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MS Basketball Report BY ALAN BRAKE
November 18, 2012Montgomery County High School
R-2 MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL TEAMS SPLIT OPENING GAMES
The Montgomery County R-2 Middle School 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball teams played their first games of the 2012-13 season last Friday, November 16. They traveled to Wright City, where the 7th grade team lost 55-47 and the 8th grade team won 35-18.
The 7th grade game was a high-scoring affair (a combined total of over 100 points), especially for the first game of the season. Wright City was able to gain an 11-7 lead in the first quarter, a lead that they were able to maintain throughout the game.
Wright City outscored the young Wildcats 9-4 during the first part of the second quarter to lead 20-11, but R-2 didn’t give up and gradually caught up the rest of the quarter. With the help of a half-court 3-point shot by Aubrey Nelson at the end of the half, Montgomery County only trailed 23-21.
The third quarter was the undoing for the young R-2 Wildcats, as Wright City outscored R-2 23-11 to take a 46-32 lead going into the fourth quarter. Again the Wildcats did not give up, and narrowed WC’s lead to 8 points a couple of times during the quarter. However, R-2 was only able to outscore WC 15-9 in the fourth quarter and WC won the game 55-47.
Nelson led the R-2 in scoring with 16 points (2 2-point field goals/FGs, 2 3-point field goals, 6 of 15 free throws/FTs). He was followed by Skyler Hutcheson with 10 points (5 FGs, 0 for 1 FTs), Cole Curry with 8 points (3 FGs, 2 of 3 FTs), Corey Kroll with 7 points (2 FGs, 3 of 4 FTs), Seth Shamp with 2 points (1 FG) and Tim Hall with 1 point (1 of 3 FTs). John Shaw, Matthew Kresge, and Tucker Walls also played in the game, but did not score. 3 points for R-2 were not accounted for in the scorebook.
The Wildcats 8th grade team had an easier time against the Wright City 8th graders. The young Wildcats played better as the game progressed and were able to gradually build a big lead.
R-2 made 5 shots in the first quarter, while holding Wright City to 1 made shot and 1 made free throw to lead 10-3 at the end of the quarter. The second quarter was much the same, as R-2 outscored WC 9-2 to lead 19-5 at half time.
The Wildcats put the game away for certain in the third quarter, hitting 3 3-point shots on the way to outscoring Wright City 14-4 to take a 33-9 lead. R-2 played their non-starters in the fourth quarter, while WC played their starters for the first part of the quarter and then their non-starters the rest of the game. WC outscored R-2 9-2 in that last quarter, but R-2 came away with the 35-18 victory.
Chase Parrish led R-2 in scoring with 13 points (5 FGs, 1 3-pointer). He was followed in the scoring by Devon Oden with 8 points (2 FGs, 1 3-pointer, 1 of 2 FTs), Brendan Their with 5 points (2 FGs, 1 of 2 FTs), Brendan Hazel with 3 points (1 3-pointer), and Logan Henke, Aaron Kempf, and Roman Bronaugh with 2 points each (1 FG each). Eric Biggs, Jaiden Burch and Austin Schwab also played in the game, but did not score.
The 8th grade team also had a game this past Monday, November 19, as they and the 8th grade girls’ team played at Silex. A report on the game should be in next week’s issue of the Standard. The 7th grade boys’ team will not play again until December 4, Tuesday, at Bowling Green with the 8th grade boys’ team.
The 8th grade boys’ and girls’ teams have a busy week next week, as they play in the Bowling Green Tournament. On Monday, November 26, they both play Elsberry (girls’ game at 5:30, boys’ game at 6:45) at the Bowling Green High School gym. On Thursday, November 29, they play at the High School gym against Clopton (boys’ game at 5:30, girls’ game at 6:45). Then on Friday, November 30, they play against Bowling Green at the Middle School gym (girls’ game at 5:30, boys’ game at 6:45).
The Middle School teams encourage you to attend their games to support them and cheer them on to victory.