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8th Grade Boys Basketball Report BY ALAN BRAKE
January 28, 2013Montgomery County High School
8TH GRADE BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAM HAS SUCCESSFUL SEASON
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcat 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball team had a successful 2012-13 season, as they ended the season winning 6 of their last 7 games and had a final record of 10 wins and 3 losses. They also finished second in the Bowling Green Tournament (late November), losing to a tall and talented Bowling Green team that went undefeated this season.
The players on the team at the end of the season included Eric Biggs, Roman Bronaugh, Brendan Hazel, Logan Henke, Aaron Kempf, Travis Oden, Cameron Parrish, Austin Schwab and Brendan Their. The 8th Grade Wildcats were coached by Alan Brake for the second consecutive season, and finished with a 2-year record of 22 wins and 5 losses.
The young Wildcats started the season with four consecutive victories, which included wins against Wright City (35-18), Silex (42-27), Elsberry (30-22) and Clopton (46-39). The Elsberry and Clopton wins were in the Bowling Green Tournament, but in the Championship game the Wildcats lost to Bowling Green (35-22) for their first loss of the season.
Four days after losing to Bowling Green in the tournament, the Wildcats lost to BG again (41-9) in a regular season game. However, they bounced back from those losses with 3 consecutive wins before the Christmas Break. Those wins were against North Callaway (38-27), Hermann (39-32) and a double-overtime win against Wellsville-Middletown (34-33).
After the Christmas Break the 8th Graders had only 4 games left in their season. They won 3 of those games and should have won the other one, leading the whole game until the last 15 seconds. The first win was against Warrenton (37-28), followed by the loss to Van-Far (31-30). The Wildcats then won their last two games of the season against Mexico (42-23), and Winfield (46-28).
As a team, the 8th Graders made 175 shots (147 2-pointers and 28 3-pointers) while holding their opponents to 156 shots (130 2-pointers and 26 3-pointers). They made 72 of 140 free throws (51%), while their opponents made 46 of 125 (37%). The team scored a total of 450 points, for an average of 34.6 points per game. Their opponents scored a total of 369 points, for an average of 29.5 points per game.
The following is a list (alphabetical order) of the points scored by each player: Biggs 2 points; Bronaugh 20 points; Hazel 30 points; Henke 77 points; Kempf 6 points; Oden 66 points; Parrish 167 points; Schwab 0 points; Their 80 points; and 2 points scored by a player who did not finish the season.
Congratulations to the 8th graders on your success this season, and a successful two seasons at the Middle School level. Best wishes for continued success, as you move on to play at the High School level next season and for the next four years.