Lady Knights Rally On The Road To Defeat Murphy


By Chandler Nernes


The Robbinsville Black Knights took the 50-minute bus ride to Murphy High School on Thursday night, as the two teams were set to tip off in the Dog House. 

Murphy would get the tip-off then score first on a free throw by Lailee Holloway who would lead the Lady Bulldogs in scoring this entire game with 19 points. The last time these two met up the Lady knights took care of business and handled Murphy pretty easily, however, after 1 quarter this game seemed like it would show a different outcome as the Lady Dogs would take a 5 point lead going into the second. 


Out of the timeout Murphy kept scoring, these Black Knight girls saw a Murphy team they hadn’t seen a month prior, as the dogs would continue to outscore the Lady Knights and play a different kind of basketball at home. After countless 3’s from both teams this competition would stay close but still different enough for Murphy to score more points in both quarters than the Lady Knights in this contest. Robbinsville was staring at a 6 point deficit coming out of the break. 


10 seconds after the huddle broke, Sophomore Addie Johnson drained a 3 which kept this lead growing in the third quarter for the Lady Dogs. Being up by 16 at some points, Murphy seemed like they might run away with this one, but halfway through the third they seemed to have woken the sleeping giant that was Robbinsville. The Lady Knights started making shots and got the score back within 6 with less than 3 minutes to go in this quarter of play. When the horn blasted signaling the end of the third, Robbinsville had cut the lead to 5 and had all the momentum on their side entering quarter 4. 


The Lady Black Knights started out the fourth quarter hot, quickly putting up a shot from deep with no hesitation. This would be a back and forth battle from both teams all quarter not separating more than 5 points the last 4 minutes of the game. Ultimately, the fourth quarter belonged to #4 as Desta Trammell proved to be unstoppable down the stretch for the Lady Knights. Trammell’s intensity and timely shot making ability proved to be the difference in this one, as the senior leader stepped up when her team needed it most.

After fouls and free throws by Robbinsville which kept the Lady Knights scoring, an intense matchup at Murphy High would end. Desta Trammell lead both teams with 27 points overall, with 12 of those coming in the Lady Knights fourth quarter comeback run. Murphy would be silenced late in tonight’s matchup and the Lady Knights would go back to Graham County with a 64-59 win in the Dog House. 


Robbinsville will be on the road at Hiwassee Dam on Monday, but then they will have a 4 game homestand to end the regular season as Andrews, Hayesville, HD, and Swain all come to town. 


Murphy Stats 

Lailee Holloway – 19 Points 

Emma Laney – 14 Points 

Lochlan Rogers – 13 Points 

Addie Johnson – 12 Points 

Julia Dockery – 1 Points


Robbinsville Stats 

Desta Trammell – 27 Points

Liz Carpenter – 15 Points 

Kensley Phillips – 10 Points 

Aubrie Wachacha – 10 Points

Abby Wehr – 2 Points 

Desta Trammell Named NCHSAA Performer Of The Week


Photo Courtesy of Joanna Mcmahan


Robbinsville’s Desta Trammell has been named the North Carolina High School Athletic Association performer of the week for week 19 thanks to her 40+ point outing vs Swain County High School. The 42 points she posted vs Swain came on the heels of a 34 point performance vs Blue Ridge. Trammell has now eclipsed the 1,600 point mark for her career.

Below is the press release from the NCHSAA:

Each week an athlete in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association is selected for the Performance of the Week Award, Powered by OrthoCarolina. These athletes are nominated by coaches, media, and school administrators for their outstanding performance.


The OrthroCarolina Performer of the Week for week nineteen of NCHSAA competition goes to Desta Trammell of Robbinsville High School and Jahreece Lynch of North Surry High School.


Desta Trammell has been lights out this season for Robbinsville High School. She has just come off a 42-point performance against Swain County High School in which she was 14/21 from the field, 5/8 from three, 9/11 from the line, and even added 7 assists and 4 steals to her incredible night. She continues to lead her team on and off the court as a senior leader on the team.


Jahreece Lynch has had a big hand in leading the No. 1-ranked team in the NCHSAA RPI Rankings for the 2A West. The North Surry Greyhounds are 17-1 overall and 7-0 in the Foothills 2A Conference. Recently, North Surry defeated Wilkes Central 87-52 and Jahreece led the Greyhounds with a career high 45 points in just three quarters of play! He shot 64% from the field, 3/5 from three, 6/6 from the line and even added 7 rebounds, 7 steals, and 4 assists in the blowout victory.


Congratulations to Desta Trammell of Robbinsville High School and Jahreece Lynch of North Surry High School an outstanding performance last week!!


Weekly recipients of the performance of the week award powered by OrthoCarolina will be recognized on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Website and our Social Media pages. Get the orthopedic care you need in a way that works best for you, OrthoCarolina your care, your way.


Until next week, for the NCHSAA I’m Logan McNeill…. Thank you for watching!!

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