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MS Basketball Report by Alan Brake
December 15, 2013Montgomery County High School
8TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAMS WINS BOWLING GREEN TOURNEY
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball team played in the Bowling Green Tournament the week of December 2-6, and won the tournament championship by winning all 3 of their games. On Monday, December 2, they defeated Elsberry 52-19. On Thursday, December 5, they defeated Clopton 44-13. Then on Friday, December 6, they won the tournament championship by defeating Bowling Green 44-31. With these games the 8th Graders also improved their 2013-14 record to 4 wins and 1 loss.
The young Wildcats got off to a slow start in this game, as they were behind early before rallying late in the first quarter to lead 11-9 at the end of the quarter. However, they woke up from the Thanksgiving weekend in the second quarter and dominated the play. As a result they outscored Elsberry 19-4, and led 30-13 at halftime.
The Wildcats kept right on going in the third quarter, as they outscored Elsberry 14-4 to lead 44-17 at the end of the quarter. They finished the game by outscoring Elsberry 8-2 in the fourth quarter to win the game 52-19.
Aubrey Nelson led the Wildcats in scoring in this game with 13 points (5 field goals/FGs and 1 3-pointer). He was followed in the scoring by Tim Hall with 11 points (3 FGs/1 3-pointer/2 of 2 free throws/FTs); Skyler Hutcheson with 10 points (5 FGs); Chris Harrison with 8 points (4 FGs/0 of 2 FTs); John Shaw with 4 points (2 FGs); Corey Kroll with 4 points (1 FG/2 of 4 FTs); and Cole Curry with 2 points (2 of 4 FTs). Adam Jordan, Tucker Walls, and Mercury Murray also played in this game but did not score.
The Wildcats got off to a great start in this game, as they outscored Clopton 18-2 in the first quarter and never looked back. The outscored Clopton 8-2 in the second quarter, and led 26-4 at halftime.
With a 22-point lead, 8th Grade Coach Justin Graves was able to substitute freely in the second half. Still the Wildcats were able to outscore Clopton in 10-7 in the third quarter to lead 36-11. They finished the game by outscoring Clopton 8-2 in the fourth quarter and won 44-13.
Hall led the Wildcats in scoring this time with 13 points (4 FGs/5 of 5 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Hutcheson with 8 points (3 FGs/1 of 2 FTs); Curry, Harrison and Nelson with 6 points each (3 FGs each); and Kroll with 5 points (2 FGs/1 of 2 FTs). Jordan, Murray, Shaw and Walls also played in the game, but did not score.
BOWLING GREEN GAME
The Wildcats ended up winning this game by 13 points. However, the game was actually much closer than the score indicates. The Wildcats were able to secure the win with excellent defense and continued success on offense in the second half.
The Wildcats started the game with 3 players making at least 1 basket in the first quarter to score 11 points. Meanwhile, Bowling Green’s best player McPike (1st name was not listed) scored all 9 points for BG in the quarter to make the score 11-9.
The Wildcats held McPike to only 4 points in the second quarter, but other BG players finally scored and BG scored 9 points. The Wildcats were held to only 7 points in the second quarter and the score was tied at 18-18 at halftime.
At halftime, Coach Graves made some defensive adjustments with the idea of limiting McPike from scoring and make the other BG players beat the Wildcats. The adjustments worked, as the Wildcats held McPike scoreless in the second half.
While playing solid defense, the Wildcats’ offense got back to full gear in the third quarter. They outscored BG 14-9 in this quarter and led 32-27 at the end of the quarter. The Wildcats continued to play well on both sides of the ball in the fourth quarter, outscoring BG 12-4 to win the game 44-31 and also winning the tournament championship.
Kroll, who was given the primary responsibility of guarding McPike, also led the Wildcats in scoring this game with 14 points (5 FGs/4 of 4 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Nelson with 12 points (1 FG/1 3-pointer/7 of 14 FTs); Hutcheson with 11 points (4 FGs/1 3-pointer); Hall with 6 points (3 FGs); and Curry with 1 point (1 of 2 FTs). Harrison also played in the game, but did not score.
Congratulations to the Wildcats on winning the BG Tournament Championship!
MS BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAMS SPLIT AGAINST BOWLING GREEN
The Montgomery County R-2 Middle School Boys’ 2013-14 Basketball teams played Bowling Green last Tuesday, December 10, at the Montgomery City Elementary School (MCE) gym. The 8th Grade defeated Bowling Green 33-32 in a close, hard-fought game. In the first game of the evening, the 7th Grade team lost to BG 33-18.
With these games the 8th Grade record improved to 5 wins and 1 loss. The 7th Grade record fell to 1 win and 1 loss.
8TH GRADE GAME
These two teams had just played each other the previous Friday in the Bowling Green Tournament. The Wildcats won that game 44-31, but that game was also a hard fought game and was close until late in the game.
The Wildcats got off to a better start in this game than they did in Friday’s game, as 4 Wildcats scored at least 1 point and they played excellent defense to lead 12-6 at the end of the quarter. However, Bowling Green was determined to win this game and outscored the Wildcats 9-4 in the second quarter to close the Wildcats lead to 16-15 at halftime.
The defense of each team was in control in the third quarter. Still the Wildcats were able to score 9 points while holding BG to only 5 points to lead 25-20 at the end of the quarter. Once again in the fourth quarter, BG was able to get its offense going while playing solid defense. In the first 3½ minutes of the quarter (6 minute quarters), BG outscored the wildcats 7-2 to tie the game at 27-27.
The Wildcats then went on a 6-2 run over the next 1½ minutes, to lead 33-29 with a minute remaining in the game. BG came back with 3-point basket to make the score 33-32 with less than 30 seconds left in the game. The Wildcats tried to run the clock out on offense, but loss possession of the ball with less than 10 seconds left in the game.
After a couple of time outs and well-defended inbounds passes by the Wildcats, BG had one last chance to inbounds in the ball in their front court with 2 seconds left in the game. BG was able to get the ball inbounds this time, but had to shoot a very long shot (thanks to great defense by the Wildcats) that did not come any where near the basket. The Wildcats truly earned their fifth win of the season by defeating BG 33-32.
Aubrey Nelson led the Wildcats in scoring with 18 points (5 field goals/FGs, 1 3-pointer, and 5 of 7 free throws/FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Skyler Hutcheson with 5 points (2 FGs/1 of 2 FTs); Corey Kroll with 4 points (2 FGs/0 of 2 FTs); John Shaw with 4 points (1 FG/2 of 4 FTs); and Tim Hall with 2 points (1 FG/0 of 2 FTs). Cole Curry and Chris Harrison also played in the game, but did not score.
7TH GRADE GAME
The 7th Graders had not played a game in over 3 weeks (November 22), and it showed in this game. The Wildcats were unable to get anything going on offense early on, scoring only 3 points in the first quarter and 1 point in the second quarter. Bowling Green scored 8 points in the first quarter and 9 points in the second quarter to lead 17-4 at halftime.
The Wildcats played much better in the third quarter and outscored BG 11-8 to make the score 25-15. With 15 players on the team 7th Grade Coach Alan Brake decided to let those players who not played yet to get some action. BG was able to outscore the Wildcats 8-3 in the fourth quarter and won the game 33-18.
Lance Davidson led the Wildcats in scoring with 11 points (4 FGs/3 of 5 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Garrett Day with 3 points (1 FG/1 of 2 FTs); and Tristan Camp and Colin Parrish with 2 points each (1 FG each). Hyrum Bishop, Jackson Larkin, Malachi Davis, Jacob Francois, Trenton Schroeder, J.D. Wright, Jacob Queathem, Holden Burch, Justin Scheid, Elijah Robinson, and Noah Lee also played in the game but did not score.
Both teams have several games this week, before the Christmas Break. On Monday, December 16, they played at Hermann. On Tuesday, the 8th Grade team plays against South Callaway at MCE. Their game will be the third game of the evening, following the 7th Grade and 8th Grade Girls’ games. The first game starts at 5:00, so the 8th grade Boys’ game should start around 7:30.
On Thursday, December 19, both Boys’ teams will play North Callaway at the Auxvasse Elementary gym. Then on Friday, December 20, both teams will host Wellsville-Middletown at MCE. On both nights the 7th Grade game will be played first, at 6:00 p.m. The 8th Grade game will start around 7:15.
Both teams will not play again until January 3, Friday. They will play at New Haven that night, with the 7th Grade game starting at 5:30 and the 8th Grade game starting around 6:45.