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OUNTAIN HERALD-Thursday, December 22, 1983
Tied For Second
Kings Mountain High’s
basketballers closed out the pre-
Christmas portion of their
1983-84 schedule Friday at
home with a sweep of Chase’s
The girls scored a 4840 vic-
tory and the boys posted a 75-60
win. Both teams are 3-1 in
Southwestern 3-A Conference
play and tied for second place
behind unbeaten R-S Central
The Mountainettes will be idle
until January 3, when the KM
teams resume conference action
against East Gaston. The boys
will play Tuesday and Wednes-
day of next week in the Hunter
Huss Holiday Doubleheaders.
Kings Mountain will meet
Ashbrook at 7 p.m. on Tuesday
and South Point will battle Huss
at 8:30. On Wednesday, South
Point will play Ashbrook at 7
p.m. and Kings Mountain will
face Huss at 8:30.
Kings Mountain’s girls started
slowly but caught fire late in the
By DICK DEVENZIO
The Big Test
Wasn’t That Big
It was a waste of time going up to Syracuse for the game that,
down here, was billed as a big test for the Tar Heels.
No one up there seemed to think Syracuse had a chance, not
the NY newspapers and not many of the 32,000 who obviously
had come more to see the nation’s number one team than their
own team. It made me wonder how much the pre-game hype
down here had been orchestrated by Coach Smith.
In particular, Coach Smith varied from normal pre-game
scripts by calling attention to the Kenny Smith-Pearl
Washington match up. -
Coaches usually make such a point of down-playing personal
matchups, while emphasizing that basketball is a team game.
But in this case, Coach Smith said publically that he was in-
terested in the personal matchup, and of course, so was Sports I1-
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second period and went on 10
post their fifth win in seven deci-
Sonya McClain was KM’s
leading scorer for the seventh
game in a row with 15 points.
Doreen Pettus had her best scor-
ing night of the year with 13
Anita Ware had another big
game on the boards with 10 re-
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bounds. McClain added nine re-
bounds, two steals and four
assists. Joanna Boheler had eight
assists and Lisa Ingram had six
points, four assists and four
The Mountaineers blazed out
to a 21-10 first quarter lead and
were never headed as they
posted their fourth win in six
outings. The Mounties stretched
their lead to 45-23 at intermis-
sion and 6340 going into the
Greg Young led four double-
digjt scorers for KM with 16
points. Arnold Jordan added 13
SECOND PLACE - The Kings Mountain Boys Club team pictured above finished second in
the Columbia, S.C., Christmas Tournament last weekend. Front row, left to right, are Lenny
Rayford, Jerry Jordan, Aubrey Hollifield and Jerrial Smith. Second row, Dennis Wofford,
Derik Jordan, Sidney Brown, Mike Woods and Tracey Williams.
Mounties Sweep Chase Teams Friday
and Lavar Curry and Casey
Roberts had 12 apiece.
KM (48) - S. McClain 15, Pet-
tus 13, Ingram 6, Woods 6.
Parker 2, Ware 2, Roberts 1,
Curry 1. S. Moore 1, L. Moore
C (40) - Taylor 16. Metcalf
10, Dewberry 8, Phillips 4.
KM (75) - Young 16, Jordan
13, Curry 12, Roberts 12,
Grier 9, Lewis 4, D. Crocker 4,
L. Crocker 3, Ballew 2.
C (60) - Watkins 12,
Randleman 5. Kemp 5.
Broome 5, Sikes 4, Wallace 4.
Two Kings Mountain Boys
Club baksetball teams par-
ticipated in the Christmas
Classic Tournament last
weekend in Columbia, S.C. Ten
teams from North and South
Kings Mountain’s number one
team, coached by Danny
McDowell, finished second to
The team won its first game
against Gaffney, 56-25, as
Sidney Brown scored 14 points,
Raynard Roberts nine and
Aubrey Hollifield eight.
In the semi-finals, KM
defeated Columbia 56-22. Lenny
Rayfield led the scoring with 10
points and Roberts and Derik
Jordan added eight each.
Kings Mountain’s number
two team lost its opener, 49-38
to Columbia. Philip Ramsey led
KM with 10 points and Rick
Scruggs scored seven.
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~lustrated, who was there to cover Pearl Washington, the flashier
of the two New-Y ork-high-school-friends-and-rivals.
Was Coach Smith particularly interested in the matchup
I because he felt confident of how it: was going to turn out? No
coach ever knows for sure how something is going to turn out.
But he must have felt that it would turn out as it did-Kenny
Smith was poised and confident and ran the Carolina show like
no one has since Phil Ford. (Kenny Smith is a much better out-
side shooter than Jimmy Black was.)
Meanwhile, the great Pearl was showing off his outstanding
physical tools early, going by Smith just about whenever he felt
like it, but ending up with forced passes and shots that made him
look inexperienced more than talented.
Coach Smith was also quick to point out how aggressive Sam
Perkins was on the boards, without question in rebuttal to Sports
Illustrated’s recent contention that Perkins is too often
All of this points up one of the dimensions of Dean Smith-his
attention to people, personalities, and egos. I remember a scrim-
mage we had with Carolina when I was playing at Duke.
Our regular season schedules were completed and the two
teams scrimmaged together to get ready for the NIT in New
At one point in the practice, Carolina was pressing us and I
threw a long baseball pass that went out of bounds which im-
mediately made by coach yell “Don’t throw a long pass against a
A comment like that can make a player feel very small-and
angry-especially when you're convinced it was a good pass that
should have brought criticism to the cutter-who-stopped-
Anyway, Coach Smith handed me another ball to put in play,
and whispered so that no one in the gym could even know he
spoke a word to me, “At Carolina, we’d let you throw that pass.”
They were just the right words at the right time.
y I didn’t set out to make this article a homage to Dean Smith,
but moreso to explain his sensitivity to players’ egos and to the
media, as well as perhaps his skill in manipulating the media. But
in the process the ideas took on a different direction~which for
me is the distinct thrill of writing-and 1 am not going to
apologize to fans of other ACC schools for my open admiration
of Dean Smith.
The man is in the Hall of Fame already, long before there is
even talk of his retirement, and let’s face it, he’s an absolute
master at what he does. When he does something in a game that
| disagree with, 1 immediately examine carefully my thoughts
When (even) Carolina fans groan at times when he goes into
the four corners, or uses some other tactic, you have to groan
with the accompanying recognition that this man knows more
basketball than anyone else, and he does almost nothing im-
Every action is weighed and carefully evaluated in advance. In
fact. this robotdike efficiency is perhaps more than anything else
an area for criticism-often he just doesn’t seem human enough.
In any case, he wasn’t even at the Carrier Dome at Noon
Saturday when his team took the court to get accustomed to the
rims and playing surface.
But Assistant Coach Bill Guthridge had the team running war-
| mup laps before the last guy had even gotten through the door-
It was cold in there, about 50 degrees, when the Heels warmed
But you don't hear a word of complaint. Thats the kind of
class that comes only from the best upbringing, and when they
blew out Syracuse with red hot basketball that night, it was no
surprise. It was one simple part of a number one act.
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