The career coaching victory milestones continue to pile up for Ronnie McCarver.
The Jackson County Sports Hall of Famer picked up his 750th career victory the Skyline varsity girls basketball team opened its 2020-21 season with a 69-34 drubbing of Brindlee Mountain Tuesday night in Scant City.
McCarver, who is coaching just Skyline’s varsity girls after coaching both varsity boys and girls since the 2012-13 seasons, is now 750-298 in 29 seasons as a head coach at PRV, Woodville, Section and Skyline.
The Vikings made quick work of Brindlee Mountain, turning a 16-12 lead after one quarter into a 45-17 halftime advantage. Skyline led 59-30 after three quarters.
Geraldine transfer Gracie Rowell, the daughter of Skyline girls and boys assistant coach Joey Rowell, sank five 3-pointers and led Skyline with a game-high 20 points. Gracie Stucky netted 13 points for the Vikings while Aidan Bellomy and Brindlee Potts had 10 each, Blakely Stucky had eight and Kenzie Manning had six.
Skyline 75, Locust Fork 47 — At Skyline, the Vikings outscored visiting Class 2A Locust Fork 31-10 in the third quarter to take control.
The Vikings, who made 14 3-pointers, led 13-12 after one quarter and 32-31 at halftime before extending their lead to 63-41 entering the fourth quarter.
Gracie Rowell hit nine 3-pointers and closed with 31 points and seven rebounds for Skyline (2-0). Gracie Stucky totaled 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals and Kenzie Manning had 13 points, nine rebounds and four steals while Aidan Bellomy had five points, five rebounds and six steals, Blakely Stucky had five points and three rebounds and Brindlee Potts had three points and three rebounds.
DAR 61, Section 44 — At Grant, DAR outscored visiting Section 23-12 in the fourth quarter to seal the win and spoil Jason Ford’s debut as Section head coach.
Class 4A DAR led the Lions 8-6, 24-18 and 38-32 at the quarter breaks.
Madison Armstrong paced Section (0-1) with 17 points while Savannah White had 12, Kenleigh Owens seven and Chloe Britt five.
Kassidy Allen scored 16 of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter for DAR (1-0), which also got 13 from Victoria Nickell and 10 from Caitlyn O’neal.
Skyline 68, Brindlee Mountain 38 — At Scant City, new Skyline head coach T.J. Perry enjoyed a winning debut as the Vikings opened their season with a convincing victory.
Perry, a longtime Skyline varsity girls and boys assistant coach, took over as varsity boys head coach this season.
Skyline jumped out to a 13-1 lead after one quarter and was in front 30-12 at halftime and 46-21 after three quarters.
Section 66, DAR 60 (3OT) — At Grant, the Lions opened their season with a triple-overtime victory over Class 4A DAR.
Section (1-0) led 10-8 after one quarter before building a 35-23 halftime lead. DAR pulled to within 40-32 after three quarters before rallying to tie the game at 47-all at the end of regulation. The game was tied 50-all after one overtime period and 56-all after the second overtime period after Jacob Cooper made a game-tying free throw with nine second remaining.
Logan Patterson finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds for Section while Cooper, a Scottsboro transfer, had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Alex Guinn scored eight of his 13 points in the overtime periods while Dominik Blair, another Scottsboro transfer, had nine points. Nicholas Hardin scored 19 points for DAR (0-1).
Skyline 52, Locust Fork 45 — At Skyline, the Vikings outscored Locust Fork 21-12 in the fourth quarter to rally for a home-opening victory.
Skyline (2-0) led 11-5 after one quarter and 20-15 at halftime before Locust Fork (0-1) moved in front 33-31 after three quarters.
Jaylon Clements scored a game-high 19 points, including 16 in the second half, for Skyline while Weston Avans had 10, Logan Evans eight and Dylan Knight six.