Leading The Way
- Updated: January 16, 2017
WB’s McGuire, Maryville’s Upchurch lead teams to big weeks
William Blount senior Abbey McGuire flips in a final layup before second half play begins on Friday. Photos by Wallace Bowden
By Stefan Cooper
Blount Press Row
Abbey McGuire and Easton Upchurch, the Barley’s/Blount Press Row Players of the Week, have their respective teams right in the thick of things as the district schedule heats up.
McGuire, a senior shooting guard, went for a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds in a 61-57 loss at district-frontrunner Bearden on Tuesday. The numbers pop when you consider McGuire connected on three 3-pointers to go with the rebounding. Her three steals helped keep the Lady Governors within striking distance of the Lady Bulldogs, whose unblemished record (16-0, 7-0) speaks to a formidable squad.
William Blount rebounded with a 66-57 win over Maryville on Friday. McGuire poured in 10 of her team-best 14 points in the seconds half, including a trey to open the fourth quarter to give the Lady Governors a double-digit advantage.
The Lady Governors, third in the District 4AAA standings, host Farragut on Tuesday.
The Rebels swept during a tough week of three games in four days against Farragut, Alcoa and William Blount. Upchurch was front and center in each one.
Maryville routed Farragut, 80-49, on Tuesday at James Campbell Gymnasium, Upchurch opening a big week with 17 points. Two days later, the Rebels prevailed in a 77-75 thriller at Alcoa on Thursday. Picking his spots, the Maryville shooting guard was there among the leaders with 15 points and four steals.
A day later, the Rebels still had their shooting legs in a 66-49 win at William Blount. Upchurch closed the week with his best performance of the three-game run, going for 20 points and seven rebounds to go with four assists.
Maryville, atop the district standings with a 5-1 mark, travels to Bearden on Tuesday.