On Friday, January 27, the Hayesville Yellow Jackets took the court in front of big hometown crowd to square of with rival Murphy. Fans were treated to a fast-paced, physical game that came down to the wire. Unfortunately for the Jackets, Murphy was able to do just enough to win the game 44-41.
The atmosphere was great in The Hive as both fan bases showed up to cheer on their team. From the opening tip, it was clear the game would be a slobber-knocker for the entire four quarters. Lead changes happened on a regular basis, but neither team was able pull away from their foe. The Bulldogs took the lead in the closing seconds of the game, but Hayesville had a chance to send the game into overtime. With 0.8 seconds left, Isaac Chandler stepped to the foul line with the goal of hitting the rim. Hayesville's last hope would be a quick rebound, pass and 3-point shot. Chandler did his part by missing the shot, but the remaining time just wasn't enough.
Landon Hughes: 12 points
Isaac Chandler: 10 points
Asher Brown: 8 points
Slade Crouch: 5 points
The Jackets now prepare for two tough road games against Swain on January 30 and Cherokee on February 2.