By MacKenzie Bates
For the Forsyth County News
The Denmark boys basketball team, despite playing its first year as a program, has started to roll in the region nonetheless.
Adonis Tolbert scored a game-high 25 points and Sutton Smith added 19 points as the Danes held off White County 73-60 for their seventh straight victory on Friday night, putting Denmark’s record at 13-3 overall and 4-1 in Region 7-4A.
“They (White County) has pretty good size but I was the biggest player on the court tonight and I was looking to take advantage of that,” Tolbert said. “My teammates set me up well. They had good screens, passes and they really helped me out. I appreciate them the most.”
“We’ve been talking to him about having that ‘go get it’ mentality,” Danes head coach Tyler Whitlock said. “Go after the ball, attack the rim and be strong with the ball. Tonight, he really showed that he can do that.”
Whether it was Tolbert having his way down low, receiving passes from Smith or getting no-look receipts from Ze’Vian Capers, the junior muscled his way in for dunks and put-backs. Smith created shots for himself, driving the lane and finding open teammates.
“We have a lot of guys who have bought in to play unselfishly, and I think that really shows like it did tonight on the floor when we commit to that,” Whitlock said.
Denmark was up 63-50 with 3:39 left after a Capers basket. White County would then go on a 7-0 run in just 78 seconds, capped off by a Silas Mulligan three-point basket.
“My guys don’t quit,” Warriors coach Wade Mawdesley said. “This is a group that’s been this way for me all year. They’re learning the play the way I want them to.”
Buckets by Trevor Bryk and Capers extended the lead back to double digits with less than a minute remaining in the game.
“I try to let my guys make plays,” Whitlock said. “I can call timeouts and do things, but I trust my guys that when it comes down to it, they’re going to make the right play.”
The biggest defensive play of the game came from Michael Dougherty, forcing a turnover during the Warrior rally just before Danes’ lead got back to 10 points.
“That was huge,” Whitlock said. “Defense like that is going to win a lot of games for us.”
Smith would go 6-for-6 from the free throw line inside a minute to play to squash any chance of a rally by the Warriors.
Warriors senior Austin Harris led all scorers with 32 points. Harris scored his 1,000th career point in the second half.
White County 60, Denmark girls 30
Denmark sophomore forward Tyanna Green scored a career-high 22 points to lead all scorers in a 60-30 loss to White County on Friday night.
The Danes (1-15, 0-5) looked to go to Green early and often against the Warriors, finding her down low for high-percentage baskets.
“It was hard for us tonight because we’re missing two of our starters, but Ty did a great job,” Denmark head coach Jaime Maxey said. “She’s really stepped up for us. She’s working hard every day down in the post, learning new moves and some of that showed tonight.”
White County’s defensive pressure proved to be too much for Maxey’s young team as the Warriors raced out to a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter.
Bentley Cronic led the Lady Warriors with 19 points. Dasha Cannon chipped in with 12 points.