Both of the Hopkinsville High School basketball programs picked up victories on the second day of a back-to-back Saturday when Northwest (TN) came to Tiger Gym.

The boys’ team cruised to a 67-49 victory over the Vikings behind the stellar play of James Nicholas and Jacarius Burks.

Nicholas was coming off a game-winner Friday night when he buried a 3-pointer to take down Kenwood (TN) 63-62.

Hoptown coach Larry Miller said Nicholas has been nursing an ankle injury this week and has only practiced a couple days.

“He’s kind of played on guts and I’m real pleased with him,” he said. “I’m real pleased with his leadership ability and his coachability. Potentially he’s a first-team all-state player. I’m really happy with the way he’s responded to coaching.

The Tiger defense locked down the Vikings in the second quarter and held Northwest to six points in the frame to take a 36-18 lead at the break.

Hoptown now has a few days off until it faces crosstown rival Christian County Friday. While the break may not be ideal for most teams, Miller said he welcomes the days off.

“It is ideal for us,” he said. “We need the practice time. We’ve had to watch a lot of film. There’s a lot of things fundamentally we’re still doing wrong. They’ve learned off the film and they’ve been very attentive off the film.”

Hoptown takes on Christian County at 7:30 p.m. Friday at CCHS. ...

While the Hopkinsville Lady Tigers rolled another opponent Friday in Kenwood (TN), the Northwest (TN) Lady Vikings wouldn’t go as easily is a rough game for both teams.

Hoptown won the game 73-62, but the margin could have been much bigger as the Lady Tigers attempted 51 free throws in the game while only converting 21.

Despite the number of misses from the charity stripe, the senior leadership of the Lady Tigers came through as Anthony Babb’s big three did what it needed to do for the victory.

Yogi McKnight led the way with 20 points while Breon Oldham added 17 and Jayla Rose finished with 15. ...

In other Hopkinsville basketball action, after dropping their opener last Tuesday against Paducah Tilghman, the Hopkinsville High School boys’ basketball team took down Kenwood (TN) 63-62 Friday in Clarksville.

Hoptown’s James Nicholas buried a 3-pointer as the clock ticked down to give the Tigers the win.

Hoptown fell 80-65 in its season opener Tuesday, but were able to rebound to get the victory Friday.

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