Yellow Jackets sting Maroon Devils
Maroon Devils Network
The visiting Hayesville Yellow Jackets used a strong 3rd quarter to pull away from Swain and take an 81-51 conference win. Hayesville senior Dwain Cook led all scorers with 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds. For the Maroon Devils it was the Jackets trapping defense that gave them fits in the 2nd half and allowed Hayesville to pull away.
Senior guard Bradley Vestal paced Swain with 14 points, while sophomore Judaiah Littlejohn had 13. Nick Millsaps pulled down 10 rebounds for the Devils and Jesse Waldroup added 5 steals before he fouled out early in the 4th quarter.
Christmas was not kind to the Maroon Devil basketball team. The senior laden Devils were a preseason pick to finish near the top of the tough Smoky Mountain Conference. For their pair of games on Friday and Saturday the Devils were without 5 players, who were out injured, including 3 starters. Without two of their top three scorers, the Devils fell to Rosman on Friday and then Franklin on Saturday.
On Friday, the Rosman Tigers pulled away in the 2nd half on their way to a 64-56 win. One of Swain’s remaining starters, Bradley Vestal, did his part in keeping his team close. Vestal finished with a game high 27 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 6 steals. Fellow senior and starter Jesse Waldroup had 6 points and 7 rebounds despite limited minutes due to foul trouble.
Saturday, the Maroon Devils troubles continued as they lost Waldroup to illness. While the Devils stayed close for the first half, the 9-1 Panthers pulled away in the second half to take the win. Vestal paced Swain again, but fouled out of the game with 4:31 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Conner Hyatt scored 10 points and had 4 rebounds off the bench for Swain. Nick Millsaps finished with 7 rebounds.
On Friday, the Devils will travel to Murphy for a conference game. Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Devils will host Robbinsville.