buffaloes gear up for another challenge on the road against county rival North Greene on Tuesday night.

Cherokee 57, West Greene 45

West Greene controlled the first half, but quickly fell behind in the second and could not make up the lost ground, suffering a 57-45 loss on the road against Cherokee on Tuesday night.

“We just got frustrated with a lot of things happening,” Lady Buffs Coach Betsy Shaw said. “One error just kept leading to another. It was a frustrating second half that costed us the game.”

The Lady Buffs stayed neck-and-neck with Cherokee through the first half, but a 10-0 run by the Lady Chiefs to end the third quarter put West Greene in a hole they couldn’t climb out of and led to the eventual loss.

After two scoreless minutes to begin the game, Maddie Bryant got a reverse layup to fall and the Lady Buffs were off and rolling. Madi Brown and Kinsley Ellenburg knocked down a pair of three-point baskets to lead West Greene to an 8-3 lead in the early going.

Kyla Howe managed to tie the score at 8-8 before the first quarter ended with a bucket in the paint and a triple from outside the arc.

Taylor Lawson gave West Greene a spark to start the second quarter by going one-for-two at the free throw line and getting past the defense for a layup in transition.

Lilly Henley and Ava Morgan kept the three-ball falling for Cherokee.

Maddie Bryant had the hot hand in the second quarter and stripped the nets for two three-point bombs and added a layup soon after. Bryant totaled nine of West Greene’s fifteen points in the second period and had them ahead 23-20 entering halftime.

“She does a great job against the press. She got to start tonight and she done a really good job in that press,” Coach Shaw mentioned.

The Lady Chiefs kept fighting back as Kyla Howe knotted the score at 23-23 and then took the lead at 26-25 with an easy layup through the lane and an and-1 play in the paint.

Maddie Bryant fed Kinsley Ellenburg in the paint with a no-look pass that would lead to a layup and give West Greene the lead back. A quick inbounds play led to the Lady Buffs extending that lead to 30-26 with a three-pointer from Bre Ellis.

Ava Morgan caught fire at the tail end of the third quarter and scored eight-straight points, including two three-point baskets and a wide-open layup, to shift the momentum and put the Lady Chiefs ahead 36-30 going into the fourth quarter.

West Greene attempted a comeback at the beginning of the fourth with four made free throws, but Ariel Ferrell finished a fast break run with a layup to keep Cherokee in control.

Madi Brown’s mid-range make reeled Cherokee in closer, but Bella Markham’s and-1 play put the Lady Buffs in a 10-point hole midway through the quarter.

Ellenburg completed an offensive possession with a tough layup with her off hand.

Olivia Sanders scored four-straight points late to knock the wind out of West Greene’s sails. Ellenburg and Brown added two late three-pointers, but time would slip away as the Lady Buffs fell to Cherokee 57-45 in the final.

Ava Morgan led Cherokee with 13 points and Kyla Howe added 10 points.

Madi Brown scored a game-high 15 points and Maddie Bryant contributed with 13 points.

The Lady Buffs hit the road again Tuesday night for a county matchup with the North Greene Lady Huskies.

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